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Friday, June 29, 2018

Thirty Americans in Wimbledon Draws Revealed Today; USA Sweeps Great Britain to Defend Maureen Connolly Trophy; Three Americans Advance to Tulsa $25K Futures Semifinals

The Wimbledon draws for singles and doubles were revealed today, with 16 US women and 14 US men opening play beginning Monday.  2016 Kalamazoo 18s champion Michael Mmoh, who lost in the final round of qualifying, received a main draw spot as a lucky loser, joining Bradley Klahn and Christian Harrison, who qualified yesterday.  Claire Liu was the only US woman to get through qualifying and as of today, no lucky losers have been needed in the women's draw. Although the schedule won't be out until Sunday, word is that the men's top half and the women's bottom half will play Monday, the men's bottom half and women's top half will play Tuesday. Below are the singles first round matches for American players, all in all pretty good draws, excepting Collins, Sandgren and Lepchenko, with the added plus of no Americans playing each other.

Men’s first round:
Ryan Harrison v Roberto Carballes Baena(ESP)
Sam Querrey[11] v Jordan Thompson(AUS)
Michael Mmoh[LL] v Gilles Muller(LUX)
Mackenzie McDonald v Ricardas Berankis(LTU)
Denis Kudla[WC] v Lucas Pouille[17](FRA)
John Isner[9] v Yannick Maden[Q](GER)
Steve Johnson v Ruben Bemelmans[Q](BEL)
Jared Donaldson v Malek Jaziri(TUN)
Frances Tiafoe v Fernando Verdasco[30](ESP)
Bradley Klahn[Q] v Yuichi Sugita(JPN)
Tennys Sandgren v Novak Djokovic[12](SRB)
Christian Harrison[Q] v Kei Nishikori[24](JPN)
Taylor Fritz v Lorenzo Sonego[LL](ITA)
Jack Sock[18] v Matteo Berrettini(ITA)

Women’s first round:
Sachia Vickery v Marketa Vondrousova(SVK)
Danielle Collins v Elise Mertens[15](BEL)
Sonya Kenin v Maria Sakkari(GRE)
Taylor Townsend v Pauline Parmentier(FRA)
Jennifer Brady v Kateryna Kozlova(UKR)
Claire Liu[Q] v Ana Konjuh(CRO)
Alison Riske v Timea Bacsinszky(SUI)
Venus Williams[9] v Johanna Larsson(SWE)
Christina McHale v Vera Lapko(BLR)
Sloane Stephens v Donna Vekic(CRO)
Serena Williams[25] v Arantxa Rus(NED)
Bernarda Pera v Luksika Kumkhum(THA)
Madison Keys[10] v Ajla Tomljanovic(AUS)
CoCo Vandeweghe[16] v Katerina Siniakova(CZE)
Madison Brengle v Aleksandra Krunic(SRB)
Varvara Lepchenko v Caroline Wozniacki[2](DEN)

The women's singles draw is here; the men's singles draw is here.

The US girls earned another sweep today at the Maureen Connolly Trophy which features matches between US and British juniors at the WTA event in Eastbourne.  After going 6-0 yesterday, winning four singles and both doubles, the US girls continued their dominance today, again blanking Great Britain. I had not seen Francesca Jones's name in yesterday's results, but she competed today, with Alexa Noel  claiming a decisive victory over one of Great Britain's top juniors.

Today's results, before the players head to Roehampton for the Grade 1 beginning Sunday:

Whitney Osuigwe USA def. Victoria Allen GBR 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1
Coco Gauff USA def. Destinee Martins GBR 6-1, 6-1
Alexa Noel USA def. Francesca Jones GBR 6-0, 6-3
Caty McNally USA def. Nell Miller GBR 6-3, 6-3
McNally and Osuigwe USA def. Allen and Martins GBR 6-1, 6-3
Noel and Katie Volynets USA def. Holly Fischer and Miller GBR w/o

The semifinals are set at the $25,000 Futures in Tulsa, with three Americans advancing: Sam Riffice, Martin Redlicki and Emil Reinberg.
Riffice, the rising freshman at Florida, defeated one of the best college players of the past four years, Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard, 7-5, 6-1 in today's quarterfinals. He will play Georgia rising senior Emil Reinberg, who defeated Georgia rising freshman Trent Bryde 7-5, 6-2. Redlicki, a two-time NCAA doubles champion at UCLA, won another all-collegiate battle, beating Ohio State rising junior JJ Wolf 7-5, 7-6(6). Redlicki will face No. 7 seed Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland, who beat recent TCU grad Trevor Johnson 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. Johnson had taken out top seed Nik Scholtz of South Africa in the second round.

At the $15,000 Futures in Pittsburgh, qualifier Jordi Arconada, who completed his eligibility last month at Texas A&M, is the sole American to reach the semifinals. Arconada defeated No. 2 seed Strong Kirchheimer(Northwestern) today 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3, his third consecutive three-set win, to advance to his first Futures semifinal.  He will face No. 3 seed Alejandro Gomez(Kentucky) of Colombia next. The other semifinal features Dartmouth rising junior Charlie Broom of Great Britain and Matteo Martinez of Argentina.  The doubles title went to Junior Ore(Texas A&M) and Martinez, with the No. 1 seeds beating Gomez and Emilio Gomez(USC) of Ecuador 7-5, 6-2 in the final. That is Ore's third doubles title this year, all with different partners.

Just one American remains in the draw at the $25,000 Futures in British Columbia, with top seed JC Aragone(Virginia) advancing to Saturday's semifinals after a 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-3 win over qualifier Ricardo Rodriguez-Pace of Venezuela. Aragone will play unseeded North Carolina rising sophomore Benjamin Sigouin of Canada. Wild card Alexis Galarneau, a rising junior at North Carolina State, will face No. 2 seed Steven Diez of Canada in the other semifinal.