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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ong Reaches Lawrence $15K Final; Svajda Claims First Pro Title in Champaign; Da Silva Named Head Coach At Louisville; Other College Notes

Vanessa Ong, who announced her commitment to UCLA for 2020 last month, will play for her first USTA Pro Circuit singles title tomorrow at the $15,000 tournament in Lawrence Kansas. Ong, who has already won six matches, including two in qualifying, this week, advanced to her first pro singles final when fellow 17-year-old Charlotte Chavatipon retired after dropping the first set 6-4. Ong will play No. 2 seed Anastasia Nefedova, who beat No. 4 seed Vladica Babic(Oklahoma State) of Montenegro 6-2, 6-3. Nefedova and Ong met two years ago in qualifying at a $25K in Naples Florida, with Nefedova winning 7-6(6), 6-4.

Kansas sophomore Malkia Ngounoue, older sister of Clervie, and fellow Jayhawk Maria Toran Ribes of Spain won the doubles title in Lawrence, with the wild card team defeating Oklahoma State's Ayumi Miyamoto of Japan and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat of Thailand 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 in the final.

Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda picked up his first Pro Circuit title last night at the $15,000 tournament in Champaign Illinois, taking the doubles title with Iowa's Kareem Al Allaf of Syria. The wild card team defeated the unseeded Brazilian team of Alex Blumbenberg and Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida 7-5, 7-6(3).

Sunday's singles final in Champaign will feature No. 4 seed Axel Geller against qualifier Adam Walton of Australia. Geller, a junior at Stanford, took out NCAA semifinalist Aleks Kovacevic (Illinois) 6-4, 6-4, while Walton, a junior at Tennessee beat Pucincelli di Almeida 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Geller has won two singles titles on the Pro Circuit, with Walton reaching a final for the first time in his career.

At the $25,000 in Redding California, both singles semifinals are later tonight, but the doubles championship has been decided, with No. 2 seeds Emina Bektas(Michigan) and Great Britain's Tara Moore winning it. Bektas and Moore defeated No. 3 seeds Catherine Harrison(UCLA) and New Zealand's Paige Hourigan(Georgia Tech) 6-3, 6-1 in today's final.

At the ATP 80 Challenger in Cary North Carolina, Michael Mmoh has advanced to the singles and doubles final. Mmoh, the No. 11 seed, defeated unseeded JC Aragone(Virginia) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. He will play top seed Andreas Seppi of Italy, who beat No. 5 seed Enzo Couacaud of France 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in the other semifinal. Mmoh and Sekou Bangoura(Florida) advanced to the doubles final with a walkover from Tommy Paul and Korey Lovett(UCF). They will play Treat Huey(Virginia) of the Philippines and JP Smith(Tennessee) of Australia in the final, with both team unseeded.

Louisville has named a new head coach to replace Rex Ecarma, who was terminated last month based on the results of an independent investigation conducted by the university. Rodrigo da Silva, who was an assistant under Ecarma from 2009-2014, was head coach of the University of Texas San Antonio from 2016-2019. See the Louisville website for more on da Silva's resume.

Tennis.com has posted an article today discussing the pros and cons of college tennis, featuring interviews with Marcos Giron, Nicole Gibbs and Noah Rubin.

French Open doubles champion Andreas Mies was recognized at an Auburn football game last Saturday, and the ATP posed this article about what that means to the former Tiger.

Former Stanford standout Michael Genender now works in finance in New York, but he hasn't put away the racquets entirely. The 22-year-old Californian had an opportunity to serve as a hitting partner at the US Open with finalist Daniil Medvedev and champion Bianca Andreescu and spoke to CNN about the experience in this article.

Friday, September 13, 2019

My US Open Junior Championships Recap; 17-year-olds Chavatipon and Ong to Meet in Lawrence $15K Semis; ITF Grade B1 Pan Am Closed Acceptances; ITA All-American Entry Lists Released

The 2019 US Open Junior Championships got off to a bad start with the boys seeding error and then had two days of rain, which made for a exhausting weekend for the players, but two worthy singles champions were crowned on Sunday, with Maria Camilia Osorio Serrano making history as the first Colombian to win a junior slam singles title. Jonas Forejtek was the first Czech boy to win a junior slam singles title since Jiri Vesely won the Australian Open in 2011. For my recap of their wins, as well as the doubles championship won by Tyler Zink and Eliot Spizzirri, check out this article for the Tennis Recruiting Network.

One of the semifinals of the $15,000 women's tournament in Lawrence Kansas will feature two 17-year-olds, with Charlotte Chavatipon defeating top seed Dasha Ivanova 6-2, 7-5 and Vanessa Ong beating fellow qualifier Elizabeth Scotty 6-2, 6-1. Chavatipon will be looking for her second appearance in a $15K final with a win tomorrow; Ong has posted her best result on the Pro Circuit this week, with her previous best a quarterfinal.  The other semifinal will feature No. 2 seed Anastasia Nefedova and No. 4 seed Vladica Babic(Oklahoma State) of Montenegro.

Eighteen-year-old Alycia Parks is into the semifinals of the $25,000 tournament in Redding California after beating qualifier Maria Mateas(Duke) last night and qualifier Elysia Bolton(UCLA) today. She will play the winner of the night match between lucky loser Ellie Douglas(TCU) and top seed Katherine Sebov of Canada. The other semifinal will feature No. 3 seed Gabriela Talaba(Texas Tech) of Romania and wild card Jada Hart, a senior at UCLA.

Stanford junior Axel Geller of Argentina beat Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will play unseeded Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic, who beat Kentucky freshman Liam Draxl of Canada 7-5, 7-5 in today's quarterfinals at the $15,000 tournament in Champaign Illinois, in Saturday's semifinals.  Eighteen-year-old Brazilian Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida continued his impressive run, beating No. 7 seed Zeke Clark 7-6(5), 6-1 and will face Tennessee junior Adam Walton of Australia, a qualifier, in the other semifinal. Walton defeated Tom Fawcett(Stanford) 6-2, 6-2.

The acceptances are out for next month's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed, which is now an indoor tournament located in Nicholasville Kentucky, outside of Lexington. The boys field is not strong, with only one Top 100 player, Dali Blanch, entered, although Kalamazoo 16s champion and finalist Alexander Bernard and Aidan Mayo are in the field, as is Cash Hanzlik.  The girls field has eight Top 100 players, led by Hurricane Tyra Black, US Open finalist Alexandra Yepifanova (who said she may or may not play this event), last year's finalist Samantha Broadus, Robin Montgomery, Chavatipon, Charlotte Owensby, Emma Jackson and Kailey Evans. Ong has also entered.

The first major of the Division I season is next month in Tulsa, with both the men and the women in the same city for the first time. The men's selections have been revealed, with US Open boys semifinalist Cannon Kingsley, a freshman at Ohio State, receiving a main draw wild card. The women's main draw, which used to be 32, now appears to be 48, although I don't see any incoming freshman on their entry list, so that may be why only 46 names appear on the entry list right now.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Cal Men Defeat US Junior Team 8-4 as Both Prepare for Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic; Douglas and Bolton Reach Quarterfinals in Redding $25K

The instances of a USTA-sponsored junior team playing against a Division I college team have diminished over the years, but the annual meeting between the Cal men and junior boys prior to the Napa Valley Tennis Classic continued yesterday, with Cal earning an 8-4 win, with the difference in the Bears sweep of all four doubles matches. Cash Hanzlik continues his outstanding play over the past few months with a win over Kikuchi, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year last season.

1. Jack Molloy and Yuta Kikuchi[CAL] d. Cash Hanzlik and Logan Zapp 7-5
2. Paul Barretto and Jacob Brumm[CAL] d. Aryan Chaudhary and Stefan Leustian 7-5
3. Bjorn Hoffmann and Can Kaya[CAL] d. Samir Banerjee and Luke Casper 6-4
4. Dominic Baretto and Thomas Wright[CAL] d. Hugo Hashimoto and Jack Anthrop 7-5

1. Hanzlik[USTA] d. Kikuchi 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3
2. Paul Barretto[CAL] d. Leustian 6-1, 6-2
3. Kent Hunter[CAL] d. Zapp 7-6(3), 6-3
4. Casper[USTA] d. Hoffman 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. Anthrop[USTA] d. Brumm 7-6(4), 6-4
6. Chaudhary[USTA] d. Dominic Barretto 7-6, 6-4
7. Mert Zincirli[CAL] d. Banerjee 6-4, 6-4
8. Kaya[CAL] d. Hashimoto 6-4, 6-4

For more on this weekend's Audi Napa Valley Classic, see this preview from Cal.

Wild card Brandon Nakashima lost his round of 16 match to No. 2 seed Tommy Paul today at the ATP Challenger 80 in Cary North Carolina 7-6(0), 6-4. Paul will play No. 11 seed Michael Mmoh in the quarterfinals and Ulises Blanch will face JC Aragone in the all-US bottom half. The winner of tonight's match between No. 10 seed Noah Rubin and No. 8 seed Chris Eubanks will be the only American in the top half.

