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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.


Jon from Atlanta said...

Tennis is the hardest sport to predict junior to pro success. Junior tennis is open to cheating and point chasing that other sports do not allow. It is also possible to win with a pushing style that will not translate to the pros. Its very difficult to tell from the rankings which players are true talents and which ones have parents very good at manipulating the flawed junior tennis system. We go to these higher level tournaments and are always surprised how mediocre and defensive the play is of some of the highly ranked players.