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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Noel, Black, Damm Reach Roehampton Grade 1 Quarterfinals; Anghelescu is Penn State's New Coach; Pittsburgh Men's $15K Only Pro Circuit Event in US This Week

This will be an early and quick post, as I am heading to Europe this afternoon. After a couple of vacation days in Germany (will try to post, but don't be alarmed if I miss a day) I will begin my Wimbledon coverage on site Saturday, when the Junior Championships get underway.

The quarterfinals are set at the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, with three Americans still in the running for a singles title. Martin Damm[4] had a tough match with qualifier Stefan Storch of Australia before coming through with a 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5 win. He will face No. 11 seed Liam Draxl of Canada, who beat Cannon Kingsley 6-4, 6-2. No. 8 seed Alexa Noel defeated No. 12 seed Sohyun Park of Korea 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 and will face No. 4 seed Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan. They met in the semifinals of the Grade A in Brazil this winter, with Kawaguchi winning in straight sets.

No. 5 seed Hurricane Tyra Black and Katrina Scott played a classic, with the 15-year-old Scott, who had lost 6-1, 6-2 to Black last week in Nottingham, pushing Black to a third-set tiebreaker this time. Black won it, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(2) to advance against unseeded Elsa Jacquemot of France, who beat Elli Mandlik 6-2, 6-2. Live scoring for the event is available at Tennis Tickerr.

Penn State announced its new women's head coach, with last year's assistant Alexandra Anghelescu taking over for Chris Cagle. Anghelescu, who played at Georgia and Georgia Tech, was a volunteer assistant at North Carolina during the 2017-18 season before taking the Penn State assistant's position. For more, see this article from the Penn State website.

There is only one ITF World Tennis Tour/USTA Pro Circuit event this week, a $15,000 event in Pittsburgh. As was the case last week in Rochester New York, Keenan Mayo and Ricardo Rodriguez of Venezuela are the top seeds.

These are the American results from Wimbledon Tuesday as of 12:30 pm Eastern time. If I can, I will update them later today. NOW COMPLETE:

Harriet Dart(GBR)[WC] d. Christina McHale[LL] 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Alison Riske d. Donna Vekic(CRO)[22] 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Serena Williams[11] d. Giulia Gatto-Monticone(ITA)[Q] 6-2, 7-5
Lauren Davis[LL] d. Kateryna Kozlova(UKR) 6-3, 6-2
Taylor Townsend d. Arina Rodionova(AUS)[Q] 6-2, 6-3
Sloane Stephens[9] d. Timea Bacsinszky(SUI) 6-2, 6-4
Amanda Anisimova[25] d. Sorana Cirstea(ROU) 6-3, 6-3

Sam Querrey d. Dominic Thiem(AUT)[5] 6-7(4), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-0
Tennys Sandgren d. Yasutaka Uchiyama(JPN)[Q] 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
Fabio Fognini(ITA)[12] d. Frances Tiafoe 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Steve Johnson d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas(ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
Taylor Fritz d. Tomas Berdych(CZE) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
John Isner[9] d. Casper Ruud(NOR) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(9)
Jay Clarke(GBR)[WC] d. Noah Rubin[Q] 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

Wednesday's second round matches featuring Americans:

Denis Kudla v. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[1]
Reilly Opelka v. Stan Wawrinka(SUI)[22]

Coco Gauff[Q] v. Magdalena Rybarikova(SVK)
Madison Keys[17] v. Polona Hercog(SLO)
Danielle Collins v. Anastasija Sevastova(LAT)[12]
Sonya Kenin[27] v. Dayana Yastremska(UKR)
Madison Brengle v. Karolina Muchova(CZE)