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Friday, July 20, 2018

My Wimbledon Junior Recap; Top Seed Woldeab vs Defending Champion Nefve in B18s Clays Semifinals; Illinois' Brown Reaches Iowa City Futures Semifinals; New Coaches for Notre Dame and Oregon Women

I'm back in Michigan after my fifth straight year of covering the Wimbledon Junior Championships, and if you didn't follow the daily coverage, this Tennis Recruiting Network recap will help you get up to speed quickly. Remarkable weather and two concurrent extra, extra inning matches last Friday will probably what I'll remember about the event years from now.

Unlike Wimbledon, the USTA Clay Court Championships this week have had plenty of rain delays, and the Girls 18s in Charleston South Carolina were not able to play their quarterfinals matches today.  The Boys 18s semifinals are set for Saturday, with the match between top seed Siem Woldeab and defending champion Axel Nefve, the No. 8 seed, an intriguing one.  Below are the semifinal matches in six of the divisions. The girls 12s final is Saturday. Full draws can be viewed by clicking on the heading.

Girls 12s:
Semifinal results:
Alexia Harmon[4] def. Ashton Bowers[9] 6-1, 6-2
Mia Slama[14] def. Blanka DeMicheli 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1

Girls 14s:
Vivian Ovrootsky[1] v Tsehay Driscoll
Clervie Ngounoue v Lan Mi[2]

Girls 16s:
Valenica Xu[1] v Madison Sieg[4]
Allura Zamarippa[8] v Elise Wagle[33]

Girls 18s:

Boys 12s:
Rudy Quan[1] v Alexander Razeghi[4]
Zhengqing Ji v Lucas Coriaty[6]

Lucas Brown[7] v Nicholas Heng[3]
Braden Shick[4] v John Kim[2]

Aidan Mayo v Logan Zapp[4]
Daniel Labrador v Ryan Fishback[2]

Siem Woldeab[1] v Axel Nefve[8]
Neel Rajesh[33] v Marcus Ferreira[17]

The semifinals are also set for the two USTA Pro Circuit events this week, with Illinois rising sophomore Alex Brown reaching his first Futures quarterfinal yesterday and his first semifinal with a 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-5 win today over No. 2 seed Tom Farquharson of Great Britain at the $25,000 Iowa City tournament. Brown, who was in qualifying even though he is from Iowa, is 4-0 in tiebreakers this week. He will play No. 6 seed Lloyd Glasspool(Texas) of Great Britain in Saturday's semifinals. The other semifinal features top seed Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia, who is on a 13-match winning streak this month, and No. 3 seed Collin Altamirano(Virginia). 

Alec Adamson(UC-Davis) and Nick Chappell(TCU) won the doubles title in Iowa City. The No. 4 seeds defeated University of Minnesota teammates Felix Corwin and Matic Spec 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 in today's final.

At the $60,000 women's tournament in Berkeley California, top seed Sonya Kenin will face No. 3 seed Nao Hibino of Japan in one semifinal, with No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs playing unseeded Ashley Kratzer, the 2017 USTA Girls 18s National champion. 

Bradley Klahn reached the semifinals of the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Gatineau Canada and will face No. 2 seed Jason Kubler of Australia in Saturday's semifinals. Klahn defeated Zhe Li of China 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3, while Kubler downed Ernesto Escobedo 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-3.

While I was in Great Britain, Notre Dame announced the hiring of Alison Silverio as their women's head coach. Silverio, who played at Georgia Tech and was head coach at the University of Oregon the past four years, replaces Jay Louderback, who retired this spring.  

Today Oregon announced its replacement for Silverio, with UNC assistant and Oregon alum Courtney Nagle returning to Eugene to take her first head coaching position. Nagle was an assistant at North Carolina for the past four years. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Talking Junior Tennis on Wimbledon Radio; Top Seed Lim Out at Boys 16s Clay Courts; Liu Falls to Martic in Bucharest

As I mentioned on Twitter last week, I was a guest on Wimbledon Radio while I was covering the junior championships there last week, and the producer was kind enough to send me a clip of the 19-minute conversation, which I've uploaded to YouTube. In addition to the host, the others on the air with me were former ATP star Thomas Enqvist and Claire Curran, who won the NCAA doubles title in 2000 while at Cal. The topic of the transition from juniors to pros always proves interesting, and I reveal the player that taught me I am not good at predicting who will go on to a Top 10 pro career.

The USTA Clay Court Championships are at various stages, with weather creating some issues, especially at the Girls 14s, where they have yet to play the round of 16.  Two top seeds have been eliminated, with Brooklyn Olson, the girls 12s No. 1 seed, losing to Ashton Bowers[9] 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16, and boys 16s No. 1 seed Zachery Lim falling to unseeded Aidan Mayo 6-1, 6-4.

The girls 12s are now in the semifinals; the rest will play their quarterfinals on Friday, with the round of 16 also on the schedule for the girls 14s Friday. The status of the top 8 seeds in each division is updated below.

Girls 12s
1. Brooklyn Olson (out rd of 16)
2. Elisabeth Dunac (out rd of 64)
3. Natalia Perez (out rd of 16)
4. Alexia Harmon
5. Emily Baek (out rd of 16)
6. Amber Yin (out quarterfinals)
7. Emma Roeck (out rd of 32)
8. Thea Latak (out rd of 16)

Ashton Bowers[9] v Alexia Harmon[4]
Mia Slama[14] v Blanka DeMicheli

Girls 14s
1. Vivian Ovrootsky
2. Lan Mi
3. Anushka Khune (out rd of 32)
4. Stephanie Yakoff
5. Alexis Blokhina (out rd of 64)
6. Gracie Epps (out rd of 64)
7. Natalie Block
8. Filippa Bruu-Syversen

Girls 16s
1. Valencia Xu
2. India Houghton (out rd of 128)
3. Nadejda Maslova (out rd of 64)
4. Madison Sieg
5. Leyden Games (out rd of 32)
6. Ava Catanzarite
7. Amber Marie Lee
8. Allura Zamarripa

Girls 18s
1. Abigail Forbes
2. Andrea Cerdan (out rd of 32)
3. Michelle Sorokko (out rd of 64)
4. Fiona Crawley (out rd of 32)
5. Emma Navarro
6. Chelsea Kung
7. Sonia Tartakovsky (out rd of 64)
8. Anna Zhang (out rd of 32)

Boys 12s:
1. Rudy Quan
2. Andrew Salu
3. Alexander Frusina (out rd of 16)
4. Alexander Razeghi
5. Adam Sun
6. Lucas Coriaty
7. Dylan Charlap (out rd of 16)
8. Piotr Andrzejewski (out rd of 32)

Boys 14s:
1. Noelle Andrey Ampong
2. John Kim
3. Nicholas Heng
4. Braden Shick
5. Evan Wen (out rd of 64)
6. Jackson Armistead (out rd of 16)
7. Lucas Brown
8. John-Tomas Bilski (out rd of 64)

Boys 16s:
1. Zachery Lim (out rd of 16)
2. Ryan Fishback
3. JJ Tracy (out rd of 32)
4. Logan Zapp
5. Spencer Brachman (out rd of 32)
6. Jack Anthrop (out rd of 32)
7. Jeremie Casabon (out rd of 128)
8. Jacob Bickersteth

Boys 18s:
1. Siem Woldeab
2. Christian Alshon (out rd of 64)
3. Leighton Allen
4. Bradley Frye (out rd of 32)
5. Marcus McDaniel(out rd of 16)
6. Andres Martin (out rd of 64)
7. Noah Schachter (out rd of 16)
8. Axel Nefve

Eighteen-year-old Claire Liu, who qualified for the WTA Bucharest Open and won her first round match, lost in the second round today to No. 4 seed Petra Martic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4. Liu should be close to 150 in the WTA rankings with her performance this week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Twenty-Five Americans Receive Direct Entry into US Open; This Week's USTA Pro Circuit Events in Berkeley and Iowa City; New Oracle Challenger Set for Chicago

The US Open announced its entry lists today, with 11 American men and 14 American women accepted into the main draw of the year's last major, which begins Monday August 27.

The American men receiving direct acceptances, with a cutoff of 101:
John Isner
Jack Sock
Sam Querrey
Frances Tiafoe
Steve Johnson
Ryan Harrison
Tennys Sandgren
Jared Donaldson
Taylor Fritz
Mackenzie McDonald
Denis Kudla

The American women receiving direct acceptances, with a cutoff of 101:
Sloane Stephens
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Madison Keys
Coco Vandeweghe
Danielle Collins
Taylor Townsend
Sonya Kenin
Alison Riske
Jennifer Brady
Sachia Vickery
Bernarda Pera
Cici Bellis
Christina McHale

Caroline Dolehide is the first alternate, so she is likely to move into the main draw as well.

One of the eight main draw wild cards will go to the winner of the USTA's US Open Wild Card Challenge, which is in week two of the five weeks designated for results that count in the race.  Jessica Pegula and Collin Altamirano are the current leaders, with the US women competing in a $60,000 event this week in Berkeley and the US men in the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Gatineau Canada.

Sonya Kenin, who does not need the USO wild card, is the top seed in Berkeley, Nicole Gibbs(Stanford), who does, is the No. 2 seeds. Both have advanced to the second round, as has former Cal star Maegan Manasse, a wild card, No. 4 seed Kristie Ahn(Stanford), No. 5 seed Jamie Loeb(UNC), Emina Bektas(Michigan), Ashley Kratzer, Maria Sanchez(USC) and Danielle Lao(USC).

