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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Every Quarterfinal at ITA Fall Nationals Features at Least One Seed; Stearns Advances to Quarterfinals at Midland 125; US Teams Move into Quarterfinals at ITF Junior Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup; Tiafoe and Paul Reach Final Eight in Paris

The seeding at the ITA National Fall Championships relied heavily on UTR ratings and that has proven to be a reliable metric, with six of the eight seeds in both the men's and women's draws advancing to the quarterfinals.

The only two women's seeds who did not reach the quarterfinals had injuries: No. 4 seed Madison Sieg of Southern California gave a walkover to Elaine Chervinsky of Virginia, and Lea Ma of Georgia, a 5 seed, retired in the third set of her second round match with 2021 finalist Daria Frayman of Princeton.

One of the men's seeds, Michael Zheng of Columbia, lost in the first round; the other one was 2022 ITA All-American finalist Phillip Henning of Georgia, a 5 seed, who lost to Andrew Fenty of Michigan 6-2, 6-4.

Below are the singles results from today's round of 16. Doubles are still in progress.

Women's round of 16 singles results:

Fiona Crawley[1], UNC d. Taylor Melville, Denver 6-3, 6-0
Connie Ma[2], Stanford d. Carolina Gomez Alonso, Arkansas 6-4, 6-1
Abbey Forbes[3], UNC d. Sydni Ratliff, Ohio State 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Elaine Chervinsky, Virginia d. Madison Sieg[4], Southern Cal w/o injury
Mary Stoiana[5], Texas A&M d. Julia Garcia Ruiz, Oklahoma 6-2, 6-4
Daria Frayman, Princeton d. Lea Ma[5], Georgia 7-5, 2-6, 3-0 ret.
Carol Lee[5], Georgia Tech d. Savannah Broadus, Pepperdine 6-4, 7-5
Carson Tanguilig[5], UNC d. Deniz Khazan, Barry 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

Men's round of 16 singles results:

Garrett Johns[1], Duke, d. Max Basing, Stanford 6-7(6) 7-5, 6-4
Antoine Cornut Chauvinc[2], Florida State d. Casey Hoole, South Carolina 7-6(4), 6-3
Nishesh Basavareddy[3], Stanford d. Finn Bass, Baylor 6-1, 6-2
Eliot Spizzirri[4], Texas d. Kristof Minarik, Wichita State 6-2, 6-1
Jacob Fearnley[5], TCU d. Enzo Aguiard, Alabama 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
JJ Tracy[5], Ohio State d. Dusan Milanovic, Presbyterian 7-6(2), 6-7(2), 6-4
Andrew Fenty, Michigan d. Phillip Henning[5], Georgia 6-2, 6-4
Geronimo Busleiman, Utah d. Natan Rodrigues, Louisville 6-0, 6-2

For coverage throughout Friday's quarterfinals, see the Cracked Racquets YouTube channel; live scoring is here.

A year ago, Peyton Stearns was in a boot, frustrated by injury and unsure what 2022 had in store for her. She recovered to have an outstanding sophomore season at Texas, leading the Longhorns to a second straight team title and capping her collegiate career with the NCAA singles title.

Stearns won two $25,000 tournaments this fall and received a wild card into this week's WTA 125 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland Michigan. After beating Asia Muhammad in the first round Tuesday, her first main draw win in a WTA event, Stearns faced 18-year-old Ashlyn Krueger today and came away with an impressive 6-2, 6-3 victory. Stearns saved the only break point she faced, made almost no unforced errors and outhit Krueger, which is no easy task. Her forehand has always been her best shot, and it was extremely reliable today, but she was equally effective on the backhand side and also got 71 percent of her first serves in. Stearns will face qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada, who defeated No. 3 seed Lin Zhu of China 6-4, 6-3. It's the 23-year-old's best win; she is currently No. 229, while Zhu is 58.

After Zhu's lost to Sebov today and Sofia Kenin's 6-1, 6-3 win last night over No. 2 seed Madison Brengle, the top four seeds are out. The only seeds to reach the quarterfinals are No. 5 Camila Osorio of Colombia and No. 7 Caty McNally.  In addition to Stearns, Kenin and McNally, Ann Li is the fourth American in the quarterfinals.

Krueger and Robin Montgomery, the 2021 USTA National 18s and US Open girls doubles champions, are through to the semifinals in Midland after defeating Stearns and Elvina Kalieva 6-1, 6-2 today. They will face top seeds Muhammad and Alycia Parks Friday night.

Live streaming is available at the tournament website.

The quarterfinals are set for the ITF 16U Junior Davis Cup and Junior Billie Jean King Cup after round robin group play ended today.

Both US teams advanced, although not in the same fashion. The American girls--Clervie Ngounoue, Valerie Glozman and Iva Jovic-- won all three of their matches 3-0 and looked every bit the top seeds that they are in the first three days of competition.

The second-seeded American boys--Kaylan and Meecah Bigun and Alexander Razeghi--lost a singles match in each of their first two contests, needing doubles victories to beat Turkey and Argentina. In today's match with 2-0 Japan, they lost all three matches, finishing second in their group, which still earns a place in the quarterfinals.

Friday's matchups:

Junior Davis Cup Quarterfinals

Spain v France
USA v Czech Republic
Brazil v Australia
Italy v Japan

Junior Billie Jean King Cup Juniors Quarterfinals

USA v Germany
Argentina v Serbia
Australia v Japan
Turkey v Czech Republic

For more on today's action, see this ITF Junior website article. Live scoring is available here.

Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul have both advanced to Friday's quarterfinals at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris after straight-sets wins today. Tiafoe, the No. 16 seed, defeated Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-3, 7-6(5) and Paul followed up his win over No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal yesterday with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over No. 14 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Tiafoe will try to end the 15-match winning streak of No. 8 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada Friday, while Paul faces No. 5 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.