One second round match is still going at the women's $25,000 tournament in Redding California, but TCU sophomore Ellie Douglas, a lucky loser, and UCLA sophomore Elysia Bolton, a qualifier, have both advanced to the quarterfinals. Douglas moved on when Alexa Glatch retired at 6-5 in the first set. Bolton defeated No. 4 seed Hanna Chang 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-0. UCLA senior Jada Hart, a wild card, will play former UCLA star Pam Montez after Hart beat No. 5 seed Bianca Turati(Texas) of Italy 6-2, 6-1 and Montez defeated Ashley Kratzer 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a three-hour marathon.

At the $15,000 tournament in Champaign Illinois, Kalamazoo champion Zachary Svajda, a wild card, defeated No. 6 seed Austin Rapp(UCLA) 6-2, 6-2 and will play Stanford junior Axel Geller of Argentina, the No. 4 seed, in the quarterfinals.  NCAA semifinalist Aleks Kovacevic of Illinois won his second consecutive match in a third set tiebreaker, beating Emilio Nava 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(1). He will face Kentucky freshman Liam Draxl of Canada, who beat No. 2 seed Andrew Watson of Great Britain 6-2, 7-5.

Eighteen-year-old qualifier Elizabeth Scotty and 17-year-olds Charlotte Chavatipon and qualifier Vanessa Ong have advanced to the quarterfinals of the $15,000 tournament in Lawrence Kansas.  Scotty defeated No. 5 seed Anna Turati(Texas) of Italy 6-2, 6-0, Chavatipon beat qualifier Jessica Failla(Pepperdine) 6-2, 7-6(6) and Ong took out No. 3 seed Michaela Bayerlova(Washington State) of the Czech Republic 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5) in a match that took three hours and 26 minutes to complete.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Nakashima Advances to Round of 16 at Cary Challenger; Teen Qualifiers Advance at Redding $25K; Nava, Svajda Win at Champaign $15K

The USTA Pro Circuit is back in full force this week after a lull around the US Open, with $15,000 events for men and women, a $25K for women in Redding California, and the ATP Challenger 80 in Cary North Carolina.

As I tweeted after he lost his US Open Junior Championships semifinal match to eventual champion Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic, Brandon Nakashima received a wild card into the Cary Challenger and he has made good use of it. The 18-year-old from San Diego picked up his first Challenger-level win yesterday, beating North Carolina State junior Tadas Babelis of Lithuania, also a wild card, 6-3, 6-2 in just under an hour. Today the University of Virginia sophomore earned his best win by ATP ranking, beating No. 13 seed Thai Kwiatkowski, the 2017 NCAA singles champion as a senior at Virginia, 7-6(4), 6-4. Nakashima's win over Kwiatkowski, at ATP 206, is better than his win in the first round of US Open qualifying last year, where he beat No. 250 Ante Pavic of Croatia. Nakashima will compete against an ATP Top 100 player for the second time on Friday when he takes on No. 92 Tommy Paul, who won the New Haven Challenger last week and is seeded No. 2 in this tournament. Nakashima lost to No. 75 Vasek Pospisil of Canada last year in Indian Wells qualifying.

The other wild cards also went to collegiate players, but Benjamin Sigouin of Canada(North Carolina), Alex Rybakov(TCU) and Omni Kumar(Duke) all fell in the first round.

In Redding, several teenagers have posted impressive results, with the youngest being 16-year-old Kimmi Hance. Hance, who started qualifying by beating her older sister Kenadi, a recent Washington graduate, defeated former USC star Zoe Scandalis to qualify for the main draw. Today, Hance beat No. 8 seed Connie Hsu of Taiwan(Penn) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 for her first main draw win at the $25,000 level. Qualifier Elysia Bolton, a sophomore at UCLA, TCU sophomore Ellie Douglas, a lucky loser, 18-year-old Alycia Parks and 17-year-old qualifier Peyton Stearns are the other teens advancing to the second round.  Canadian Katherine Sebov is the top seed, with No. 2 seed Catherine Harrison(UCLA) falling to 2017 USTA National 18s champion Ashley Kratzer in the first round today.

At the men's $15,000 tournament in Champaign Illinois, 18-year-old Brazilian Matheus Pucnielli de Almeida took out top seed Takuto Niki of Japan 6-1, 7-5 in today's first round, and although that was the most notable win by a teenager, it was hardly the only one. Sixteen-year-old wild card Zachary Svajda, the reigning Kalamazoo champion, beat Florida freshman Will Grant; 17-year-old qualifier Gabriel Diallo of Canada, a freshman at Kentucky, won his first round match; 17-year-old Liam Draxl, another Canadian who is a freshman at Kentucky advanced; 19-year-old qualifier Alexandre Rotsaert beat wild card Vik Budic(Illinois) and Emilio Nava, fresh from his loss in the US Open boys final Sunday, beat AJ Catanzariti(Texas A&M).

The women's $15,000 event in Lawrence Kansas has also produced first round wins for several teenagers including Nebraska freshman Isabel Adrover Gallego of Spain, a qualifier; 17-year-old Charlotte Chavatipon, UCLA recruit Vanessa Ong, a 17-year-old qualifier; 18-year-olds Dalayna Hewitt and qualifier Elizabeth Scotty and Kansas freshman Carmen Manu of Romania, a qualifier. Americans Dasha Ivanova and Anastasia Nefedova are the top seeds.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Why Have American Women Had More Success Than American Men?; ITF Grade 1 College Park Videos, Photo Gallery

When I was in New York for the US Open, I had an opportunity to talk with ESPN tennis writer Peter Bodo about a question that has been popping up in discussions I've had lately with many people in the tennis community. Why are the US women having more success than the US men when it comes to contending for tour and grand slam titles?  It's a complex question without a right answer, but I offered Bodo some of my observations from what I've seen over the past dozen years and several of them made it into this article. USTA head of women's tennis Kathy Rinaldi and General Manager of Player Development Martin Blackman also provide some thoughts, as do Patrick Mouratoglou and Timea Babos.

I didn't have a chance to feature the videos from the ITF Grade 1 in College Park before the US Open, which I usually do, so they can be found below.

For photos of all 16 singles quarterfinalists, see this gallery over at Tennis Recruiting Network.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Tommy Paul Claims ATP Challenger in New Haven; Oracle Announces New US Pro Series; Ngounoue Sweeps Titles in ITF Grade 5

I'm back home and this will be a short update, because after a long stretch of late night writing at the US Open Junior Championships, I need to go to bed early tonight.

With the US Open going on last week, the only other event in the United States was the WTA 125 and ATP 125 Oracle Challenger in New Haven Connecticut.  No. 6 seed Tommy Paul won the title in an all-American final, beating No. 9 seed Marcos Giron 6-3, 6-3 in yesterday's championship match. Paul, 22, did not lose a set all week, and with his second ATP Challenger title of the year, Paul has broken into the ATP Top 100 for the first time, at 92.  With his run to the final, former UCLA star Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champion, has moved to a career-high ATP ranking of 126. Both are entered in this week's ATP 80 Challenger, with Paul the No. 2 seed and Giron seeded No. 4. They could meet again in the semifinals.

I heard at the US Open that Paul will be working with Brad Stine this fall, now that Kevin Anderson has announced he will not play the rest of the year due to his knee injury.

The men's doubles title in New Haven went to unseeded Nate Lammons (SMU) and Rob Galloway (Wofford), who added to the excellent results of collegiate men in ATP doubles this year. Americans Lammons and Galloway defeated top seeds Sander Gille(East Tennessee St) and Joran Vliegen(East Carolina) of Belgium 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

The women's title in New Haven went to Anna Blinkova of Russia. The No. 7 seed defeated unseeded Usue Arconada 6-4, 6-2 in the final. With her run to the final, Arconada has now reached a career-high of 145 in the WTA rankings. Blinkova also beat Arconada in the doubles final. Blinkova and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia, seeded No. 2, beat unseeded Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) and Arconada 6-2, 4-6, 10-4 in the championship match.

Last week, Oracle announced a new series of men and women's pro events in the United States that will range in prize money from $25,000 to $108,000. Six dates are set for this fall, and all are joint events, although the men and women are at different locations in Dallas October 20-27. More than 20 combined events are expected to be scheduled for 2020. For more on Oracle's new initiative, see this press release.

With no ITF Junior Circuit events in North America last week, the only titles for US players came from a Grade 5 in Togo, where 13-year-old Clervie Ngounoue won both the singles and doubles titles. Ngounoue was the No. 7 seed based on her first round Grade 1 win in College Park last month, her first ITF tournament. Ngounoue had the most trouble in her semifinal match with 16-year-old American Ariel Johnson, winning that one 7-6(2), 0-6, 6-1. In the final Ngounoue defeated top Linda Claire Eloundou Nga of Cameroon 6-2, 6-3. She and Nga teamed up for the doubles title, with the No. 2 seeds beating Carmine Becoude of Benin and Bohoussou Blanche Lili-belle Minet of 
Cote D'Ivoire 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Osorio Serrano and Forejtek Claim US Open Junior Titles in Final Opportunity; Girls Doubles Title Goes to Bartone and Selekhmeteva

©Colette Lewis 2019--
Flushing Meadows NY--

Colombia's Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic ended their junior careers with US Open titles Sunday, defeating the home country's hopes for a 2019 junior slam title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Osorio, seeded fourth, raced through 16-year-old qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova 6-1, 6-0, while Forejtek, also the No. 4 seed, came back to beat No. 8 seed Emilio Nava 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-2. Five different Americans reached a total of six junior slam singles finals this year, but none was able to hoist the winner's trophy.

