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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Fifteen Americans Advance to Second Round of Australian Open Qualifying; J1 Traralgon Qualifying Starts Wednesday; US Boys Dominant at J1 in Costa Rica; Women's $25K in Vero Beach Underway

When Day Three of the Australian Open begins in a few hours in Melbourne, 15 Americans are still in the running for a spot in the main draw. On Tuesday, four US men and four US women won their first round matches, joining the seven US women who had advanced on Monday. Tuesday's results and Wednesday's schedule:

Tuesday's first round results:
Caty McNally[21] d Catherine Aulia[WC](AUS) 6-0, 6-3
Asia Muhammad d. Valentini Grammatikopoulou(GRE) 6-3, 6-2
Kateryna Baindl[23](UKR) d. Grace Min 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1
Emina Bektas d. Katie Boulter[27](GBR) 6-3, 6-4
Qinwen Zheng[13](CHN) d. Coco Vandeweghe 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
Lizette Cabrera(AUS) d. Sachia Vickery 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2
Usue Arconada d. Francesca Jones[29](GBR) 5-1, ret.

Ernesto Escobedo d. Altug Celikbilek[32](TUR) 604, 6-4
Renzo Olivo(ARG) d. Bjorn Fratangelo 6-2, 6-4
JJ Wolf d. Sergiy Stakhovsky(UKR) 6-3, 6-4
Christopher Eubanks[31] d. Tristan Schoolkate[WC](AUS) 6-3, 6-4
Mitchell Krueger d. Ulises Blanch 6-1, 6-2

Wednesday's second round: (updated 8:00 am WednesdayP

Second round:

Emilio Gomez[23](ECU) d. Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 7-5 
Ernesto Escobedo d. Andrea Vavassori[A](ITA) 7-6(3), 6-4

Yue Yuan(CHN) d. Caty McNally[21] 7-6(1), 6-4
Harriet Dart[11](GBR) d. Alycia Parks 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Caroline Dolehide d. Xiaodi You(CHN) 6-3, 6-2
Hailey Baptiste d. Nina Stojanovic[4](SRB) 6-3, 6-4
Stefanie Voegele[25](SUI) d. Whitney Osuigwe 6-2, 6-4

The draws are here, the live scoring here and Wednesday's order of play here.

The warmup for the Australian Open Junior Championships starts Wednesday with the qualifying for the ITF J1 in Traralgon. Two Southern Californians, Alex Michelsen and Orange Bowl 16s champion Quang Duong, have made the trip and are in the boys qualifying in Traralgon, as well as in qualifying at the AO. There are no US girls in the qualifying; the four US girls in the Traralgon main draw, Clervie Ngounoue, Liv Hovde, Alexis Blokhina and Qavia Lopez, are probably the only ones who will be in the Australia Open juniors draw as well. 

With the exception of No. 3 seed Nicholas Godsick, who is playing the night match at the J1 Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica, all first round singles matches there have been completed, with 13 US boys through to the round of 16. Top seed Cooper Williams won last night, while Alex Frusina and qualifiers Learner Tien and Meecah Bigun picked up victories today. There are already five all-US second round matches, and if Godsick wins this evening there will be six. The US girls had less success, with No. 5 seed Ava Krug the only one advancing today. There are just five US girls in the round of 16, all of whom face players from other countries in the second round Wednesday. Results can be found at the tournament website.

The first USTA Pro Circuit tournament of the year has begun in Vero Beach Florida, with the qualifying completed today. Six Americans have advanced to the main draw: top seed Reese Brantmeier, who last played in early November; Rasheeda McAdoo(Georgia Tech); 17-year-old Eleana Yu; Safiya Carrington(LSU); Christina Rosca(Vanderbilt) and 16-year-old local Grace Levelston. Jada Hart(UCLA) is in the main draw as one of three lucky losers.

Allie Kiick is the No. 1 seed, with Carol Zhao(Stanford) of Canada seeded No. 2. Just two wild cards were given, with those going to Samantha Crawford, the 2012 US Open girls champion, who hasn't played since 2017, and Princeton freshman Victoria Hu.