American men remaining in Gatineau are Bradley Klahn and Ernesto Escobedo, who advanced to the quarterfinals with wins today.

The women also have an event in Gatineau, a $25,000 ITF Women's Pro Circuit tournament, with Arina Rodionova of Australia the top seed. Robin Anderson(UCLA) has advanced to the second round, and wild card Alicia Barnett, a former Northwestern Wildcat from Great Britain, picked up her best career win as a pro, beating No. 2 seed and WTA No. 153 Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-0, 6-1 in second round action today.

The USTA Pro Circuit event this week for men is a $25,000 Futures in Iowa City, Iowa, where Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia is the top seed. Karlovskiy, who plays qualifier Felix Corwin in the second round Thursday, won the Wichita Futures and the Winnetka Challenger in the past two weeks. Other Americans into the second round are Altamirano(UVA), Strong Kirchheimer[8](Northwestern), DJ Thomas, Nick Chappell(TCU), Aron Hiltzik(Illinois) and qualifiers Alfredo Perez(Florida) and Alex Brown(Illinois).

photo credit: Aaron Bean via unsplash

Oracle announced today it would be sponsoring a new tournament in Chicago the second week of the US Open, September 2-9, 2018. Oracle's first foray into these Challenger events was this spring, where two tournaments were held prior to the BNP Paribas Open, with the player with the most points from the two events getting a main draw wild card.  Like those tournaments, this one will feature equal prize money for men and women, $150,000.  Qualifying draws are for 16 players, with the main draws 32 players.  For more on Oracle's new event, see the press release.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

USTA Clay Court Championships Underway; Defending Champion Kypson, US Open Junior Champion Day Entered in USTA 18s Nationals

I'm back from Wimbledon and ready to get some sleep, but I wanted to link to the draws for the USTA National Clay Court Championships, which are underway at various sites across the southern United States.  This year the Girls 18s tournament has moved from Memphis to Charleston South Carolina, with the Girls 16s relocating to Memphis from Virginia Beach.  The Girls 18s winner will receive a main draw wild into next spring's Volvo Car Open, a WTA Premier event in Charleston. The TennisLink website also says that the Tennis Channel will be covering the final on Sunday.

Below are the top eight seeds for all divisions, with links to the full draws in the headings. Although rain delays and late matches mean that all results are not yet posted for the day, I've included a note if a Top 8 seed has been eliminated. All No. 1 seeds remain, but several No. 2 seeds have exited.

Girls 12s (Boca Raton)
1. Brooklyn Olson
2. Elisabeth Dunac (out rd of 64)
3. Natalia Perez
4. Alexia Harmon
5. Emily Baek
6. Amber Yin
7. Emma Roeck (out rd of 32)
8. Thea Latak

Girls 14s (Plantation)
1. Vivian Ovrootsky
2. Lan Mi
3. Anushka Khune
4. Stephanie Yakoff
5. Alexis Blokhina
6. Gracie Epps
7. Natalie Block
8. Filippa Bruu-Syversen

Girls 16s (Memphis)
1. Valencia Xu
2. India Houghton (out rd of 128)
3. Nadejda Maslova (out rd of 64)
4. Madison Sieg
5. Leyden Games
6. Ava Catanzarite
7. Amber Marie Lee
8. Allura Zamarripa

Girls 18s (Charleston SC)
1. Abigail Forbes
2. Andrea Cerdan
3. Michelle Sorokko
4. Fiona Crawley
5. Emma Navarro
6. Chelsea Kung
7. Sonia Tartakovsky (out in rd of 64)
8. Anna Zhang

Boys 12s: (USTA National Campus)
1. Rudy Quan
2. Andrew Salu
3. Alexander Frusina
4. Alexander Razeghi
5. Adam Sun
6. Lucas Coriaty
7. Dylan Charlap
8. Piotr Andrzejewski

Boys 14: (Fort Lauderdale)
1. Noelle Andrey Ampong
2. John Kim
3. Nicholas Heng
4. Braden Shick
5. Evan Wen (out rd of 64)
6. Jackson Armistead
7. Lucas Brown
8. John-Tomas Bilski (out rd of 64)

Boys 16s: (Delray Beach)
1. Zachery Lim
2. Ryan Fishback
3. JJ Tracy
4. Logan Zapp
5. Spencer Brachman
6. Jack Anthrop
7. Jeremie Casabon
8. Jacob Bickersteth

Boys 18s: (Delray Beach)
1. Siem Woldeab
2. Christian Alshon (out rd of 64)
3. Leighton Allen
4. Bradley Frye
5. Marcus McDaniel
6. Andres Martin (out rd of 64)
7. Noah Schachter
8. Axel Nefve

The entry lists for the August USTA National Championships have been posted, and although the wild cards have not yet been announced, there are plenty of notables in the 18s fields, including Kayla Day, who won the 2016 US Open girls title, has been struggling recently and defending champion Patrick Kypson, who spent a semester playing No. 1 at Texas A&M.

Coco Gauff, Whitney Osuigwe, Alexa Noel, Caty McNally and Lea Ma have entered the girls 18s tournament in San Diego.

Other boys of note entered in the Kalamazoo 18s draw are Jenson Brooksby, Tristan Boyer, Brandon Nakashima (2017 16s champion), DJ Thomas, Alexandre Rotsaert and Brian Shi.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kodat, Vallabhaneni, Bicknell and Wiersholm Win ITF Junior Circuit Titles; Gauff Moves to Top Spot in ITF Junior Rankings; Altamirano, Pegula Take Early Lead in US Open Wild Card Race; Liu, Aragone Qualify for WTA and ATP Events

While the tennis world focused on Wimbledon, and I turned all my attention to the juniors there, Americans juniors continued to win ITF Junior Circuit titles in smaller tournaments around the world.

Fifteen-year-old Toby Kodat, who claimed a Grade 2 title in May, won his second ITF singles title at the Grade 3 in Ukraine last week. Seeded No. 3, Kodat defeated No. 2 seed Bora Sengul of Turkey 6-1, 7-5 in final and made his ITF Junior Top 100 debut today. Kodat is one of only two boys born in 2003 in the Top 100.

Sixteen-year-old Niroop Vallabhaneni also won a Grade 3 last week, in Vancouver Canada, his first ITF junior singles title. Vallabhaneni, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 2 seed Sebastian Gima of Romania in the semifinals and top seed Taha Baadi of Canada in the final, the latter by a score of 6-3, 6-2.  Vallabhaneni didn't lose more than three games in any set in his run to the title.

No. 4 seed Lauren Anzalotta of Puerto Rico won the girls singles title, beating No. 3 seed Savannah Broadus 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  Broadus and Elaine Chervinsky won the girls doubles title, beating Isaella Barrera Aguirre and Sofia Rojas 7-5, 6-1 in the all-US final.

Another Grade 3 tournament, in Romania, produced another girls doubles championship for the US, with top seeds Kacie Harvey and Vanessa Ong claiming the title with a 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 win over No. 2 seeds Jade Bornay and Mylene Halemai of France. Harvey also reached the semifinals in singles as the No. 4 seed.

Americans won three of the four titles at the Grade 4 in Jamaica, with 16-year-old Blaise Bicknell taking the boys singles, his second ITF singles title of the year and fourth overall.  Unseeded Roger Chou and Joshua Miller won the boys doubles title, beating No. 2 seeds Russell Berdusco and Quinn McLeod 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Top seeds Hina Inoue and Japan's Remika Ohashi won the girls doubles title, beating unseeded Najah Dawson and Maya Pitts 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

And at the Grade 5 in Iceland, 14-year-old Katja Wiersholm won her first ITF title, with the No. 5 seed defeating top seed Dakota Fordham 6-2, 6-3 in the all-US girls final.

The ITF junior rankings usually change, often dramatically, in the week following a junior slam and that was true today, when Wimbledon girls champion Iga Swiatek of Poland moved into the Top 10 from her previous ranking in the 70s and French Open champion Coco Gauff took over the No. 1 ranking from Whitney Osuigwe, who had held that position since last October.

Wimbledon boys champion Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan padded his lead, and is now more than 1000 points ahead of No. 2 Sebastian Baez of Argentina.

Collin Altamirano and Jessica Pegula have taken the early lead in the USTA US Open Wild Card Challenge, with Pegula making the final of the first women's tournament in the Challenge, the $60,000 event in Honolulu.  Altamirano took the men's lead with a semifinal showing at the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Winnetka.

For the complete list of tournaments included in the Wild Card Challenge, and the current standing, see this usta.com article.

2017 Wimbledon girls champion Claire Liu has advanced to the main draw of the WTA International in Bucharest with three qualifying wins. The 18-year-old Californian, who is up to a career-high WTA ranking of 170 after qualifying and winning a round at Wimbledon, defeated No. 4 seed Paul Badosa Gibert of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the final round of qualifying today. She will face wild card Andreea Rosca of Romania in the first round of the main draw Tuesday.

The last tournament of the grass season is this week in Newport Rhode Island, with former Virginia standout JC Aragone getting through qualifying to reach the main draw of the ATP's Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open. Aragone defeated No. 2 seed and ATP No. 163 Matthias Bachinger of Germany 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 6-0 in the final round of qualifying and will play ATP veteran Marcel Granollers of Spain in the opening round Tuesday.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Top Seed Tseng Adds Wimbledon Boys Championship to French Title; Wangs Take Girls Doubles Title; Virtanen and Erel Claim Boys Doubles Championship

©Colette Lewis 2018--

Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan now has two junior slam titles, adding the Wimbledon boys championship to his French Open title by holding off local favorite Jack Draper 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4 in front of a boisterous home crowd on Court One Sunday.

