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Friday, February 16, 2018

My Recap of USTA 18s Level 2 in Orlando; Baird, Noel Win Doubles Titles at G1 in Paraguay; First Round Underway at ITA Men's Division I Team Indoor;

As I mentioned earlier this week, I spent Sunday and Monday at the USTA National Level 2 tournament in Lake Nona Florida and my coverage of the titles by 16-year-olds Briana Crowley and Ron Hohmann is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network. These 3-day tournaments squeeze a lot of tennis--five best of three singles matches for the semifinalists and finalists, plus doubles--into a short period of time, but at least for this age group, the players seemed able to handle the workload.

Both Drew Baird and Hailey Baptiste lost in the singles semifinals of the Grade 1 Asuncion Bowl today in Paraguay.  Baptiste, the No. 4 seed, lost to top seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), while Baird, also seeded No. 4, was beaten by No. 5 seed Filip Jianu of Romania 6-4, 6-4.  Baird did pick up a title however, in doubles.  He and Nicolas Mejia of Colombia, the No. 1 seeds, defeated the No. 4 seeds Igor Gimenez and Joao Reis da Silva of Brazil 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The top seeds in the girls doubles, Alexa Noel and her partner Ana Markatsaria of Georgia, defeated No. 2 seeds Kacie Harvey and Vanessa Ong 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

The opening day of competition at the ITA Men's Division I Team Indoor Championships has yet to produce an upset, or any compelling match really, with No. 2 seed Ohio State, No. 3 seed North Carolina and No. 6 seed Texas A&M blanking Duke, Notre Dame and Florida respectively.  No. 4 Georgia beat Columbia 4-1 and The only close matches were No. 7 UCLA's 4-2 win over No. 10 Illinois and No. 5 Stanford's 4-2 win over No. 12 Baylor.

Because it could be after midnight when results of the last two matches (No. 1 Wake Forest v No. 16 Washington and No. 8 USC v No. 9 Oklahoma State) are known, I won't wait for them before posting, but I will add those results to this post Saturday morning.

For a preview of the tournament, which includes a UTR for each of the players, see College Tennis Today.

ITA Men’s Team Indoor
First Round, February 16

No. 2 Ohio State 4, No. 15 Duke 0

No. 1: Mikael Torpegaard/Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Nick Stachowiak/Sean Sculley (DUKE) 6-3 No. 2: JJ Wolf/John McNally (OSU) vs. Nicolas Alvarez/Catalin Mateas (DUKE) 4-5, unfinished No. 3: Hunter Tubert/Matt Mendez (OSU) def. Jason Lapidus/Ryan Dickerson (DUKE) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1

No. 1: Mikael Torpegaard (OSU) vs. Nico Alvarez (UGA) 2-6, 6-2, unfinished
No. 2: JJ Wolf (OSU) def. Catalin Mateas (DUKE) 6-2, 5-5, unfinished
No. 3: John McNally (OSU) vs. Nick Stachowiak (DUKE) 3-6, 6-2, 1-2, unfinished
No. 4: Tim Seibert (OSU) def. Sean Sculley (DUKE) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5: Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Ryan Dickerson (DUKE) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6: Martin Joyce (OSU) def. Robert Levine (DUKE) 6-3, 6-4

Order of finish: 5, 6, 4

No. 7 UCLA 4, No. 10 Illinois 2

No. 1: Martin Redlicki/Evan Zhu (UCLA) def. Aron Hiltzik/Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-3
No. 2: Austin Rapp/Keegan Smith (UCLA) vs. Zeke Clark/Aleks Kovecevic (ILL) 5-4, unfinished No. 3: Maxime Cressy/Bryce Pereira (UCLA) def. Alex Brown/Caleb Chakravarhti (ILL) 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3

No. 1: Martin Redlicki (UCLA) def. Aleks Vukic (ILL) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2: Aron Hiltzik (ILL) def. Evan Zhu (UCLA) 6-3, 7-5
No. 3: Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Alex Brown (ILL) 7-6 (8), 6-3
No. 4: Zeke Clark (ILL) def. Logan Staggs (UCLA) 6-2, 6-4
No. 5: Maxime Cressy (UCLA) vs. Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-6, unfinished
No. 6: Connor Hance (UCLA) def. Caleb Chakrvarthi (ILL) 6-3, 7-5

