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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.