Thursday, May 23, 2019

Division I Singles Semifinals Set; Division III Individual Championships Begin Friday; Five Americans Advance to Milan Grade A Quarterfinals; Four US Players Reach Final Round of French Open Qualifying

The semifinals are set for Friday's NCAA Division I championships, with the final four in the men's singles draw all seeded, while two unseeded women have advanced in the women's singles draw.

Top men's seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State defeated No. 5 seed Brandon Holt of USC 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament for the third consecutive year. He will play No. 3 seed Alex Rybakov of TCU, who beat No. 9 seed Will Blumberg of North Carolina, the 2017 NCAA singles finalist, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

South Carolina's Paul Jubb took out unseeded Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State 7-6, 6-3 and will play No. 7 seed Aleks Kovacevic of Illinois, who beat unseeded Sam Riffice of Florida 6-7, 7-6, 6-3. Riffice served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, but was broken at love, and by late in the third set, Riffice was hobbled by cramps. Riffice had upset No. 2 seed JJ Wolf of Ohio State in the third round Wednesday 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The women's top two seeds will play unseeded players for a place in the finals.

Top seed Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami defeated unseeded Asuka Kawai of Illinois 6-4, 6-4 and will face unseeded North Carolina freshman Cameron Morra in the semifinals. Morra defeated unseeded Felicity Maltby of Texas Tech 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Duke's Kelly Chen, who saved three match points in her 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over No. 6 seed Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt in Wednesday's third round, beat ACC rival Sara Daavettila of North Carolina 6-3, 6-4 to set up a meeting with No. 2 seed Katarina Jokic of Georgia. Jokic, who has now played singles and doubles matches for seven consecutive days, found her way past unseeded Jada Hart of UCLA by a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 score.

The quarterfinal results from doubles are not yet complete, but scores should be available at the National Campus's tournament page.

Today was a much appreciated day off for the NCAA Division III championships, the first time the NCAA has decided to give those competing in both the team finals and the singles and doubles tournament a breather before the three-day individual events begin. Two rounds of singles and one round of doubles are scheduled for Friday, with the same schedule on Saturday, with the doubles semifinals and finals Sunday, along with the singles finals. Emory sophomore Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico is the women's top seed, with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps junior Nikolai Parodi the men's top seed.  Draws and Friday's order of play are available at the Kalamazoo College tournament website.

The Division III ITA National Awards were released this evening.

Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year
Men: Ben Lamanna (Brandeis University)
Women: Mike Fried (Wesleyan University)

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
Men: George Rivers (Trinity University)
Women: Barbora Krtickova (Emory University)

Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award
Men: Julian Gordy (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges)
Women: Mary Hill (Whitman College)

ITA Rookie of the Year
Men: Noah Lilienthal (Wesleyan University)
Women: Danna Taylor (Carnegie Mellon University)

ITA Player to Watch
Men: Jack Katzman (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges)
Women: Heather Boehm (Middlebury College)

ITA Most Improved Senior
Men: Patrick Whaling (Gustavus Adolphus College)
Women: Leah Bush (Williams College)

ITA Senior Player of the Year
Men: Jonathan Jemison (Emory University)
Women: Victoria Yu (Wesleyan University)

At the ITF Grade A in Milan, two US girls and three US boys have advanced to Friday's quarterfinals.

Top seed Emilio Nava needed a third-set tiebreaker to get by highly touted Spanish 16-year-old Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in the second round, but he beat unseeded Peter Makk of Hungary 6-4, 6-2 in today's third round.  Unseeded Tyler Zink beat frequent doubles partner Will Grant, a qualifier, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to advance, and No. 15 seed Martin Damm moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-6(1), 7-5 win over unseeded Dominic Stricker of Switzerland.

No. 3 seed Emma Navarro and No. 9 seed Elli Mandlik were beaten by unseeded players, but No. 6 seed Alexa Noel and No. 2 seed Tyra Hurricane Black did move into the quarterfinals.

At the French Open, one American man and three American women have advanced to Friday's completion of the final round of qualifying. Top seed Tennys Sandgren is the only US man able to join the nine Americans already in the men's field. Top qualifying seed Bernarda Pera, Varvara Lepchenko[19] and Allie Kiick are the women still in contention to join the 15 American women already in the main draw.

The draws were revealed today, with play beginning Sunday. The men's draw is here; the women's draw is here.  Anna Tatishvili, who has not played since October of 2017, is one of the US women competing in the main draw.


Breaking News said...

ATP, WTA, ITF restructure the point system again.
ATP Points in the $15,000 and the $25,000 are now back into play.

Guest said...

USTA/NCAA: Thanks for putting most of the doubles on the back courts on Thursday, so we could watch with Playsight.

fan said...

they even showed court 2 and 6, TV courts! 2 for Maltby vs Morra, 6 for Michigan vs UGA


The ATP and ITF should implement the restructured point system Immediately so the players can accumulate points from the summer ITF tournaments. To postpone the restructured point system until August is Moronic!

Just a silly title said...

Why does the NCAA still have anything called All-American status in tennis when half or more of the players in college tennis are foreign and don't play the individuals? With a draw of 64, but players ranked well over 100 playing in that draw, that just says how watered down the whole event has become. Isn't it condescending and insulting to give players a title they only get because many good players don't play? The college players know they didn't earn it, it's just a token title. So why do they still have it? College tennis is not what is was years ago, and neither are the individuals. They need to make it means something or it remains the joke it has become. It means something in other sports, but certainly not tennis. Again,tennis can't keep up with the times as usual.