Top seed Tseng, who also reached the Australian Open junior final back in January, was the more experienced player and the 26-minute first set provided few occasions for the near-capacity crowd to applaud the 16-year-old from Sutton, who was coming off a four-hour-plus, 19-17 third set in Friday's semifinal with Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.

Draper managed to get hold of his game and ignite the crowd in the the second game of the second set however, saving two break points to stay on serve, then breaking Tseng in the next game.

"That sort of got me back into the match, I felt, because I felt then I settled down and got used to everything," said Draper, who admitted his performance in the first set wasn't just fatigue.  "It was a bit of everything, also the occasion, getting used to having that many people watching you is a tiny bit of pressure on me. I'm a Brit as well. I learned to embrace that the second set, went from there."

Tseng, for his part, knew that he had missed an opportunity in that second set.

"I think first as I was playing, I was enjoying the tennis and playing relax," said the 16-year-old, who learned his tennis from his father, Yu Te, and has been mentored recently by Patrick Mouratoglou, who was in Tseng's player box. "Second set I have some chance to break his serve, but I didn't make it. I have to hold my serve, so I think I have more pressure on it, yes."

Tseng did get the break back in the second set, but buoyed by the crowd support, Draper dominated the tiebreaker, with his forehand heating up at just the right time to hand Tseng his first loss of a set in the tournament.

The third set began with three long games, with Tseng saving two break points at 0-1, then breaking for a 2-1 lead. That didn't last however, with Draper getting his backhand return going, a door that Tseng left open, with his first serve percentage under 50 throughout the match.  Tseng took a 3-2 lead with a break and then held, while Draper saved a break point in the next game to stay within range at 4-3.

Draper really got the crowd going in Tseng's service game, winning the first three points before getting the break at 30-40, and the left-hander was not shy about asking for their support.  The whistling, clapping and shouts of support could have intimidated Tseng, but they did not.

"I was just trying to get more focus on myself, just keep doing what I can do my best in the tennis, just focus on the court," Tseng said. "Actually at one point, I just can only hear myself breathe."

Draper played a tired-looking game at 4-all, and at 15-40, Tseng won a challenge on a first serve, which was called in but was shown on Hawkeye to be out. Draper then missed his second serve, deflating the crowd and Tseng had a changeover to think about serving for the Wimbledon title.

Tseng started poorly, going down 0-30, but he struck some confident ground strokes in the next three points, getting to match point when Draper netted a makeable backhand.  Tseng missed his first serve, but came up with a second serve ace down the T to become the first player since Gael Monfils in 2004 to win both the French and Wimbledon boys singles titles back-to-back.

Tseng, the first boy from Taiwan to win the Wimbledon title, said he models his game after that of Japan's Kei Nishikori.

"I think he's the best, one of the best Asian players," said Tseng, who is 5'9" and slightly built. "I think I play similar like him, so I want to be the same like him."

Tseng, who has already won two Futures titles in the past three months, is planning to play the US Open Junior Championships and the ITF Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October, while Draper, who has yet to earn his first ATP point, is looking to make his mark on the next level after his result this week.

"I'm going to go more into the senior game, for sure," said Draper. "I'm not really sure looking ahead at how many juniors I'm going to play. I'm definitely going to try and transition into the men's game."

Another player put a second slam title on their junior resume, with Xinyu Wang of China, who won the doubles title in Australia with Taiwan's En Shuo Liang, partnering with friend Xiyu Wang to beat 2017 Wimbledon doubles finalists and No. 2 seeds Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe 6-2, 6-1.

Wang and Wang, the top seeds, had played together at both Roehampton and Wimbledon last year, but not since.

"It’s great, I have won the Australian Open doubles title this year, this is my second time, but it’s exciting to win the doubles and especially with her," said Xinyu, whose superior English makes her the spokesperson for the team. "Because we both have good serving games, it makes it a lot easier. We’re not scared or we don’t have pressure when we’re returning, we just go for the lines."

Wang and Wang missed very few lines throughout the match, which lasted just 44 minutes.  At 1-1 in the first set, Osuigwe and McNally had Xinyu down 0-40 on her serve, but Wang and Wang won the next five points to take a lead they never relinquished.

"That was definitely an opportunity, it could have changed the whole match around," said McNally, who also lost in the girls doubles final in 2016. "The whole match could have been different because of that game. She served pretty well and hit some good shots, I thought, when they needed to in that game."

Xinyu Wang said they did not take anything for granted after that hold.

"We didn’t think too much," Xinyu said. "When it’s 0-40, we didn’t think about the game or if we lost this serving game or what would happen next. We kept focusing on the next point and the next point."

McNally and Osuigwe will again be attending the Wimbledon Champions Dinner tonight, but were hoping this year to go as champions, not finalists.

"We’ll go, I guess and it’s still nice when they dress up and everything, but it kind of sucks because we didn’t win," said McNally, the French Open girls doubles champion this year with Wimbledon girls champion Iga Swiatek.

McNally may play Citi Open qualifying late this month, but if not, then she will play the $60,000 tournament in Lexington Kentucky.  Osuigwe, who said she is done with juniors, will play USTA Pro Circuit events in the USTA Wild Card Challenge series beginning with Ashland Kentucky July 23.

Otto Virtanen of Finland and Yanki Erel of Turkey had never played doubles together before last week at Roehampton, but they are now Wimbledon champions after a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in Sunday's final  over No. 6 seeds Nicolas Mejia of Colombia and Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic.

Virtanen and Erel lost in the first round at the Roehampton Grade 1, so they had no expectations for this week.

"We just went on the court and felt really good here," said Virtanen, 17.  "From the beginning, we played absolutely amazing. It was totally different than last week, [we] both [were] in the game from the start of matches."

The final featured only one break of serve, with Virtanen hitting a winner up the middle on the second break point with Styler serving at 4-4. Erel served out the championship at love, which did not surprise Virtanen.

"We served really good during the whole week, and we did not have the stress on our service games because 99% we win our service games," Virtanen said. "We always start game, like 0-15 but never 0-30 or 0-40 so it’s pretty easy to play, you feel really good on court."

Erel, who is the first boy from Turkey to win a junior slam title, was still trying to process the fact that he's a Wimbledon champion.

"It’s good, but I am still like, how is that possible that we win the doubles?," said the 17-year-old, who plans to partner with Virtanen at the US Open Junior Championships in seven weeks. "I don’t know, but we deserve it and we did it. I’m so happy I don’t know what to say."

Complete draws can be found at the Wimbledon website.

Sunday's Mixed Doubles Final:

Nicole Melichar and Alexander Peya(AUT)[11] def. Victoria Azarenka(BLR) and Jamie Murray(GBR) 7-6(1), 6-3

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Swiatek Claims Wimbledon Girls Title; McNally and Osuigwe Meet Royalty, Advance to Girls Doubles Final for Second Straight Year

©Colette Lewis 2018--

Iga Swiatek said after her semifinal win on Court 8 Friday that she was "stressed" just thinking about playing in Saturday's Wimbledon girls final on Court One, one of the most significant courts in the sport.  But any nerves she felt didn't show in her near-perfect performance, with the 17-year-old from Poland claiming a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fatigued qualifier Leonie Kung of Switzerland.

"I was scared that I will not do well because of the stress and the pressure," said Swiatek, who had 33 winners and just 13 unforced errors in her first junior slam final. "But I felt great on court. I was thinking that this is why I play tennis, to make the show, to make people clap, to make them enjoy the game."

Kung was broken in her first service game, but she denied Swiatek serving for the set at 5-3, hitting a forehand winner after a long and entertaining point to save a set point. She couldn't hold in the next game however, with Swiatek showing how dangerous her return game can be, then cranking a forehand winner on her fourth set point to take the set.

In the second set, with Court One now at least two-thirds full, Kung went up 40-15 serving at 1-2. But two double faults later it was deuce, and Swiatek forced two errors, giving her a 3-1 lead, which expanded to 4-1 with a love hold in the next game.

Kung said she never felt comfortable.

"I wasn’t feeling very good on the court," said the 17-year-old, who was just the second qualifier to reach the final since qualifying began in 1998. "I felt tired, I didn’t feel very pumped. I wasn’t fast in my legs anymore, my arm not, I felt tired, yes. She had very good serves, she played very aggressive, she made the shots that she had to make and I was just not feeling so fit anymore."

Kung held from 0-30 down to make it 2-4, but Swiatek stayed focused, served well, held for 5-2 and broke at 30-40 to secure the title.

Her celebration was subdued, possibly because she still didn't actually believe she had won.

"I don't know," Swiatek said when asked how it felt to be a Wimbledon champion. "I'm too overwhelmed. I don't feel it. I have to rest and then I will enjoy everything."

Swiatek, who was not enthusiastic about grass court tennis coming into the tournament and did not play the Grade 1 in Roehampton, dropped the first set she played this year on the surface against top seed Whitney Osuigwe, but raised her game with each subsequent set, winning the next 12.

