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Friday, July 27, 2018

Clay Court Recaps; 15-year-olds Broadus, Ma Reach Evansville $15K Semis; Qualifiers Manasse, Brodsky Advance at Kentucky $60K; Teens Break Through in Moscow

The Tennis Recruiting Network has completed its series of eight articles this week on the USTA National Clay Court Championships. To read more about each gold ball winner, see these recaps:
Boys 12s champion Rudy Quan
Girls 12s champion Mia Slama
Boys 14s champion Nicolas Heng
Girls 14s champion Clervie Ngounoue
Boys 16s champion Logan Zapp
Girls 16s champion Allura Zamarippa
Boys 18s champion Neel Rajesh
Girls 18s champion Emma Navarro

The semifinals are set at the two USTA Pro Circuit women's events this week, with two 15-year-olds reaching the final four at the $15,000 tournament in Evansville Indiana.  Savannah Broadus, who lost in the first round of qualifying at the $25Ks in Sumter and Baton Rouge earlier this summer, won two qualifying matches to make the main draw in Evansville and has now won three matches after beating Stanford recruit Niluka Madurawe 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 in today's quarterfinals. She will play No. 3 seed Elysia Bolton, the UCLA rising freshman, who reached her first Pro Circuit semifinal with a 6-3, 6-0 win over UNC rising junior Alexa Graham, the No. 5 seed.

The other 15-year-old in the semifinals, Connie Ma, reached the quarterfinals at the $25,000 tournament in Baton Rouge last month, and she also qualified for the $60,000 tournament in Berkeley last week. Today Ma defeated 16-year-old Peyton Stearns 6-4, 6-0 and will face No. 8 seed Pam Montez, the former UCLA star, in the semifinals. Montez defeated former Virginia Tech standout Francesca Fusinato 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(4) to reach her second semifinal since returning to pro competition after an absence of eight years.  Ma has also reached the doubles final, with 16-year-old Gianna Pielet.

The quarterfinals at the $60,00 women's tournament in Ashland Kentucky were abbreviated when top seed Caroline Dolehide gave a walkover to Misaki Doi of Japan and No. 2 seed Nao Hibino of Japan retired in the first set trailing qualifier Gail Brodsky 2-1. Doi will face qualifier Maegan Manasse, the former Cal star, who beat Sanaz Marand(UNC) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in today's quarterfinals. Brodsky's semifinal opponent is unseeded Jovana Jaksic of Serbia.

The singles final at the $25,000 Futures in Champaign Illinois is set, with Florida State rising senior Aziz Dougaz of Tunisia facing NCAA champion and rising Wake Forest senior Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus.  No. 4 seed Dougaz, in his third career Futures final, will be seeking his first title when he meets No. 2 seed Chrysochos, who has already won a $25,000 Futures title since winning the NCAA singles title in May.  Dougaz defeated qualifier Alec Adamson(UC-Davis) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in today's semifinals; Chrysochos beat No. 8 seed Sebastian Korda 6-2, 7-6(5) to wrap up play this evening.

Martin Joyce(Ohio State) and Maxime Cressy(UCLA) won the doubles title, beating Alfredo Perez(Florida) and Charlie Emhardt(Valparaiso) 6-3, 6-2 in the contest between two unseeded teams. It is the first pro title for Joyce, the Ohio State rising senior. France's Cressy, also a rising senior, now has three Futures doubles titles.

The WTA International level event in Moscow has produced some stunning results, none bigger than today's win by 17-year-old Olga Danilovic of Serbia. The lucky loser, who had won one match at the WTA level, at a 125 tournament, earned her first Top 10 win, beating Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals. Joining her in the final four is another 17-year-old, wild card Anastasia Potapova of Russia, who beat qualifier  Valentyna Ivakhnenko, also of Russia, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, to reach her first WTA semifinal. Danilovic will face No. 5 seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the semifinals, while Potapova meets unseeded 20-year-old Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia.
For more on Danilovic's win, see this WTA article. For more on Potapova's come-from-behind victory, see this WTA article.

At the BB&T Atlanta Open, defending champion and top seed John Isner has reached the semifinals, beating Mischa Zverev of Germany 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and will play No. 4 seed Matthew Ebden of Australia on Saturday.  No. 8 seed Ryan Harrison also advanced to the semifinals, defeating No. 3 seed  Hyeon Chung of Korea 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(5).