Wednesday, January 22, 2020

All-US Doubles Finals in Bolton, Filin and Razeghi Reach Singles Semifinals; Cazaux, Kudermetova Take Titles in Traralgon; Five Americans Advance in AO Junior Qualifying; Gauff and Paul Reach Australian Open Third Round

The doubles champions at the Tennis Europe Teen Tennis International tournament in Bolton England will be from the United States, no matter who wins the championship matches. No. 7 seeds Brooklyn Olson and Mia Slama defeated top seeds Sarah Iliev of France and Valerija Kargina of Latvia 6-3, 6-3 today in the semifinals and will face unseeded Lexington Reed and Maya Joint for the title. Reed and Joint defeated No. 2 seeds Anastasiia Firman of Ukraine and Vlada Kozak of Great Britian 7-6(4), 6-1 in the other semifinal.

In the boys final, No. 4 seeds Kaylan Bigun and Nikita Filin will face No. 8 seeds Alexander Razeghi and Mitchell Lee. Bigun and Filin defeated the unseeded team of Meecah Bigun and Ireland's Sean O Nuallain 6-4, 7-5, while Razeghi and Lee took out No. 5 seeds Goncalo Marques and Joao Portugal of Portugal 6-3, 6-2.

In singles, Filin and Razeghi advanced to the semifinals and both will face boys from Great Britain for a place in the final. The unseeded Filin defeated Henry Searle of Great Britain 7-6(7), 6-7(3), 6-1 and will play unseeded Jaime Diack, who beat Kaylan Bigun 6-4, 6-0. Razeghi, the No. 9 seed, defeated Meecah Bigun 6-2, 6-0 and will play No. 7 seed Viktor Frydrych, who defeated unseeded Mitchell Lee 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Maya Joint, the only US girl in the quarterfinals, lost to unseeded Mingge Xu of Great Britain 6-0, 6-0. Xu's next opponent is No. 4 seed Iliev, while Firman, seeded third, takes on Great Britain's Hephzibah Oluwadare, the No. 8 seed.

The ITF Grade 1 in Traralgon was completed Wednesday, with Polina Kudermetova of Russia and Arthur Cazaux of France winning the singles titles. No. 7 seed Kudermetova defeated unseeded Melania Delai of Italy 6-1, 6-1 and No. 4 seed Cazaux beat No. 8 seed Flavio Cobolli of Italy 6-2, 6-4. The unseeded Italian team of Cobolli and Matteo Gigante won the doubles title, beating No. 7 seeds Jerome Kym and Dominic Stricker of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3 in the final. No. 4 seeds Aubane Drouget and Selena Janicijevic of France won the girls doubles title, beating Delai and Lisa Pigato 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

The Australian Open Junior Championships qualifying began in Traralgon Wednesday, I believe, but I could not find the draws on the ITF website until today. Without access now to the Fact Sheets, it's very difficult for me to know when the draws are supposed to be out. Alexander Bernard, the No. 1 seed in qualifying, advanced to the final round with a three-set win, while Cash Hanzlik, the No. 8 seed, won his first round qualifying match in straight sets. Adit Sinha was the only other American boy in qualifying and he lost in the first round.

Three US girls have reached the final round of qualifying: No. 2 seed India Houghton, No. 8 seed Kailey Evans and No. 12 seed Hibah Shaikh. Shaikh plays Eddie Herr champion Eva Lys of Germany for a place in the main draw. Tara Malik, the No. 15 seed, lost in the opening round. Ellie Coleman, who was three out the last time I looked at the main draw acceptances, is not in qualifying, so I assume she moved up to the main draw.

Wednesday was a good day for Americans in the men's and women's Australian Open draws, with eight of them advancing to the third round, including Tommy Paul and Coco Gauff.  After having a two-set lead, Paul hung on to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(10-3).  Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) also survived a seed's comeback, defeating No. 8 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7-6(7), 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5 .Gauff came from 3-0 down in the third set to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. The 15-year-old has now made the third round of all three slams she has played.

Wednesday’s singles matches featuring Americans:

First round:
Taylor Townsend d. Jessica Pegula 6-4, 7-6(5)

Second round: (5-2)
Serena Williams[8] d. Tamara Zidansek(SLO) 6-2, 6-3
Madison Keys[10] d. Arantxa Rus(NED) 7-6(3), 6-2
Coco Gauff d. Sorana Cirstea(ROU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
Sofia Kenin[14] d. Ann Li[Q] 6-1, 6-3
Alison Riske[18] d. Lin Zhu(CHN) 6-3, 6-1
Shuai Zhang(CHN) d. Caty McNally[Q] 6-2, 6-4

Tommy Paul d. Grigor Dimitrov[18](BUL) 6-4, 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-7(3), 7-6(10-3)
Tennys Sandgren d. Matteo Berrettini[8](ITA) 7-6(7), 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5
Roberto Bautista Agut[9](ESP) d. Michael Mmoh[WC] 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
Sam Querrey d. Ricardas Berankis(LTU) 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Thursday’s second round singles matches featuring Americans:

Lauren Davis v Elina Svitolina[5](UKR)
Cici Bellis v Karolina Muchova[20](CZE)
Taylor Townsend v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova[30](RUS)
Danielle Collins[26] v Yulia Putintseva(KAZ)

Taylor Fritz[29] v Kevin Anderson(RSA)
John Isner[19] v Alejandro Tabilo[Q](CHI)