Order of finish: 4, 3, 6, 2, 1

No. 6 Texas A&M 4, No. 11 Florida 0

1. Patrick Kypson/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. McClain Kessler/Duarte Vale (UF) 7-5
2. Alfredo Perez/Oliver Crawford (UF) def. Juan Carlos Aguilar/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) 6-4
3. Valentin Vacherot/Barnaby Smith (TAMU) def. Johannes Ingildsen/Chase Perez-Blanco (UF) 6-2

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1. Patrick Kypson (TAMU) def. #9 Alfredo Perez (UF) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. #7 Johannes Ingildsen (UF) 7-6(4), 6-4
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #43 Duarte Vale (UF) 6-2, 6-1
4. Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. Oliver Crawford (UF) 7-6(4), 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
5. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) vs. Andy Andrade (UF) 5-7, 6-5, unfinished
6. Barnaby Smith (TAMU) vs. McClain Kessler (UF) 6-1, 4-6, 4-2, unfinished

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

No. 3 North Carolina 4,  No. 14 Notre Dame 0

1. No. 11 William Blumberg/Robert Kelly (UNC) def. Brendon Kempin/Tristan McCormick (ND) 6-1
2. Benjamin Sigouin/Anu Kodali (UNC) def. Alex Lebedev/William Howells (ND) 7-5
3. Richard Ciamarra/Matt Gamble (ND) def. Mac Kiger/Simon Soendergaard (UNC) 6-3

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. No. 4 William Blumberg (UNC) def. No. 28 Alex Lebedev (ND) 7-5, 6-0
2. No. 57 Benjamin Sigouin (UNC) def. No. 118 Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 6-2, 6-1
3. Tristan McCormick (ND) vs. No. 81 Robert Kelly (UNC) 3-6, 4-3, unfinished
4. No. 124 Simon Soendergaard (UNC) def. Richard Ciamarra (ND) 6-4, 6-1
5. Matt Gamble (ND) vs. Josh Peck (UNC) 3-6, 5-4, unfinished
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) vs. Bo Boyden (UNC) 1-6, 2-4, unfinished

Order of finish: 2, 1, 4

No. 4 Georgia 4, No. 13 Columbia 1

1. Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Victor Pham/Jackie Tang (COL), 7-6(6)
2. Walker Duncan/Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) def. Jack Lin/William Matheson (COL), 6-2
3. Adam Ambrozy/Michael Rolski (COL) def. Alex Diaz/Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia), 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Wayne Montgomery (Georgia) vs. Victor Pham (COL), 4-6, 5-5, unfinished
2. Jackie Tang (COL) def. Emil Reinberg (Georgia), 6-2, 7-5
3. Nathan Ponwith (Georgia) vs. Jack Lin (COL), 5-7, 3-4, unfinished
4. Jan Zielinski (Georgia) def. Adam Ambrozy (COL), 7-5, 6-4
5. Walker Duncan (Georgia) def. Alex Keyser (COL), 6-4, 6-3
6. Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia) def. Tim Wang (COL), 6-2, 6-3

Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 4

No. 5 Stanford 4, No. 12 Baylor 2

1. Johannes Schretter/Will Little (Baylor) def. Michael Genender/Sameer Kumar (Stanford), 6-4
2. Tom Fawcett/Axel Geller (Stanford) def. Bjoern Petersen/Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor), 6-3
3. David Wilczynski/Timothy Sah (Stanford) def. Matias Soto/Roy Smith (Baylor) 7-6(6)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

1. Tom Fawcett (Stanford) def. Bjoern Petersen (Baylor), 6-2, 6-1
2. Axel Geller (Stanford ) def. Johannes Schretter (Baylor), 6-4, 6-3
3. Matias Soto (Baylor) def.  Sameer Kumar (Stanford) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
4. Eric Fomba (Stanford) def. Will Little (Baylor) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Roy Smith (Baylor) def.  David Wilczynski (Stanford) 6-2, 6-4
6. William Genesen (Stanford) vs. Constantin Frantzen (Baylor) 4-6, 6-6, unfinished