Osorio was open about her goal of winning a junior slam, after falling in the semifinals of both the US Open last year and the French Open this year.

"It's unreal," said the 17-year-old, who expressed her appreciation for the noisy cohort of cheering Colombians supporting her on Court 17. "It's been a really great week for me. I'm just so happy and thankful for this. I'm blessed, and I can't believe I win."

The only game Osorio surrendered was a break of serve in the third game, with Yepifanova unable to convert game points in her first two service games. It took only 23 minutes for Osorio to capture the first set, holding with a good first serve after saving two break points at 5-1.

"I have been working really hard on my serve, because I think that is one of the things that I really need to work on to be a pro....I am really focused on that," said Osorio, who hit five aces in the match, including one on championship point. "She was a really aggressive player, so I was thinking of moving her a lot. Also put a lot of first serves in, because she is going to attack my second serve."

Osorio had needed five sets to win her quarterfinal and semifinal matches Saturday, while Yepifanova had needed six, and both had their left thighs wrapped at the start of the match. But Osorio stayed committed to her game style, which she described as "move a lot and move my legs."

"I was tired too, but I was just focused on moving a lot."

Yepifanova admitted that her surprising run this week had worn her down a bit by the final.

"Obviously this wasn't my best match, and I think I she played good, credit to her," said Yepifanova, who now lives in Bradenton Florida. "I don't think it was a 1 and 0 match; I was up 40-15, 40-30, ad out most of the games and I just couldn't convert them. I think I played low quality tennis on important points, which made a huge difference. She is quick, and her ball is heavier than girls I played yesterday. I was slower, I was heavy on court and easy shots weren't going in today."

Osorio, the first Colombian to win a junior slam singles title, is heading back to Colombia for a few weeks, but is returning to the United States to play some $60,000 tournaments this fall. Already moving into the WTA Top 250 after two titles in $25,000 tournaments last month, Osorio is aiming for the Australian Open women's qualifying.

Yepifanova said she is rethinking her schedule after her results this week. Originally planning to play the ITF Junior Circuit Grade B1 in Kentucky next month, along with some $25,000 events, she may opt to concentrate on the Pro Circuit before playing the major Florida junior events that close out the year.
Forejtek had experience with junior slam finals before today, as the winner of both the Australian and Wimbledon boys doubles titles this year. But taking on Australian Open singles finalist Nava in Louis Armstrong Stadium was a big step up for the 18-year-old, who had never been past the round of 16 at a junior slam in his previous seven appearances.

Although the level in the first set was high for both players, Forejtek felt he was too passive, partly because Nava did not allow him many chances to play aggressively.

"I think first set he played really well," Forejtek said. "[How] he was serving, I didn't have chances for any breaks, maybe one break point. His level was really good....But then I started playing more aggressive, which was better against him, and he started making more mistakes after. But his level maybe dropped a bit, my level got higher."

Nava made a rash of unforced errors to lose the second set in 20 minutes, and Forejtek went up an early break in the third. He appeared to be cruising along, up 40-0 serving at 3-2, but picking on several second serves, Nava won the next four points for a chance to get the break back. He set up an easy forehand off a short ball on break point, but it found the net, and Forejtek went on to hold for a 4-2 lead.

"I had that ad point, I was pretty confident with it, second serve, hit a nice inside out and inside the court I think I thought too much where to go, when I generally have it so clear, and I ended up missing it," Nava said. "He played great. In the first set he was solid, but was missing a bit. In the second, he just was letting his forehands go, gained a lot more confidence in his serve as well, and it was tough to bounce back."

Nava, who had been serving well throughout the tournament, particularly in his two wins on Saturday, saw that part of his game drop off in the final two sets.

"In the first set, it was pretty good, pretty solid, but in the second set it definitely dropped off pretty hard," said the 17-year-old from Los Angeles. "I was getting a little frustrated, so in the third, I just started kicking it, just trying to make it, get the confidence back."

When Forejtek converted his second match point, his celebration was subdued, with nothing more dramatic than a fist pump. But in his press conference in the main interview room, Forejtek was obviously excited about his first junior slam singles title.

"It's really great," Forejtek said. "I won grand slams only in doubles, and in singles, it's just unreal. It's so good; it's big motivation also for the future."

Although Forejtek is considering playing the ITF Junior Masters this fall, he is ready to move full time into pro tennis, although an even bigger challenge awaits him next weekend, as a member of the Czech Davis Cup team in its tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Forejtek is part of the very young Czech team, which includes Jiri Lehecka and Dalibor Svrcina, who also played in the US Open Junior Championships, and 18-year-old Tomas Machac, along with ATP veteran Jiri Vesely.

Although Forejtek cautioned that he doesn't know who will play he was glad he had an opportunity to play on a big court in today's final in preparation.

"I'm happy I played on the big courts, because it's a bit different from other ones," Forejtek said. "I was always playing on the small courts this tournament. Always. So I'm really, really looking forward to it, and let's see how it will go."

Nava, who turns 18 in December, is also going to turn his focus to the Pro Circuit, with his next tournament likely to be the $25,000 event in Houston the week after next.
The girls doubles champions were also crowned on Sunday, with No. 5 seeds Kamilla Bartone of Latvia and Oksana Selekhmeteva taking the title with a 7-5, 7-6(6) win over unseeded Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic of France.

Bartone and Selekhmeteva had lost in the Wimbledon doubles final earlier this summer, so this victory was particularly satisfying.

"We are so happy to win," said Bartone. "We were so nervous before the match. We knew we won against them at the French Open, but the finals here is totally different, different surface."

"And more pressure," Selekhmeteva added. "It's the last step for the trophy that we wanted for so long."

Serving for the match at 5-3 in the second, Bartone was broken, and Selekhmeteva admitted to a bit of doubt at that stage of the match.

"They played good in that game, and at 5-all, we were not upset, but we were trying to stay more focused and more calm," Selekhmeteva said.

"She said to me, be prepared for the tiebreak," Bartone said with a laugh. "And then at 6-6, she said, this tiebreak."

"They were going to the net on every point and they were playing so good," Selekhmeteva said. "They are a good team. But we tried to stay focused and do what we had to do. I like to volley and I like to cross."

Bartone came up with one of her signature drop shots at 6-all in the tiebreaker.

"She's the best," Selekhmeteva said. "It was 6-all and they were hitting to her and she was hitting drop shot. Seriously? At 6-all hitting drop shot in tiebreaker."

"I just had a lot of adrenaline in my blood, so it happened," Bartone said.

Bartone has another year of juniors and Selekhmeteva has two more, so next year they should continue to be a force at junior slams.

"Next year I want to play all the grand slams partnering with Oksana of course," Bartone said.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Nava Reaches Boys US Open Final, Qualifier Yepifanova Comes From Behind Twice to Advance to Girls Championship Match; Spizzirri and Zink Win Boys Doubles Title

©Colette Lewis 2019--
Flushing Meadows NY--

The two Americans who won two matches on Saturday to reach the finals of the US Open Junior Championships are at different stages of their junior careers, but they have in common saving a match point earlier in the week.

No. 8 seed Emilio Nava, who reached the final of the Australian Open in January, was down 5-1 in the third set against Matteo Arnaldi of Italy in the second round, saving a match point at 5-3 in a 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-5 victory. Qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova was down 6-3, 5-3 to Mai Nirundorn of Thailand in the third round, but saved a match point in that game and went on to earn a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) win.

Of the two, Nava had the easier day Saturday, spending less than two hours on Louis Armstrong Stadium, where both of his matches were played. Nava needed just 53 minutes to defeat No. 15 seed Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, and then took out fellow American Cannon Kingsley 6-4, 6-0 in 59 minutes.

"In my first match (against Lehecka), I had a tough first set, then I ended up relaxing in the second and going for my shots a little more," Nava said. "I think the same (against Kingsley) this afternoon as well. Really tough first set--serving for the set he had a break point--then I just relaxed in the second, hit my shots."

Kingsley, who had won a tough physical battle with left-hander Dominic Stricker of Switzerland 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach his first junior slam semifinal, was impressed with Nava's level throughout the match.

"I think I had a little bit of a longer match than him in my first match today, but he played, like, really well," Kingsley said. "I don't think it would have made much of a difference the way he was playing today. But I'm just happy I had a good last junior tournament."

Nava, who was initially not seeded due to an administrative error when the draw first came out last Saturday, said his close calls in the first two rounds have helped him loosen up.

"Now I'm just playing really relaxed," said the 17-year-old from Woodland Hills California, who is playing just his second event since an oblique injury at the end of June. "I won, but I'm not really supposed to be here. But yeah, I'm definitely out here having fun."

Nava, who is the cousin of ATP pro Ernesto Escobedo, is expecting to have an advantage against No. 4 seed Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic, who had not advanced beyond the round of 16 in any junior slam prior to this week.

