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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Texas's Ito, Vanderbilt's Contreras Top Oracle Masters Draws; Top Three Seeds Out in Lubbock; Nava Earns First ATP Point; Semifinals Set at ITF Grade 2 in Montreal


The ITA Oracle Masters begins Thursday in Malibu, with University of Texas junior Yuya Ito the top seed in the men's draw and Vanderbilt's Fernanda Contreras the top seed in the women's draw.  The 32 players in each draw are taken from conferences big and small, which gives this tournament a different flavor from most ITA fall tournaments, with the mixed doubles competition also a unique feature at this tournament, played at the Malibu Racquet Club and Pepperdine University. The draws are structured differently than usual, with players ranked 1-32 and 1 playing 32, 2 playing 31, etc. Live scoring is available via Tennis Ticker and live streaming is also being advertised.  It was also announced today that Sunday's finals will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with tape delayed coverage on ESPNU Monday and Tuesday.

The seeds:
Men:
1. Yuya Ito, Texas
2. Daniel Cukierman, USC
3. Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois
4. Zeke Clark, Illinois
5. Christian Sigsgaard, Texas
6. Laurens Verboven, USC
7. Nicolas Moreno, UC-Santa Barbara
8. Mitch Harper, Virginia Tech

Women:
1. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt
2. Kate Fahey, Michigan
3. Michaela Bayerlova, Washington State
4. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
5. Elysia Bolton, UCLA
6. Evgeniya Levashova, Pepperdine
7. Makenna Jones, UNC
8. Giulia Pairone, Michigan

Draws and links to live scoring and streaming are available at the ITA's tournament page.

The top three seeds at the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Lubbock were eliminated in today's second round, with Sanaz Marand(UNC) defeating No. 1 seed Naomi Broady of Great Britain 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3; Robin Anderson defeating No. 2 seed Grace Min 6-3, 6-1, and US Open girls semifinalist Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia defeating No. 3 seed Vicky Duval 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Qualifier Hayley Carter and No. 8 seed Emina Bektas(Michigan) have advanced to the quarterfinals, as has the ITA's top-ranked player, Bianca Turati of Texas, who got in as a lucky loser.

At the $15,000 Futures in Laguna Niguel California, top seed Joao Reis da Silva of Brazil lost to qualifier Korey Lovett(Alabama/Central Florida) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, the second week in a row Reis da Silva has gone out in the first round to a player outside the ATP Top 1000. Sixteen-year-old qualifier Emilio Nava earned his first ATP point, defeating 18-year-old Igor Gimenez of Brazil 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, and Cal sophomore Jacob Brumm,  a wild card, picked up his first ATP point with a 6-3, 6-4 win over qualifier Oleksiy Arovin of Ukraine. Other Americans reaching the second round are Henry Craig[2], Martin Redlicki[4], Michael Zhu[5], Paul Osterbaan[6] and 17-year-old wild cards Govind Nanda and Brandon Nakashima.

At the $75,000 ATP Challenger in Columbus, qualifier Thai Kwiatkowski claimed the best win by ATP ranking of his career, with the former Virginia star and 2017 NCAA singles champion beating No. 2 seed and ATP No. 112 Peter Polansky of Canada 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(7).  Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark defeated former Ohio State teammate JJ Wolf 6-1, 6-4 and two former USC teammates (and cousins) Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador also advanced. Gomez defeated Cary Challenger champion James Duckworth of Australia 6-7(7), 7-6(6), 6-3 in a first round match, and No. 7 seed Quiroz downed Tommy Paul 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(6) to reach the quarterfinals.

The semifinals are set at the ITF Grade 2 in Montreal, with the top four seeds advancing in the girls draw, and four Canadian boys still alive in the boys draw.  Top seed Chloe Beck, No. 2 seed Emma Navarro, No. 3 seed Lauren Anzalotta of Puerto Rico and No. 4 seed Kylie Collins earned straight-sets wins in today's quarterfinals, with a US finalist assured in the Navarro/Collins winner.  All four are also in the doubles final, with Beck and Navarro, the No. 1 seeds, facing Collins and Anzalotta, the No. 2 seeds.  Only one of the four Canadian boys left is seeded, No. 4 Taha Baadi, who plays wild card Joshua Lapadat. Liam Draxl will face Nicolas Ocana Lavoie in the other semifinal.  Draxl and Cleeve Harper of Canada will face off against No. 4 seeds Ronan Jachuck of the US and Alexandre Leblanc of Canada in the boys doubles final.

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