Order of finish: 1, 5, 2, 3, 4

No. 1 Wake Forest 4, No. 16 Washington 0

1. Enzo Sommer/Kawika Lam (UW) def. Christian Seraphim/Ian Dempster (WF), 6-4
2. Borna Gojo/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. Jake Douglas/Jack Davis (UW), 6-4
3. Petros Chrysochos/Bar Botzer (WF) def. Piers Foley/Mitch Stewart (UW), 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Borna Gojo (WF) vs. #48 Jake Douglas (UW), 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
2. Petros Chrysochos (WF) vs. Mitch Stewart (UW), 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
3. Skander Mansouri (WF) vs. Enzo Sommer (UW), 6-4, 5-3, unfinished
4. Bar Botzer (WF) def. Amit Batta (UW), 6-3, 6-1
5. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Piers Foley (UW), 6-4, 6-1
6. Julian Zlobinsky (WF) def. Seb Hawken (UW), 6-4, 6-2

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4


No. 8 USC 4, No. 9 Oklahoma State 1

1. Julian Cash/Luke Hammond (OKST) def. Brandon Holt/Riley Smith (USC), 6-2
2. Jack Jaede/Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Artur Dubinski/Eleftherios Theodorou (OKST), 6-2
3. Daniel Cukierman/Tanner Smith (USC) def. Jurence Mendoza/Mathieu Scaglia (OKST), 6-1

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Brandon Holt (USC) def. #88 Julian Cash (OKST), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
2. Daniel Cukierman (USC) vs. #94 Artur Dubinski (OKST), 5-7, 6-4, 5-1,  unfinished
3. Tristan Meraut (OKST) def. #119 Logan Smith (USC), 6-1, 6-4
4. Jack Jaede (USC) def. #55 Mathieu Scaglia (OKST), 6-4, 6-4
5. Laurens Verboven (USC) def. Jurence Mendoza (OKST), 7-6(6), 6-3
6. Jake DeVine (USC) vs. #125 Luke Hammond (OKST) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 3-4, unfinished

Order of finish: 3, 4, 5, 1

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baird and Baptiste Reach Semifinals at ITF Grade 1 in Paraguay; Daavettila Named Most Outstanding Player at Team Indoor; Bellis and Tiafoe Through to Quarterfinals

This week's ITF Grade 1 in Paraguay is the start three consecutive tournaments, which culminates in the Porto Alegre Grade A in Brazil. Several of the US juniors who are playing in this South American swing did not play in the previous Grade 1 events in Central and South America: Drew Baird, who played Australia instead, Katie Volynets, who hadn't played in 2018 until this week, Hailey Baptiste, who played just one Pro Circuit tournament last month and Charlotte Owensby, who played only the Coffee Bowl back in early January.

All four have had good weeks at the Asuncion Bowl this week, with the 14-year-old Owensby, a qualifier, and 16-year-old Volynets reaching the quarterfinals before losing today. Owensby lost to Ana Geller of Argentina 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 and Volynets, the No. 9 seed, was beaten by top seed Maria Osorio Serrano of Colombia 6-3, 7-6(4).  Osorio Serrano won the Grade 1 in Costa Rica and the Grade 1 in Colombia back-to-back late last month.  The fourth-seeded Baptiste, who struggled in the second half of 2017, last made a Grade 1 semifinal at last February's Banana Bowl. She defeated No. 7 seed Loudmilla Bencheikh of France 6-4, 7-5 in today's quarterfinals and will face Osorio Serrano in Friday's semifinal.  Alexa Noel, the No. 2 seed, lost to unseeded Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the third round.

Baird, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 7 seed Taisei Ichikawa of Japan 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to set up a semifinal meeting with No. 5 seed Filip Jianu of Romania. Baird has also reached the doubles final, with Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.  At least one of the girls doubles champions will be from the United States, with Noel and Ana Makatsaria of Georgia, the No. 1 seeds, facing No. 2 seeds Kacie Harvey and Vanessa Ong.

The ITA announced the All-Tournament team for the Women's Division I Team Indoor, with champion North Carolina's Sara Daavettila named the Most Outstanding Player.  The All-Tournament team is below, with details on each player's results available in the ITA release.

No. 1 singles: Ashley Lahey, Pepperdine
No. 2 singles: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
No. 3 singles: Christina Rosca, Vanderbilt
No. 4 singles: Alexa Graham, North Carolina
No. 5 singles: Meible Chi, Duke
No. 6 singles: Amanda Meyer, Vanderbilt

No. 1 doubles: Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, North Carolina
No. 2 doubles: Mariana Gould and Katarina Jokic, Georgia
No. 3 doubles: Christina Rosca and Amanda Meyer, Vanderbilt

Most Outstanding Player: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina

Two young Americans earned professional milestones today, with CiCi Bellis getting her first WTA Top 5 win and Frances Tiafoe reaching his first ATP quarterfinal.  Bellis, a qualifier, defeated No. 5 seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 7-6(4), 6-3 to advance the the quarterfinals at Doha's WTA Premier 5 event, where she will face No. 2 seed Simona Halep of Romania. For more on the Bellis upset, see the WTA website.