"When I played in Australia I was a bit nervous," Nava said. "It was the same as with (Australian champion Lorenzo) Musetti, because he played here in the final (last year). I won the first set and was playing pretty relaxed and in the third, got a little tight at the end. But now I think that will definitely help, for sure."

Forejtek does have experience in junior slam finals, having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon boys doubles titles this year, beating Kingsley and Nava in the Melbourne final. But unlike Nava, who has played on show courts Court 17, Grandstand and Louis Armstrong this week, Forejtek will get his first look at Armstrong at practice Sunday morning.

In the quarterfinals against qualifier Milan Welte of Germany, Forejtek led 5-1 in the final set, but had to save a break point at 5-all before converting his fourth match point in a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 win. Against No. 11 seed Brandon Nakashima, Forejtek was able to apply pressure by coming to net on key points in his 7-6(4), 6-3 victory.

"I don't have a problem with that," said the 18-year-old, who won a $25,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournament last month. "But with Nakashima I missed some easy volleys, so that was not so good. But on the important points, at the end, when it was 7-6, 5-3, important point, I went to the net and won the point."

Nakashima was not pleased with his level of play against Forejtek, after beating his doubles partner, No. 14 seed Valentin Royer of France, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

"I wasn't feeling it as well as I was in the first match," Nakashima said. "He was getting more balls in play than my first opponent. He's a solid player. In the tiebreaker, I didn't get a good start and he played some pretty good points. It was very solid on my end; just some sloppy errors that cost me the first set."
In the all-US girls quarterfinal between Yepifanova and wild card Reese Brantmeier, Yepifanova trailed 6-4, 3-0 before requesting a medical timeout. When she returned, with her left thigh wrapped, Yepifanova won eight consecutive games to take a 2-0 lead in the third set and went on to claim a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win.

In the semifinals, Yepifanova won her third consecutive match from a set down, beating No. 4 seed Qinwen Zheng of China 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Yepifanova admitted that she needed time to adapt to Zheng's big hitting, falling behind 4-0 to open the match.

"The girl came out blasting the ball from both sides," the 16-year-old from Florida said. "She was playing great; I was like, what do I do?"

Zheng couldn't sustain that level and Yepifanova raised her game in the second and third sets. She broke to serve for the match at 5-4, but Zheng forced an error at 30-15, then hit a clean forehand winner to earn a break point, and Yepifanova double faulted.

It was Zheng's turn to double fault at 30-40 in the next game, and with a second chance to serve out the match Yepifanova got a lot more first serves in than she had in her previous attempt.

"First serves were crucial," Yepifanova said. "That was my plan for the match: serve plus one mostly. The first time I served for the match, I was up 30-15 and I could just feel my arms getting heavy, myself shaking. The second time, I made myself relax and take more time and make the first serve, focus on that mostly."

Yepifanova went with a body serve on match point and Zheng couldn't get it back in play, giving Yepifanova her seventh win in the past nine days.

"As anyone would be in my situation, I was pretty disappointed that I didn't get the main draw wild card," said Yepifanova, who now trains at IMG, but is still grieving the recent death of Konstantin Anisimov, her coach since she was 12. "But now looking back it, I feel it was good, because I gained so much confidence after qualifying...After that, I knew I could win matches at the Open, even knowing I'm playing such a big tournament."

Yepifanova admits her form coming into the tournament--a second round loss in San Diego and a first round lost at the College Park Grade 1--didn't suggest a run like this, but she's not really surprised.

"I know that my results recently didn't really match up to this, but I knew I was capable of playing very well," Yepifanova said. "I knew that I was capable of playing girls who are ranked much higher than I am, so this is suprising, it's the US Open, I'm in the finals, but at the same time, I knew I could be at this level."

Yepifanova's opponent in Sunday's final, No. 4 seed Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano, had comebacks of her own to take pride in. Down 3-0 to No. 7 seed Kamilla Bartone of Latvia when rain postponed play Friday, Osorio won six straight games to start Saturday's match and went on to post a 6-3, 6-4 win. Against unseeded Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia, who had taken out wild card Katrina Scott 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, Osorio trailed 3-0 in the final set.

But after a medical timeout, Osorio won six of the next seven games to earn a 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4 win and she could not be happier to have finally reached a junior slam final in her last attempt.

"You can't imagine how I feel right now," said Osorio, who reached the semifinals here last year and at the French Open this year.  "In the third set I was 3-0 down and I was like, what is this? Cami you have this chance, just take it. I called the physio for my leg and I had the time to stop and think what I am doing. I get on the court and just think, relax, this is your last tournament, just enjoy and that's what I did. I was so focused on every point."

Osorio and Yepifanova will be meeting for the first time on Sunday.

The girls doubles final, originally scheduled for this afternoon, was delayed until Sunday due to the two three-set matches that Selekhmeteva played in singles. She and Bartone, the No. 5 seeds, will face the unseeded team of Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic of France in the final.
The boys doubles final did go off as scheduled today, with the unseeded American team of Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink defeating Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic and Alexander Zgirovsky of Belarus 7-6(4), 6-4.

There were no breaks of serve in the first set and just one deuce point, but in the second set four of the first six games were decided on that no-ad point, with each team winning two. After Zink dropped serve on a deciding point, he and Spizzirri won a deciding point in the next game after Zgirovsky had led 40-15 in the game.

"The first time we got broken in the match and we broke right back," Spizzirri said. "It was a big game, getting that back, shutting down all the momentum they got from breaking us. I think was definitely a key moment in that second set."

As a large crowd continued to build on Court 6 with the women's final in Ashe Stadium over, Zink held for 5-4, putting the pressure on Zgirovsky. Down 15-40, Zgirovsky came up with a backhand volley winner to save the first match point, and Spizzirri missed a backhand long on the second match point. But on the deciding point, Zink sent his return to Paulson at the net, then waited to see whether the forehand volley Paulson hit would be in or out.

"I wasn't sure if it was going out or not," said Spizzirri. "It was like sitting in the air forever, I was like, please go out."

Zink and Spizzirri won a Grade 1 title in Brazil in February and vowed to play together as much as they could the rest of the year. They won another Grade 1 this spring in Italy, but second round losses at the French and Wimbledon put a damper on their summer, as did Zink's illness in Kalamazoo, where they withdrew before playing a match.

"We loved our chemistry together and decided to play for the whole year," Zink said. "French and Wimbledon we had two pretty tough losses, where it could have gone either way. And then Kalamazoo, I had to pull out because of illness. We definitely got a little unlucky here and there, but just super grateful that it kind of clicked here."

"There's no better time for it to click," Spizzirri said. "This is our last junior tournament, US Open, our home tourney."

"Yeah, there's no better time to click," Zink said. "We both went after it this week, but we knew the whole time we could do this."

"We just kept building, building and getting better, and like I said, we're so happy that it clicked here, at our last event," Spizzirri said.

Saturday’s quarterfinal junior singles results for Americans:

Brandon Nakashima[11] d. Valentin Royer[14](FRA) 6-4, 6-4
Emilio Nava[8] d. Jiri Lechecka[15](CZE) 6-3, 6-1
Cannon Kingsley d. Dominic Stricker(SUI) 7-6(3), 6-4
Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS) d. Katrina Scott[WC]  1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] d. Reese Brantmeier[WC] 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Saturday’s semifinal junior singles results for Americans:
Jonas Forejtek[4](CZE) d. Brandon Nakashima[11] 7-6(4), 6-3
Emilio Nava[8] d. Cannon Kingsley 6-4, 6-0
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] d. Qinwen Zheng[5](CHN) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Serena Williams[8] lost to No. 15 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada 6-3, 7-5 in the women's final.

Unseeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Great Britain's Jamie Murray won the mixed doubles title, beating top seeds Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and former LSU star Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-2, 6-3.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Spizzirri and Zink Reach US Open Boys Doubles Final as Rain Washes Out Junior Singles Quarterfinals

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The rain expected on Friday arrived at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with only nine games completed in the three girls singles quarterfinals that began at noon. The rain did not let up throughout the afternoon, and at around 4 p.m., officials cancelled the junior singles matches on the schedule and prepared to play the four doubles semifinals on two indoor courts on site beginning at 5 p.m.

In the singles matches, wild card Katrina Scott led Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia 4-1, No. 7 seed Kamila Bartone of Latvia led No. 4 seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia 3-0 and qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova led wild card Reese Brantmeier 1-0, with Brantmeier serving at deuce in the second game.  The fourth girls quarterfinal between No. 5 seed Qinwen Zheng of China and Priska Nugroho of Indonesia had not begun.

In my 16 years covering the US Open Junior Championships, they have never had to play both the quarterfinals and the semifinals on the same day, but that's what is happening on Saturday, with both the doubles finals also on the schedule.

None of the four boys in the doubles final are still in singles, but Bartone and Selekhmeteva, the No. 5 seeds, advanced to the girls doubles final with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-7 win over No. 3 seeds Adrienn Nagy of Hungary and Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan. They will play unseeded Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic of France, who defeated unseeded Melodie Collard of Canada and Hong Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong 7-5, 4-6, 12-10. Droguet and Janicijevic saved two match points in the tiebreaker at 9-8, and in spectacular fashion, at 10-9, with Droguet getting two overheads back in a point Collard and Wong appeared to have won at least three times.
The boys doubles final will feature two unseeded teams, with Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink defeating No. 5 Govind Nanda and Canadian Liam Draxl, the only seeded team in the quarterfinals, 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-7.

