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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Brantmeier, Gailis Top G18s Seeds in San Diego, Rajaram No. 1 in 16s; US Open Junior Acceptances; US Teams Advance at 14U World Junior Tennis; Women's Lexington $60K Qualifying Complete; NorCal vs SoCal in USTA Battle of Sections Boys Final

The USTA Girls 16s and 18s National Championships in San Diego released their seeds today, but the draws are not expected to be posted until 6 p.m. PDT Wednesday for the 16s and 6 p.m. PDT Thursday for the 18s.  The top 32 seeds in each draw are below, the full list for 18s is here and for 16s is here.

1. Reese Brantmeier
2. Rachel Gailis
3. Alexis Blokhina
4. Elena Yu
5. Qavia Lopez
6. Clervie Ngounoue
7. Mia Slama
8. Katherine Hui
9. Maya Joint
10. Katie Codd
11. Theadora Rabman
12. Tatum Evans
13. Ahmani Guichard
14. Katja Wiersholm
15. Kaitlin Quevedo
16. Akasha Urhobo
17. Piper Charney
18. Ariana Pursoo
19. Audrey Spencer
20. Gayathri Krishnan
21. Daria Smetannikov
22. Valerie Glozman
23. Ava Bruno
24. Susanna Maltby
25. Riley Crowder
26. Maddy Zampardo
27. Anushka Ashar
28. Iva Jovic
29. Ann Guerry
30. Shyla Aggarwal
31. Bridget Stammel
32. Ava Krug

1. Natasha Rajaram
2. Stephanie Yakoff
3. Aspen Schuman
4. Eva Oxford
5. Taylor Goetz
6. Claire An
7. Claire Hill
8. Pearlie Zhang
9. Alyssa Ahn
10. Alexis Nguyen
11. Alanis Hamilton
12. Emily Deming
13. Tianmei Wang
14. Laima Frosch
15. Claier Zhang
16. Emily Baek
17. Sophia Webster
18. Olivia Center
19. Kate Fakih
20. Madeleine Rexroat
21. Saray Yli-Piipari
22. Angela Huang
23. Rachel Lee
24. Clara Zou
25. Kristina Penickova
26. Elisabeth Dunac
27. Sydney Jara
28. Sari Woo
29. Olivia Cutone
30. Kayla Chung
31. Mary Grace Rennard
32. Katie Spencer

The US Open Junior acceptance lists are out, with nine US boys and four US girls receiving main draw spots.

The US boys are Nishesh Basavareddy, Michael Zheng, Nicholas Godsick, Alex Michelsen, Cooper Williams, Ozan Colak, Learner Tien, Sebastian Gorzny and Ethan Quinn. Quinn, with an ITF junior ranking of 64, was outside the boys cutoff of 53, but is in via his Top 750 ATP ranking(he's now 509). Daniel Merida of Spain is also in via his ATP ranking of 538.  The only two Top 10 boys missing are the two boys champions from the Australian Open and Roland Garros: Bruno Kuzuhara and Gabriel Debru of France.

The US girls are Liv Hovde, Qavia Lopez, Clervie Ngounoue and Alexis Blokhina. The girls cutoff as of today was 46; Angella Okutoyi of Kenya received entry via the regional Top 70 exception and Sara Bejlek of the Czech Republic and Alexandra Eala of the Philippines received entry due to their WTA rankings inside the Top 400. Nine of the Top 10 girls have entered initially. ITF No. 1 and Australian Open girls champion Petra Marcinko of Croatia did not enter.

The No. 2 seeded US girls and No. 3 seeded US boys will play one more round robin match Wednesday at the ITF World Junior Tennis 14U Team Championships in the Czech Republic, but both have assured themselves of advancing to the quarterfinals on Thursday by winning their second matches today. The US girls defeated Latvia 3-0 and will play No. 7 Great Britain for first place in Group D, but both will advance regardless of the result. The US boys defeated No. 7 seed Japan 2-1 today and will play unseeded Slovenia for first place, with both teams advancing to the quarterfinals.

For more on today's action, see this article from the ITF.

Live streaming on selected courts and live scoring for all matches are available here.

In addition to the ATP Challenger 80 in Lexington Kentucky, there is a $60,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament there this week, with qualifying concluding today, and a few first round matches played.

Americans moving into the main draw with wins today are Taylor Ng(Dartmouth), Jessie Aney(North Carolina), Erica Oosterhout(Harvard), Dalayna Hewitt, Adriana Reami(NC State) and Peyton Stearns(Texas).

Wild cards were given to Madison Sieg(USC), Samantha Crawford, Qavia Lopez(seeded No. 5 in San Diego) and Aldila Sudjiati(Kentucky) of Indonesia. The top two seeds are UCHIJIMA, Moyuka Uchijima of Japan and Jodie Burrage of Great Britain.

With many of the men who competed in the previous two USTA Pro Circuit $25Ks in Illinois playing either Kalamazoo late this week or in Lexington qualifying, the field is not particularly strong for this week's $25,000 tournament in Decatur Illinois. Qualifying is still going on this evening, but Zeke Clark(Illinois) and Jaimee Floyd Angele of France, both outside the ATP Top 500, are the top two seeds.

Wild cards were given to Patrick Maloney(Michigan) and three players with University of Illinois connections: Lucas Horve,  Kweisi Kenyatte and Alexander Petrov.

SoCal coach Grant Chen and Missouri Valley coach Jeret Johnson

I spent the afternoon at the Byron Center High School Athletic Complex, which has a beautiful new tennis facility south of Grand Rapids that is hosting the USTA boys Battle of Sections for the first time this year. I watched several hours of a very competitive semifinal match between No. 1 seed Southern California and No. 4 seed Missouri Valley. Southern California claimed a 10-2 victory that was much closer than that sounds, and will play No. 3 seed Northern California, who beat No. 2 Southern 9-3 in the semis, for the title on Wednesday.