Tiafoe downed Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in the second round of the ATP 250 New York Open to reach an ATP quarterfinal for the first time. The 20-year-old will face top seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who just squeezed by qualifier Ernesto Escobedo 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5). 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

North Carolina Women Move to No. 1 in ITA Rankings; Men's D-I Team Indoor Draw Released; Bellis Defeats Keys in Doha

The new ITA women's team rankings reflect the results of the recently completed Team Indoor Championships, with winner North Carolina taking over the top spot and finalist Pepperdine moving to No. 2.  Florida dropped all the way from 3 to 18, while Wake Forest moved from 21 to 11.

ITA Women's Division I Top 10 Feb 14 (previous ranking in parentheses):
1. North Carolina (5)
2. Pepperdine (6)
3. Vanderbilt (2)
4. Duke (9)
5. Georgia (4)
6. Stanford (1)
7. Georgia Tech (7)
8. Texas Tech (8)
9. Ole Miss (15)
10. UCLA (13)

There were no new ITA individual rankings this week, and the with the Men's Team Indoor Championships beginning Friday, men's team rankings were not released, but the seeds reflect the rankings, particularly with all the top men's teams playing.

The men's Team Indoor seeds:

1. Wake Forest
2. Ohio State
3. North Carolina
4. Georgia
5. Stanford
6. Texas A&M
8. USC
9. Oklahoma State
10. Illinois
11. Florida
12. Baylor
13. Columbia
14. Notre Dame
15. Duke
16. Washington (host)

The pairings and times for Friday's first round:

9 a.m. (Pacific)
Ohio State[2] v Duke[15]
UCLA [7] v Illinois [10]

North Carolina[3] v Notre Dame[14]
Texas A&M[6] v Florida[11]

3:30 p.m.
Georgia[4] v Columbia[13]
Stanford[5] v Baylor[12]

6:30 p.m.
Wake Forest [1] v Washington[16]
USC[8] v Oklahoma State[9]

The USTA weekly rankings were also released today, with Ohio State holding on to its top spot in the men's rankings.

USTA Men's Top 10 rankings Feb. 14 (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Ohio State (1)
2. North Carolina (2)
3. Wake Forest (3)
T4. Georgia (4)
T4. Stanford (5)
6. Texas A&M (6)
7. USC (7)
8. UCLA (8)
9. Illinois (9)
10. Oklahoma State (10)

The USTA women's rankings also changed based on the results from the Team Indoor.

USTA Women's Top 10 rankings Feb. 14:

1. North Carolina (3)
2. Pepperdine (4)
3. Vanderbilt (1)
4. Georgia (2)
5. Duke (8)
6. Stanford (5)
7. Texas Tech (6)
8. Georgia Tech (7)
9. Wake Forest (T12)
10. Mississippi (T12)

At the WTA event in Doha, a couple of young qualifiers picked up big victories in the second round.  Nineteen-year-old Anna Blinkova of Russia beat No. 11 seed Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-3, and 18-year-old CiCi Bellis beat No. 12 seed Madison Keys 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.  Blinkova will play No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia of France in the round of 16 Thursday, with Bellis taking on No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.  Comments from Bellis can be found in this recap of today's action from the WTA.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Korda, Auger-Aliassime Fall in ATP Debuts; Surprise $25K Qualifying Complete; Texas A&M's Kypson Apologizes for Conduct at Ohio State

Sebastian Korda made his ATP debut last night at the New York Open, the indoor tournament that moved to Long Island this year from Memphis. The 17-year-old Australian boys champion took the first set from from Frances Tiafoe, but couldn't manage another one, falling 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Noah Rubin, who like Korda, received a wild card into the New York Open, lost to top seed Kei Nishikori tonight 7-5, 6-3.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, also 17, made his ATP debut today at the ATP event in Rotterdam, and he came even closer to a victory, but fell to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Auger-Aliassime, who has already won two Challenger titles and is currently ranked 168, was injured early this year and unable to play the Australian Open qualifying. He did take the doubles title at the Budapest Challenger last week with fellow 17-year-old Nicola Kuhn of Spain.

