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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday Complete Rainout at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed; Top Seeds Tseng, Baez Lose in ITF Youth Olympic Quarterfinals; USA's Les Petits As Playoffs Conclude in New Jersey

©Colette Lewis 2018--
Charlotte NC--

Play in Wednesday's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed never began, with rain starting prior to daylight and continuing all day. Thursday's forecast is no better, with 100 percent chance of rain as Hurricane Michael moves through the area. On the bright side, the forecast for Friday and Saturday is excellent, with no chance of rain either day, but with the girls second round of singles yet to be completed and doubles barely begun, indoor play is being arranged for Thursday, although only two courts are available. In any case, I'll be at the Lake Norman Tennis Center to see whatever matches are scheduled to be played there; the actual schedule will be posted very early Thursday morning at the ITF Junior website.

Rain hasn't been any problem in Buenos Aires, where the ITF Youth Olympic Games are taking place this week. After a relatively predictable first few rounds, upsets surfaced in today's quarterfinals, with No. 8 seed Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina defeating top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan 6-2, 6-4 and No. 7 seed Gilbert Soares Klier Junior of Brazil beating No. 2 seed Sebastian Baez of Argentina 6-4, 6-4. In the boys singles medal round, Diaz Acosta will play No. 6 seed Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria in one semifinal, with Soares Klier taking on No. 3 seed Hugo Gaston of France.

The girls lost their top two singles seeds in the first round, but the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds have advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals. In the top half, unseeded Yuki Naito of Japan will play No. 6 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia and No. 3 seed and Wimbledon girls champion Iga Swiatek of Poland will face Australian and US Open finalist Clara Burel of France, the No. 7 seed. In the bottom half, No. 4 seed Kaja Juvan of Slovenia will play unseeded Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia and No. 5 seed Xinyu Wang of China will meet unseeded Daniela Vismane of Latvia.

The girls doubles final is set with the fourth-seeded team of Naito and Naho Sato of Japan facing No. 2 seeds Juvan and Swiatek for the gold medal.

The boys doubles semifinals will feature top seeds Diaz Acosta and Baez against the unseeded Czech team of Ondrej Styler and Dalibor Svrcina in the top half and No. 3 seeds Gaston and Clement Tabur of France against unseeded Andreev and Rinky Hijikata of Australia.

The Les Petits As USA Playoffs concluded today at the Brunswick Hills Tennis Center in New Jersey, with the US teams selected for the trip to the prestigious 14-and-under tournament in Tarbes France next January.  Below are the photos posted on Twitter by the Les Petits As tournament.  The results of today's finals are not listed, but here are the draws prior to today's matches: Girls and Boys. More information on all the players participating and the round robin results is at the tournament website.