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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Joint Defeats Top Seed at 14U Event in Bolton, All Five US Boys Advance to Quarterfinals; Mmoh and Paul Earn First Slam Wins at Australian Open

The US teams warming up for next week's Les Petits As tournament in France are having mixed success at Tennis Europe's Teen Tennis International tournament this week in Bolton England. Only one of the four US girls competing this week advanced to the quarterfinals, No. 16 seed Maya Joint. Joint, a 13-year-old from Michigan, defeated top seed Valerija Kargina of Latvia 6-3, 6-4 in today's third round match. She will play Mingge Xu of Great Britain in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

All five US boys, including qualifier Meecah Bigun, have advanced to the quarterfinals, so obviously two will play each other. Meecah Bigun will take on No. 9 seed Alexander Razeghi in the bottom quarter. Meecah's twin brother Kaylan, the No. 4 seed, faces unseeded Jamie Diack of Great Britain in the second quarter. Unseeded Mitchell Lee beat No. 3 seed Sebastien Cauhape of Belgium 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a third quarterfinal match against No. 7 seed Viktor Frydrych of Great Britain. Unseeded Nikita Filin will play the third British boy in the quarterfinals, No. 14 seed Henry Searle. Searle ousted top seed Theo Papamalamis of France today by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

All five boys are also still in the doubles draw, with Meecah taking on his brother Kaylan and Filin, the No. 4 seeds, in the semifinals. Meecah is playing with Ireland's Sean O Nuallain. Lee and Razeghi, seeded No. 8, defeated No. 2 seeds Frydrych and Cauhape in today's quarterfinals 6-2, 7-5.

All four girls are in the doubles semifinals: No. 7 seeds Brooklyn Olson and Mia Slama, and unseeded Lexington Reed and Joint.

Monday's rain has delayed the completion of the first round of singles at the Australian Open, with eight women's matches that were to be played Tuesday getting pushed to Wednesday, including the all-US match between Taylor Townsend and Jessica Pegula.

The men did complete their first round, with Americans going 6-6. Twenty-two-year-olds Tommy Paul and Michael Mmoh won their first slam matches. Mmoh, who received the USTA reciprocal wild card, had been 0-5 before in the first round of slams before defeating Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Paul had been 0-3 prior to beating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Both are in action against seeds Wednesday.

Cici Bellis has been out with injuries for the better part of two years, so her 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria of Germany had to be especially rewarding for her. Bellis had not won a round in a slam since Roland Garros in 2017.

Tuesday’s first round singles matches featuring Americans:

Women: (5 wins, 6 losses)
Madison Keys[10] d. Daria Kasatkina(RUS) 6-3, 6-1
Caroline Garcia(FRA) d. Madison Brengle 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2
Elena Rybakina[29](KAZ) d. Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-2
Alison Riske[18] d. Yafan Wang(CHN) 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3
Simona Halep[4](ROU) d. Jennifer Brady 7-6(5), 6-1
Garbine Muguruza(ESP) d. Shelby Rogers[Q] 0-6, 6-1, 6-0
Lauren Davis d. Leylah Fernandez[Q](CAN) 6-4, 6-2
Taylor Townsend v Jessica Pegula (rescheduled)
Cici Bellis d. Tatjana Maria(GER) 6-0, 6-2
Zarina Diyas(KAZ) d. Amanda Anisimova[21] 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Laura Siegemund(GER) d. Coco Vandeweghe[WC] 6-1, 6-4
Danielle Collins[26] d. Vitalia Diatchenko(RUS) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

Men: (5-3)
Tommy Paul d. Leonardo Mayer(ARG) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Michael Mmoh[WC] d. Pablo Andujar(ESP) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Tennys Sandgren d. Marco Trungelliti[Q](ITA) 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
Fabio Fognini[12](ITA) d. Reilly Opelka 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(10-5)
Daniil Medvedev[4](RUS) d. Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Peter Gojowczyk[Q] d. Christopher Eubanks[Q] 7-6(1), 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
John Isner[19] d. Thiago Monteiro(BRA) 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 7-6(7), 7-6(5)
Taylor Fritz[29] d. Tallon Griekspoor[Q](NED) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Wednesday’s matches featuring Americans:

First round:
Taylor Townsend v Jessica Pegula

Second round:
Serena Williams[8] v Tamara Zidansek(SLO)
Madison Keys[10] v Arantxa Rus(NED)
Coco Gauff v Sorana Cirstea(ROU)
Ann Li[Q] v Sofia Kenin[14]
Alison Riske[18] v Lin Zhu(CHN)
Caty McNally[Q] v Shuai Zhang(CHN)

Second round:
Tommy Paul v Grigor Dimitrov[18](BUL)
Tennys Sandgren v Matteo Berrettini[8](ITA)
Michael Mmoh[WC] v Roberto Bautista Agut[9](ESP)
Sam Querrey v Ricardas Berankis(LTU)