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Friday, May 10, 2019

Subhash Advances to $15K Final; Osuigwe, Li Meet in $100K Semi; Coral Gables Grade 4 Finals Set; Six Regional Hosts Advance to D-I Quarterfinals in Lake Nona

Seventeen-year-old Natasha Subhash, who will start her freshman year at the University of Virginia this fall, reached her first singles final at an ITF World Tennis Tour event with a win today at the $15,000 tournament in Williamsburg Virginia. No. 3 seed Subhash, who has two pro doubles titles on her resume, defeated 15-year-old wild card Elaine Chervinsky 6-0, 6-0 in under an hour to set up a meeting with 23-year-old Nina Stadler of Switzerland. No. 6 seed Stadler defeated former NC State star Joelle Kissell, the No. 5 seed, 6-4, 7-6(5) in over two hours.

Chervinsky did get a win in doubles, with partner Kylie Collins, and they will play another all-teen team, Savannah Broadus and Vanessa Ong, for the title Saturday.

The $100,000 World Tennis Tour tournament in Bonita Springs Florida has had problems with rain this week, and Friday was a long day, with most players called on to play two matches.  Eighteen-year-old wild card Ann Li won both of her matches without much fuss to reach her first $100,000 semifinal, beating Robin Anderson(UCLA) 6-3, 6-1 and No. 5 seed Sachia Vickery 6-4, 6-2. Vickery did not hold serve even once in the match, with all six of her games coming on breaks; Li won just three of her nine service games, but it was enough for her second WTA Top 150 win in the past month.  Li will face 17-year-old Whitney Osuigwe, the No. 6 seed, who reached the quarterfinals when Claire Liu retired at 2-6, 5-0. Osuigwe then avenged her loss in last week's final in Charleston, beating No. 2 seed Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-0 in just over an hour.  Li and Osuigwe have split their two previous meetings, but both were back in 2017.  The top half semifinal will feature No. 4  Lauren Davis against the winner of the quarterfinal match between Francesca Di Lorenzo and qualifier Louisa Chirico, who were rained out tonight with the first set at 3-2 on serve.  Davis kept her hopes for the USTA's French Open wild card alive by completing a second round win over Usue Arconada, then coming back to defeat Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Davis must win the title to overtake Osuigwe, who currently leads the race.

At the $25,000 WTT men's tournament in Pensacola, unseeded Felix Corwin(Minnesota) will face No. 2 seed Harrison Adams(Texas A&M) in the semifinals after Corwin defeated Jose Olivares of the Dominican Republic 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 and Adams beat No. 6 seed Alejandro Gomez(Kentucky) of Colombia 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4. The winner of that match will play the winner of the match between top seed Juan Pablo Varillas of Peru and Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.

The finals are set at the ITF Grade 4 Copa Badia in Coral Gables, the second of three clay events in Florida.  No. 2 seed Hunter Heck will play No. 5 seed Nicolas Zanellato of Brazil for the boys title, and No. 15 seed India Houghton will play unseeded Allura Zamarippa for the girls title. Heck defeated Zanellato in the round of 16 in last week's Grade 4 in Delray Beach 7-5, 2-6, 6-1; Zamarippa and Houghton haven't played on the ITF Junior Circuit, but Houghton did beat Zamarippa last year at a USTA 16s tournament in their home state of California. Heck, Zamarippa and Houghton are all in Saturday's doubles finals too.

Six of the 16 Super Regional matches were played today, with all six of the hosts/favorites earning victories and a spot in next week's quarterfinals at Lake Nona. The Pepperdine women, seeded No. 6, and the Stanford women, seeded No. 3, both dropped the doubles point, but the Waves came back for a 4-2 win over unseeded Central Florida and Stanford survived a 4-3 decision against No. 14 seed Kansas. Stanford, the defending champions, needed a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win from Janice Shin at line 5 in the last match on to set up their quarterfinal meeting with Pepperdine next Friday. 

No. 7 seed UCLA beat No. 10 Washington for the third time this year, this time by a 4-0 score, and No. 5 seed Duke had no trouble with No. 12 North Carolina State, rolling to a 4-0 victory.

In the two men's matches today, defending champion and No. 4 seed Wake Forest again dropped the doubles point, but had no difficulty making up the deficit in singles to earn a 4-1 win over unseeded Oklahoma. No. 6 seed Baylor took the doubles point from No. 11 seed UCLA and closed out the Bruins 4-1.

See the SLAM Tennis Championship Central for draws and links to live scoring for Saturday's ten remaining Super Regional matches.


fan said...

I can't at this SO many instances of 'overcoming' the doubles point lol. Gotta copy the genius product of the Greatest college coach of all time, the late Gustavus coach Steve Wilkinson! Bring on the current Div. III format! :p

Mindy Paklovic said...

Girl's junior tennis has devolved into a pushing contest. The serves are sorely lacking, they never attack the net, its just hit back and forth until someone misses. The weapons of years gone by are gone for the most part. They all compete too often and too early and development of their games has suffered. Its slowly working its way up to the pro ranks now. Few of these young pros have any weapons. Its not going to be good for the game long term as its not interesting to watch.

fan said...

wonder if no ad in Div. I contributed, Mindy. But UVA(coach Guilbeau) did produce Dani Collins! Was this before no ad? Lol. Do check out Chloe Beck wjo goes to Duke: she sure can volley! Product of Georgia & could be the next doubles phenom after kaitlyn Christian.