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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Ten Americans, Thirteen Former Collegians Advance to Wimbledon's Final Round of Qualifying Thursday; Top ITF Juniors Withdraw From Wimbledon

So far the weather has cooperated and the first two rounds of qualifying at Wimbledon are complete, with ten Americans and 13 former collegians set for Thursday's final round of competition at Roehampton.

Four of the seven American men in action today advanced, while six of the 12 American women in the second round will play for a place in the main draw.

Danielle Lao, the former USC standout, was one of the three American women to qualify last year, with Claire Liu and Katie Volynets the others. Liu is in the main draw on her own ranking, while Volynets, the top seed in qualifying this year, lost in today's second round. Lao will face Nastasja Schunk of Germany in the final round of qualifying; Schunk, who will be 19 in August, reached the final of the girls championships last year. Also advancing to the final round of qualifying is 16-year-old Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva of Andorra, the 2020 Australian Open girls champion.

The three US men who qualified last year--Brandon Nakashima, Mackenzie McDonald and Denis Kudla--are in the main draw on their own rankings this year.

Stefan Kozlov, who reached the boys final at Wimbledon in 2014, losing to Noah Rubin, is through to the final round of men's qualifying for the first time; he has never played a men's main draw match at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. He takes on veteran Dennis Novak of Austria Thursday.

All men's matches are best of five sets in the final round of qualifying.

Wednesday's second round results of Americans, plus the Thursday's final round qualifying matches for US players.

Coco Vandeweghe[2] d. Daniela Vismane(LAT) 7-5, 6-1
Danielle Lao d. Cristina Bucsa[4](ESP) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Louisa Chirico d. Reka Luca Jani[8](ROU) 6-3, 6-2
Christina McHale d. Viktoria Kuzmova[30](SVK) 6-3, 6-4
Catherine Harrison d. Ysaline Bonaventure[17](BEL) 7-5, 6-1
Emina Bektas d. Arianne Hartono[29](NED) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Zoe Hives(AUS) d. Sachia Vickery 6-0, 6-3
Patricia Hon(AUS) d. Katie Volynets[1] 6-2, 6-4
Katarzyna Kawa([6](POL) d. Sophie Chang 6-4, 6-2
Fernanda Contreras[28](MEX) d. Jamie Loeb 7-6(2), 6-4
Katarina Zavatska(UKR) d. Robin Anderson[11] 6-4, 6-3
Fiona Ferro[16](FRA) d. Hanna Chang 6-3, 6-1

Stefan Kozlov[3] d. Dominic Stricker(SUI) 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran d. Arthur Fery[WC](GBR) 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
Jack Sock[14] d. Constant Lestienne(FRA) 6-3, 7-5
Christian Harrison d. Dalibor Svrcina(CZE) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

Salvatore Caruso(ITA) d. Mitchell Krueger[27] 7-6(2), 6-3
Radu Albot[7](MDA) d. Michael Mmoh 6-3, 6-4
Lukas Rosol(CZE) d. Christopher Eubanks 7-6(6), 6-4

Thursday's final round qualifying matches featuring Americans:

Kozlov v Dennis Novak[23](AUT)
Moreno de Alboran v. Maximillian Marterer(GER)
Sock v Hugo Grenier[21](FRA)
Harrison v Daniel Masur(GER)

Vandeweghe v Maja Chwalinska(POL)
Lao v Nastasja Schunk[21](GER)
Chirico v Kathinka Von Deichmann(LIE) 
McHale v Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove[14](NED)
Harrison v Yue Yuan[15](CHN)
Bektas v Fiona Ferro[16](FRA)

There are 13 former collegians in the final round of qualifying, with Moreno de Alboran(UC-Santa Barbara), Lao, Harrison(UCLA) and Bektas(Michigan) the four Americans in that group.

The other nine:
Jason Jung, (TPE) Michigan
Alexander Ritschard, (SUI) Virginia
Nuno Borges[13], (POR) Mississippi State
Rinky Hijikata, (AUS) North Carolina

Astra Sharma, (AUS) Vanderbilt
Fernanda Contreras, (MEX) Vanderbilt
Lulu Sun, (SUI) Texas
Maria Carle, (ARG) Georgia
Leolia Jeanjean, (FRA) Lynn

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

The withdrawal deadline for the Wimbledon Junior Championships was yesterday, so it's a good time to look at the fields again, after the first acceptance list was posted, two weeks ago. Initially, nine of the Top 10 for both boys and girls were entered, but now there are seven Top 10 boys and six Top 10 girls (these are not their current rankings, but their rankings at the time of acceptance two weeks ago). I mentioned last week that ITF No. 1 Bruno Kuzuhara had withdrawn, and Daniel Vallejo of Paraguay, No. 2 in the rankings, withdrew this week.

San Diego $15K champion Ethan Quinn, who was accepted into qualifying at the Wimbledon Junior Championships, has withdrawn and is expected to play the second half of the SoCal Pro Circuit beginning next week in Los Angeles.

Alexander Frusina and Sebastian Gorzny, who were just a few spots out of the main draw initially, are now in. 

The top two in the girls rankings are also out, with Australian Open girls champion Petra Marcinko of Croatia and Roland Garros girls champion Lucie Havlickova of the Czech Republic withdrawing in the past few days. Also out is Roland Garros finalist Solana Sierra of Argentina.

Mia Slama and Sonya Macavei, who were in qualifying initially, have now moved into the main draw.

The quarterfinals of the ITF J1 in Nottingham are set, with two US girls advancing. Slama, the No. 7 seed, defeated No. 10 seed Olivia Lincer(POL) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 and will face No. 3 seed Taylah Preston of Australia next.  No. 2 seed Qavia Lopez beat Zhanel Rustemova of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-7(6), 6-3 and will play No. 9 seed Aysegul Mert of Turkey in the quarterfinals. 

Aidan Kim and Kaylan Bigun, the only American boys to advance to the third round, lost today.