There is no men's event on the USTA Pro Circuit this week, but the women are back at a $25,000 tournament in Surprise Arizona.  Qualifying was completed today, with Sabrina Santamaria, Maria Mateas, Robin Anderson and Salma Ewing the Americans advancing to the main draw.  Mateas will play Claire Liu in the first round on Wednesday. Wild cards went to Ann Li, Ashley Kratzer, Lauren Marker and Francesca Di Lorenzo. Di Lorenzo and Kratzer, the USTA 18s champion, have drawn each other in the first round.  Evgeniya Rodina of Russia is the top seed.

Last Friday night in Columbus, the Ohio State men's tennis team defeated Texas A&M 4-3. A tight match between two of the best teams in the country normally would be talked about for a day or two, but on Saturday, the discussion centered on the behavior of freshman Patrick Kypson, who spit in his hand before shaking hands with opponent JJ Wolf after the match.  (Since I have been in Florida, several comments have been posted here by those who heard about Kypson actions). Kypson did not play against Texas Tech, but until today, the reason for that was conjecture.  Tonight, Texas A&M released the following statements from head coach Steve Denton and Kypson:

College Station, Texas –Texas A&M freshman Patrick Kypson was suspended for Sunday’s match against Texas Tech for his actions at the conclusion of Friday’s match against Ohio State. The Texas A&M coaching staff reached out to the Ohio State staff following the match and Kypson issued apologies to JJ Wolf and the Ohio State team.

Statement from Patrick Kypson, Texas A&M freshman:
“I want to apologize for my actions in my recent match against Ohio State Friday night. What I did was completely unacceptable. I would like to apologize to JJ, the entire Ohio State faculty and staff, my teammates at A&M, the entire A&M program as a whole, and my family. Again, my actions were inexcusable and I will learn from this mistake to become a better player and a better person.

Statement from Steve Denton, Texas A&M men's tennis head coach:

“Sportsmanship and respect are pillars of the sport of tennis and Texas A&M, and Patrick Kypson’s actions at the conclusion of his match at Ohio State were counter to that. He has been appropriately disciplined for his behavior. Patrick’s not only remorseful for what he did, but is acting on that to show that he learned a valuable lesson. We will support him in that effort. We have addressed his actions with him and with our friends at Ohio State.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

North Carolina Beats Pepperdine to Claim ITA Division I Women's Team Indoor; Hohmann and Crowley Capture Titles at USTA Level 2 in Lake Nona

North Carolina's past two appearances in the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships had ended in losses, but today the Tar Heels claimed the title, beating Pepperdine 4-2.

None of the North Carolina players on court today had been on the 2015 team that won the title over Georgia, so they had some motivation to avoid a third strike.  North Carolina never trailed in the match, taking the doubles point, but Pepperdine tied it with freshman Evgeniya Levashova, who was ranked as high as 12 in the ITF junior rankings, beating Makenna Jones at No. 3.  Jones, who had played at line 2 in the first round and quarterfinals, switched with Sara Daavettila in the semifinals and today, and Jesse Aney, who went on to clinch the match, switched positions with Alexa Graham, who was at line 5 in the first two rounds.  Jones was the only player in the switch that did not get a win; Pepperdine got its two victories from Ashley Lahey at line 1 and Levashova.

North Carolina will undoubtedly move to No. 1 in this week's rankings, and will become the favorite to win the NCAAs in May, but the many close matches during this tournament suggest another exciting conference season to come.  And with injuries always looming as a disruption to a team's momentum and improvement throughout the season, it's best to enjoy the title before looking ahead.

For more on North Carolina's victory, see the ITA recap and the North Carolina recap.

