Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Pate Ousts Top Seed at Girls 18s Clays; Update on Kalamazoo Covid Protocols, Tickets; Wimbledon Girls Doubles Semifinalist Kalieva Among Evansville $25K Qualifiers

Most of the USTA National Clay Court sites continue to struggle to catch up due to the rain on Monday, but the G18s in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina have stayed on schedule. In today's third round, local favorite Whitley Pate took out top seed Akari Matsuno 6-3, 6-0 to set up a meeting with No. 17 seed and recent Florida Closed champion Charlotte Owensby.

Links to the USTA Playtennis draws:

G18s Mt. Pleasant SC

G16s Huntsville AL

G14s Plantation FL

G12s Ft. Lauderdale FL

B18s and 16s Delray Beach FL

B14s Miami Beach FL

B12s Orlando FL

The B18s and 16s Nationals in Kalamazoo are coming up in just over three weeks, with the deadline for entry Thursday July 15. As with many tennis events held since the pandemic, the protocols are constantly evolving, but there has been some good news on that front in the last few days.

Due to capacity restrictions, there will be no tickets sold to the general public until Wednesday, August 11, but those purchasing Patron tickets ($100 for reserved seating for the 10 day tournament) will be able to attend throughout the tournament, which begins August 6 and ends on August 15.

College coaches are welcome, and there is a list of those expected to attend at the tournament website.

Players will be allowed three guests, which is a big improvement from the one-guest policy that was in effect at the IOSC and Easter Bowl this spring.

Please check ustaboys.com for more on what to expect this year.

The USTA Pro Circuit is back after nothing was on the schedule for last week, with the women at a $25K in Evansville Indiana. Qualifying concluded today, with Elvina Kalieva, who on Saturday was playing her girls doubles semifinal at Wimbledon, advancing to the main draw. Kalieva won her first round match Monday and and defeated No. 13 seed Rushri Wijesundera 7-5, 6-2 today. Other Americans qualifying are Texas rising sophomore Kylie Collins, who beat Georgia's Katarina Jokic of Serbia, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-3 today; Oklahoma's Ivana and Carmen Corley, Victoria Hu(Princeton), Joelle Kissell(NC State) and Adriana Reami(NC State). 

The main draw wild cards went to Abigail Forbes(UCLA), Sara Daavettila(North Carolina), Hina Inoue and Eleana Yu. Mayo Hibi of Japan is the top seed, with Sachia Vickery seeded second.