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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Junior Billie Jean King Cup Teams Announced; Kim Ousts Top Seed at Lubbock $15K; Shnaider and Svendsen Reach Berkeley $60K Quarterfinals; Diallo, Chappell Advance at Columbus Challenger

In the past, the Junior Billie Jean King and Junior Davis Cups are scheduled for the end of September, but this year the ITF's two 16-and-under competitions will take place November 1-6 in Antalya Turkey. The participants for the Junior Billie Jean King Cup's 16 teams were announced today, and the United States team now has two players who were not a part of the North/Central American qualifying this spring: Clervie Ngounoue and Valerie Glozman. Ngounoue was injured at that time; Glozman had just won the Easter Bowl 16s title, but had no international experience. Her recent run to the San Diego National 18s final and a women's qualifying win at the US Open earned her a place on the team with Ngounoue and Iva Jovic, who was on the North/Central American qualifying team that included Mia Slama and Maya Joint.

Lori Riffice is the girls team captain. The boys teams are scheduled to be announced tomorrow. 

Seventeen-year-old wild card Aidan Kim earned his first ATP point yesterday, and today he defeated top seed Emil Reinberg(Georgia) in the second round of the USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 men's tournament in Lubbock Texas. Kim's 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 victory, which took one minute shy of three hours, moves him into the quarterfinals against fellow junior player Alex Michelsen. Michelsen, the No. 6 seed, defeated Aditya Vishal Balsekar of India 6-2, 7-5. 

Kim and Lucas Brown have also advanced to the doubles semifinals, beating Francisco Rocha(Middle Tennessee) of Portugal and Bautista Vilicich(Mississippi St/UT-Arlington) of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

Seventeen-year-old Cooper Williams is through to his first Pro Circuit quarterfinal at the $15,000 tournament in Fayetteville Arkansas with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(2) win over No. 8 seed AJ Catanzariti(Texas A&M). He will play unseeded Wake Forest senior Menelaos Efstathiou of Cyprus in the quarterfinals. 

The two 18-year-olds who competed in the US Open Junior Championships that are in the main draw of the USTA Pro Circuit $60,000 women's tournament in Berkeley California have advanced to the quarterfinals with wins today. Wild card Johanne Svendsen of Denmark defeated No. 5 seed Robin Anderson(UCLA) 6-3, 7-5 and NC State freshman Diana Shnaider of Russia beat No. 6 seed Sachia Vickery 6-3, 4-2 retired. Svendsen gets top seed Madison Brengle next, while Shnaider faces unseeded Kayla Day. Day beat NCAA champion Peyton Stearns(Texas) 7-6(3), 7-6(3). Another 18-year-old, Ashlyn Krueger, defeated No. 3 seed Katie Volynets 6-3, 6-4 and will play No. 8 seed Louisa Chirico in the quarterfinals. 

At the ATP Challenger 80 in Columbus Ohio, Nick Chappell(TCU) advanced to his second straight Challenger quarterfinal as an alternate, defeating No. 5 seed Enzo Couacaud of France 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-4. He will face No. 2 seed Emilio Gomez(USC) of Ecuador, who beat Tennys Sandgren(Tennessee) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. University of Kentucky senior Gabriel Diallo needed three hours and 36 minutes to defeat Aidan McHugh of Great Britain, but the soon-to-be 21-year-old pulled out a 7-5, 6-7(6), 7-5 win. He will play top seed Jordan Thompson in Friday's quarterfinals.