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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Styler Takes Down Top Seed Spizzirri to Make D-I Final Four; Freshman Sieg Reaches Singles and Doubles Semifinals; Williams, Quevedo and Ngounoue Advance to ITF J500 Milan Quarterfinals; Day and Mandlik Qualify at Roland Garros

The quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I singles produced only one three-set match, so the drama was limited Thursday, but the upsets were not, with top seed Eliot Spizzirri of Texas and No. 3 seed Arthur Fery of Stanford eliminated.

Spizzirri, who had lost only one match this year, to Rafa Izquierdo Luque of NC State, suffered loss No. 2 to Michigan's Ondrej Styler, the No. 8 seed, by a 6-4, 6-3 score. Styler will face Arizona State sophomore Murphy Cassone, who avenged his straight-sets Pac-12 conference loss to Fery with a 7-6(5), 7-5 victory today.

Georgia redshirt freshman Ethan Quinn, the No. 2 seed, defeated Michigan's Andrew Fenty 6-2, 6-4 to book his place in the semifinals, where he'll face the NCAA team tournament's Most Outstanding Player Chris Rodesch of Virginia. Rodesch, a 9-16 seed, defeated Ohio State freshman Alexander Bernard 6-3, 6-4.

An unseeded finalist in the women's singles championship was guaranteed after Amelia Rajecki of North Carolina State defeated Georgia Tech's Carol Lee, a 9-16 seed, 6-4, 6-3. Rajecki will play unseeded Layne Sleeth of Oklahoma, who kept her court time under three hours today in a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over unseeded Angelica Blake of Stanford. 

University of Southern California's Madison Sieg won the only three-setter of the day, defeating Ayana Akli of South Carolina, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, and she will be looking for revenge in the semifinals against fellow freshman Fangran Tian of UCLA. Tian, who defeated Michigan's Kari Miller 6-4, 6-2, has beaten Sieg both times the Pac-12 rivals have played: a 6-3, 1-0, retired decision in March and by a 6-4, 6-3 score in April. 

Sieg is the only player left who is still in contention for two titles, after she and Eryn Cayetano advanced to the doubles semifinals with a 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 win over Akli and Sarah Hamner. The USC pair will take on the only seeded team left in women's doubles, No. 8 Reese Brantmeier and Elizabeth Scotty of North Carolina, who beat No. 2 seeds Miller and Jaedan Brown of Michigan 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 10-8. Scotty won the 2021 NCAA doubles title with Makenna Jones.

Another Tar Heels team reached the semifinals, with Fiona Crawley and Carson Tanguilig defeating Alicia Dudeney and Bente Spee of Florida 6-1, 6-2. They will face Virginia's Melanie Collard and Julia Adams, who beat Illinois's Katherine Duong and Megan Heuser 6-1, 6-3.

With men's doubles cancelled Tuesday due to rain, today was the makeup day, with both the round of 16 and quarterfinals on the schedule. The weather cooperated, allowing all matches to be played outdoors for the first time this week, and when the 12 men's doubles matches were completed, only one seeded team remained.  That team is No. 3 Texas, with Cleeve Harper still in the hunt for his second consecutive NCAA doubles title, this time with Spizzirri. They defeated Natan Rodrigues and Fabien Salle of Louisville 6-2, 6-7(0) 10-4 in the quarterfinals. They will face Georgia Tech's Andres Martin and Marcus McDaniel, who beat Fenty and Gavin Young of Michigan, No. 5-8 seeds, 6-2, 6-3.

The bottom half semifinal will feature two unseeded teams: Pepperdine's Daniel De Jonge and Tim Zeitvogel and Ohio State's Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter.  De Jonge and Zeitvogel beat NC State's Izquierdo Luque and Joseph Wayand 6-3, 6-2, while Lutschaunig and Trotter squeaked past the last team to get into the draw, Hunter Heck and Karlis Ozolins of Illinois, 6-2, 6-7(0), 10-8.  

All the quarterfinalists mentioned above have earned All-American status, if they hadn't already earned that status by being seeded.

The women's singles semifinals are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday and the men's semifinals are not before 11:30 a.m. The women's doubles are not before 1 p.m. and men's doubles not before 2:30. Cracked Racquets will provide coverage via their YouTube Channel. Live scoring and results are here, and individual courts are available at Playsight.

Three Americans have advanced to Friday's quarterfinals at the ITF J500 Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan Italy.  No. 12 seed Cooper Williams, playing his first junior event since the Australian Open  in January, defeated No. 8 seed Adriano Dzhenev of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-2 in today's third round and will face No. 3 seed Branko Djuric of Serbia. Unseeded Darwin Blanch lost to No. 5 seed Juan Carlos Prado Angelo of Bolivia 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. 

No. 8 seed Kaitlin Quevedo defeated unseeded Hannah Klugman of Great Britain 6-3, 6-2 and will play unseeded Iva Ivanova of Bulgaria. Ivanova had beaten top seed Sara Saito of Japan in the second round. No. 2 seed Clervie Ngounoue defeated Italian wild card Vittoria Paganetti 6-3, 6-3 and will take on No. 10 seed Ena Koike of Japan in the quarterfinals. 

Live scoring is available at Tennis Ticker

The draws were released today for Roland Garros with 16 American women and 15 American men receiving direct entry. Two more American women reached the main draw today, with Kayla Day and Elli Mandlik winning their final round qualifying matches.  Day won a three-hour and nine-minute nail-biter over Elina Avanesyan of Russia 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7) to reach her first slam main draw since the 2017 Australian Open. Mandlik made the Australian Open main draw this year as a lucky loser, but in her next slam she cleared that final hurdle, beating Laura Pigossi of Brazil 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. 

The remaining four Americans in qualifying play for a place in the main draw Friday: Emilio Nava, Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, Taylor Townsend and Ashlyn Kreuger.  The order of play is here.

Teenagers Jerry Shang of China and Mirra Andreeva of Russia both won their final round qualifying matches today; Brenda Fruhvirtova plays for a place in the main draw Friday, as does fellow Czech teen Sara Bejlek.