She hopes to receive the qualifying wild card Wimbledon traditionally distributes to the junior champion in 2019, but will concentrate on building her WTA ranking, which has reached as high as 330. She is not planning to play the US Open Junior Championships, but is looking to compete in the Grade A Youth Olympics this October in Buenos Aires as her last junior event.

Kung, who turns 18 in October, is not planning to compete in the US Open Junior Championships either, with a $60,000 ITF event in Switzerland that week a better fit in her schedule.

The boys singles final will be played on Sunday, again on Court One, with unseeded Jack Draper of Great Britain taking on top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan.

The doubles championships will also be decided on Sunday, with Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe into the girls doubles final for the second year in a row. The No. 2 seeds defeated unseeded Dalayna Hewitt and Peyton Stearns 6-2, 7-5 in an all-American semifinal, but the non-tennis highlight of the pair's day was meeting Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, respectively, prior to the resumption of the men's semifinal on Centre Court.

"Yesterday, after doubles, a woman from upstairs just said tomorrow Whitney and I could meet Kate and Meghan," McNally said. "We just said, oookay. Today we got here at 11, went upstairs and they took us over in a lounge area. It was us, the boys finalists, a few ball kids and a wheelchair player who got to meet them."

These were not just introductions and handshakes, but conversations.

"They asked us what event we were playing, how we were doing, how we liked it here, about the weather, where we're from, stuff like that," Osuigwe said.

McNally and Osuigwe said they were quite familiar with the two duchesses, "you see them on every magazine," Osuigwe said, but a discussion then ensued as to whether they were the most famous people the two Americans had ever met. They settled on yes, if tennis players were not included.

In the final, McNally and Osuigwe will be playing the top-seeded Chinese team of Xiyu Wang and Xinyu Wang, who defeated No. 4 seeds Coco Gauff and Argentina's Maria Carle 6-4, 6-2. The Americans concede they have the advantage of experience.

"They're probably going to come out swinging like they always do, because that's their game style," said McNally, who also reached the Wimbledon girls doubles final in 2016 and won the French Open girls doubles title last month. "At least we know, last year we had chances for sure, and I think this year we'll be able to take advantage of the opportunities."

"To be blunt, they play hard and flat," Osuigwe said. "We've played them in doubles before, not as a pair, but both of them separately. We played the righty (Xinyu) Wang last week, when she played with Clara Tauson."

The boys doubles final will feature No. 6 seeds Nicolas Mejia of Colombia and Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic against the unseeded team of Yanki Erel of Turkey and Otto Virtanen of Finland.  Mejia, who suffered a heartbreaking 7-6(5), 6-7(6) 19-17 defeat to Draper in the singles semifinals Friday, recovered to post two victories in doubles today. He and Styler defeated Brandon Nakashima and Tyler Zink 6-3, 6-4 in the delayed quarterfinal, then beat unseeded Rinky Hijikata of Australia and Naoki Tajima of Japan 6-3, 7-6(4) in the semifinals. Erel and Virtanen had just one match Saturday, beating the British wild card team of James Story and Harry Wendelken 7-6(0), 7-6(5).

The complete Sunday schedule is here.

Women's Final Saturday:
Angelique Kerber[11](GER) def. Serena Williams[25] 6-3, 6-3

Men's Doubles Final Saturday:
Mike Bryan and Jack Sock[7] def. Raven Klaasen(RSA) and Michael Venus[13](NZL) 6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5

Friday, July 13, 2018

Draper Wins Marathon Semifinal, Will Face Tseng for Boys Wimbledon Title Sunday; Qualifier Kung and Unseeded Swiatek Meet Saturday for Girls Championship; Five US Girls Reach Doubles Semifinals

©Colette Lewis 2018--

On men's semifinal day at Wimbledon, which featured a six-hour Centre Court win by Kevin Anderson over John Isner, Great Britain's Jack Draper and Colombia's Nicolas Mejia provided the junior version on Court 3, with Draper seizing a 7-6(5), 6-7(6), 19-17 victory over the No. 5 seed late Saturday evening.

At the four hour and 23 minute mark, Draper converted his tenth match point, all on Mejia's serve, 10 games after he had seen his ninth match point come and go. The 16-year-old left-hander went all out on a forehand, and when Mejia's reply floated over the net, Draper lined up his overhead.  He executed it perfectly, with plenty of margin and behind Mejia, but Draper was not as confident as he looked when he struck the ball.

"I was 100% I was going to miss that smash because actually my coach Ryan [Jones] had been saying how bad my smash [was], my footwork [was] to get behind that exact smash," said Draper, the son Roger Draper, the former head of the LTA. "Yeah, I knew I was going to miss it. I don't know how I made it. I must have hit the frame or something."

When the smash went bouncing by Mejia, Draper, looking exhausted, toppled back on the grass near the net, but he was soon up to shake the devastated Mejia's hand, and to acknowledge the crowd, which had supported him throughout.

"I can't really remember most of it," said Draper, who acknowledged he was aware of the men's semifinal, into the 45th game of their fifth set, when the boys finished. "I think it was sort of just a massive relief to actually have the match over after so many sort of, you know, torture, match points, him playing very well in them. But, yeah, I think I did very well in the end. I was just very happy, of course."

Draper is fortunate that the boys final is not scheduled until Sunday, and he is out of doubles, so he has all day Saturday to recover, while the British press focuses on the country's first boys finalist since Liam Broady in 2011.

Although Andy Murray has seen to it that Fred Perry's name is no longer mentioned regularly at Wimbledon, Stanley Matthews is Perry's junior equivalent, the last British boy to win the junior title, back in 1962. Draper said he did not know the name, but recognizes he'll be in select company Sunday.

"I mean, wow, as a young Brit, you dream sort of being on those big courts," Draper said. "Yeah, it's definitely going to be a challenge. It's going to be very exciting."

Draper will be facing a much more experienced opponent in the final in top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan, who reached his third junior slam final of the year with a 61-minute 6-3, 6-1 victory over unseeded Tao Mu of China.

Tseng, who lost in the Australian Open final and won the French title, said that clay is his favorite surface, but with five consecutive straight-sets win, he has proven that he is a quick study on grass.

"Last year I also played Wimbledon and that helped me a lot, to get used to it," said the 16-year-old, who lost in the first round in singles and doubles. "But on clay, I can have more rhythm and more rallies and much more strength."

Tseng, who often trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France when he is not competing in tournaments, is the first player from Taiwan to reach the Wimbledon boys final. Although only a few months older than Draper, Tseng has a decided edge in experience on the biggest stages in junior tennis, and he recognizes that, and his French title, are advantages for him.

"It gives me more confidence, and makes me stronger mentally," said Tseng. "When there is pressure in the final, I can relax and just play my best tennis."

The girls final Saturday will feature two first-time slam finalists, with qualifier Leonie Kung of Switzerland facing unseeded Iga Swiatek of Poland.  Kung and Swiatek prevented an all-Chinese, all-Wang final, with Kung defeating No. 10 seed Xiyu Wang 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 and Swiatek downing No. 4 seed Xinyu Wang 7-5, 7-6(1).

Kung is only the second qualifier to reach the Wimbledon girls final, with Russia's Anna Tchakvetadze the first, back in 2003. Kung, who received entry into Wimbledon Junior qualifying via her WTA ranking, now 417, failed to qualify for the French Open Junior championships last month, so her march to the final this week is something of a surprise.

"It's your biggest dream when you come to Wimbledon, but when it really happens, it's unbelievable," said the 17-year-old from the German-speaking part of Switzerland. "It's so nice, I'm so, so happy that I was able to win this match."

Kung served for the match at 5-4, then had two match points at 6-4 in the second set tiebreaker, one on her serve, but Wang won the final four points to pull even.  Kung got a second chance to serve for the match after breaking Wang at 3-4, and this time her first serve didn't desert her, with two good ones from 30-all finishing off Wang.

Kung recognized the challenge that the big-hitting left-hander presented.

"I think especially with players that hit flat and hard, you have to extremely ready in the head and also in your legs," Kung said. "If you're really ready, you can use the power and put the shots in the different corners, but you have to be really focused and look at the ball, hit it cleanly. That's really tough to do that through a whole match."

Swiatek, who prefers to play with top spin, said the pace she was getting from Xinyu Wang was keeping her on her heels early in the match.

"Two times I fell on my back because she was playing so fast," said Swiatek, who received entry into the main draw by virtue of her WTA ranking, which was in the 300s at the cutoff date. "There are not many players in junior tennis that are playing that fast, and it was really hard to play with her."

Swiatek fell behind early in both sets, but portrayed no doubt in her body language.

"There is inside, but I try to hide it," Swiatek said. "My coach always told me I am the best, and I try to believe it. She learned me how to stay positive and I still try to do better."

Swiatek served for the match at 5-3 but didn't come close to a match point, although she did have two with Wang serving at 4-5. Wang, who is at 461 in the WTA rankings, fought those off and held in a deuce game to force a tiebreaker, but Swiatek took a 3-0 lead with an audacious backhand drop shot winner and Wang could not recover.

Although Swiatek resembled Agnieszka Radwanska with her low-to-the-ground defense, Swiatek said she has not modeled her game after either of the Radwanska sisters, with Agnieszka winning the Wimbledon girls title in 2005 and Urszula in 2007.

"I didn't have any idols actually," said Swiatek. "I was too focused on my own play to watch much tennis. Right now it's changed. After my first grand slam I realized how great it is to watch pro tennis players, so it's a new thing for me."