Spizzirri and Zink got an early lead in the first set at 2-0 and also went up 4-2, but Nanda and Draxl, who reached the Wimbledon boys doubles final in July, broke back both times, and went on to take the tiebreaker.

"I think there were three or four breaks in the first set, so it was back and forth and both teams were returning really well," said Spizzirri, who had a vocal group of supporters who made the trip from nearby Greenwich Connecticut. "We knew they played a really good first set, and if we kept our level and our energy up, our game was going to come, and we were going to get our chances, and that's what happened."

In the second set, there was only one break of serve, and Zink and Spizzirri were able to hold on to that lead.

"They played well the first set, and there wasn't much to change," said Zink, who is already several weeks into his freshman year at the University of Georgia. "We had to keep on course, and I think we did that and brought it."

In the match tiebreaker, Nanda and Draxl led 4-2 at the first change of ends, but that was the biggest lead either team had until Zink and Spizzirri went up 9-7 when Draxl double faulted. Zink and Spizzirri converted on their first match point, when Draxl missed a forehand.

"Honestly it came down to inches," said Zink. "I think we were a little bit stronger toward the end of the tiebreaker. They started off strong in the beginning, but I felt we finished strong, which was a game changer."

Zink said the support from his family and the Greenwich contingent also contributed to the win, with the atmosphere often reminiscent of a college match, with Nanda already having played a semester at UCLA and Draxl starting his freshman year at Kentucky.

"Being my last junior tournament, it means the world to me having my family here, friends," said Zink. "It doesn't get much better than this; obviously it's a dream come true. It's unbelievable."

Spizzirri and Zink will play the unseeded team of Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic and Alexander Zgirovsky of Belarus, who beat Nicholas David Ionel of Romania and Wojciech Marek of Poland 6-4, 6-2.

Saturday's quarterfinal junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Brandon Nakashima[11] v Valentin Royer[14](FRA)
Emilio Nava[8] v Jiri Lehecka[15](CZE)
Cannon Kingsley v Dominic Stricker(SUI)
Katrina Scott[WC] leads Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS) 4-1
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] leads Reese Brantmeier[WC] 1-0

The women's singles final is Saturday afternoon, with No. 8 seed Serena Williams taking on No. 15 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada.

In the men's doubles final, former USC star and 2008 NCAA doubles champion Robert Farah and his partner Juan Sebastian Cabal became the first team from Colombia to win the US Open title. The top seeds defeated No. 8 seeds Marcel Granollers of Spain and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-4, 7-5.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Wild Cards Scott and Brantmeier, Qualifier Yepifanova Reach Girls Quarterfinals at US Open Junior Championships; Nava, Nakashima and Kingsley Earn Spots in Final Eight

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Three young US girls and three US boys playing in their final junior slam advanced to the US Open Junior Championships quarterfinals with wins today at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Wild card Katrina Scott will make her first appearance in a junior slam quarterfinal Friday after spoiling Robin Montgomery's 15th birthday in a 7-5, 6-3 victory over her friend.

"I've known Robin forever and she's my best friend," said Scott, who turned 15 in June. "Going into the match we had to put our friendship aside and battle it out on court. We've already played twice, and I'm able to switch my mind to, like ok, this is a tennis match, this is just like anything else. We're competitors, we're fighting to win."

Scott fell behind 3-1 in the opening set, but Montgomery played an error-filled game to give the break back for 3-3. After Scott held for 6-5, Montgomery had an opportunity to force a tiebreaker, but she missed a volley, then double faulted to give Scott a break point, and Scott converted when Montgomery missed a forehand.

"I knew that she's a big hitter and she's going to hit a very big ball," Scott said. "I knew I had to take my chances when I had them, because they weren't going to come very often. I think I used my serve very well, got a lot of free points and got myself out of some tough situations there. And I was returning pretty solid too. I had to block back her big serves and take my chances when I got a second serve."

Scott spent many years as a competitive ice skater, but something about tennis's one-on-one challenge led her to focus exclusively on that.

"Ever since I was young, I always wanted to win everything I did," said Scott. "That just came into my tennis game, being so competitive, even off the courts. It's crazy how competitive."

Scott, who is set to represent the US team in ITF Junior Fed Cup competition later this month, is looking to put that quality to the test again, this time with Montgomery, who is also on the team, on her side.

"I've always had the best time with her on trips in the past," said Scott, who represented the US in the ITF 14U World Junior Tennis event last year, along with Montgomery.  "And I know we're going to have so many more good trips to come. I'm really happy about it."

Scott's opponent in the quarterfinals is unseeded Oksana Selekhmeteva, who beat No. 16 seed Elsa Jacquemot of France 6-4, 6-4.

Scott is not the youngest girls quarterfinalist however. That honor belongs to Reese Brantmeier, who doesn't turn 15 until next month. The USTA girls 16s champion, who defeated No. 15 seed Polina Kudermetova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in today's third round, will face 16-year-old qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova, who beat Mai Nirundorn of Thailand 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3).  Yepifanova trailed throughout the first two sets, and Nirundorn had a match point serving at 5-3, 40-30, but Yepifanova saved it and went on to win her fifth consecutive game to take the set. Nirundorn was up a break on three separate occasions in the third set, but Yepifanova broke back each time, and eventually the 16-year-old Floridan got the lead, serving for the match at 6-5. She couldn't hold, but she dominated the tiebreaker, and like Brantmeier and Scott, Yepifanova has gone from losing in the first round of the US Open junior qualifying in 2018 to this year's quarterfinals.

The other two girls quarterfinals will feature No. 7 seed Kamilla Bartone of Latvia against No. 4 seed Maria Camilla Osorio Serrano of Colombia and No. 5 seed Qinwen Zheng of China against Priska Nugroho of Indonesia.  Osorio came from a break down in both sets to defeat No. 13 seed Abigail Forbes 7-5, 7-6(3) and Nugroho avenged her Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to No. 3 seed Alexa Noel 6-2, 6-1. All four of the girls quarterfinals are first-time meetings.

While the US girls are playing this week in their first US Open Junior Championships, the three American boys all have had success in New York.

No. 11 seed Brandon Nakashima will be playing in his second consecutive quarterfinal in New York after he defeated unseeded Tristan Schoolkate of Australia 6-1, 6-4. The 18-year-old Southern Californian, who has already played a semester of college tennis at Virginia, will face his doubles partner, No. 14 seed Valentin Royer of France, for a place in his first slam semifinal.

Cannon Kingsley reached the third round of the US Open Junior Championships last year and the quarterfinals of this year's Australian Open, but the Ohio State freshman needed all the support of his local fan club to pull out a 7-6(7), 7-6(6) win over No. 10 seed Liam Draxl of Canada. Kingsley saved four set points in the first set and then after failing to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second, saw a 6-2 lead in the tiebreaker slip away. But a commitment to aggressive play and the crowd support got Kingsley through.

"That helped me so much," said Kingsley, who lives in nearby Northport New York, although he is now two weeks into his freshman year in Columbus. "It just gives me that boost that I need. If I was able to have that every match, that would be insane. It's just a little lucky that I'm playing here in New York and I'm from here, so I've got to use that advantage a little bit for sure."

Kingsley know he'll get that kind of support once he begins playing matches for Ohio State, yet he realizes the road matches will be a different story.

"At home matches, I'll get used to that," Kingsley said. "But at the away matches, I have to get used to the opposite. I played a Brit at Wimbledon and that was not a good result for me. I played an Australian in Australia and it was tough, but I got through that one."

Kingsley played particularly aggressive in the last few games of the second set, and some of his motivation for that was provided by Draxl.

"He kind of made fun of my volleys a little bit," Kingsley said. "I missed a volley and he said something like 'good volleys' really loud. And after that, I wanted to show him I could make volleys and I told myself 'good volley', 'good volley' every time after that."

Kingsley also realized he needed to change his strategy against Draxl, who had beaten him in straight sets at the Grade 1 in Roehampton this year.

"He's a good baseliner," Kingsley said. "He works so hard off the baseline it's impossible to put him away if you don't come to the net and try to finish points inside the court. The first two guys I played, my strategy was just to stay back and make a lot of balls. But today, this guy does the same thing, so I've got to change my game style a little bit and I was lucky I was on my game."

Kingsley will play unseeded Dominic Stricker of Switzerland, who beat Dalibor Svrcina of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The two have not met previously.
Nava had won only one match at the US Open prior to this year, but at the last hard court junior slam the 17-year-old from Los Angeles reached the final.  This year in New York, Nava has already won a third set tiebreaker in his first match and saved a match point in his second, so his 7-6(3), 6-2 win over 16-year-old qualifier Aidan Mayo, in which he saved three set points in the first set, seemed almost routine.

"I don't think it's a good thing," Nava said of his propensity for comebacks this week. "I don't want to get down just to find my way up. But in those moments, I think I just relax, just rip the ball. I don't want to focus on what I have to do, so I just hit."

