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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Just Three Seeds Fall in First Round of ITA National Fall Championships; US Boys, Japanese Girls Meet for Boca Raton J4 Singles Titles Friday; Fritz Reaches Bercy Masters Quarterfinals

Top seed Abbey Forbes didn't lose a game in her first round match today at the ITA National Fall Championships

The first round of singles is complete at the ITA National Fall Championships in San Diego, with 13 of the 16s seeds advancing to the round of 16 Friday.

The only seed losing in the men's draw was No. 6 Gabriel Diallo of Kentucky, who lost to Cornell's Alafia Ayeni 6-3, 7-5.

Two women's seeds were beaten, with Georgia freshman Mell Reasco taking out No. 4 seed Lisa Zaar of Pepperdine 7-6(7), 6-4 and Stanford freshman Connie Ma defeating No. 7 seed Snow Han of Southern California 6-3, 6-1. With the seeding done based on UTR, Ma was not going to be seeded, given her limited play in the past two years. But those of us who watched her in juniors are not surprised to see how dominant she's been in her first month of collegiate competition, and I would personally not call her win today an upset.

Doubles matches are still going on, and live scoring has been down for several hours, but draws will be updated here.  Complete singles results from today are below.

Men's first round singles results:

Clement Chidekh[1](Washington) d Tad Maclean(Auburn) 6-4, 6-2
Andrew Rogers(Pepperdine) d Franco Capalbo(Utah) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 
JJ Tracy[8](Ohio State) d Juan Carolos Aguilar(TCU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Aleksa Bucan(Arkanas) d Alex Kotzen(Columbia) 7-5, 7-6(3)
August Holmgren[3](San Diego) d Jeffrey von der Schulenburg(Virginia) 6-1, 6-3
Finn Reynolds(Mississippi) d James Trotter(Ohio State0 6-4, 6-4
Alafia Ayeni(Cornell) d Gabriel Diallo[6](Kentucky 6-3, 7-5
Mason Beiler(Oklahoma) d Taha Baadi(Wake Forest) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
Trey Hilderbrand(Central Florida) d Nikola Slavic(Mississippi) 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
Matej Vocel[5](Ohio State) d Andrew Zhang(Duke) 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-3
Andres Martin(Georgia Tech) d Pietro Fellin(Pepperdine) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-3 
Stefan Dostanic[4](Southern Cal) d Francois Musitelli(Kentucky) 6-1, 6-4
James Davis(Denver) d. Francois Le Tallec(Old Dominion) 6-2, 6-6(3), ret. inj. 
Andre Ilagan[7](Hawaii) d Alvaro Regalado(Columbus State) 6-4, 6-1
Sven Lah(Baylor) d Max Westphal(Columbia) 6-1, 6-0
Arthur Fery[2](Stanford) d Jordan Hasson(Oklahoma) 6-3, 6-3

Women's first round singles results:

Abigail Forbes[1](UCLA) d Karine-Marion Job(Kansas St) 6-0, 6-0
Mariia Kozyreva(St.Mary's) d Anna Riedmiller(Denver) 6-4, 6-3
Eryn Cayetano[5](Southern Cal) d Alexandra Yepifanova(Stanford) 7-5, 6-4
Petra Hule(Florida St) d Cameron Morra(North Carolina) 6-1, 6-7(4), 7-5 
Sarah Hamner[3](South Carolina) d Elza Tomase(Tennessee) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Salma Ewing(Southern Cal) d Kylie Collins(Texas) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Alexa Noel[6](Iowa) d Victoria Hu(Princeton) 6-2, 6-2
Reilly Tran(North Carolina) d Natasha Subhash(Virginia) 7-6(3), 7-5
Abigail Desiatnikov(San Diego) d Alicia Herrero Linana(Baylor) 7-5, 6-3
Irina Cantos Siemers(Ohio St) d Ayana Akli[8](South Carolina) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Tiphanie Fiquet(Mississippi) d Kari Miller(Michigan) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Mell Reasco(Georgia) d Lisa Zaar[4](Pepperdine) 7-6(7), 6-4
Fiona Crawley(North Carolina) d Safiya Carrington(LSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Connie Ma(Stanford) d Snow Han[7](Southern Cal) 6-3, 6-1
Rebeka Mertena(Tennessee) d Thasaporn Naklo(Iowa State) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2)
Daria Frayman[2](Princeton) d Elaine Chervinsky(Virginia) 6-1, 6-2 

The J4 in Boca Raton Florida, the last of three ITF Junior Circuit  tournaments on outdoor hard courts this fall, concludes on Friday, with the singles finals. 

The top two seeds in the boys draw will meet for the title, with No. 1 Sebastian Gorzny facing No. 2 seed Sean Daryabeigi. The 17-year-old Gorzny, who trains at the Evert Academy, which hosts of the event, is seeking his first singles title on the ITF Junior Circuit; Daryabeigi, 16, has won two singles titles this year, both at the J4 level.

The girls final is between two Japanese girls. Fifteen-year-old Mayu Crossley, who defeated top seed Lara Smejkal today, will face No. 2 seed Sayaka Ishii, who is 16. Crossley has not won an ITF junior title, Ishii has two singles and five doubles titles. 

Doubles finals were played today, with top seeds Gorzny and Alex Michelsen defeating the unseeded team of Amor Jasika of Australian and Stefan Simeunovic of Canada 6-2, 6-2. Gorzny and Michelsen did not drop a set in their four victories.

The top seeds also won the girls doubles championship, with Smejkal, who is now listed as representing Slovenia, and Ahmani Guichard defeating No. 2 seeds Ishii and Yujin Kim of Korea 7-5, 5-7, 10-5.

At the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris, Taylor Fritz continued his outstanding play, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over No. 10 seed Cam Norrie(TCU). Fritz, who will finish 2021 as the top-ranked American man, will play top seed Novak Djokovic Friday. For more on Fritz's win today, see this article from the ATP website.

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