Swiatek is looking forward to the final, but also expressed some nervousness at the prospect.

"I'm excited, but [it's] stressful as well," Swiatek said. "It will be a great experience to play on Court No. 1. I don't know what to think about it, I'm too overwhelmed."

The girls final is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday on Court 1.

Five US girls have advanced to Saturday's doubles semifinals, with an American team assured of being in Sunday's final.

No. 2 seeds Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe, who reached the final last year, defeated No. 7 seeds Georgia Drummy of Ireland and Alexa Noel 7-5, 7-5 in Friday's quarterfinals to set up a meeting with unseeded Dalayna Hewitt and Peyton Stearns.  Hewitt and Stearns defeated No. 8 seeds Clara Burel and Diane Parry of France 6-3, 7-5, giving up break midway through the second set, but getting another at 5-all.  Closing out a match to reach the Wimbledon semifinals can be daunting, but Stearns didn't feel the pressure.

"I was really popping my serves," said Stearns, a 16-year-old from Ohio. "At 40-love on my first serve, I went for a little bit too much, I got a little excited there."

"It was totally ok," said Hewitt, a 17-year-old, and also from Ohio. "You just had made three first serves in a row, go for it."

Coco Gauff and her partner Maria Carle of Argentina advanced to the doubles semifinal in the top half of the draw with a 7-5, 6-3 win over British wild cards Victoria Allen and Destinee Martins. The No. 4 seeds will play top seeds Xiyu and Xinyu Wang, who defeated No. 5 seeds Joanna Garland and En Shuo Liang of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2.

Because Mejia's singles semifinal match finished so late, he and partner Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic were not able to play their doubles quarterfinal match against Brandon Nakashima and Tyler Zink. That match is now scheduled for Saturday, with the winner of that quarterfinal taking on Rinky Hijikata of Australia and Naoki Tajima of Japan.  The bottom half semifinal features two unseeded teams: Yanki Erel of Turkey and Otto Virtanen of Finland against British wild cards James Story and Harry Wendelken.

The complete order of play for Saturday is available here.

Men's Semifinal Saturday:
Kevin Anderson[8](RSA) def. John Isner[9] 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-7(9), 6-4, 26-24

Women's Final Saturday:
Serena Williams[25] v Angelique Kerber[11](GER)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

French Girls Finalists Gauff, McNally Fall in Wimbledon Juniors Quarterfinals; Hilderbrand Loses to Top Seed Tseng

©Colette Lewis 2018--

American juniors have had plenty of success at the Wimbledon Junior Championships in the past five years, and with French Open girls finalists Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in the draw, that figured to continue in 2018.  But instead of a rematch of the Roland Garros final in Friday's semifinals, that contest will be between two first-time junior slam semifinalists: No. 10 seed Xiyu Wang of China and qualifier Leonie Kung of Switzerland.

Wang saved a match point in defeating No. 3 seed and French Open champion Gauff 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4, but she had to overcome a furious comeback from the 14-year-old, who trailed 4-0 in the final set.

Wang, a 17-year-old left-hander, was down a set and a break, but she never stopped crushing the ball, and Gauff, who is not accustomed to being on defense lost her 3-0 advantage.  With Wang serving at 4-5, Gauff earned a match point, but Wang hung in throughout a long rally and hit an overhead winner to save it.

Both girls held easily to get into a tiebreaker, and Wang played a near perfect one, hitting the ball close to the lines and with great pace. Gauff seemed rattled to start the third set, but she worked her way back into the match, getting to 4-all and then earning a break point with Wang serving in the ninth game.  But Wang blasted a backhand that forced an error, got a netcord winner, and on her second game point hit another backhand winner to go up 5-4.

"I always believe that no matter what the score is, that I can come back," Gauff said. "So I'm going to keep fighting whether I'm up 4-0 or down 4-0."

Gauff got another opportunity to fight back when three errors saw her go down 0-40 serving at 4-5. She saved two of the match points, forcing an error and hitting a forehand winner, but she went for a big second serve and hit it just wide to give Wang the win.

"There's always matches like this, where someone is going to play out of their mind; that only happens a couple times a year, but unfortunately, it happened to me," Gauff said with a laugh. "But again, she played really well, the whole match, she just played solid tennis and I came up a little short. In our match, just one or two points made the difference, between me losing and me winning."

McNally wasn't able to find much to fault in her own play in her 7-6(3), 7-5 loss to qualifier Leonie Kung.

"I thought I played pretty well, honestly," the 16-year-old McNally said. "She came up with some unbelievable shots, forehand squash shots on the run, winners down the line. I was pretty happy with how I played, I hit the ball really well."

McNally served for the first set twice, at 5-4 and 6-5, and had two set points, but she couldn't convert, and then fell behind 4-2 in the second set.  She got the break back and held for a 5-4 lead, but Kung held and broke and served out the match.

"It was a really good match honestly, and she just played a little better," McNally said.
Kung had beaten McNally the previous two times they played this year, both in ITF Pro Circuit events, but she knew better than to take this match lightly.

"I played her on the professional tour, on hard court, so that's different," said Kung, 17. "I thought those matches were easier on hard court for me. Today was tougher. Today she played really, really well. She was in the final of Roland Garros, so I think she has a lot of confidence. I was able to play good and make my winners, but it was a tough game and it could have gone either way. You have to be careful if you win against someone already twice, they probably have a tactic against you, think different when playing against you. That's always tough; you can't go on the court, and think, oh I beat her twice, I just have the game to beat her. They are such good players, they know they have to change their game and they will."

The semifinal in the top half of the draw will feature Iga Swiatek of Poland and No. 4 seed Xinyu Wang of China. Swiatek continued rolling through the draw, beating Emma Raducanu of Great Britain 6-0, 6-1 to reach her second consecutive junior slam semifinal. Wang had a long battle with unseeded Viktoriia Dema of Ukraine, with the two splitting tiebreakers, but Wang took control with a break to go up 3-1 in the third and closed out the 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3 victory.

Swiatek and Wang played in January of 2017 at the Grade 1 in Traralgon Australia, with Wang winning 7-5 in the third.

The boys semifinals will also feature a Chinese player, with unseeded Tao Mu advancing with a 7-5, 6-1 win over wild card Anton Matusevich of Great Britain, avenging a loss in the semifinals of the Grade 1 last month in Belgium.  Mu will face top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan, who beat the last American boy in the draw, Trey Hilderbrand, 6-2, 6-4.

Hilderbrand struggled in the first set, but began to play better against the French Open boys champion in the second set, going up a break at 4-3 after Tseng had taken a 40-0 lead in the game. But Hilderbrand couldn't find a first serve in the next game, and Tseng broke back with a return winner.  After he held for 5-4, Tseng denied Hilderbrand three game points and after three deuces, broke for the match with a forehand pass.

"He's just really, really good from the baseline," Hilderbrand said. "He's got a pretty good serve, really good returns and he's really quick and hits good passing shots. He's really good at everything, to be honest."

Hilderbrand said he was generally happy with the way he played, although his serving was compromised by a slight ab injury.

"I didn't serve that well, and my ab is kind of starting to hurt again," the 18-year-old said. "That really set me back in the match. My first serve wasn't really clicking for me there. My ab kind of hurt me on every serve and it just wasn't there for me."

The other boys semifinal will feature Great Britain's Jack Draper and No. 5 seed Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.

For the second match in a row, Draper dropped the opening set in a tiebreaker on Court 12, but again he came back, this time beating unseeded Lorenzo Musetti of Italy 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1.  Draper, the first British boy to reach the Wimbledon boys semifinals since Kyle Edmund in 2013, has split his two decisions with Mejia, losing last year on grass at Roehampton and winning last November on clay in at the Grade 1 in Yucatan.

The 18-year-old Mejia defeated unseeded Gilbert Soares Klier Junior of Brazil 7-6(6), 7-5 to reach his first junior slam semifinal and is now 4-0 in tiebreakers this week.

The top seeds in boys doubles, Tseng and his partner Ray Ho, lost today in the second round of doubles to Rinky Hijikata of Australia and Naoki Tajima of Japan 7-6(8), 6-1.

The only American boys remaining in the doubles draw are Brandon Nakashima and Tyler Zink, who came from a set and 4-1 down to beat the Czech team of Jonas Forejtek and Dalibor Svrcina 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3.

Six US girls are still alive in the girls doubles draw, including 2017 finalists McNally and Whitney Osuigwe, the No. 2 seeds.  Gauff and Maria Carle of Argentina, the No. 4 seeds, Alexa Noel and Ireland's Georgia Drummy, the No. 7 seeds, and unseeded Dalayna Hewitt and Peyton Stearns all will play in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The complete order of play for Friday is here.

Serena Williams reached the tenth Wimbledon final of her career with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Julia Goerges of Germany and will play No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber in Saturday's women's final, a rematch of the 2016 women's championship match. Williams is seeking her eighth Wimbledon title, Kerber, her first.  For more on Williams' win, see the Wimbledon website.

