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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

More Indoor Tennis at D-I Individual Championships, 17 Players Earn All-American Status; Seven Singles Titles for Americans Last Week on ITF Junior Circuit; Seven US Players Reach Roland Garros Qualifying Second Round

After a first day of singles that ended way after midnight due to afternoon rain, the NCAA Division I's second day of competition was a carbon copy of the first, although the last singles match did end before 9 p.m. 

Those who played early Monday also played outdoors this morning, but the 3 p.m. lightning delay that turned into a rain delay sent many of the same players back to the six indoor courts for the second round. 

But inside or out, Tuesday was All-American day, with players who reach the round of 16 earning that coveted status. All the seeded players have already received that designation regardless of their performance this week. 

The eight women who are now All-Americans after victories today are: Oklahoma's Layne Sleeth, Florida's Carly Briggs, Stanford's Alexandra Yepifanova, NC State's Amelia Rajecki, Michigan's Kari Miller, Stanford's Angelica Blake, and Auburn's Carolyn Ansari and Ariana Arseneault.

Ansari saved two match points late last night in her 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) win over Wake Forest's Casie Wooten indoors. Today she saved three match points in the second set and went on to beat No. 5 seed Alexa Noel of Miami 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3.

The round of 16 matchups:

Fiona Crawley(North Carolina)[1] v Amelia Rajecki(NC State)
Carolyn Ansari(Auburn) v Carol Lee(Georgia Tech)[9]
Lea Ma(Georgia)[3] v Angelica Blake(Stanford)
Chloe Beck(Duke)[6] v Layne Sleeth(Oklahoma)

Ayana Akli(South Carolina)[9] v Carly Briggs(Florida)
Madison Sieg(Southern Cal)[9] v Dasha Vidmanova[4](Georgia)
Fangran Tian(UCLA)[9] v Alexandra Yepifanova(Stanford)
Ariana Arseneault(Auburn) v Kari Miller(Michigan)

The men who earned All-American status today are freshman Michael Zheng(Columbia), Pedro Rodenas(Duke) and Alex Bernard(Ohio State), Andrew Fenty(Michigan), Micah Braswell(Texas), James Trotter(Ohio State), Andre Ilagan(Hawaii) Axel Nefve(Florida), and Murphy Cassone(Arizona State).

Bernard prevailed in one of four all-freshmen second round matches, but it wasn't the way he would have wanted. Samir Banerjee of Stanford went down midway through the third set and had to retire in one of the late matches that was played entirely indoors, with Bernard taking it 3-6, 6-4, 3-1 ret.

Zheng defeated Gavin Young of Michigan 6-3, 3-6, 6-0; Rodenas beat Sebastian Dominko(Notre Dame)[9] 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and Nishesh Basavareddy(Stanford) defeated Ozan Baris(Michigan State) 6-1, 6-4 in the other three all-freshman matches.

The men's round of 16 matchups:
Eliot Spizzirri(Texas)[1] v Pedro Rodenas(Duke)
Ondrej Styler(Michigan)[8] v Michael Zheng(Columbia)
Arthur Fery(Stanford)[3] v Liam Draxl(Kentucky)[9]
Micah Braswell(Texas) v Murphy Cassone(Ohio State)

Chris Rodesch(Virginia)[9] v Axel Nefve(Florida)
Andre Ilagan(Hawaii) v Alexander Bernard(Ohio State)
James Trotter(Ohio State) v Andrew Fenty(Michigan)
Nishesh Basavareddy(Stanford)[9] v Ethan Quinn(Georgia)[2]

As I mentioned today on twitter, that last match is between the two freshman who won the ITA Fall majors. Basavareddy, 18, claimed the National Fall Championships, while redshirt Quinn, 19, took the title at the All-American Championships. 

The first round of doubles for men was cancelled at 8 p.m.;  several women's doubles matches have already been completed, and they will continue indoors tonight.

