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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Montgomery and Damm Reach Australian Open Junior Quarterfinals, Coleman and Broadus Advance to Doubles Semifinals; Four Americans Claim Places in Les Petits As Round of 16

Robin Montgomery and Martin Damm have advanced to Thursday's singles quarterfinals at the Australian Open Junior Championships in Melbourne, with the two No. 2 seeds winning their third round matches in straight sets.

Damm, after struggling in the second round against Hamad Medjedovic, made short work of unseeded Lilian Marmousez of France, needing only 47 minutes to claim a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Damm, who had lost to Marmousez in straight sets in the second round of last month's Orange Bowl, didn't face a break point until the final game, when he saved two in serving out the match. Next up for this evening for Damm is No. 5 seed Arthur Cazaux of France, who won the Grade 1 in Traralgon last week. For more on Cazaux, see this article from the ITF website.

Montgomery trailed 2-0 in both sets against qualifier Olivia Gadecki of Australia, but she rebounded for a 6-2, 6-3 win. Montgomery, who has now reached the quarterfinals of a junior slam for the first time, plays No. 9 seed Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra, who saved three match points in her three-hour win over Melania Delai of Italy. For more on Jimenez Kasintseva, see this article from the ITF website.

The third American in the third round of singles, qualifier Alex Bernard, lost to top seed Harold Mayot of France 6-3, 6-2. In addition to Mayot and Cazaux, two other French boys have made the quarterfinals, with Timo Legout and Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard playing each other for a place in the semis.

In doubles, the unseeded team of Savannah Broadus and Ellie Coleman advanced to Thursday's semifinals, defeating unseeded Sofia Costoulas of Belgium and Antonia Ruzic of Croatia 7-5, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Broadus and Coleman face another unseeded team, Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and Matilda Mutavdzic of Great Britain.

Junior matches are available via ESPN Plus, which costs $4.99 a month.

Sofia Kenin is taking on top seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the women's semifinals tonight, and Rajeev Ram(Illinois), with partner Joe Salisbury(Memphis) of Great Britain, is scheduled for the men's doubles semifinals, against Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.

Four Americans remain in singles at Les Petits As in France, after two boys and two girls won their second round matches today in Tarbes.  Unseeded Mitchell Lee, who dropped only three games in his first round defeat of No. 15 seed Chris Spyrou of Greece, beat Reda Bennani of Morocco 6-1, 6-2 today to advance to a contest against top seed Atakan Karahan of Turkey.

No. 5 seed and Bolton champion Alexander Razeghi earned his second consecutive 6-0, 6-1 win, this time over Antonio Voljavec of Croatia. He faces No. 9 seed and Eddie Herr 12s champion Manas Dhamne of India. Kaylan Bigun lost in the second round today to Rafael Segado Esteve of Spain 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.  No. 13 seed Nikita Filin lost his first round match on Tuesday.

Girls No. 5 seed Clervie Ngounoue defeated Gloriana Nahum of Benin 6-4, 6-2 and will play No. 12 seed Aleksandra Gabrovska of Bulgaria for a place in the quarterfinals. Unseeded Brooklyn Olson beat Canadian wild card Scarlett Nicholson 6-1, 6-1 and will play No. 13 seed Sarah Iliev of France in the third round.  Maya Joint lost in the second round to qualifier Josy Daems of Germany 6-2, 6-0. Lexington Reed lost in the first round Tuesday.

In doubles, Lee and Razeghi, the No. 4 seeds, are into the quarterfinals, as are Olson and Ngounoue, also the No. 4 seeds.

Live scoring is available at Tennis Ticker.  Thursday's match schedule is here.

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