Thursday's quarterfinal junior singles results featuring Americans:

Xiyu Wang[10](CHN) def. Coco Gauff[3] 4-6, 7-6(1) ,6-4
Leonie King[Q](SUI) def. Caty McNally[13] 7-6(3), 7-5
Chun Hsin Tseng[1](TPE) def. Trey Hilderbrand 6-2, 6-4

Thursday's women's semifinals:
Serena Williams[25] def. Julia Goerges[13](GER) 6-2, 6-4
Angelique Kerber[11](GER) def. Jelena Ostapenko[12](LAT) 6-3, 6-3

Friday's men's semifinals:
John Isner[9] v Kevin Anderson[8](RSA)
Rafael Nadal[2](ESP) v Novak Djokovic[12](SRB)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Conversation with Sebastian Korda; Gauff, McNally and Hilderbrand Reach Quarterfinals at Wimbledon Junior Championships; Isner and Anderson Advance to Men's Semifinals

©Colette Lewis 2018--

Because I didn't cover the Australian Open or French Open Junior Championships in person, I hadn't talked to Sebastian Korda in quite some time, so I decided to schedule a one-on-one interview with former ITF World Junior No. 1 here at Wimbledon. In our conversation after his loss on Saturday, Korda told me how special it was for him to win the Australian Open boys title on the 20th anniversary of his father Petr's men's title, why he played sparingly as a young junior, the best advice his father has given him, and why he's not planning to play Kalamazoo this year, in this Tennis Recruiting Network article, posted today.

In third round Wimbledon Junior Championships action today at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Americans Trey Hilderbrand, Caty McNally and Coco Gauff earned victories, while Cannon Kingsley, Tristan Boyer and Lea Ma failed to advance.

Hilderbrand started yet another dry and partly sunny day in Southwest London with a surprisingly easy first five games against unseeded Nicolas Alvarez Varona of Spain. In 16 minutes, the 18-year-old Texan had a 5-0 lead, with Alvarez struggling to get his first serve in, and Hilderbrand charging the net at every opportunity.

Hilderbrand, who also returned well when Alvarez did get his first serve in, was up 6-1, 5-0 and had two match points on Alvarez's serve. The 17-year-old from Spain, who had changed his strategy and started serving and volleying down 3-0 in the second set, hit a second serve ace to save the first match point and on the second hit a volley that Hilderbrand got to, but was unable to execute the passing shot. Alvarez went on to get his first hold of the match, then broke Hilderbrand with more aggressive grass court tennis to make it 5-2.

Serving for match again at 5-3, Hilderbrand went down 30-40, but he got a first serve in that Alvarez couldn't handle. Alvarez earned another break point after a putaway at the net, but after Hilderbrand was called for a foot fault on his first serve, Alvarez couldn't get the second serve in play.  That mistake proved costly, with Hilderbrand hitting an ace to earn his third match point, which he converted with another big first serve.

"I was thinking, let's just see if you can hold one game," said Hilderbrand, who won 38 of his 59 net approaches. "I hit some pretty good serves to get me out of the game. I kept telling myself, one point at a time, let's play a solid point and see if he can beat you."

Up 6-1, 5-0, Hilderbrand had to fight thinking ahead to the quarterfinals.

"I probably did think about that a little bit at 5-3, but I just tried to get that out of my head and focus on my match," said Hilderbrand, who will begin his college career at Central Florida next month. "I knew it still wasn't over, and obviously, he came back."

Hilderbrand will face top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan, one of only two seeded boys still in the draw.  The French Open boys champion, who defeated qualifier Ondrej Styler of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1, has never played Hilderbrand, who thinks his aggressive net play could cause the top-ranked ITF junior some problems.

"It's definitely an advantage," said Hilderbrand, who didn't play many ITF Junior Circuit events growing up. "My first grand slam, the [2017] US Open, I didn't know any of those guys and obviously they struggled with me. The French Open was a little different, it's just not my surface or anything; this tournament, guys probably knew who I was, but they probably weren't sure I was going to be playing how I'm playing right now."

The other quarterfinal in the top half will feature wild card Anton Matusevich and Tao Mu of China. In the bottom half, No. 5 seed Nicolas Mejia of Colombia will face Gilbert Soares Klier Junior, who has followed up his first round win over No. 2 seed Sebastian Baez of Argentina with two more straight-sets win. Mejia ended Kingsley's tournament with a 7-6(3), 7-5 third round win.  The other boys quarterfinal features Lorenzo Musetti of Italy against Jack Draper of Great Britain.  Draper had a much tougher time with No. 11 seed Boyer today than he did in the first round of Roehampton, but Draper came through with a huge forehand winner at 5-6 30-all in the third set, and converted his match point when Boyer sent a backhand wide.

No. 13 seed McNally and No. 3 seed Gauff had to come from a set down in their third round wins.  McNally had all manner of trouble with her serve, with 12 double faults in the first two sets, but she managed to hang on after a losing a big lead in the second set to come away with a 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 win over Qinwen Zheng of China.

"I was having a really hard time with my serve, that was the main thing," said the 16-year-old from Cincinnati, who is playing in her third Wimbledon. "And that was kind of mentally breaking me down and that was affecting everything else in my game."

Up 4-1 and serving in the second set, McNally lost five of the next six games, although she had five break points with Zheng serving at 5-all. But the next game propelled McNally to a new level.

"In the second set, I think I found more rhythm towards the end and when I was able to hold at love 5-6 down, that gave me some confidence," McNally said. "I served a lot better the rest of the match and my game followed."

In Thursday's quarterfinals, McNally will play qualifier Leonie Kung of Switzerland, who defeated No. 9 seed Yuki Naito of Japan 6-3, 6-3. Kung and McNally have met twice this year, on the ITF Women's Circuit, with Kung winning both times.

"I lost to her twice this year, when I went to Martinique and Guadeloupe and I lost to her both times," said McNally, who is still an amateur and right now does not have a timetable regarding turning pro. "I played with her in doubles at the Grade A in Milan, so I know her game."

Gauff found herself coming to the net often against No. 15 seed Maria Carle of Argentina, but some of that was necessitated by Carle's slices, volleys and short angles. Gauff struggled on serve in the first set, getting broken twice, and she had no aces in the match, an unusual statistic for her.

In the second set, Gauff managed a break at 4-5 with great anticipation to reflex a volley winner back at Carle, and in the third set, the 14-year-old Floridian was more adept at keeping Carle on defense. Leading 3-1, Gauff saved a break point with a great forehand, and her serve came though late in the game, giving her some breathing room against Carle.  After holding at love for a 5-2 lead, Gauff was relentless in Carle's service game, breaking at love and finishing with a return winner.

Gauff and Carle, who are doubles partners this week, were their usual competitive selves during the match, but they shared a hug at the net when the time came to shake hands.

Gauff will face No. 10 seed Xiyu Wang of China, who defeated the other American girl in the third round, Lea Ma, 6-2, 6-4.

Iga Swiatek of Poland, who beat top seed Whitney Osuigwe in the opening round, will face Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in one of the top half quarterfinals, with No. 4 seed Xinyu Wang of China taking on Viktoriia Dema of Ukraine.

The first round of doubles was completed today, with Dalayna Hewitt and Peyton Stearns the only Americans to advance to the second round in the matches played today.

Thursday's schedule is available here.

In the men's quarterfinals, John Isner(Georgia) and Kevin Anderson(Illinois), who played in the NCAA Team Championships final in 2007, are through to their first Wimbledon semifinals, with Isner defeating Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3 and Anderson shocking defending champion Roger Federer 2-6, 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.  Isner is now in the first major semifinal of his career, while Anderson reached the US Open final last year.

For more on Isner's victory, see this article from the ATP website. For more on Anderson's upset, see this article from the ATP website.

Wednesday's men's quarterfinal featuring American:
John Isner[9] def. Milos Raonic[13](CAN) 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-3

Wednesday's junior singles results featuring Americans:

Jack Draper(GBR) def. Tristan Boyer[11] 6-7(1), 6-3, 7-5
Trey Hilderbrand def. Nicolas Alvarez Varona(ESP) 6-1, 6-3
Caty McNally[13] def. Qinwen Zheng(CHN) 1-6, 7-6(4),6-1
Coco Gauff[3] def. Maria Carle[15](ARG) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Xiyu Wang[10](CHN) def. Lea Ma 6-2, 6-4
Nicolas Mejia([5]COL) def. Cannon Kingsley 7-6(3), 7-5

Thursday's junior singles matches featuring Americans:
Coco Gauff[3] v Xiyu Wang[10](CHN)
Caty McNally[13] v Leonie King[Q](SUI)
Trey Hilderbrand v Chun Hsin Tseng[1](TPE)

Thursday's women's semifinal match featuring American:
Serena Williams[25] v Julia Goerges[13](GER)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Young Fans Boost Boyer to Victory as Six Americans Advance to Third Round at Wimbledon Junior Championships, Girls No. 2 Seed Liang Out

©Colette Lewis 2018--

French Open champions Chun Hsin Tseng and Coco Gauff kept their hopes alive for a second straight junior slam with wins today, but Australian Open champion En Shuo Liang saw her opportunity for another slam title slip away, with the 17-year-old from Taiwan losing to China's Qinwen Zheng 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on a dry and cool day at the Wimbledon Junior Championships.

The match featured many more unforced errors than winners, with both girls struggling to find any sort of rhythm, but the 15-year-old Zheng stayed positive to claim a spot in the third round in her first appearance at Wimbledon.

Zheng is one of three Chinese players in the third round, with No. 4 seed Xinyu Wang and No. 10 seed Xiyu Wang also advancing.

