Friday, November 29, 2019

Sieg Reaches Semifinals of ITF Grade A in Merida; Eddie Herr Grade 1 Qualifying Begins Saturday with 52 Americans

Madison Sieg had not won a match on the Grade A level prior to this week, but the 16-year-old has advanced to the semifinals of the ITF Grade A in Merida Mexico after picking up a 6-0, 6-0 victory over unseeded Romina Ccuno of Peru this evening. Sieg, the 2018 Orange Bowl 16s champion, has yet to face a seed, but that is her second love and love win this week. Sieg won't play a seed in the semifinals either, as Victoria Jimenez Kastinseva of Andorra has beaten No. 5 seed and last week's Cancun Grade 1 winner Maria Bondarenko of Russia in three sets.

Charlotte Chavatipon, the No. 16 seed, defeated top seed Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round yesterday, but Chavatipon lost to No. 9 seed Melodie Collard of Canada 7-5, 6-2 today. Collard will play No. 7 seed Mell Reasco Gonzalez of Ecuador in the other girls semifinal.

No US boys reached the quarterfinals. Top seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina will face compatriot Juan Bautista Torres, the No. 8 seed, in one of the boys semifinals. The other two boys quarterfinal matches are still in progress.

Live streaming can be found at the tournament website.

Qualifying for the ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr begins at 8 a.m. Saturday here in Bradenton, with two rounds for the girls and one round for the boys, with the boys qualifying draw full, but the girls draw having only 55 entrants in the 64-draw.  Twenty-seven US girls are competing for a place in the main draw, with the seeded Americans Zoe Hitt[11], Sofia Camila Rojas[2], Elise Wagle[14], Sophie Williams[15], Rachel Gailus[13] and Allie Gretkowski[16].  The top seed in the girls qualifying is Fiona Arrese Mata of Spain [1] with a ranking of 211.

Twenty-five US boys are entered in qualifying, with the seeded Americans Hunter Heck[3],  JJ Tracy[4], Connor Krug[7], Jackson Ross[10], Maxwell McKennon[11] and Daniel Milavsky[14].  The top seed in the boys qualifying is Kokoro Isomura of Japan, who is ranked 175. (UPDATE FROM TOURNAMENT REFEREE: The Boys Qualifying singles revised after the move to Main Draw of the 1st player out Kokoro Isomura (JPN).  A player just lost in Mexico who was fighting for a place in MD as Special Exempt.  The order of play was also revised to reflect the change (the alternate position will be filled tomorrow with the alternate list to be signed before the matches).)

Qualifying for the 12s, 14s, and 16s divisions has been underway since Wednesday. See the TennisLink site for those draws.

For additional information on the tournament, go to EddieHerr.com.


Janet Morris said...

This junior ITF thing is getting silly. There are so many ITFs now. We know girls who used to play Florida level 6 and 7s with mediocre success, now flying all over to play these ITFs. Its getting ridiculous where the fields of Grade 5 ITFs are worse than Level 7 USTA tournaments. What is this fascination with flying thousands of miles to play ITFs in St. Kitts and other remote places?? These girls spend so much less time developing their games these days and instead spend time flying all over to tournaments. Its leading to zero variety in their games as they have little time to develop an overall game. We go to tournaments and every court has girls playing the same boring style.