Live scoring, results and the day's schedule can be found here. Playsight cameras for individual courts are available here, with a free registration necessary to view.  Cracked Racquets will continue their coverage of the individual championships at their YouTube Channel.

Last week was another notable one for Americans on the ITF Junior Circuit with seven singles titles and five doubles titles.

In Bolivia, top seed Katie Rolls earned her second J100 title this month, beating No. 7 seed Natalia Trigosso of Bolivia 6-3, 6-0 in the final. She did not lose a set in her five victories.

At the J100 in the Dominican Republic, weather appeared to be the winner in both singles finals, with the boys match between No. 1 seed Andrew Delgado and No. 5 seed Rafael Botran Neutze of Guatemala abandoned with Botran Neutze leading 6-3, 1-3. Both received runnerup points. 

Easter Bowl 16s champion Claire An, the No. 3 seed, won the girls title via walkover from Aspen Schuman. 

Delgado and Cesar Cruz of El Salvador won the doubles title, with the top seeds defeating No. 2 seeds Rohan Belday and Botran Neutze 7-6(1), 6-1.

Three titles came from the J60 in Nicaragua, with Maya Dutta sweeping the girls titles. Dutta, the No. 1 seed, won her second straight J60 title in Nicaragua, defeating unseeded Elicia Lin of Canada 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Dutta and partner Aida Oviedo took the doubles title, with the No. 1 seeds getting a retirement/walkover from unseeded Sofia Mills and Catherine Walker. 

Fifteen-year-old Benjamin Willwerth earned the boys title, his second of the year, with the No. 3 seed defeating No. 4 seed Lev Seidman 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-2 in an all-US final.

The US boys continued their success this month at J60s in Spain, with two more all-American finals, the same as last week.

This time it was 14-year-old Jack Kennedy earning his first ITF Junior Circuit singles title, with the No. 4 seed beating unseeded Jack Secord 7-5, 6-2. Secord had taken out Keaton Hance, who defeated Kennedy in last week's final, in the semifinals. Kennedy and Hance repeated as doubles champions, once again beating Secord and Ford McCollum in the final, this time by a 7-6(5), 6-3 score.

At the J30 in the US Virgin Islands, 13-year-old Chukwumelije Clarke, seeded No. 3,  defeated No. 5 seed Sia Cariov 6-3, 6-3 in an all-US final. It's the first ITF Junior Circuit title for Clarke.

Jonah Chernett also won his first ITF Junior Circuit title, taking the boys singles championship with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Graeme Angus in yet another all-US final. 

Unseeded Connor Plunkett and Maxim Zlobinsky won the boys doubles title, beating No. 3 seeds Enzo Crevelaro and Vinicius Giolo Magrin of Brazil 5-7, 6-3, 10-0 in the final. 

At the J30 in Canada, Logan Tomovski won his first title on the ITF Junior Circuit in doubles, with partner Vladimir Anatol Grintescu of Romania. The No. 4 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Jerry Han of Canada and Volodymyr Gurenko of Ukraine 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.

The first round of singles was completed today at the ITF J500 Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan Italy, with three more Americas earning victories: qualifiers Ariana Pursoo and Maxwell Exsted and Tyra Grant, who received a special exemption into the main draw after winning the J300 in Santa Croce last week. That makes a total of six US boys and eight US girls in the second round. 

Live scoring for the tournament is available through Tennis Ticker

The first round of qualifying is complete at Roland Garros, with seven Americans reaching the second round: Emilio Nava, Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, Taylor Townsend, Ashlyn Krueger, Elli Mandlik, Kayla Day and Sachia Vickery.  

Wednesday's schedule is here.


Colin said...

In concept I love the idea of having all the NCAA tournament stuff at the National Campus. In practice, the Florida rain is never going to make this easy. My kid played World Team Tennis juniors the last two summers, which were relocated from San Diego to Lake Nona during the pandemic, and rain was a daily disruption (forced the final day's competition to start at 7am). If they're going to keep this event here they're going to need to build a lot more padding into their scheduling.