Three American girls have also reached the third round, but there will be no all-US girls final as was the case last year, with all three in the bottom half of the draw.  Gauff, the No. 3 seed, defeated Lenka Stara of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5, and Caty McNally, the No. 13 seed, defeated British wild card Destinee Martin 6-0, 6-4, with Zheng McNally's next opponent.  The third American, Lea Ma, reached the third round in a major for the first time by avenging a loss earlier this year to No. 8 seed Clara Tauson of Denmark by a 7-6(2), 7-6(4).

There were no breaks in the first set, and Ma was not able to hold on to her only break in the second set, but the 17-year-old said she didn't get nervous in the second set tiebreaker.

"I played really well today," said Ma, who has been at IMG since January. "I was playing with no pressure. Obviously, she's higher ranked and she younger than me, but I played a lot better than I did the first time."

Ma lost 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the Grade A in Brazil earlier this year, and agreed it was possible that the 15-year-old Tauson had taken her lightly prior to the match.

"She beat me so easily the first time," Ma said. "I was so tight in that match, because I was so much older than her and I thought I should win that match. She was missing quite a bit today, I don't think she was playing her best."

Ma lost in the first round at Roehampton, but used the time between tournaments to practice on grass, which she is learning to like.

"I was still getting used to grass, it was my first match on grass and that grass is pretty bad," Ma said. "The first set, I don't think I made a return. I wasn't ready to play on grass yet. I was practicing like three times a day after that, trying to get used to the grass, and I'm feeling a lot better on this grass now and I'm feeling I can really hit the ball."

Ma will face No. 10 Wang in Wednesday's third round.

Trey Hilderbrand didn't need to be convinced that grass would be an ideal surface for his game, and he earned another opportunity to play on it again by defeating Louis Herman of Belgium 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-5.

Hilderbrand trailed most of the match, and was down 2-4, 15-40 in the third set, but he dug out of that hole, held and broke for 4-4.  Three more holds later, Herman was down 0-30, but he got it back to 30-all before Hilderbrand  put his net skills to work on the next point, scrambling to get a volley by Herman with both players at the net.

"I thought he hit a winner," Hilderbrand said. "I was about to dive for it, then I realized I could actually get it."

On match point, Herman missed his first serve, and Hilderbrand never hesitated on what tactic he would use.

"I said I'm going to put pressure on him and just come in," said the 18-year-old Texan, who came into the net an astounding 157 times. "It had been working a good amount, but then he would pass me, but I think I probably won more than I lost, so I decided to go to net. His serve actually skidded off the court and luckily my racquet was right there and it took off and I hit a great return somehow."

On the adjacent court, No. 11 seed Tristan Boyer was also locked in a close third set, but he needed a few more games to pull out his 6-7(6), 6-4, 9-7 win over Jesper De Jong of the Netherlands.

Boyer, who had never played an advantage set before, said he felt comfortable throughout the final games.

"It wasn't that different I guess," Boyer said. "I kind of got in a serving rhythm and I think I slowly applied some pressure on the serve, found what I could do on his serve without doing too much and giving him an easy hold."

In the final game, with De Jong serving, Boyer said he increased his energy level and didn't get discouraged despite seeing four match points come and go.

"He saved three with first serves, two aces and one forced error return," Boyer said. "The fourth one, I missed a second serve return, so that was tough, but aside from that it was a solid game and that's why I broke him."

Boyer had a vocal cheering section, although he wasn't acquainted with his young fans.

"There were these four little girls, the cutest little girls I've ever seen in my life, sitting there in the front row," Boyer said. "That was really cool, and it made me smile a lot. In this match and in my match before, there have been a few people who have been a really good crowd and it keeps me really loose on the court which I think is good. If you are playing and you're so intense, it doesn't feel good and it's not as fun, and I think it impedes performance as well. So it was nice to have the cheering squad."

Boyer is not likely to have the crowd on his side on Wednesday, when he plays Great Britain's Jack Draper, who beat No. 7 seed Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-0.  Draper defeated Boyer 6-1, 6-2 in the first round last week at the Grade 1 in Roehampton, so Boyer knows what to expect.

"He's been playing a lot on the grass the past month, got some wild cards, so he's very comfortable on it," Boyer said. "We watched all his matches until he lost (in the semifinals) in Roehampton, because that's how you learn to play, watching someone who is better than you in a particular situation, so we have a pretty good read on what he does. These courts are different from Roehampton, much faster, much better bounces, nicer courts; it should be fun."

"I really hope those four girls and their mom come back," Boyer said.

Cannon Kingsley is the third American boy to reach the third round, with the 17-year-old from New York also getting through in three sets. Kingsley defeated Taisei Ichikawa of Japan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to advance to the third round of a Grade A for the first time.

Roehampton champion Brandon Nakishima was not seeded this week, but was definitely one of the favorites. His grass court streak ended abruptly however at the hands of No. 6 seed and former ITF World No. 1 junior Timofei Skatov of Kazakhstan, who played flawless tennis to earn a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Skatkov and Boyer are two of only five seeds remaining in the boys draw, while nine seeds are still alive in the girls draw.

The first round of doubles began on Tuesday, with Hurricane Tyra Black the only American in action who was unable to earn a victory.  No. 2 seeds McNally and Whitney Osuigwe, the 2017 Wimbledon girls finalists, lost only three games in their win over Gergana Topalova of Bulgaria and Daniela Vismane of Latvia.

The complete order of play for Wednesday is available here.

Caty McNally[13] def. Destinee Martin[WC](GBR) 6-0, 6-4
Xiyu Wang[10](CHN) def. Peyton Stearns[Q] 6-2 ,6-1
Timofei Skatov[6](KAZ) def. Brandon Nakashima 6-3, 6-4
Viktoriia Dema(UKR) def. Alexa Noel[5] 6-3, 6-3
Cannon Kingsley def. Taisei Ichikawa(JPN) 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Nicolas Alvarez Varona(ESP) def. Govind Nanda[Q] 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Hugo Gaston[4](FRA) def. Emilio Nava 6-1, 6-4
Elisabetta Cocciaretto[14](ITA) def. Katie Volynets 7-5, 6-4
Coco Gauff[3] def. Lenka Stara(SVK) 6-1, 7-5
Lea Ma def. Clara Tauson[8](DEN) 7-6(2), 7-6(4)
Ondrej Styler[Q](CZE) def. Drew Baird[15] 6-7(7), 7-5, 6-1
Maria Carle[15](ARG) def. Dalayna Hewitt 6-4, 6-3
Trey Hilderbrand def. Louis Herman(BEL) 1-6, 7-6(4), 7-5
Tristan Boyer[11] def. Jesper De Jong(NED) 6-7(6), 6-4, 9-7

Wednesday's round of 16 matches featuring American juniors:
Tristan Boyer[11] v Jack Draper(GBR)
Trey Hilderbrand v Nicolas Alvarez Varona(ESP)
Caty McNally[13] v Qinwen Zheng(CHN)
Coco Gauff[3] v Maria Carle[15](ARG)
Lea Ma v Xiyu Wang[10](CHN)
Cannon Kingsley v Nicolas Mejia([5]COL)

Men’s quarterfinal featuring American:
John Isner[9] v Milos Raonic[13](CAN)

Wednesday's American women's singles quarterfinal result:
Serena Williams[25] def. Camilia Giorgi(ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Monday, July 9, 2018

Swiatek Takes Out Top Seed Osuigwe; Roehampton Champions Roll On as First Round of Wimbledon Junior Championships Completed

©Colette Lewis 2018--

Junior tennis aficionados had circled Monday's first round match between top seed Whitney Osuigwe and Iga Swiatek of Poland, knowing that, regardless of the outcome, an upset was not a possibility.

Osuigwe, the 2017 ITF World Junior Champion and still No. 1 in the junior rankings, played her first junior tournament last week in Roehampton, reaching the semifinals, while Swiatek, currently 347 in the WTA rankings, has played only one other junior tournament in 2018, last month's French Open, where she reached the semifinals.

Swiatek had been practicing on grass for a few days, but needed a set to adjust to the courts at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where she claimed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

"I had four days to think about the match," said Swiatek, who admitted she was disappointed with the draw, and is not particularly fond of grass. "I don't like it yet, but I hope I will."

Swiatek said she was nervous to start only her second career match at Wimbledon, having lost in the first round in 2016.

"It was really hard for me in the first set to play in the court," said the 17-year-old, who reached the semifinals of a $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament this spring in Charleston SC. "I needed some time to feel the ball."

After finishing the second set with an ace, Swiatek started the third by fighting off a break point in the second game and two more serving at 2-3. Her serve, which Swiatek said is where her game has improved the most since returning from injury earlier this year, came through for her. A good, deep second serve saved the first break point and a good first serve saved the second break point, while Osuigwe's serve let her down in the next game, with consecutive double faults making it 15-40. Swiatek hit a great return to convert her break point, held for a 5-3 lead and broke for the win.

"I guess maybe I was stronger in mind," Swiatek said. "I was nervous, but I felt quite good at the end. I was sure I would make it and I was confident the last three games."

Swiatek said her junior ranking is not important to her, but getting an opportunity to play the junior slams via her WTA rankings was a goal.

"I can learn a lot from junior grand slams," Swiatek said. "Because there is a different atmosphere and the pressure is bigger, so it's really important to these tournaments."

Roehampton champions Brandon Nakashima and Coco Gauff extended their grass court winning streaks to seven games, with Nakashima defeating Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva of Brazil 6-2, 6-0 and Gauff beating Gergana Topalova of Bulgaria 6-1, 6-4.

