Sunday, June 20, 2010

Davis Falls in Pro Circuit Final; US Takes Maureen Connolly Trophy; First Round Complete at Roehampton

Wild card Lauren Davis reached the finals of the $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Mt. Pleasant SC Saturday with a 7-6(4), 7-6(1) victory over Nicole Gibbs, but fell in Sunday's championship match to No. 2 seed Petra Rampre of Slovenia 6-3, 6-2. No. 3 seeds Caitlin Whoriskey and Kaitlyn Christian won the doubles title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Rampre and Shelby Rogers.

For complete draws, see the ITF Women's website.

The U.S. junior girls team came back to retain the Maureen Connolly Trophy yesterday in Eastbourne, winning both of the doubles matches to tie the score at 6-6, with the U.S. awarded the win on the basis of sets won 16-15.

For a complete account of the final day's competition, see the LTA website.

The ITF Junior Grade 1 tournament and Wimbledon warm-up, is underway in Roehampton, with seven U.S. boys and seven U.S. girls in the draw. Seeds Denis Kudla (5), Mitchell Frank (11) and Raymond Sarmiento (16), won their opening matches, as did Dennis Novikov and Nick Chappell. Junior Ore and Dane Webb lost their first round matches today. No. 14 Ester Goldfeld and No. 2 Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, the only U.S. girls seeded, advanced, as did qualifier Lauren Herring, Grace Min and Krista Hardebeck, who defeated the No. 16 seed, Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar 6-0, 6-1. Chanelle Van Nguyen and Monica Turewicz lost their opening matches to seeded players. Aside from Razafinahatratra, the only other girls seed to lose was Orange Bowl champion Gabriel Dabrowski of Canada, the No. 6 seed, who fell to Andrea Gamiz of Venezuela 6-3, 6-3.

There were quite a few surprises on the boys side, although perhaps when the surface is considered, they wouldn't exactly be called upsets. No. 2 seed Duilio Beretta of Peru lost to wild card Tom Allen of Great Britain 6-3, 6-4, and several other British boys took out seeds: wild card Liam Broady downed No. 4 seed Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia, qualifier Richard Gabb beat No. 12 seed Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan, and qualifer James Marsalek defeated No. 13 Mate Pavic of Croatia. Fifteen-year-old Kyle Edmund, another wild card from Great Britain, was the player who defeated Ore.

For complete results and the order of play, see the LTA website.