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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kalamazoo Preview, Cox, Kudla Top Seeds in 18s Doubles; USA Girls Reach ITF World Junior Tennis Final; Midwest vs. Southern for Girls Team Title

My annual preview of the Kalamazoo Boys 16 & 18 Nationals, which begins Friday morning, is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. The forecast calls for only a slight chance of rain tomorrow and Saturday, with thunderstorms possible as the week progresses. The first round of 18s singles and two rounds of 18s doubles are scheduled for Friday, with the opening ceremonies and exhibition between Scoville Jenkins and Jan-Michael Gambill Friday evening. Jenkins and Gambill will play the top-seeded doublea team of Jordan Cox and Denis Kudla, and the top seeds will be also be introduced. For match times, see ustaboys.com, which is also featuring an improved webcam this year.

In the Czech Republic, the top-seeded U.S. girls had their first real test of the ITF World Junior Tennis 14-and-under competition, but got by No. 3 seed China 2-1 to reach Saturday's final. Brooke Austin, Gabrielle Andrews and Taylor Townsend will try to earn the U.S. its fourth straight world championship in the event when they take on No. 5 seed Ukraine. The U.S. boys lost to Poland 2-1 and will play Australia to determine which team finishes seventh in the competition. The boys final on Saturday is between No. 3 Italy and No. 5 Chile. For complete results, see the ITF junior website.

The finals are also set for the USTA Girls National Team championship, with No. 4 seed Southern taking on No. 2 seed Midwest. Southern upset top seeds Southern California 5-2, while Midwest eked out a 4-3 win over No. 3 Texas. See the TennisLink site for more details.

At the Vancouver Pro Circuit event today, qualifier Gail Brodsky continued her outstanding play, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over top seed Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan, ranked 75th. Wild card Shelby Rogers beat No. 8 seed Sania Mirza of India 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, qualifier Irina Falconi downed Lauren Albanese 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, and Christina McHale defeated Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada 6-1, 6-2.