Thursday, January 17, 2019

Orange Bowl Videos; Tien and Phillips Win Bolton Doubles Title; Americans Advance to Semis in ITF Costa Rica G1; Three More US Women Advance to Third Round in Australia

The videos of the Orange Bowl finalists are processed, with those of the four champions below.  For the runners-up, click on their names below to go to the tenniskalamazoo YouTube channel.

Qinwen Zheng
Zane Khan
India Houghton
Dali Blanch

At Tennis Europe Category 1 in Bolton England, both unseeded Americans fell in the semifinals.  Katherine Hui lost to No. 5 seed Cadence Brace of Canada 6-3, 6-2 and Kyle Kang was beaten by top seed Alexander Blockx of Belgium 6-1, 6-3.  That ends the streak of US girls champions at four: Caty McNally, Alexa Noel, Coco Gauff and Katja Wiersholm.  Brace will play compatriot Victoria Mboko[2] of Canada in the final. Blockx's opponent in the final is No. 9 seed Antoine Ghibaudo of France, who beat No. 2 seed Luca Pow of Great Britain in three tiebreakers.

The US did pick up a title in the boys doubles, with unseeded Joseph Phillips and Learner Tien winning the championship today with a 6-2, 7-5 win over top seeds Blockx and Gilles Bailly. An unseeded team also won the girls doubles, with Zoe du Pasquier Jensen of Denmark and Sade Scharlin of Finland defeating Hui and Clervie Ngounoue[5] in the semifinals and No. 6 seeds Emma Jouy and Maelle Monfils of France 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.

At the ITF Grade 1 Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica, four Americans have advanced to the semifinals, with the possibility of another getting through in a quarterfinal match later tonight.  Martin Damm is the only US boy in the semifinals; the unseeded 15-year-old defeated No. 10 seed Alex Lee 6-3, 6-4 in today's quarterfinals.

Three US girls have moved into the semifinals, with Abigail Forbes set to take on No. 2 seed Gabby Price in the bottom half. In the top half, No. 14 seed Charlotte Owensby will face the winner of tonight's match between Melodie Collard of Canada and qualifier Rosie Garcia Gross.

Updated draws can be found at the tournament website.

All three Americans in the final round of Australian Open Junior Championships qualifying--Skyler Grishuk, Sasha Wood and Blaise Bicknell--lost Thursday. The complete qualifying draws are finally available at the ITF Junior Circuit's website.

Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Madison Keys advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with wins Thursday. Below are Thursday's results and Friday's matches for Americans.

Thursday's second round:
Simona Halep[1](ROU) d. Sonya Kenin 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
Serena Williams[16] d. Eugenie Bouchard(CAN) 6-2, 6-2
Venus Williams d. Alize Cornet(FRA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Karolina Pliskova[7](CZE) d. Madison Brengle 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Madison Keys[17] d. Anastasia Potapova(RUS) 6-3, 6-4

Daniil Medvedev[15](RUS) d. Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Friday’s third round:
Taylor Fritz v Roger Federer[3](SUI)
Amanda Anisimova v Aryna Sabalenka[11](BLR)
Sloane Stephens[5] v Petra Martic[31](CRO)
Danielle Collins v Caroline Garcia[19](FRA)
Frances Tiafoe v Andreas Seppi(ITA)


Last Man Standing: UPDATE FROM OZ said...

Francis Tiafoe is the Last American in the Men's MD in the Aussie Open. Tiafoe moved into the 4th round by defeating A Seppi last night, 6-3 in the 5th set. Taylor Fritz lost to Roger Federer, 2,5,2 in the 3rd round.

Former Tiafoe Fan said...

Another cocky, narcissistic and obnoxious celebration by Tiafoe after the Seppi win, taking his shirt off, flexing, pointing to himself, gyrating, putting his hands to his ears asking the crowd to cheer louder for him, etc. and generally making a scene and rubbing it in against his opponent.

Also, he made extremely cocky comments after beating Anderson in the round before by saying something like: "he had no answers against me!" He's showing horrendous judgment and it just makes me (and many other tennis fans) want to root against him. Keep it up bro!