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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gauff Wins Again to Reach Wimbledon Third Round; Noel and Black Meet in Roehampton Grade 1 Semis; Wimbledon Junior Qualifying Features Eight Americans; Dougherty New Maryland Women's Coach; Nevolo Takes Over at SMU

 Coco Gauff won again Wednesday at Wimbledon, with the 15-year-old qualifier following up her first round win Monday over Venus Williams with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, a former Wimbledon semifinalist today. Gauff, who has yet to lose a set in her five matches in this historic run, will next play unseeded Polona Hercog of Slovenia, who defeated No. 17 seed Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4.  For more on Gauff's win, see this article from the Wimbledon website.

Danielle Collins came from 6-4, 3-0 down to No. 12 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and 2015 Wimbledon boys champion Reilly Opelka outlasted No. 22 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

Wednesday's second round results featuring Americans:

Novak Djokovic(SRB)[1] d. Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Reilly Opelka d. Stan Wawrinka(SUI)[22] 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 8-6

Coco Gauff[Q] d. Magdalena Rybarikova(SVK) 6-3, 6-3
Polona Hercog(SLO) d. Madison Keys[17] 6-2, 6-4
Danielle Collins d. Anastasija Sevastova(LAT)[12] 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Dayana Yastremska(UKR) d. Sonya Kenin[27] 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Karolina Muchova(CZE) d Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4

Thursday’s second round matches featuring Americans:
Serena Williams[11] v Kaja Juvan(SLO)[Q]
Lauren Davis[LL] v Angelique Kerber(GER)[5]
Sloane Stephens[9] v Yafan Wang(CHN)
Amanda Anisimova[25] v Magda Linette(POL)
Taylor Townsend v Kiki Bertens(NED)[4]
Alison Riske v Ivana Jorovic (SRB)

John Isner[9] v Mikhail Kukushkin(KAZ)
Steve Johnson v Alex De Minaur(AUS)[24]
Sam Querrey v Andrey Rublev(RUS)
Taylor Fritz v Jan-Lennard Struff(GER)[33]
Tennys Sandgren v Gilles Simon(FRA)[20]

At the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, No. 8 seed Alexa Noel and No. 5 seed Hurricane Tyra Black will meet in Thursday's semifinal after Noel defeated No. 4 seed Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Black beat unseeded Elsa Jacquemot of France 6-2, 6-2. Black and Noel have split two meetings, the most recent of which was the quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl ITF Grade B1 in 2018.

No. 4 seed Martin Damm, the only American boy left in the quarterfinals, lost to No. 11 seed Liam Draxl of Canada 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

While Roehampton is getting down to its last few matches, the Wimbledon Junior Championships qualifying begins Thursday at the same site, with five US boys and three US girls hoping to make the main draw at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

The American boys are Andrew Dale, Blaise Bicknell, Andres Martin[16], Dali Blanch[7] and Will Grant[11]. The American girls are Charlotte Owensby[12], Alexandra Yepifanova[14] and Katrina Scott[5].  In a big surprise for a junior slam, the girls qualifying draw did not fill, with three players getting byes into the final round of qualifying.

The last of the open Power 5 coaching positions was filled this week, with Katie Dougherty taking the women's head coaching position at Maryland. Formerly the head coach at Iowa, Dougherty has been on the staff at Maryland the past three years, last year as associate head coach. For more on her playing and coaching background, see this article from the Maryland website.

SMU announced today that Jeff Nevolo has been selected to lead the women's program. Nevolo had been the women's associate head coach at South Carolina since 2014; prior to that he had been an assistant at the men's programs at Alabama and Air Force.