Friday, June 28, 2019

Nineteen US Women, 11 US Men Set for Wimbledon First Round; Black Advances to Nottingham Grade 1 Final; All Four Americans Reach Roehampton Grade 1 Final Round of Qualifying; Fritz and Querrey Meet for ATP Eastbourne Title

The Wimbledon draws were released this morning, with 19 American women and 11 American men in the singles draws. According to Jonathan Kelley, that is the most US women in the Wimbledon main draw since 20 made it in 2004. The order of play for Monday has yet to be released, but below are the first round matches involving Americans. The match between five-time champion Venus Williams, 39, and 15-year-old qualifier Coco Gauff has drawn the most attention of all the opening round matches and it is the only match that features two Americans.

Top Half:
Christina McHale[LL] v Harriet Dart(GBR)[WC]
Alison Riske v Donna Vekic(CRO)[22]
Serena Williams[11] v Giulia Gatto-Monticone(ITA)[Q]
Lauren Davis[LL] v Kateryna Kozlova(UKR)
Taylor Townsend v Arina Rodionova(AUS)[Q]
Sloane Stephens[9] v Timea Bacsinszky(SUI)
Amanda Anisimova[25] v Sorana Cirstea(ROU)
Bottom Half:
Bernarda Pera v Maria Sakkari(GRE)[31]
Jennifer Brady v Petra Martic(CRO)[24]
Danielle Collins v Zarina Diyas(KAZ)
Kristie Ahn[Q] v Anastasija Sevastova(LAT)[12]
Madison Brengle v Marketa Vondrousova(CZE)[16]
Caty McNally[Q] v Heather Watson(GBR)
Shelby Rogers v Anett Kontaveit(EST)[20]
Jessica Pegula v Mihaela Buzarnescu(ROU)
Madison Keys v Luksika Kumkhum(THA)
Venus Williams v Coco Gauff[Q]
Sonya Kenin[27] v Astra Sharma(AUS)

Top Half:
Denis Kudla v Malek Jaziri(TUN)
Bradley Klahn v Davis Goffin(BEL)[21]
Reilly Opelka v Cedrik-Marcel Stebe(GER)
Marcos Giron[Q] v Feliciano Lopez(ESP)[WC]
Bottom Half:
Sam Querrey v Dominic Thiem(AUT)[5]
Tennys Sandgren v Yasutaka Uchiyama(JPN)[Q]
Frances Tiafoe v Fabio Fognini(ITA)[12]
Steve Johnson v Albert Ramos-Vinolas(ESP)
Taylor Fritz v Tomas Berdych(CZE)
John Isner[9] v Casper Ruud(NOR)
Noah Rubin[Q] v Jay Clarke(GBR)[WC]

There are 14 current or former collegians in the singles draw:
Klahn (Stanford)
Kevin Anderson (Illinois)
Giron (UCLA)
Sandgren (Tennessee)
Paul Jubb (South Carolina)
Cameron Norrie (TCU)
Johnson (USC)
Isner (Georgia)
Dominik Koepfer (Tulane)
Rubin (Wake Forest)

Collins (Virginia)
Ahn (Stanford)
Brady (UCLA)
Sharma (Vanderbilt)

No. 2 seed Hurricane Tyra Black has advanced to the final of the new ITF Grade 1 in Nottingham, defeating unseeded Katrina Scott 6-1, 6-2 in today's semifinals. Black has lost only 13 games total in her four matches this week. She will play No. 4 seed Sada Nahimana of Burundi for the title Saturday. The boys final will feature unseeded 16-year-old Jack Pinnington Jones of Great Britain against No. 3 seed Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan.

All four Americans in the qualifying at the Grade 1 in Roehampton advanced to Saturday's final round, with Andres Martin[11], Will Grant[5], Charlotte Owensby[5] and Alexandra Yepifanova[8] all winning their matches today in straight sets.

At the ATP 250 in Eastbourne, two Southern Californians will meet for the title, with Sam Querrey taking on Taylor Fritz. It's Querrey's first ATP final in 16 months, and for Fritz, just the second of his career. Fritz, 21, made the final of the Memphis ATP event when he was 18, and he reveals in this ATP article how long that three-year stretch between finals has seemed to him.