Sunday, August 4, 2019

Top 16s Seeds Breeze into Third Round at Kalamazoo; Brooksby $25K Champion for Second Straight Week; Harrison Claims First ITF Title in Fort Worth $25K; Pegula Earns First WTA Title in Washington DC

©Colette Lewis 2019--
Kalamazoo MI--

A day after all of the top 32 seeds in the 18s advanced to the third round at the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships, 29 of the top 32 seeds in the 16s made their way to the third round.

The top 8 seeds had no difficulty, with all posting straight-sets victories in the second round after having a bye in the first round. At Stowe Stadium, No. 1 Alexander Bernard, No. 2 seed Luke Casper, No. 3 seed Samir Banerjee and No. 4 seed Aidan Mayo lost only 11 games total between them in earning a place in the third round.

One Top 16 seed did fall, with No. 12 seed Gabrielius Guzauskas losing to Connor Krug 6-2, 6-3.  No. 18 seed Adit Sinha was beaten by Vignesh Gogineni 6-2, 6-4 and No. 27 seed Azuma Visaya was defeated by Max Bengtsson 6-2, 6-2.

The 18s had the day off in singles, with their third round of doubles delayed for about an hour with lightning in the area. No. 1 doubles seeds Martin Damm and Toby Kodat saved three match points in the well-played third set match tiebreaker to defeat No. 25 seeds Michael Andre and Blake Kasday 4-6, 6-1, 13-11.  No. 4 seeds Braeden Ho and Logan Zapp were not as fortunate, falling to No. 19 seeds Huntley Allen and Coy Simon 6-4, 6-4.  No. 2 seeds Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink and No. 3 seeds Govind Nanda and Brandon Nakashima advanced to Tuesday's fourth round with straight-sets wins.

Third round singles matches in both 16s and 18s are on Monday's schedule, as well as the second round of 16s doubles. Draws, results, schedule and link to live streaming is available at ustaboys.com.

2018 Kalamazoo 18s champion Jenson Brooksby won his second consecutive $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Decatur Illinois today. Brooksby, seeded third, defeated No. 7 seed Santiago Rodriguez Taverna of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in the final. Brooksby has won 10 straight matches in his first two tournaments since April and has only dropped one set in that stretch. Govind Nanda, the No. 5 seed here in Kalamazoo, served for the match in the second round of the Champaign tournament two weeks ago, but Brooksby came back to win that and every set he has played since.

At the $25,000 women's tournament in Fort Worth Texas, former UCLA star Catherine Harrison won her first Pro Circuit singles title, beating former teammate Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-4, 6-0 in the final. Harrison was the No. 2 seed, Van Nguyen was a lucky loser. The Bruins couldn't quite pull off the sweep however, with UCLA's Jada Hart and Elysia Bolton falling to Connie Hsu(Penn) of Taiwan and Gabriela Talaba(Texas Tech) of Romania 7-6(8), 7-5.

Ann Li lost in the final of the $60,000 tournament in Lexington Kentucky, with qualifier Dabin Kim of Korea beating the No. 2 seed 6-1, 6-3 in today's final.

Americans went 1-1 in Tour singles finals this week, with Jessica Pegula winning her first WTA title at the Citi Open in Washington DC, while Taylor Fritz fell in the ATP final in Los Cabos Mexico. Pegula defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-2, 6-2 in the the contest between two unseeded players.  Fritz, the No. 5 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6(6), 6-3 last night.

At the Pan American Games in Peru, Caroline Dolehide lost in the singles final to Argentina's Nadia Podoroska, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).