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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rain-free Tuesday at Junior Orange Bowl

©Colette Lewis 2006--
Coral Gables, FL--
Although wet courts caused delays at the boys' 12s at Tropical Park, matches were on schedule on Tuesday, where I spent the day watching as many second round matches as I could.

I missed the big upset at Tropical Park, where Robert Livi ousted No. 1 seed and Eddie Herr winner Mitchell Krueger in the third round 6-2, 6-4 (boys 12s are a round ahead), and somehow I also missed New Zealand's Sebastian Lavie's win over No. 2 seed Frederico Gaio in the 14s. As I mentioned in Monday's post, Lavie and Gaio were in a first set tiebreak when the rains came, and Lavie, surprisingly unseeded even though he was a finalist at Les Petit As this year, finished that and the second set 6-4 early this morning. Lavie then had a much easier second round, defeating Tyler Leung of Hong Kong 6-2, 6-0, to set up a third round contest with Emmett Egger, who also was midway through his first round match when rain interrupted it Monday evening. Egger finished off Federico Coria of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (5), and then defeated Nicholas Jones of Great Britain 6-4, 6-4, to join six other U.S. players in the round of 32.

Evan King, seeded sixth, and Junior Ore, seeded 16th, had straight set wins, as did Bob Van Overbeek. In the 32 main draw matches played Tuesday, only four went three sets, and U.S. players won three of them. Campbell Johnson of California beat Agustin Portis of Argentina 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Connecticut's Dante Terenzio also reversed his early fortunes, defeating Gabriel Flores of Puerto Rico by the same score. But the match of the day was lucky loser Ridley Seguso's 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 victory over Alexander Robles of Spain, a match that began at 1 p.m. and didn't end until nearly 4:30 p.m. Seguso isn't the only lucky loser still around however. Murilo Oliverira of Brazil has also won two matches, including a 7-6 (4) 6-2 win over Rodrigo Ferraez of Mexico Tuesday.

In the boys' 12s, there are six U.S. boys still left, none of course seeded, since there is only one per country and Krueger received the U.S. seed. In Wednesday's round of 16, Livi meets Reo Asami of California, and Trey Strobel of Florida faces Sam Bloom of Illinois. Qualifier Justin Butsch of Florida will play Great Britain's No. 1 Liam Broady, while South Carolina's John Richmond takes on Luke Saville, Australia's No. 1.

I haven't been following the girls closely, have just been checking the draws, but for those results, see Tennis Link.


Anonymous said...

Colette, didn't Mika De Coster play Denis Kudla? One of them had to advance, which would make it seven Americans to advance to the third round in the 14s.

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering, you show no real interest in Junior Girls Tennis. Yes, I have seen you talk about it, and start topics, but for the most part, it is all about the boys. Do you, or anybody out there know of any blogs that focus on the girls?
Thank you

Colette Lewis said...

When I have an opportunity to cover both boys and girls I do it, but when I have to choose--as I do at the Junior Orange Bowl because of the different sites--I will always opt for the boys.

I know of no other site that focuses on girls junior tennis, but Todd Spiker at http://wtabackspin.blogspot.com/
does a great job of tracking all the up-and-coming girls internationally.

Colette Lewis said...

There was an error in the Kudla-Ouyang winner. Ouyang beat Kudla Monday and De Coster Tuesday.