Friday, October 4, 2019

September Aces; ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed Wild Cards; DeFalco, Sieg and Kiefer Reach Cancun Grade 3 Finals; USTA Pro Circuit Update

My monthly roundup of top performances by junior and collegiate players is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, and as has been the case often lately, I've had to leave out former collegians who would have been featured in the past. In September, I had to confine my selections to current juniors or current collegians just to get it down to 18.

Beginning Monday, I'll be covering the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed, which has moved to Nicholasville Kentucky (outside Lexington) and is an indoor tournament for the first time. Qualifying will begin on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. The main draw wild cards for the event are listed below:

Ben Shelton
William Cooksey
Victor Lilov
Aidan Kim
Ashton Whitt
Zach White
Michael Chou

Grace Levelston
Liv Hovde
Katherine Hui
Ashlyn Krueger
Carrie Beckman
Olivia Gallagher
Lauren Waddles

The finals are set at the ITF Grade 3 in Cancun and the ITF Grade 4 in Corpus Christi, with US juniors filling three of the four singles finalist positions in each tournament.

In Mexico, it will be No. 1 versus No. 2 in the all-American final, with Jenna DeFalco facing Madison Sieg. DeFalco defeated No. 9 seed Sofia Camila Roja 6-1, 0-6, 6-1 and Sieg got past No. 3 seed Julia Garcia of Mexico 6-1, 7-6(7).  No. 2 seed Alex Kiefer advanced to the final with a 6-4 6-2 defeat of No. 15 seed Connor Krug. Kiefer plays No. 7 seed Nicolas Cortes Campos of Colombia, who beat No. 6 seed Jackson Ross  6-3, 7-6(5).

In Texas, top seed Jack Anthrop, who won the Grade 5 title last week in Austin, ran his winning streak to 11 today with a 6-0, 6-3 semifinal victory over No. 11 seed JC Roddick. Anthrop will face unseeded Aidan Kim, who beat No. 2 seed Braden Shick 7-6(3), 6-1 in the quarterfinals and unseeded Louis Cloud 6-2, 6-1 in today's semifinals. 

No. 5 seed Jeanette Mireles will face No. 9 seed Hana Gamracy of Canada in the girls final after Mireles defeated unseeded Alexis Blokhina 6-4, 6-1 and Gamracy downed unseeded Lucinda Gatsiounis 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Unseeded teens Dalayna Hewitt and Savannah Broadus have reached the semifinals of the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Norman Oklahoma. Hewitt beat No. 3 seed Lorraine Guillermo(Pepperdine) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 and Broadus took out qualifier Carmen Corley 6-4, 6-3. Hewitt plays top seed Amy Zhu (Michigan), while Broadus faces University of Texas senior Anna Turati of Italy, the No. 2 seed.

At the women's $60,000 tournament in Charleston SC, Ellie Halbauer, Grace Min and No. 2 seed Caroline Dolehide all won their quarterfinal matches in straight sets. US Open girls champion Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia, the No. 3 seed, needed nearly three hours to do so, but she got by former Florida star Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5.

No. 6 seed Kevin King(Georgia Tech) will be the lone American in the semifinals of the $25,000 men's tournament in Norman, after Sekou Bangoura(Florida), Spencer Papa(Oklahoma) and Reese Stalder(TCU) fell in their quarterfinal matches today.


fan said...

From AA homepage; 'Women's Draws Will be Played at the Case Tennis Center at Lafortune Park. Men's Draws Will be Played at the University of Tulsa. Women's Quarterfinals Through Finals Will be Played at University of Tulsa'
Are women matches only streamed from MD Quarterfinals? If so, what's the POINT of co hosting. I mean why co host at all in the first place, since scheduling was the PRIME reason for killing doubles by that Rule change(and no ad in singles).