Sunday, August 26, 2018

US Open Begins Monday with 24 of 41 Americans in Action; McKennon and DeFalco Win ITF Grade 4 Titles in Mexico; Grade 1 in Canada Underway

Monday marks the beginning of 2018's final slam, with 24 Americans--all those in the top half of the draw--in US Open singles action Monday.

Below are Monday's matches featuring US players, which includes just two all-US matchups: John Isner and Bradley Klahn and Sonya Kenin and Madison Brengle. Brengle received her spot as a lucky loser Sunday when Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand withdrew due to travel problems.

Venus Williams[16] vs Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)
Serena Williams[17] vs Magda Linette(POL)
Sloane Stephens[3] vs Evgeniya Rodina(RUS)
Donald Young[Q] vs Juan Martin del Potro[3](ARG)
Sachia Vickery vs Elina Svitolina[7](UKR)
John Isner[11] vs Bradley Klahn[WC]
Jack Sock[18] vs Guido Andreozzi(ARG)
Ryan Harrison vs Kevin Anderson[5](RSA)
Sam Querrey vs Andreas Seppi(ITA)
Asia Muhammad[WC] vs Maria Sakkari[32](GRE)
Taylor Fritz vs Mischa Zverev(GER)
Caroline Dolehide vs Carina Witthoeft(GER)
Denis Kudla vs Matteo Berrettini(ITA)
Jennifer Brady vs Irina Camelia Begu(ROU)
Madison Brengle[LL] vs Sonya Kenin
Collin Altamirano[Q] vs Ugo Humbert(FRA)
Mitchell Krueger[Q] vs Roberto Carballes Baena(ESP)
Vania King vs Natalia Vikhlyantseva(RUS)
Danielle Lao[Q] vs Barbora Strycova[23](CZE)
Whitney Osuigwe[WC] vs Camila Giorgi(ITA)
Claire Liu[WC] vs Polona Hercog(SLO)
Steve Johnson vs Denis Istomin(UZB)

The WTA website has an excellent review of all the women making their slam debuts at this year's US Open, with Americans Whitney Osuigwe and Francesca Di Lorenzo among those featured.

The doubles draws have been released (women's and men's), with NCAA champions Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu receiving a wild card into the men's doubles draw, along with Kalamazoo champions DJ Thomas and Patrick Kypson. Osuigwe and Caty McNally received a women's wild card as San Diego champions.  Below is the complete list of doubles wild cards.

Americans Max McKennon and Jenna DeFalco won the singles titles at the ITF Grade 4 in Monterrey Mexico this week.  The 16-year-old McKennon, who was unseeded, took out No. 1 seed Marcelo Sepulveda Garza of Mexico in the second round and claimed his first ITF Junior Circuit title with a 6-4, 6-2 win over unseeded Amador Salazar of Chile in the final.  The unseeded DeFalco, 15, who also won a Grade 4 title last week in Monterrey, ran her winning streak to ten, beating top seed Rut Galindo of Guatemala 6-4, 6-0 in the final.  DeFalco and partner Elizabeth Stevens also reached the doubles final.

At the Grade 5 in Trinidad and Tobago, Benjamin Kittay won the boys doubles title, partnering with Tom Leblanc Claverie of France. The top seeds defeated No. 2 seed Donte Armbrister of the Bahamas and Romani Mayers of Barbados 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

The main draw of the ITF Grade 1 in Repentigny Canada got underway today, although with a 48 draw, none of the seeds were in action.  Seeded American boys are Tristan Boyer[4] and Drew Baird[9]. Hugo Gaston of France is the top boys seed. The only US girl seeded is Dalayna Hewitt, who is No. 13.  Clara Tauson of Denmark is the top girls seed.