Friday, August 17, 2018

My Recap of Brooksby's Kalamazoo Title, Videos; ITF International Hard Court Grade 1 Wild Cards; Osuigwe Advances in WTA Connecticut Open Qualifying

My account of Jenson Brooksby's Kalamazoo 18s championship is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network.  Short videos of the two finalists are available below.  A replay of my streaming of the complete championship match can be found here.

I will be covering, for the fifth year, the ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships next week at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.

Those receiving main draw wild cards are:

Aidan Mayo
Adam Neff
Muhammad Dossani
Alex Kiefer
Finn Garner
Trinity Grear
Saud Alhaqbani
Keshav Chopra

Mackenzie Clark
Robin Montgomery
Katrina Scott
Daniella Benabraham
Reese Brantmeier
Ayana Akli
Hailey Baptiste
Aleksandra Karamyshev

Qualifying begins on Saturday, with main draw action starting at two sites on Monday. The order of play for Saturday is available here.

At the WTA Premier Connecticut Open qualifying, USTA National 18s Champion Whitney Osuigwe won her first match, beating fellow US wild card Asia Muhammad 6-3, 6-3.  (Read the Tennis Recruiting Network's recap of Osuigwe's two titles in San Diego here). She will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in Saturday's second round of qualifying.  Sonya Kenin is the only other American to win a first round qualifying match today.

The Tennis Australia women's wild card into the US Open is being decided by a eight-player tournament at the Connecticut Open this weekend.  Ellen Perez, the former Georgia star, won not only her first round qualifying match today, but her first match in the wild card playoff, giving her two matches again on Saturday.  Vanderbilt graduate Astra Sharma is also through to the semifinals. For today's results, see the Tennis Australia tweet below.