Gauff made her ITF Junior Circuit debut last year at Roehampton, but lost in Wimbledon junior qualifying, so she had not played on the courts of the All England Lawn Tennis Club until today.

"I came to watch some matches last year, to get used to the atmosphere," said the 14-year-old French Open girls champion. "At the time, I wasn't expecting all of this to happen within a year. I knew I would try to get there this year, but I didn't know I'd be seeded or any of that."

Gauff has been impressed with the support and recognition she has received from her home town of Delray Beach since her French Open title

"My grandma set up a watch party [for the French Open girls final] at my dad's restaurant and I was thinking maybe 15, 20 people came, because who wants to watch a junior tennis match early in the  morning? But they told me at least 150 people were there, and I was like, wow. I was really overwhelmed and it was very exciting."

In her match with Topalova, Gauff took the first set easily, but Topalova shook off her nerves, stopped making errors and forced Gauff to earn her points.  Serving for the match, Gauff couldn't convert her first two match points and had to save four break points, but she held on for the win.

"I wasn't really nervous, I just did not want to lose my serve," Gauff said. "I really like my serve and I hate when I get broken. I thought she played pretty good on the big points, she was hitting her shots and playing pretty loose.  My mentality was just keeping my foot on the pedal and keep the pressure on her."

Nakashima hadn't played a grass court match prior to Roehampton last week, and didn't know what to expect.

"I wasn't too sure about the surface when I started," said the 16-year-old from San Diego. "I just got about a week's preparation in California before I came here, but I feel like the surface suits my game well."

Nakashima admitted the grass courts at Sherwood Country Club were much different from what he experienced at Roehampton and in his Wimbledon debut.

"Over here is definitely better grass," Nakashima said. "In California, the ball doesn't really bounce that much, so when I got here I thought it was a lot easier to play. I've been serving really well and my return suits the grass well. And taking the ball early and not giving my opponent too much time also helps a lot."

Nakashima said that by the time he got to the Roehampton final he no longer had any doubts about the surface.

"I definitely had a lot of confidence coming in here and I knew I was playing good tennis," Nakashima said. "I knew I had to play the same as I was doing last week. This is such a great experience, it's such a prestigious tournament. Everything is like so classy here, they are so organized and stuff, it's really a good experience."

While the top seed in the girls draw is out, the boys No. 1, French Open champion Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan, did advance to Tuesday's second round, beating Wojciech Marek of Poland 6-2, 6-4. Boys seeds falling today included No. 16 Aidan McHugh of Great Britain and No. 9 seed Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina, who lost to American qualifier Govind Nanda 7-6(5), 6-2.  The only girls seed other than Osuigwe to go out today was No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia, who was beaten by qualifier Leonie Kung of Switzerland.

Overall, Americans went 9-4 today and 14-7 in first round singles matches.

Monday's first round results in junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Arnaud Bovy(BEL) def. Keenan Mayo[Q] 6-4, 6-2
Emma Raducanu(GBR) def. Gabby Price 6-1, 6-4
Brandon Nakashima def. Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva(BRA) 6-2, 6-0
Drew Baird[15] def. Simon Ivanov[Q](BUL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Coco Gauff[3] def. Gergana Topalova(BUL) 6-1, 6-4
Dalayna Hewitt def. Maria Rivera Corado(GUA) 6-3, 6-2
Alexa Noel[5] def. Manon Leonard(FRA) 6-3, 6-1
Yuki Naito[9](JPN) def. Hurricane Tyra Black 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Iga Swiatek(POL) def. Whitney Osuigwe[1] 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Caty McNally[13] def. Daria Frayman[Q](RUS) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
Peyton Stearns[Q] def.  Adrienn Nagy(HUN) 6-4, 7-5
Govind Nanda[Q] def. Facundo Diaz Acosta[9](ARG) 7-6(5), 6-2
Emilio Nava def. Leopold Zima(GER) 7-6(3), 6-4

John Isner and Serena Williams have advanced to the quarterfinals with straight-sets wins today.  Mackenzie McDonald took the third set from No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Canada, but fell in four sets to end his impressive Wimbledon run. I spoke with the 2016 NCAA champion after his match and I will have more about his breakthrough week in an interview later this month at the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Americans Fourth Round Singles Results from Monday:
Serena Williams[25] def. Evgeniya Rodina[Q](RUS) 6-2, 6-2
John Isner[9] def, Stefanos Tsitsipas[31](GRE) 6-4, 7-6(8), 7-6(4)
Milos Raonic[13](CAN) def. Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2

Tuesday's quarterfinal singles matches featuring Americans:
Serena Williams[25] vs Camila Giorgi(ITA)

American juniors in second round singles action Tuesday:

Caty McNally[13] v Destinee Martin[WC](GBR)
Peyton Stearns[Q] v Xiyu Wang[10](CHN)
Brandon Nakashima v Timofei Skatov[6](KAZ)
Alexa Noel[5] v Viktoriia Dema(UKR)
Cannon Kingsley v Taisei Ichikawa(JPN)
Govind Nanda[Q] v Nicolas Alvarez Varona(ESP)
Emilio Nava v Hugo Gaston[4](FRA)
Katie Volynets v Elisabetta Cocciaretto[14](ITA)
Coco Gauff[3] v Lenka Stara(SVK)
Lea Ma v Clara Tauson[8](DEN)
Drew Baird[15] v Ondrej Styler(CZE)
Dalayna Hewitt v Maria Carle[15](ARG)
Trey Hilderbrand v Louis Herman(BEL)
Tristan Boyer[11] v Jesper De Jong(NED)

The complete order of play is here, with some first round doubles matches also on the schedule.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thirteen US Juniors in Action Monday at Wimbledon; Fawcett Wins First Pro Title in Canada; DeFalco, Gold and Gailis Claim ITF Junior Circuit Titles

The first round of singles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships is always sandwiched around Middle Sunday, which may be a welcome respite for the pro players and the tournament's staff, but it is a bit of a nuisance for the younger set.  On Saturday, Americans went 5-3 in the first round, with 13 more Americans set to begin their tournaments at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Monday.

After the success of the US juniors in Roehampton, with Brandon Nakashima and Coco Gauff winning in singles and Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe taking the girls doubles, expectations are high for that group. Below are Monday's matches, with the complete schedule here.

The junior doubles draws have been posted, but no doubles matches are scheduled for Monday.

Keenan Mayo[Q] v Arnaud Bovy(BEL)
Gabby Price v Emma Raducanu(GBR)
Brandon Nakashima v Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva(BRA)
Drew Baird[15] v Simon Ivanov(BUL)
Coco Gauff[3] v Gergana Topalova(BUL)
Dalayna Hewitt v Maria Rivera Corado(GUA)
Alexa Noel[5] v Manon Leonard(FRA)
Hurricane Tyra Black v Yuki Naito[9](JPN)
Whitney Osuigwe[1] v Iga Swiatek(POL)
Caty McNally[13] v Daria Frayman[Q](RUS)
Peyton Stearns[Q] v Adrienn Nagy(HUN)
Govind Nanda[Q] v Facundo Diaz Acosta[9](ARG)
Emilio Nava v Leopold Zima(GER)

The three Americans remaining in the men's and women's singles draws are also on Monday's schedule:

Serena Williams[25] v Evgeniya Rodina(RUS)
John Isner[9] v Stefanos Tsitsipas[31](GRE)
Mackenzie McDonald v Milos Raonic[13](CAN)

Back in North America, recent Stanford graduate Tom Fawcett won his first Pro Futures title at the $25,000 tournament in Saskatoon Canada. Fawcett, the No. 8 seed, beat qualifier Billy Griffith, another 22-year-old Pac-12 product via Cal, 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Griffith had not won a Pro Circuit match prior to this week.

In the doubles final, top seeds Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland and Sem Verbeek(Pacific) of the Netherlands beat the unseeded Canadian team of Alexis Galarneau(NC State) and Benjamin Sigouin(UNC) 6-3, 6-3.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Wichita Kansas, top seed Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia defeated recent Illinois grad Aleks Vukic of Australia 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  USC's Brandon Holt and UCLA's Maxime Cressy put aside their schools' usual rivalry to team up in doubles, and the unseeded pair won the title, beating top seeds Hunter and Yates Johnson(SMU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 in the final.

Three American juniors won singles titles at lower level ITF events this weekend.  Fifteen-year-old Jenna DeFalco, the No. 2 seed, captured her first ITF Junior Circuit singles title at the Grade 5 in Canada, beating No. 5 seed Allura Zamarripa 6-3, 7-5 in the championship match.  Allura Zamarippa partnered with her twin sister Maribella to take the doubles title, with the unseeded pair cruising throughout the week and capping the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over top seeds Erica Di Battista and Corina Spasojevic of Canada.

At the Grade 4 in the Bahamas, 13-year-old Rachel Gailis won her first ITF singles title, with the No. 8 seed defeating No. 6 seed Sandra Alonso of Spain 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Unseeded 17-year-old Harrison Gold took the boys singles title, beating unseeded Jack Anthrop 7-6(7), 1-6, 7-5 in the final.

In the doubles, top seeds Adam Neff and Canadian Alexandre LeBlanc took the boys final 6-2, 7-5 over unseeded Credit Chaiyarin of Thailand and France's Tom LeBlanc Claverie.  Nikita Vishwase partnered with Alonso of Spain to take the girls doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated Gailis and Tara Malik, the No. 2 seeds, 6-1, 6-7(7), 10-7 in the final.