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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Tien, Evans and Murthy Advance to Australian Open Juniors Second Round; Korda Reaches Men's Quarterfinals; Les Petits As Begins Monday with Four Seeded Americans; Navarro's Winning Streak Ends; Cornell's Papoe Wins Ithaca $15K

Three more Americans reached Tuesday's second round of the Australian Open Junior Championships, with Learner Tien and Tatum Evans getting straight-sets victories and Anya Murthy getting her first junior slam win.

Tien, who reached the semifinals of last week's J300 in Traralgon, defeated No. 7 seed Hayato Matsuoka of Japan 6-0, 6-3, dominating from start to finish. Evans, who won her first junior slam match last September in New York, defeated Lily Taylor of Australia 6-3, 6-1 to earn her second. Murthy, who is playing her first junior slam, courtesy of her run to the semifinals of the Orange Bowl last month, defeated Darja Suvirdjonkova of Serbia 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Alexander Frusina, the fourth American competing Sunday, was up 6-2, 3-6, 5-0 on Yuvan Nandal of India, but couldn't convert his four match points and late in the third set began to have debilitating cramps, leading him to retire down 6-5 in the third set.

Tien will face Traralgon champion Federico Cina of Italy in the second round; Evans gets Rositsa Dencheva of Bulgaria, who beat 2022 Wimbledon girls finalist and No. 10 seed Luca Udvardy of Hungary 6-3, 7-6(5); Murthy will play No. 15 seed Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia, who defeated Traralgon champion Melisa Ercan of Turkey 6-3, 6-2.

It was a rough first round for girls seeds, with five of the top six, including top seed Sara Saito of Japah, failing to make the second round. Saito lost to Australian wild card Stefani Webb 6-3, 1-6, 6-2; Webb is one of three Australian wild cards to reach the second round--three girls and one boy.

Monday's second round junior matches featuring Americans:
Kyle Kang v Danil Panarin[13](RUS)
Cooper Williams[8] v Hoyoung Roh(KOR)
Theadora Rabman v Rebecca Munk Mortensen[Q](DEN)

Sebastian Korda[29] reached his first slam quarterfinal with a tense 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(7) win over No. 10 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. Another American will join him: the winner of tonight's match between JJ Wolf and Ben Shelton. Tommy Paul could make it three Americans in the quarterfinals with a win over No. 24 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain; the last time three Americans made a slam quarterfinal was the 2005 US Open, when James Blake, Andre Agassi and Robby Ginepri were in the final eight.

Coco Gauff lost to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 7-5, 6-3 but Jessica Pegula advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic. 

The prestigious Les Petits As U14 tournament begins Monday in Tarbes France, with four US boys and four US girls aiming for titles. Bolton finalist Marcel Latak is seeded No. 7, with Jordan Lee the No. 8 seed; Kristina Penickova is the No. 7 seed and Julieta Pareja is seeded No. 8. Surprisingly, Bolton champion Annika Penickova, who beat Kristina in the semifinals and the LPA's No. 2 seed Giulia Popa in the final, is not seeded. Live scoring and live streaming is available at the tournament website. The complete list of seeds:

1. Savva Rybkin(RUS)
2. Svit Suljic(SLO)
3. Mark Ceban(GBR)
4. Jan Urbanski(POL)
5. Kaan Isik Kosaner(TUR)
6. Daniel Jade(LBN)
7. Marcel Latak(USA)
8. Jordan Lee(USA)
9. Filip Ladman(CZE)
10. Paul Hjorteland(NOR)
11. Mustafa Ege Sik(TUR)
12. Jakub Kusy(CZE)
13. Itamar Verthaimer(ISR)
14. Samim Filiz(TUR)
15. Marco Ontiveros Castro(GER)
16. Emilio Camacho(ECU)

1. Ksenia Efremova(RUS)
2. Giulia Popa(ROU)
3. Luna Vujovic(SRB)
4. Sofie Hettlerova(CZE)
5. Anna Pushkareva(RUS)
6. Veronika Sekerkova(CZE)
7. Kristina Penickova(USA)
8. Julieta Pareja(USZ)
9. Kali Supova(SVK)
10. Maia Burcescu(ROU)
11. Angelica Sara(ITA)
12. Sara Oliveriusova(CZE)
13. Lucie Slamenikova(CZE)
14. Greta Nemcsek(HUN)
15. Tamina Kochta(GER)
16. Marilyn Van Brempt(BEL)

Emma Navarro's 2023 winning streak ended at nine matches today in the final of the $60,000 USTA women's Pro Circuit tournament in Vero Beach Florida. The 2021 NCAA singles champion, seeded No. 2, lost to unseeded Marie Benoit of Belgium 6-2, 7-5.

No. 4 seed Renata Zarazua of Mexico won the title at the $25,000 USTA women's Pro Circuit tournament in Boca Raton Florida, beating top seed Lulu Sun(Texas) of Switzerland 6-2, 7-5.

At the only men's USTA Pro Circuit tournament this week, the $15,000 event in Ithaca New York, Cornell sophomore Radu Papoe sent the crowd home happy with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Darian King of Barbados. It's the first Pro Circuit title for the 20-year-old from Romania.

In the doubles final last night, No. 2 seeds Nathan Ponwith(Arizona State) and Nick Chappell(TCU) defeated top seeds Mac Kiger and Canada's Benjamin Sigouin, former University of North Carolina teammates, 6-2, 6-4.