Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Navarro Reaches Quarterfinals at WTA 125 in Charleston; New WTA Tournament in Chicago; Sandgren and Krajicek Advance to Olympic Men's Doubles Semifinals; Shelton Defeats No. 3 Seed in Champaign; US Competitors Decided for September's Les Petits As

Since winning the NCAA singles title as a freshman at Virginia back in May, Emma Navarro has reached two quarterfinals at $60,000 women's ITF World Tennis Tour tournaments. Today she added a quarterfinal at a WTA 125 event, held in her hometown of Charleston South Carolina, with the 20-year-old defeating Alexa Glatch 6-3, 6-3 in second round. She also advanced to the quarterfinals in doubles with partner Sophie Chang, beating Sachia Vickery and Madison Brengle 2-6, 6-2, 10-4.

Katrina Scott, who took out top seed Madison Brengle yesterday, lost to Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) in today's second round 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

The WTA posted its calendar for the remainder of 2021 today, and included is a new 500 level tournament for Chicago in September. With a 125 in Chicago August 16-22 and a 250 there the following week, that's a lot of tennis for the Windy City after having nothing there for many years.

The ATP announced the new dates for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and a couple of cancellations on its fall schedule earlier this month.

The hopes for US medal in tennis at the Tokyo Olympics rest with two former collegians, with 2011 NCAA doubles champion Austin Krajicek(Texas A&M) and Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) advancing to the men's doubles semifinals with a 6-3, 7-6(4) decision over Alexander Zverev and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. Their semifinal opponent will be top seeds Nikola Mectic and Mate Pavic of Croatia, who have dominated the ATP doubles circuit this year with eight titles, including Wimbledon. 

The other male with college ties still in contention for a medal is former LSU star Michael Venus of New Zealand, who is playing with Marcus Daniell. The pair defeated No. 3 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah(USC) of Colombia 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 in the quarterfinals, and will face Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig of Croatia for a place in the gold medal match.

In the women's doubles, former Pepperdine star Luisa Stefani of Brazil is through to the semifinals, with her partner Lisa Pigossi. Stefani and Pigossi, who beat the No. 7 seeds in the first round, took out No. 4 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jessica Pegula 1-6, 6-3, 10-6 in the quarterfinals.

The men's singles draw is here, the women's singles draw is here, and the mixed draw is here

It's always interesting to monitor the USTA Pro Circuit events in the weeks before Kalamazoo to see who is preparing for the National 18s by competing against top collegians and pros. Last week at the Edwardsville $15K, Victor Lilov and Bruno Kuzuhara each won a match; this week at the $25,000 Champaign tournament, Ben Shelton has moved into the round of 16, beating No. 3 seed Yunseong Chung of Korea 7-5, 6-0. 

There was a rain delay at the Les Petit As USA playoffs in Boca Raton today, but they did complete their schedule of quarterfinals and semifinals, so those who will travel to Tarbes France for September's prestigious 14U tournament have been decided. With just three places in the main draw reserved for US players, the loser of the third place match will be in qualifying, not the main draw, but they are part of the traveling team.

The boys who won their quarterfinal matches today are Darwin Blanch[1], Matisse Farzam[2], Max Exsted[3] and Jacob Olar.

Exsted beat Blanch 6-2, 7-6(1) to advance to the final against Olar, who defeated Farzam 6-3, 6-1. Farzam and Blanch will play for that third main draw spot Thursday.

The girls who won their quarterfinal matches today are Riley Crowder, Emily Deming[4], Sasha Kilgour and Claire An.

Deming defeated Crowder 6-2, 6-2 to secure her place in the main draw; An downed Kilgour 6-0, 6-0, with Crowder and Kilgour playing for the third spot in the main draw for the girls.