Saturday, July 29, 2017

USTA Girls 16 & 18 Nationals Wild Cards; Hanfmann Reaches Gstaad Final; Vukic Wins Champaign Futures Title; Li Advances to Final in Evansville; Harrison and Isner Meet for BB&T Championship in Atlanta

The wild cards have been announced for the USTA Girls 18s and 16s National Championships, which begin next Saturday in San Diego.

Girls 18s:
Naomi Cheong
Emma DeCoste
Michaela Gordon
Victoria Hu
Maria Mateas
Alana Smith

Girls 16s:
Najah Dawson
Katherine Lyman
Tara Mailk
Makayla Mills
Michelle Sorokko

Michaela Gordon also received a wild card into the WTA's Bank of the West Classic and the incoming Stanford freshman won her first qualifying match today, beating Jacqueline Cako (Arizona State) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.  She will face No. 7 seed Marina Erakovic of New Zealand for a place in the main draw on Sunday. Caroline Dolehide has also advanced to the second round of qualifying.  

Last week saw lucky loser Andrey Rublev of Russia claim his first ATP title in Umag; this week it's qualifier Yannick Hanfmann of Germany who has made an unexpected run to an ATP final in Gstaad Switzerland.  The 25-year-old former USC star saved four match points in beating No. 6 seed Robin Haase of the Netherlands 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(4)  in the semifinals of the ATP 250 event.  Hanfmann, with a current ATP ranking of 170, will face No. 4 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy in Sunday's final.  For more from Hanfmann, see this article from the ATP website.

University of Illinois rising senior Aleks Vukic of Australia won his first Pro Circuit title today, beating qualifier Deiton Baughman  7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at the $25,000 Futures tournament in Champaign Illinois.  For more on the final, see this article from the Fighting Illini website.

Three hours to the south, at the Evansville Indiana $15,000 tournament, Wimbledon girls finalist Ann Li advanced to her first Pro Circuit final, beating qualifier Lorraine Guillermo 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.  The 17-year-old from Pennsylvania will face No. 2 seed Marcela Zacarias of Mexico in the final, after Zacarias defeated No. 5 seed Allie Kiick 6-0, 6-4.  Guillermo did leave with a winner's trophy however, as she and Madeleine Kobelt, the No. 1 seeds, beat Lauren Proctor and Brazil's Alice Garcia 6-0, 6-3 for the doubles championship.

The finals of the ATP's BB&T Atlanta Open will feature two Americans: No. 2 seed John Isner and No. 4 seed Ryan Harrison.  Isner made quick work of Wimbledon quarterfinalist Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in today's semifinals, needing only an hour and 15 minutes to defeat the No. 2 seed and reach his seventh final in Atlanta in the past eight years. No. 4 seed Harrison beat No. 5 seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second ATP final of his career.  For more on their upcoming meeting, see this article from the ATP website.