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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Baptiste, Navarro Reach Quarterfinals in Charleston $25K; Osuigwe, Li Advance at Stockton $60K; USTA Announces Australian Open Wild Card Dates; Top Seeds Move on at ITA All-American Championships

Four juniors have reached the quarterfinals at this week's USTA women's Pro Circuit events, with Whitney Osuigwe and Ann Li advancing at the $60,000 tournament in Stockton California and Emma Navarro and Hailey Baptiste moving on at the $25,000 tournament in Charleston South Carolina.

2017 ITF World Junior Champion Osuigwe defeated No. 6 seed Jamie Loeb 6-3, 6-1 and 2017 Wimbledon girls finalist Ann Li advanced to the second round when Jovana Jaksic of Serbia retired trailing 4-1 in the opening set, then beat No. 8 seed Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-5 in her second match of the day.  Li will face top seed Madison Brengle next, with Osuigwe taking on Danielle Lao(USC), who beat No. 4 seed Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3.

Duke recruit Navarro, playing in her hometown of Charleston as a wild card, defeated Victoria Muntean of France 7-6(3), 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of a $25,000 level event for the first time. The 17-year-old, who is scheduled to compete in the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed next week in Charlotte, will face No. 5 seed Anna Danilina(Florida) of Kazakhstan Friday.  Baptiste, 16, is now in her fourth quarterfinal of a $25,000 event, all since May, but she has yet to make a semifinal. Baptiste defeated No. 3 seed Chanel Simmonds of South Africa 6-1, 6-1 in today's second round. She will meet Kennedy Shaffer(Georgia), who beat fellow qualifier Natasha Subhash(Virginia recruit) 6-1, 6-4.

At the $100,000 ATP Challenger in Stockton, Noah Rubin[6](Wake Forest) and Chris Eubanks(Georgia Tech) advanced to the quarterfinals. Rubin defeated qualifier Will Blumberg 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 and Eubanks finished a rain-delayed match from Wednesday, beating No. 5 seed Casper Ruud of Norway 6-1, 7-6(8).  Rubin plays top seed Jordan Thompson of Australia next, with Eubanks taking on No. 4 seed Lloyd Harris of South Africa.

The USTA announced the tournaments that will make up the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, with the first one the week of October 22nd, with the women's $80,000 tournament in Macon Georgia.

From the USTA release:

The men’s wild card will go to the American with the highest cumulative total of ATP singles ranking points earned from their best two results during the three-week men’s window, including results from any professional hard-court event at the ATP Challenger level and above around the world.

The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best three results during those four weeks, at three $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s events (main draw points only) and one WTA $125,000 event (main draw and qualifying points).

Only Americans who do not earn direct entry into the Australian Open are eligible. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or best WTA singles ranking on Nov. 19 will be awarded the wild card.

All USTA Pro Circuit tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. The Challenge will consist of the following events:

Men’s Events
  • Week of October 29: ATP Masters 1000 (Paris); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Charlottesville, Va.); ATP $75,000 Challengers (Canberra, Australia; Shenzhen, China)
  • Week of November 5: ATP €106,000 Challenger (Bratislava, Slovakia); ATP €85,000 Challenger (Mouilleron-le-Captif, France); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • Week of November 12: ATP $150,000 Challengers (Houston; Bangalore, India); USTA Pro Circuit $75,000 Challenger (Champaign, Ill.); ATP $50,000 Challenger (Kobe, Japan)
Women’s Events
  • Week of October 22: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Macon, Ga.)
  • Week of October 29: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Tyler, Texas)
  • Week of November 5: USTA Pro Circuit $80,000 Event (Las Vegas)
  • Week of November 12: WTA $125,000 Series Event (Houston, Texas)

I've been having difficulty getting results from the first round of the Men's All-American Championships on the ITA website, but from what I've gathered on twitter, top seeds Nuno Borges of Mississippi State and Mazen Osama of Alabama have both advanced to the second round with straight-sets wins.

The Women's All-American Championships first round is also complete in Pacific Palisades, with three of the eight seeds eliminated, including No. 2 seed Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, the recent Oracle Masters champion. Pre-qualifier Katarina Stresnakova of Oklahoma State defeated Perez-Somarriba 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-3.  Top seed Makenna Jones of North Carolina survived a battle with Jada Hart of UCLA, getting through by a score of 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.  No. 7 seed Stacey Fung of Washington was beaten by Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga 7-6(3), 6-1, and No. 8 seed Michaela Gordon of Stanford lost to qualifier Alexa Graham of North Carolina 0-6, 6-3, 6-3. 

The results of the women's first round are here.