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Friday, September 13, 2019

My US Open Junior Championships Recap; 17-year-olds Chavatipon and Ong to Meet in Lawrence $15K Semis; ITF Grade B1 Pan Am Closed Acceptances; ITA All-American Entry Lists Released

The 2019 US Open Junior Championships got off to a bad start with the boys seeding error and then had two days of rain, which made for a exhausting weekend for the players, but two worthy singles champions were crowned on Sunday, with Maria Camilia Osorio Serrano making history as the first Colombian to win a junior slam singles title. Jonas Forejtek was the first Czech boy to win a junior slam singles title since Jiri Vesely won the Australian Open in 2011. For my recap of their wins, as well as the doubles championship won by Tyler Zink and Eliot Spizzirri, check out this article for the Tennis Recruiting Network.

One of the semifinals of the $15,000 women's tournament in Lawrence Kansas will feature two 17-year-olds, with Charlotte Chavatipon defeating top seed Dasha Ivanova 6-2, 7-5 and Vanessa Ong beating fellow qualifier Elizabeth Scotty 6-2, 6-1. Chavatipon will be looking for her second appearance in a $15K final with a win tomorrow; Ong has posted her best result on the Pro Circuit this week, with her previous best a quarterfinal.  The other semifinal will feature No. 2 seed Anastasia Nefedova and No. 4 seed Vladica Babic(Oklahoma State) of Montenegro.

Eighteen-year-old Alycia Parks is into the semifinals of the $25,000 tournament in Redding California after beating qualifier Maria Mateas(Duke) last night and qualifier Elysia Bolton(UCLA) today. She will play the winner of the night match between lucky loser Ellie Douglas(TCU) and top seed Katherine Sebov of Canada. The other semifinal will feature No. 3 seed Gabriela Talaba(Texas Tech) of Romania and wild card Jada Hart, a senior at UCLA.

Stanford junior Axel Geller of Argentina beat Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will play unseeded Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic, who beat Kentucky freshman Liam Draxl of Canada 7-5, 7-5 in today's quarterfinals at the $15,000 tournament in Champaign Illinois, in Saturday's semifinals.  Eighteen-year-old Brazilian Matheus Pucinelli de Almeida continued his impressive run, beating No. 7 seed Zeke Clark 7-6(5), 6-1 and will face Tennessee junior Adam Walton of Australia, a qualifier, in the other semifinal. Walton defeated Tom Fawcett(Stanford) 6-2, 6-2.

The acceptances are out for next month's ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed, which is now an indoor tournament located in Nicholasville Kentucky, outside of Lexington. The boys field is not strong, with only one Top 100 player, Dali Blanch, entered, although Kalamazoo 16s champion and finalist Alexander Bernard and Aidan Mayo are in the field, as is Cash Hanzlik.  The girls field has eight Top 100 players, led by Hurricane Tyra Black, US Open finalist Alexandra Yepifanova (who said she may or may not play this event), last year's finalist Samantha Broadus, Robin Montgomery, Chavatipon, Charlotte Owensby, Emma Jackson and Kailey Evans. Ong has also entered.

The first major of the Division I season is next month in Tulsa, with both the men and the women in the same city for the first time. The men's selections have been revealed, with US Open boys semifinalist Cannon Kingsley, a freshman at Ohio State, receiving a main draw wild card. The women's main draw, which used to be 32, now appears to be 48, although I don't see any incoming freshman on their entry list, so that may be why only 46 names appear on the entry list right now.