Thursday, October 3, 2019

My Recap of Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals; Qualifier Corley Among Seven American Quarterfinalists at Norman $15K; Wild Card Papa Advances at Norman $25K; Halbauer Downs Top Seed Arconada in Charleston

For those who couldn't follow my daily coverage of last week's Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup finals, today's recap at the Tennis Recruiting Network provides an overview of the historic win for the US girls over the Czech Republic, and the comeback won for Japan's boys over the USA team.  The competition is contracted to return to the USTA's Lake Nona campus for the next two years, and I look forward to returning there to cover it.

The verbal commitments for fall of 2020 are coming in fast and furious now, and yesterday 18-year-old blue chip Carmen Corley of New Mexico announced her decision to join Oklahoma. Corley's sister Ivana is a sophomore on the team, so it's not an unexpected choice for the two-time New Mexico state high school champion. Carmen qualified for the $15,000 women's Pro Circuit event in Norman this week and has advanced to the quarterfinals beating qualifier Martina Zerulo of Italy 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. She will play 17-year-old Savannah Broadus, who beat qualifier Gianna Pielet, also 17, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Other Americans into the quarterfinals are lucky loser Emma Davis(Wake Forest), 18-year-old Dalayna Hewitt, No. 3 seed Lorraine Guillermo(Pepperdine), qualifier Andie Daniell(Alabama) and top seed Amy Zhu(Michigan). Texas senior Anna Turati of Italy, the No. 2 seed and only non-American in the quarterfinals, takes on Davis next.

At the men's $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Norman, former Sooner Spencer Papa is into the quarterfinals after the wild card defeated Arizona State senior Nathan Ponwith 6-2, 7-6(6). The 23-year-old, who won the 2017 NCAA doubles title, completed his eligibility this past spring after redshirting in 2017-2018 due to injury. Qualifier Reece Stalder(TCU) and No. 4 seed Sekou Bangoura will play international players in the quarterfinals, while Evan Zhu(UCLA) and No. 6 seed Kevin King(Georgia Tech) face off in the top quarter.  King took a couple of weeks off this month for his wedding to former University of North Carolina star Caroline Price.

Top seed Usue Arconada fell in the second round of the $60,000 Charleston South Carolina tournament, with Ellie Halbauer taking out Arconada 6-4, 7-5. Halbauer will play lucky loser Maria Mateas, the former Duke star who is not returning to school after competing for the Blue Devils last year as a freshman. Mateas defeated No. 8 seed Mari Osaka, the older sister of Naomi Osaka, 6-1, 7-6(4) in today's second round. Unseeded Grace Min beat No. 4 seed Hailey Baptiste 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 and No. 2 seed Caroline Dolehide needed only 53 minutes to defeat qualifier Marine Partaud of France 6-2, 6-0. US Open girls champion Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 win over wild card Eli Mandlik.