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Friday, July 5, 2019

June Aces; Gauff Saves Match Points, Advances to Second Week; Five Americans Qualify for Wimbledon Junior Championships; Noel Falls in Roehampton Grade 1 Final

Before we get to all the news on the grass courts of London, here's my look back at the best junior and collegiate performances of June for the Tennis Recruiting Network. From the French Open Junior Championships to the many titles by current collegians, June produced 19 highlights, with back-to-back titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour one of month's themes.

Photo credit: AELTC/Ian Walton
Qualifier Coco Gauff has again stolen the Wimbledon headlines, with the 15-year-old saving two match points in her 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 victory over Polona Hercog of Slovenia Friday evening in London. Gauff saved a match point serving at 3-6, 2-5 and another in the next game with Hercog serving at 5-3. She plays Simona Halep of Romania on Monday in the round of 16, but before that, she has a mixed doubles match with Great Britain's Jay Clarke on Saturday. For more on Gauff's exciting win today, see this article from the WTA website.

Friday's match results for Americans:

Milos Raonic(CAN)[15] d. Reilly Opelka 7-6(1), 6-2, 6-1

Coco Gauff[Q] d. Polona Hercog(SLO) 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-5
Petra Martic(CRO)[24] d. Danielle Collins 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Five Americans advanced to the Wimbledon Junior Championships main draw with straight-sets wins in the final round of qualifying today at Roehampton. Incoming Georgia Tech freshman Andres Martin[16] defeated No. 6 seed Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2; Andrew Dale downed British wild card Connor Thomson 6-3, 6-3; Charlotte Owensby[12] defeated No. 3 seed Giulia Morlet of France 6-3, 6-2; Alexandra Yepifanova[14] beat wild card Holly Staff of Great Britain 6-0, 6-1 and Katrina Scott[5] defeated Jiangxue Han[9] of China 6-1, 6-2. Although Will Grant[11] lost to No. 8 seed Natan Rodrigues of Brazil 2-6, 6-3, 6-1, he received entry into the boys draw as a lucky loser, giving the US 21 players in the boys and girls singles draws.

Thirty junior singles matches are on Saturday's schedule, but only five of the 21 Americans will be playing on the first day. Girls top seed Emma Navarro heads that group. Below are the Americans in singles action on Saturday:

Sam Querrey v John Millman(AUS)
Tennys Sandgren v Fabio Fognini(ITA)[12]
Steve Johnson v Kei Nishikori(JPN)[8]
Serena Williams[11] v Julia Goerges(GER)
Alison Riske v Belinda Bencic(SUI)[13]
Lauren Davis[LL] v Carla Suarez Navarro(ESP)[30]
Sloane Stephens[9] v Johanna Konta(GBR)[19]

Juniors:
Govind Nanda v Rinky Hijikata(AUS)
Toby Kodat[7] v Tristan Schoolkate(AUS)
Martin Damm[4] v Francesco Passaro(ITA)

Emma Navarro[1] v Diana Shnaider(RUS)
Abigail Forbes v Liubov Kostenko(UKR)

After winning three of the four titles last year at the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton (including Gauff's win over Caty McNally in the girls final), Americans could muster just one today, with Elli Mandlik taking the girls doubles title with partner Marta Custic of Spain. The pair beat Kamilla Bartone of Latvia and Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-3 in the final.

No. 8 seed Alexa Noel lost to Daria Snigur of Ukraine 6-1, 6-2 in the girls singles final and Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink lost in the boys doubles final, going out to Jacob Fearnley and Connor Thomson of Great Britain 1-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Gauthier Onclin of Belgium won the boys singles title, with the No. 14 seed beating No. 11 seed Liam Draxl of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

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