Nava has recorded the fastest serve of the juniors this week at 135 mph (not all players get to compete on the two courts where serve speeds are displayed), and he feels it's a key to his game style.

"I think it's pretty important," said Nava, who averaged 113 mph on his first serve and hit one 130 mph in the second set. "I'm hitting some pretty big serves out here. I pretty surprised actually. I'm pretty skinny, how does that happen? But I rely on it, 30-alls, deuces, 15-30s, when I'm down, I just like to relax and rip it and it comes out pretty good sometimes."

Nava had beaten Mayo at the Pan American Closed in Tulsa, when they were 15 and 14 years old. Nava went on to reach the final, his breakout ITF tournament, and he appreciates how far Mayo's game has come since then.

"When I played him in Tulsa he was pretty small," Nava recalled. "He was good, but I think I was just a little ahead. But here now, I knew he improved, but I didn't know he'd improved that much. I was surprised, but I'm super happy for him, because it's American tennis and we love each other."

Nava will face No. 15 seed Jiri Lehecka of the Czech Republic, who beat Rinky Hijikata of Australia 6-4, 6-3. Nava and Lehecka met in the quarterfinals in Australia, with Nava earning a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 victory.

The other boys quarterfinal features qualifier Milan Welte of Germany against No. 4 seed Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic.

The doubles quarterfinals were completed Thursday, with three unseeded teams reach the boys semifinals, including unseeded Americans Tyler Zink and Eliot Spizzirri. Zink and Spizzirri defeated No. 7 seeds Arthur Cazaux and Harold Mayot of France 6-0, 6-4 and will face Wimbledon finalists Draxl and Govind Nanda, the No. 5 seeds. They defeated Nakashima and Royer, seeded No. 4, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Girls Wimbledon finalists Bartone and Selekhmeteva also advanced to the semifinals, beating top seeds Noel and Diane Parry of France 7-5, 6-4. Wimbledon champions and No. 6 seed Savannah Broadus and Forbes lost to unseeded Melodie Collard and Hong Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong 6-4, 6-4.

Thursday third round junior singles results of Americans:

Brandon Nakashima[11] d. Tristan Schoolkate(AUS) 6-1, 6-4
Cannon Kingsley d. Liam Draxl[10](CAN) 7-6(7), 7-6(6)
Emilio Nava[8] d. Aidan Mayo[Q] 7-6(3), 6-2
Katrina Scott[WC] d. Robin Montgomery 7-5, 6-3
Reese Brantmeier[WC] d. Polina Kudermetova[15](RUS) 6-1, 6-3
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] d. Mai Nirundorn(THA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)
Priska Nugroho(INA) d. Alexa Noel[3] 6-2, 6-1
Maria Osorio Serrano[4](COL) d. Abigail Forbes[13] 7-5, 7-6(3)

Friday's quarterfinal junior singles matches featuring Americans:
Brandon Nakashima[11] v Valentin Royer[14](FRA)
Emilio Nava[8] v Jiri Lehecka[15](CZE)
Cannon Kingsley v Dominic Stricker(SUI)
Katrina Scott[WC] v Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS)
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] v Reese Brantmeier[WC]

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lingua Lavallen Upsets Top Seed Mochizuki in Second Round of US Open Junior Championships; 16s USTA Champion Brantmeier Not Ready to Go Home Just Yet

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A day after the top girls seed and the French Open boys champion exited the US Open Junior Championships, top seed and Wimbledon boys champion Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan joined them on the sidelines, with Alejo Lingua Lavallen of Argentina coming from behind to post a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 victory Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Lingua had not won a slam singles match until his first round win on Monday, and all his previous success on the ITF Junior Circuit had come on clay, but he wore world No. 1 Mochizuki down after saving a match point at 5-6 in the second set tiebreaker.

Lingua fell behind 2-0 in the third set, but after he broke Mochizuki in the third game, the 16-year-old requested a medical timeout, with cramping setting in.

"He can't run in the third set, but I play good and I'm happy for this," Lingua said.

Lingua knew he had to keep his focus on the match, despite Mochizuki's physical problems and the fact that they are friends.

"You know that he can't run, so it's like, I have to hit him the ball," Lingua said. "But on the court today, I was like, no thinking about anything but the match, and I'm so happy now. He's No. 1 in the world, it's incredible."

Only two of the top eight seeds remain in the boys draw going into Thursday's round of 16: No. 4 seed Jonas Forejtek of the Czech Republic and No. 8 seed Emilio Nava. No. 6 seed Toby Kodat suffered a 6-2, 7-6(4) defeat today at the hands of qualifier Milan Welte of Germany, who was still on the alternate list for qualifying until early last week.

"I was in the alternates until the Sunday before," said the 18-year-old from Saarbrucken Germany, who is currently ranked outside the Top 100 of the ITF junior rankings. "On Monday, I came into the qualifying and we booked a flight. It was lucky and of course I'm pretty surprised that I'm in the round of 16."

Coached primarily by his father at one of the German federation's 16 national training centers, Welte had to come from 4-1 and 5-3 down in the second set.

"Every service game was close, every time 30-all or deuce," said Welte, who came back from 0-40 serving at 5-6 to force the tiebreaker. "It was a little bit lucky that I won the return game at 5-3 and from this point, I played better again, and I served pretty well."

The only US boys to advance today was No. 11 seed Brandon Nakashima, who defeated Leandro Reidi of Switzerland 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, but three US girls reached the round of 16, including No. 13 seed Abigail Forbes, qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova and wild card Reese Brantmeier.
Brantmeier, who earned her wild card by winning the USTA 16s National title last month in San Diego, might be starting to feel a little homesick if it weren't for all her success here in New York.

"I haven't been home in probably over a month now," said Brantmeier, who lives in Whitewater Wisconsin. "I went down to DC to train with the USTA for a while and then I came back for this tournament."

Brantmeier was given a wild card into the US Open women's qualifying over two weeks ago, and she took a set from former WTA No. 55 Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic in her first round match, a result that buoyed her confidence for this event.

"It was fantastic to see that level, because I've never played at that high of a level before and it's where I hope to be when I'm older," said Brantmeier, who turns 15 next month. "Now I have a really clear picture of what I want to work on and improve so I can be back there...I was out for a couple of months at the start of the year because I broke my wrist, but since I've been back, I've been improving at an insane level now. I've been playing some of my best tennis, and that's so great to see."

In her 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4 win over Marta Custic of Spain, Brantmeier had to overcome the frustration of letting two match points slip away serving at 6-5 40-15 in the second set, and carefully nurture an early break in the third.

"I like when it's close and I'm not getting broken a lot," said Brantmeier, who saved the only two break points she faced in the third set serving at 2-1. "But also it's tough, because you know any slip-up, you might lose the set for that. You really have to stay focused every single point."

Brantmeier, who is instantly recognizable on any court with her knee high socks, will face No. 15 seed Polina Kudermetova of Russia, who outlasted Savannah Broadus 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-5 in today's second round.

The quarterfinals are set for doubles on Thursday with three US girls and four US boys still in the running for a title. The boys include the team of Tyler Zink and Eliot Spizzirri, Nakashima, who is playing with Valentin Royer of France, and Govind Nanda, who is playing with Liam Draxl of Canada. Nanda and Draxl reached the Wimbledon boys doubles final in July.

Wimbledon champions Broadus and Forbes saved two match points in the match tiebreaker in their 6-3, 3-6, 14-12 win over Robin Montgomery and Kudermetova Wednesday evening. Alexa Noel is playing with Diane Parry of France and the top seeds won in straight sets today.

Doubles draws are available here.

Wednesday's second round junior singles results featuring Americans:

Maria Osorio Serrano[4](COL) d. Katie Volynets 6-4, 6-4
Abigail Forbes[13] d. Zhuoxuan Bai(CHN) 6-3, 6-4
Kamilla Bartone[7](LAT) d. Elvina Kalieva[Q] 6-0, 6-1
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] d. Linda Fruhvirtova(CZE) 7-5, 6-4
Polina Kudermetova[15](RUS) Savannah Broadus 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-5
Reese Brantmeier[WC] d. Marta Custic(ESP) 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4

Brandon Nakashima[11] d. Leandro Riedi(SUI) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Peter Makk[16](HUN) d. Govind Nanda 7-6(2), 6-4
Gauthier Onclin[9](BEL) d. Will Grant[WC] 6-2, 6-3
Milan Welte[Q](GER) d. Toby Kodat[6] 6-2, 7-6(4)

Thursday's third round junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Brandon Nakashima[11] v Tristan Schoolkate(AUS)
Cannon Kingsley v Liam Draxl[10](CAN)
Emilio Nava[8] v Aidan Mayo[Q]
Katrina Scott[WC] v Robin Montgomery
Reese Brantmeier[WC] v Polina Kudermetova[15](RUS)
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] v Mai Nirundorn(THA)
Alexa Noel[3] v Priska Nugroho(INA)
Abigail Forbes[13] v Maria Osorio Serrano[4](COL)

Thursday's women's semifinals:

Serena Williams[8] v Elina Svitolina[5](UKR)
Belinda Bencic[13](SUI) v Bianca Andreescu[15](CAN)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Selekhmeteva Ousts Top Seed Navarro; Yepifanova Claims First Slam Victory; Nava, Noel Stage Dramatic Comebacks to Reach Third Round at US Open Junior Championships

©Colette Lewis 2019--

Flushing Meadows, NY--
Sixteen-year-old Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia earned the biggest win of her junior career today, defeating top seed and French Open finalist Emma Navarro 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the US Open Junior Championships Tuesday.

