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Monday, January 10, 2022

Top Seeds Ousted at ITF Costa Rica J1; J5 in Wisconsin Underway; Seven US Women Advance to Second Round of Australian Open Qualifying

The first day of the ITF J1 in Costa Rica is not yet complete, but the top three seeds in the girls draw are already on the sidelines. No. 1 seed Krystal Blanch lost to Gabriella Broadfoot of South Africa 6-4, 7-5, No. 2 seed Nina Vargova of Slovakia was beaten by Ahmani Guichard 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 and No. 3 seed Nikola Daubnerova of Slovakia was beaten by qualifier Victoria Osuigwe. In addition to Guichard and Osuigwe, other American girls advancing include No. 4 seed Mia Slama and No. 8 seed Sonya Macavei. 

Boys top seed Cooper Williams is playing later tonight, but nine American boys are already through to the second round: No. 2 seed Yannick Rahman, No. 5 seed Michael Zheng and No. 7 seed Sebastian Gorzny.  Alexander Razeghi, the 2021 Kalamazoo 16s champion, defeated No. 4 seed Martin Vergara del Puerto of Paraguay 6-2, 6-0, while wild card Nishesh Basavareddy beat No. 8 seed Enrique Pena of Colombia 6-4, 6-2. The other four American boys who won today are qualifier Jackson Armisted, Sean Daryabeigi, Preston Stearns, and Jonah Braswell.

Twenty-four of the 32 singles matches were scheduled for Monday. The other eight will be played Tuesday, along with the first round of doubles. Due to the 32-player draws, half of their normal size due to the pandemic, the first few days are much less hectic than normal. 

Scores are updated throughout the day on the draws posted on the tournament website.

A new ITF J5 tournament is debuting in Wisconsin this week, another 32-draw, but this event is scheduled to end on Friday, meaning a round each day. Marko Mesarovic is the top boys seed, with Rose Seccia the No. 1 girls seed.

The second day of Australian Open qualifying is underway  in Melbourne, with six US men and seven US women playing their first round matches Tuesday in Melbourne, but tonight in the US. 

The only US man in action Monday, Michael Mmoh, lost, but the US women went 7-2, with the only losses coming in all-US matches. The results are below, along with the Tuesday schedule. 

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

Former ITF No. 1 junior Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra, who is in the Australian Open women's qualifying based on her WTA ranking (currently 202), has recently withdrawn from this year's Australian Open Junior Championships. She won the girls title in 2020, the last time the juniors were played.

American results, Australian Open qualifying first round:

(updated Tuesday 8 a.m.)


Men: (4-3)


Jiri Lehecka[18](CZE) d. Michael Mmoh 6-3, 6-4


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

Women: (11-5)


Katie Volynets d. Hanna Chang 6-3, 6-3

Caroline Dolehide d. Yuliya Hatouka(BLR) 6-4, 6-2

Hailey Baptiste d. Samantha Murray Sharan(GBR) 6-1, 6-7(2), 7-6(8)

Francesca Di Lorenzo d. Chloe Paquet[7](FRA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

Christina McHale d. Ellen Perez(AUS) 6-4, 6-0

Alycia Parks d. Jamie Loeb 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Whitney Osuigwe d. Jessika Ponchet 7-5, 6-3


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.