Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Scott Ousts Top Seed Brengle at WTA 125 in Charleston; Qualifying Complete at Champaign $25K; Les Petits As USA Playoffs Move to Quarterfinals; US Olympic Tennis Medal Chances Down to Doubles

The WTA 125 tournament in Charleston South Carolina completed its first round today in spite of a lengthy rain delay and the day ended with a bang, when 17-year-old Katrina Scott defeated top seed Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-3. Scott, currently at a career-high WTA ranking of 384, earned her first WTA Top 100 win against No. 75 Brengle, and will face 2015 NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) in the round of 16 Wednesday.

Virginia rising sophomore Emma Navarro, the reigning NCAA singles champion, also advanced today, defeating No. 6 seed Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 7-6(5), 6-0. Navarro will play Alexa Glatch in the second round Wednesday.

The qualifying concluded today at the $25,000 USTA men's Pro Circuit tournament in Champaign, with five Americans advancing to the main draw: Billy Griffith(Cal), Lucas Horve(Illinois), Nathan Ponwith(Arizona State), Eliot Spizzirri(Texas) and Alfredo Perez(Florida). Wild cards went to Hunter Heck(Illinois), Ben Shelton(Florida), Olivier Stuart(Illinois) of France and Siphosothando Montsi(Illinois) of South Africa.

Yu Hsiou Hsu of Taiwan is the No. 1 seed, with Sekou Bangoura seeded No. 2.

The round robin stage of the Les Petits As USA Playoffs are complete with eight boys and eight girls advancing to the the knockout stage of the competition in Boca Raton Florida. 

The boys who won their groups are: Darwin Blanch, Matisse Farzam, Max Exsted and Maximus Dussault. Those who finished in second place, who also advanced to the quarterfinals are: Calvin Baierl, Nicholas Patrick, Jacob Olar and Oliver Narbut.

The girls who won their groups are: Akasha Urhobo, Iva Jovic, Maya Iyengar and Emily Deming. The second-place finishers who advanced are: Riley Crowder, Elena Zhao, Sasha Kilgour and Claire An.

Two matches will be played on Wednesday, with the finalists earning main draw entry in September's Les Petits As competition. The third place winner will also get in the main draw, with the fourth place finisher getting a qualifying spot.

The draws and the order of play for Wednesday can be found here.

The first round of the ATP Lexington Challenger has a few more matches yet to play this evening, but top seed Jenson Brooksby is through to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 win over University of Kentucky rising junior Liam Draxl, who received a wild card.  Wild cards Stefan Dostanic(USC) and Govind Nanda(UCLA) also lost their first round matches. No. 2 seed Alex Bolt withdrew, so No. 3 seed Maxime Cressy(UCLA) is the highest seed in the bottom half, although Cary champion Mitchell Krueger, who is unseeded this week, is also in the bottom half.

The last two Americans in Olympic singles lost Tuesday, with Marcos Giron(UCLA) going out to Kei Nishikori of Japan 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1 and Francis Tiafoe losing to No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-3, 6-4. 

That leaves doubles as the only option for a US medal, with Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) and Austin Krajicek(Texas A&M) through to the quarterfinals in the men's doubles and No. 4 seeds Jessica Pegula and Bethanie Mattek-Sands into the women's doubles quarterfinals.

The mixed doubles draw is now out, with Rajeev Ram(Illinois) and defending champion Bethanie-Mattek Sands the No. 3 seeds. They will play their first match Wednesday.

The women's singles draw is here; the men's singles draw is here.