Selekhmeteva had every reason to be intimidated, but her experience in New York last year, playing Coco Gauff in the third round on Court 17, helped her when facing Navarro on the Grandstand on a warm and clear afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

"When I was warming up today on the court, everything is so big," said Selekhmeteva, who reached the Wimbledon girls doubles final this year. "It's a very good experience for me, and in the future it will be very helpful."

Selekhmeteva took a 5-0 lead in the final set against the 18-year-old Navarro, playing in her last junior slam, but failed to earn a match point serving for the win at 5-1. Serving at 5-3, Selekhmeteva did have a match point, but did not convert it, and Navarro had all the momentum when she went up 40-15 serving at 4-5. But Selekhmeteva won the next four points to seal the victory.

"To close the match, every time it's tough," said the left-hander, who lives in Moscow, but trains at the 4Slam Tennis Academy in Barcelona. "At 5-4, 15-40 down, I was like, ok Oksana, just calm down and let's try to do your best. And in the end, I finished it up. I'm so excited with my win today, and I'm happy to be here."
While Selekhmeteva has already earned seven main draw junior slam victories, Alexandra Yepifanova picked up her first today, with the 16-year-old qualifier defeating No. 9 seed Sada Nahimana of Burundi 6-2, 6-4.

"This was my third time playing US Open qualifying," Yepifanova said. "The first two years I fell in tough three-set matches, so that first win (last Friday) definitely gave me confidence. Today, it was so nice walking out on court in front of an American crowd. I was confident, even though I lost to this girl twice(actually three times) before. I knew I was playing well and I had a good game plan, knew what to do."

Yepifanova began training at IMG Academy in Bradenton this summer, after returning from Wimbledon, where she got through qualifying, but lost in the first round. 

"I tried it out in May and I really liked it," Yepifanova said. "We thought it was a really good idea because I was lacking fitness and I was lacking match play, so IMG was the perfect place for that."

Yepifanova said she found a successful strategy against Nahimana when she modified her own game.

"Previously I tried to play my own game a bit more," said Yepifanova. "I'm a very aggressive player so I made a few too many mistakes. This time, I hit a bit more, and off the right ball. I was hitting a few more balls than I usually would like to, but I was looking for that short ball this time."

USTA National 18s champion Katie Volynets finally played her first match since losing to women's quarterfinalist Bianca Andreescu of Canada exactly one week ago 6-4, 6-2. Volynets prevailed over Carole Monnet of France 6-1, 6-3, but the second set took nearly an hour.

"She's a great player, and I actually saw her a year and a half ago, and we played in Italy," said Volynets, who lost that first round match at the 2018 Grade A in Milan. "I had to adapt to her game, because she plays a bit of a different style and I think I did well. Her ball was just coming off the court differently."

Volynets said her decision to stick around and play the junior championships was informed by the WTA age restrictions that she faces until she turns 18 on the last day of 2019.

"There's a limit of 16 and I'm only left with a few," said Volynets, whose only other junior tournament this year was the San Diego Nationals, which earned her the main draw wild card. "I want matches, and there's no better environment to get matches than the US Open, so you can't compete with that."

As for college, Volynets has not yet given any thought to that pathway.

"I'm still deciding," said Volynets, who is now being coached by Joe Gilbert. "I'm here to play tennis and I'm letting the other stuff just kind of wait there, because it's not really going to go anywhere. When I have a bit of a break, I'll have more time to think. I haven't thought about much, because my ultimate goal is to be a professional player, so we'll see what we decide."
Cannon Kingsley is already at college, several weeks into the fall semester at Ohio State. But the New Yorker wasn't about to miss his last chance to play the US Open Junior Championships, where he staged an impressive comeback that broke the spirit of No. 5 seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina. Down 6-1 in the first set tiebreaker of their second round match, Kingsley roared back to win the next seven points, and when he went up 2-0 in the second set, Tirante announced to the chair umpire he was done. Having taken no medical timeout, Tirante did not appear to be injured, as far as Kingsley could observe.

"When I got to 7-6, 2-0 that was the same position I got to at Roland Garros," said Kingsley, who lost to Tirante 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round in Paris this  year. "I was thinking, man, I really want to get this game right here to get to 3-0. Because at Roland Garros he broke me back twice and got the lead and I didn't want to let that happen. But instead of fighting, he just kind of stopped playing. I was surprised. I was ready for a war after 2-0."

Kingsley wasn't sure what exactly what prompted Tirante's retirement. 

"He did get mad at one or two line calls in the first set, but I don't think that was it," said Kingsley. "He was up 6-1 in the breaker and I came back; I think that was it."

Two seeded Americans provided a counterpoint to Tirante's effort in their second round matches, with No. 3 seed Alexa Noel coming from 5-2 down in the third set to beat Aubane Droguet of France 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5, and No. 8 seed Emilio Nava saving a match point in his 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-5 win over Matteo Arnaldi of Italy. 

Noel looked out of sorts after losing her 2-0 lead in the second set, but once the outlook became really dire, the Wimbledon finalist regained her focus, made no errors, and frustrated Droguet with her constant slicing, punctuated every so often with confidently struck winners brushing the lines.

Nava looked down and out in the second set, trailing 5-2, but he got that break back and then earned another, without Arnaldi getting to match point. In the third set, Nava lost his serve early and trailed 4-1, then played a horrid game to lose his serve again. Serving at 5-1, Arnaldi began displaying some nerves, double faulting at 30-40, and Nava began to regain his concentration, holding quickly for 5-3. With a second chance to serve out the match, Arnaldi did get to match point at 40-30, but Nava saved it with a forehand crosscourt winner. Another forehand winner gave Nava break point, which he converted when a good second serve return forced an error from Arnaldi.

Sensing victory, Nava came up with an love hold, sealing it with an ace, and a rattled Arnaldi was broken again, when Nava crushed a backhand return winner to go up 6-5.  Serving for the match, Nava produced a 132-mph ace, but a double fault made it 30-30, giving Arnaldi his last chance to get back in the match. He couldn't take it, with a 106 mph second serve leading to a netted return and a backhand winner ending the comeback.

Nava will face fellow American Aidan Mayo in Thursday's third round, with the qualifier beating Juan Bautista Torres of Argentina 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.  The other all-US third round match will pit Karina Scott, a wild card, against Robin Montgomery, who will celebrate her 15th birthday Thursday.

Martin Damm, the No. 3 seed, lost to UNC freshman Rinky Hijikata of Australia 6-4, 6-4 and No. 2 seed Holger Rune, the French Open boys champion, was beaten by Dominic Stricker of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5.

The first round of doubles were completed today, and the second round will be played Wednesday, along with the remaining 16 second round singles matches. Top doubles seeds Diane Parry of France and Noel defeated India Houghton and North Mariana Islands' Carol Lee 6-1, 6-4. Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan and Tirante were the top seeds in doubles, but they were replaced in the draw, with Tyler Zink and Eliot Spizzirri beating the alternates Ryuhei Azuma and Taiyo Yamanaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3.  Kalamazoo champion Damm and Toby Kodat, the No. 2 seeds, lost to Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic and Alexander Zgirovsky of Belarus 5-7, 7-5, 10-6.

Tuesday's first round junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Toby Kodat[6] d. Olimjon Nabiev(UZB) 6-3, 6-1
Will Grant[WC] d. Natan Rodrigues[Q](BRA) 6-4, 6-4
Govind Nanda d. Eric Vanshelboim(UKR) 7-5, 6-2

Katie Volynets d. Carole Monnet(FRA) 6-1, 6-3 
Abigail Forbes[13] d. Ane Mitegi Del Olmo(ESP) 6-2, 6-3
Sohyun Park[12](KOR) d. Ellie Coleman[WC] 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Elina Kalieva[Q] d. Maria Timofeeva(RUS) 6-2, 6-2
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] d. Sada Nahimana[9](BDI) 6-2, 6-4
Ana Geller[Q](ARG) d. Charlotte Chavatipon[WC] 6-2, 6-3

Tuesday's second round junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS) d. Emma Navarro[1] 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Alexa Noel[3] d. Aubane Droguet(FRA) 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-5
Robin Montgomery d. Joanna Garland(TPE) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Elsa Jacquemot[16](FRA) d. Gabby Price[WC] 7-6(0), 6-1 
Katrina Scott[WC] d. Jessica Bouzas Maneiro(ESP) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Qinwen Zheng[5](CHN) d. Allura Zamarripa[WC] 6-0, 6-2

Rinky Hijikata(AUS) d. Martin Damm[3] 6-4, 6-4 
Aidan Mayo[Q] d. Juan Bautista Torres(ARG) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Cannon Kingsley d. Thiago Tirante[5](ARG) 7-6(6), 2-0 ret.
Emilio Nava[8] d. Matteo Arnaldi(ITA) 6-7(4) 7-5, 7-5

Wednesday's second round junior singles matches featuring Americans:

Katie Volynets v Maria Osorio Serrano[4](COL)
Abigail Forbes[13] v Zhuoxuan Bai(CHN)
Elvina Kalieva[Q] v Kamilla Bartone[7](LAT)
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] v Linda Fruhvirtova(CZE)
Savannah Broadus v Polina Kudermetova[15](RUS)
Reese Brantmeier[WC] v Marta Custic(ESP)

Brandon Nakashima[11] v Leandro Riedi(SUI)
Govind Nanda v Peter Makk[16](HUN)
Will Grant[WC] v Gauthier Onclin[9](BEL)
Toby Kodat[6] v Milan Welte[Q](GER)

Draws can be found at usopen.org.

Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals in women's singles, beating Wang Qiang of China 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday night. She will play Elina Svitolina of Ukraine Thursday. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Rain Delays Completion of First Round at US Open Junior Championships; Nava Prevails in Third Set Tiebreaker; Qualifier Mayo Takes Out No. 12 Seed; No. 2 GIrls Seed Parry Falls

©Colette Lewis 2019--
Flushing Meadows, NY--

Rain arrived at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center just as the second day of US Open Junior Championships matches were about to begin Monday, and with a second three-hour delay later in the afternoon, 16 of the 42 first round matches were cancelled and will be played Tuesday.

No. 8 seed Emilio Nava was scheduled to play on show court 5 but was moved after the first delay to Court 15. But given what had happened with the draw on Saturday, that was a minor disruption.

Nava, who did not enter the tournament due to his oblique injury in late junior, was given a wild card, and when he was drawn to face top seed and Wimbledon champion Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan, Nava thought the wild card might have been the reason he wasn't seeded, despite his ranking of No. 9 in the ITF Junior Circuit rankings.

"I thought maybe they don't seed wild cards," said Nava, who went to bed Saturday night thinking he was playing Mochizuki. "I thought, ok, I'll play Shintaro no doubt, definitely. This is my last slam, let's go out there and have fun, maybe I'll beat him."

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the error of not seeding Nava was rectified, and Nava learned that he would instead play Nicolas Alvarez Navarro of Spain, on Monday.

Nava came out playing well, but the match came down to just a few points at at the end, with Nava earning a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6) victory.

After losing his 4-3 lead in the final set, Nava held down 4-5 and 5-6 to force the tiebreaker. Nava's 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker didn't last, and Alvarez went up 5-4 with a good first serve, but Nava raised his level at the crucial time, hitting two good first serves to take a 6-5 lead. Nava failed to get a second serve return in play on his first match point, but he earned another with a clutch backhand pass. With the match on his racquet, Nava decided against going for a big flat serve, and his off-speed delivery surprised Alvarez, who couldn't get the return in play.

"It was just get the first serve in, put a little pressure on him," said Nava. "Make him think like a big serve is coming, slow it down a little bit, get in his head maybe and he ended up missing it."

Nava believes his injury has helped him relax a big in pressure situations, and although he lost in the second round of the Grade 1 in Canada last week after a first round bye, he wasn't disappointed and was confident coming into New York.

"I'm feeling fine, but it was my first tournament in two, two-and-a-half months," said Nava, who reached the final of the Australian Open in January. "I got a little tired, but it's normal, you know. So I just looked at it in a positive way, that I competed really hard and that I'm healthy. That was huge. Maybe the day after I felt a little sore, but I can tell the difference between sore and pain so it was fine, I was really happy about that."

Nava admits to some expectations for this event despite his layoff.

"Maybe a little bit, because the last hard court grand slam I did pretty well," the 17-year-old Southern Californian said. "But I have to take myself back to, you just had an injury, you don't want to push everything too hard, don't want to get too nervous."
While Nava has been short on match play recently, the opposite is true for 16-year-old Aidan Mayo, who reached the 16s final at Kalamazoo, reached the third round at the Grade 1 at College Park two weeks ago and qualified for his first junior slam after receiving a wild card.

And despite three delays due to rain, Mayo continued his streak of impressive results, beating No. 12 seed Shunsuke Mitsui of Japan 6-4, 7-5.

After waiting three hours to take the court, Mayo led 3-1 when a brief rain delay disrupted play.

"I was up 3-0 in the beginning, then had a tough game and it went to 3-1 and it started raining," Mayo said. "I was playing very well and maybe he came out a little tight. We stopped for around 13 minutes and he came out a lot stronger, and I kind of lost my energy a little bit. He won four games in a row, but then I got the break back and that's when it rained."

Another three-hour delay was less problematic for Mayo, who has gained confidence from his recent results.

"Getting through qualies gave me a lot of confidence," said Mayo. "It's my first slam, so I needed a little time to acclimate. I feeling good, feeling my fitness is pretty good, my body's feeling pretty good. I think I'm good enough, playing well enough, to take out just about anybody here, so it's just about my body and my mental. But I'm feeling good out there."

No. 2 seed Diane Parry of France was beaten by Marta Custic of Spain 6-4, 7-6(4) and No. 2 seed Holger Rune of Denmark barely escaped the challenge presented by qualifier Cash Hanzlik, with Rune, the French Open champion, earning a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5) victory.

The weather forecast for Tuesday is excellent, so the 16 remaining first round matches will be completed, 16 second round matches will be played and all first round doubles matches are also on the schedule.

First round results for American juniors Monday:
Katie Volynets v Carole Monnet(FRA) (postponed from Sunday, then cancelled Mon)
Gabriella Price[WC] d. Helene Pellicano(MLT) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Abigail Forbes[13] v Ane Mitegi Del Olmo(ESP) (cancelled)
Ellie Coleman[WC] v Sohyun Park[12](KOR) (cancelled)
Mai Nirundorn(THA) d. Hurricane Tyra Black[8] 1-6, 5-2 ret.
Reese Brantmeier[WC] d. Alexandra Vecic(GER) 6-1, 6-2
Priska Nugroho(INA) d. Skyler Grishuk[Q] 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Elina Kalieva[Q] v Maria Timofeeva(RUS)(cancelled)
Robin Montgomery d. Carol Lee[Q](NMI 6-2, 7-5
Savannah Broadus d. Mell Reasco Gonzalez(ECU) 6-2, 6-2
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] v Sada Nahimana[9](BDI) (cancelled)
Charlotte Chavatipon[WC] v Ana Geller[Q](ARG)(cancelled)

Emilio Nava[8] d. Nicolas Alvarez Navarro(ESP) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6)
Jonas Forejtek[4](CZE) d. Zachary Svajda[WC] 6-3, 6-3
Brandon Nakashima[11] d. Kyrian Jacquet(FRA) 6-3, 6-1
Govind Nanda v Eric Vanshelboim(UKR) (cancelled)
Holger Rune[2](DEN) d. Cash Hanzlik[Q] 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5)
Will Grant[WC] v Natan Rodrigues[Q](BRA)(cancelled)
Alejo Lingua Lavallen(ARG) d. Blaise Bicknell[Q] 7-6(3), 6-3
Toby Kodat[6] v Olimjon Nabiev(UZB)(cancelled)
Aidan Mayo[Q] d. Shunsuke Mitsui[12](JPN) 6-4, 7-5
Valentin Royer[14](FRA) d. Leighton Allen[WC] 6-3, 7-6(6)

Tuesday's junior matches featuring Americans:
Toby Kodat[6] v Olimjon Nabiev(UZB)*
Will Grant[WC] v Natan Rodrigues[Q](BRA)*
Govind Nanda v Eric Vanshelboim(UKR)*
Katie Volynets v Carole Monnet(FRA)*
Abigail Forbes[13] v Ane Mitegi Del Olmo(ESP)*
Ellie Coleman[WC] v Sohyun Park[12](KOR)*
Elina Kalieva[Q] v Maria Timofeeva(RUS)*
Alexandra Yepifanova[Q] v Sada Nahimana[9](BDI)*
Charlotte Chavatipon[WC] v Ana Geller[Q](ARG)*
*first round

Emma Navarro[1] v Oksana Selekhmeteva(RUS)
Alexa Noel[3] v Aubane Droguet(FRA)
Robin Montgomery v Joanna Garland(TPE)
Gabby Price[WC] v Elsa Jacquemot[16](FRA)
Katrina Scott[WC] v Jessica Bouzas Maneiro(ESP)
Allura Zamarripa[WC] v Qinwen Zheng[5](CHN)

Martin Damm[3] v Rinky Hijikata(AUS)
Aidan Mayo[Q] v Juan Bautista Torres(ARG)
Cannon Kingsley v Thiago Tirante[5](ARG)
Emilio Nava[8] v Matteo Arnaldi(ITA)

Monday's women’s fourth round singles matches featuring Americans:
Bianca Andreescu[15](CAN) d. Taylor Townsend[Q] 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Elise Mertens[25](BEL) d. Kristie Ahn[WC] 6-1, 6-1

Tuesday's women's quarterfinal match featuring American:
Serena Williams[8] v Wang Qiang[18](CHN)