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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Seventeen Americans on Wimbledon Schedule Monday; Aragone Wins Futures in Canada, Kiick Claims Bastad $25K; Top Seed Tseng Retires at Roehampton Grade 1

Wimbledon begins Monday with 17 of the 30 Americans scheduled to play their first round singles matches.  Below are Monday's matches featuring Americans:

Women:
Varvara Lepchenko v Caroline Wozniacki[2](DEN)
Sloane Stephens[4] v Donna Vekic(CRO)
Serena Williams[25] v Arantxa Rus(NED)
Venus Williams[9] v Johanna Larsson(SWE)
Madison Keys[10] v Ajla Tomljanovic(AUS)
CoCo Vandeweghe[16] v Katerina Siniakova(CZE)
Bernarda Pera v Luksika Kumkhum(THA)
Christina McHale v Vera Lapko[BLR)
Madison Brengle v Aleksandra Krunic(SRB)

Men:
Sam Querrey[11] v Jordan Thompson(AUS)
John Isner[9] v Yannick Maden[Q](GER)
Denis Kudla[WC] v Lucas Pouille[17](FRA)
Jared Donaldson v Malek Jaziri(TUN)
Michael Mmoh[LL] v Gilles Muller(LUX)
Ryan Harrison v Roberto Carballes Baena(ESP)
Steve Johnson v Ruben Bemelmans[Q](BEL)
Mackenzie McDonald v Ricardas Berankis(LTU)

The complete order of play is here.

The men's Futures in North America finished today with one American singles champion, top seed JC Aragone, who won the $25,000 tournament in British Columbia.  Aragone defeated wild card Alexis Galarneau of Canada, a rising junior at NC State, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

At the $25,000 Futures in Tulsa Oklahoma, Florida recruit Sam Riffice lost in the final to Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland. Huesler, the No. 7 seed, handed the unseeded Riffice his third Futures final loss, 6-4, 6-2.

The singles title at the $15,000 Futures in Pittsburgh went to Mateo Martinez of Argentina, who defeated No. 3 seed Alejandro Gomez(Kentucky) of Colombia 6-4, 6-4.

Allie Kiick won her first title since coming back a year ago, after a series of illnesses and injuries had kept her from competing for two years. The No. 2 seed, who turned 23 yesterday, defeated No. 5 seed Isabella Shinikova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Bastad Sweden. Kiick did not drop a set all week.

On the ITF Junior Circuit, top seed and French Open champion Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan retired in his first round match at the Grade 1 in Roehampton, leading British wild card Anton Matusevich 5-4 in the first set.  Tseng is scheduled to be the top seed in the Wimbledon Junior Championships, so I hope it's not a serious injury.

US girls went 7-4 in the first round, with Whitney Osuigwe[1], Katie Volynets, Caty McNally[12], Peyton Stearns, Coco Gauff[3], Alexa Noel and Hurricane Tyra Black picking up wins. The boys went 4-5, with two seeded players falling: Tristan Boyer[10] and Drew Baird[13]. Trey Hilderbrand, Brandon Nakashima, Cannon Kingsley and Sebastian Korda[2] won their opening matches.

The results from the ITF Grade 4 in Aruba have been posted, with Phillip Jordan and Jennifer Gadalov winning the singles titles.  The 17-year-old Jordan, seeded No. 2, defeated unseeded Patrick Sydow of Aruba 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the final to earn his first ITF singles title. He also won the doubles championship, with Alexandre Leblanc of Canada. The top seeds defeated No. 4 seeds Murphy Cassone and Canada's Marko Stakusic 6-4, 7-6(5) in the final.

No. 5 seed Gadalov, 17, defeated No. 6 seed Madison Sieg 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the all-American final for her third ITF singles tile.  Sieg won the doubles title, with partner Rachel Gailis.  The No. 3 seeds defeated No. 4 seeds Elan Mnatsakanov and Nikita Vishwase 7-5, 6-3 in another all-US final.

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