Thursday, November 7, 2019

Lahey Beats Top Seed, Scott Advances to Quarterfinals at Malibu $25K; Smith Falls in Second Round at ITA Fall Nationals; Tiafoe Reaches ATP NextGen Semifinals

Pepperdine senior Ashley Lahey, who won the ITA All-American title last month in Tulsa, is not playing the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships, opting instead to take a wild card into the $25,000 Oracle Pro Series tournament in Malibu this week. So far that choice has paid off, with the 20-year-old reaching the quarterfinals after a 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3 win over top seed Olga Danilovic of Serbia, currently 187 in the WTA rankings.  Lahey's quarterfinal opponent will be unseeded 17-year-old Katie Volynets, the USTA 18s national champion, who beat No. 8 seed Leonie Kung of Switzerland 7-6(5), 6-4. Lahey's Pepperdine teammate Jessica Failla, also a wild card, defeated Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia 6-3, 6-2 to join her in the quarterfinals.

Katrina Scott, who hasn't played since Junior Fed Cup at the end of September, qualified for the main draw in Malibu, and the 15-year-old Southern Californian has advanced to her first Pro Circuit quarterfinal. Scott, who won a match in women's qualifying at the US Open and reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Championships in New York, defeated No. 4 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary, the 2015 US Open girls champion, 7-6(2), 6-4 today.

At the Oracle ITA Fall National Championships, No. 2 seed Keegan Smith of UCLA lost in today's second round action, with Notre Dame's Richard Ciamarra coming back for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory. No. 5 seed Adam Walton of Tennessee lost to Valentin Vacherot of Texas A&M 6-0, 6-3 and No. 7 seed Matias Soto of Baylor was beaten by Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-1. Top seed Yuya Ito of Texas, the men's All-American champion, defeated Riley Smith of USC 6-3, 6-3.

The three top-seeded UCLA women--Bolton[1], Forbes[2] and Hart[3]--all won again today in straight sets.

Fall Nationals Seeds:
1. Yuya Ito, Texas
2. Keegan Smith, UCLA (out 2nd rd)
3. John McNally, Ohio State
4. Daniel Cukierman, USC
5. Adam Walton, Tennessee (out 2nd rd)
6. Hady Habib, Texas A&M
7. Matias Soto, Baylor (out 2nd rd)
8. Jack Lin, Columbia
9. Ondrej Styler, Michigan (out 1st rd)
10. Daniel Rodrigues, South Carolina
11. Christian Sigsgaard, Texas
12. Matej Vocel, Oklahoma State (out 2nd rd)
13. Joseph Guillin, UC-Santa Barbara
14. Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State
15. Kyle Seelig, Ohio State (out 1st rd)
16. Zeke Clark, Illinois (out 2nd rd)

1. Elysia Bolton, UCLA
2. Abigail Forbes, UCLA
3. Jada Hart, UCLA
4. Alexa Graham, North Carolina
5. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
6. Anna Turati, Texas
7. Shiori Fukuda, Ohio State
8. Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
9. McCartney Kessler, Florida (out 1st rd)
10. Georgia Drummy, Vanderbilt
11. Kelly Chen, Duke
12. Cameron Morra, North Carolina
13. Adriana Reami, North Carolina State (out 2nd rd)
14. Michaela Gordon, Stanford (out 2nd rd)
15. Mia Horvit, South Carolina
16. Bunyawi Thamchaiwat, Oklahoma State

Live scoring can be found at TennisTicker. Live streaming links to Center Court matches can be found here.

Frances Tiafoe has advanced out of his round robin group into the semifinals of the ATP NextGen Finals in Milan Italy. Tiafoe defeated Mikael Ymer of Sweden 4-2, 4-2, 4-2 in today's final round robin match to finish 2-1 and second in his group, to Jannik Sinner of Italy. Tiafoe will face Alex de Minaur of Australia in the semifinals, after de Minaur finished undefeated in the other round robin group. Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia will face Sinner in the other semifinal Friday. For more on Tiafoe's win today, see this article from the ATP website.