No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 4 Pepperdine 2


1. #27 Ashley Lahey (Pepp) def. #6 Alle Sanford (UNC) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
2. #52 Sara Daavettila (UNC) def.. #20 Mayar Sherif Ahmed (Pepp) 7-5, 6-2
3. Evgeniya Levashova (Pepp) def. #10 Makenna Jones (UNC) 6-0, 6-2
4. #78 Alexa Graham (UNC) def. #75 Laure Gulbe (Pepp) 6-4, 6-3
5.#21 Jessie Aney (UNC) def. #82 Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
6. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Adrijana Lekaj (Pepp) 0-6, 7-6 (5), 2-3, unfinished

Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 5


1. #30 Aney/Graham (UNC) def. #5 Lahey/Sherif Ahmed (Pepp) 7-5
2. Levashova/Milovanovic (Pepp) def. #20 Daavettila/Sanford (UNC) 6-2
3. Marika Akkerman/Jones (UNC) def. Lekaj/Gulbe (Pepp) 6-2

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1


I again spent the day at the USTA's Lake Nona National Campus for the finals of the USTA 18s Level 2 tournament.  I will have a complete recap, with comments from all four singles finalists, for the Tennis Recruiting Network on Friday.

In the boys final, No.8 seed Ron Hohmann defeated No. 3 seed Henry Cacciatore 6-2, 6-4 and in the girls final, No. 3 seed Briana Crowley defeated No. 4 seed Alana Wolfberg 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

Top seeds Robert Cash and JJ Mercer won the boys doubles title, beating Juan Bianchi and Tyler Stice 6-4 in the final.  Unseeded Ruth Marsh and Ava Hrastar won the girls doubles title, beating top seeds Clarissa and Christina Hand 6-3 in the final.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

North Carolina and Pepperdine Reach Women's Team Indoor Finals; Top Seeds Fall at 18s USTA Level 2; US Fed Cup Team Moves into Semifinals; Jung Wins San Francisco Challenger

When No. 3 seed North Carolina and No. 4 seed Pepperdine meet Monday for the ITA Women's Division I Team Indoor Championship, all the experience will be with the Tar Heels, who have now reached the title match for a fourth consecutive year.  Pepperdine will be playing in its first Indoor final, but they proved oblivious to pressure in today's semifinal, taking down top seed Vanderbilt 4-3 after dropping the doubles point.  Playing without Luisa Stefani, who was listed as their No. 1 for this event but didn't play, Pepperdine was forced to move everyone up a spot. And it was Ashley Lahey, playing at No. 1, who clinched the match for the Waves, beating Vanderbilt veteran Astra Sharma 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1 in the last match on court.

North Carolina had earned a 4-1 victory over ACC rival Duke, and given how close that match was, despite the score, I would imagine they will have several more battles ahead of them in conference, and possibly, NCAA, play later this year.

The final is scheduled for 11 a.m. Central Time on Monday, with live scoring and live streaming available through links at the ITA tournament home page.

Feb 11, 2018
ITA Women's Team Indoor Semifinals

No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 7 Duke 1

No. 1: Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (DUKE) 6-4
No. 2: Alle Sanford/Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) 6-4
No. 3: Marika Akkerman/Makenna Jones (UNC) vs. Hannah Zhao/Meible Chi (DUKE) 5-4, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1

No. 1: Alle Sanford (UNC) vs. Samantha Harris (DUKE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-6, unfinished
No. 2: Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3: Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Kelly Chen (DUKE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) 7-6 (3), 6-1
No. 5: Meible Chi (DUKE) def. Jessie Aney (UNC) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6: Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Hannah Zhao (DUKE) 3-6, 7-6 (2), 4-3, unfinished

Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 3
No. 4 Pepperdine 4, No. 1 Vanderbilt 3

No. 1: Ashley Lahey/Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) def. Astra Sharma/Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 7-5
No. 2: Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VANDY) def. Evgeniya Levashova/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 7-6(1)
No. 3: Christina Rosca/Amanda Meyer (VANDY) def. Adrijana Lekaj/Laure Gulbe (PEPP) 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

No. 1: Ashley Lahey (PEPP) def. Astra Sharma (VANDY) 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-1
No. 2: Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) def. Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 7-5, 6-0
No. 3: Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Evgeniya Levashova (PEPP) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Laure Gulbe (PEPP) def. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-0, 6-3
No. 5: Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. Summer Dvorak (VANDY) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 6: Amanda Meyer (VANDY) def. Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) 6-2, 7-6(3)

Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 5, 1

I spent the day at the USTA's Lake Nona Campus, watching the National Level 2 18s event.  Both No. 1 seeds lost in Sunday's action, with boys top seed Noah Schachter losing to No. 8 seed Ronald Hohmann 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and girls top seed Anika Yarlagadda falling to No. 4 seed Alana Wolfberg 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals. 

Hohmann, the 2017 Eddie Herr 16s champion, then defeated No. 4 seed Matthew Segura 6-4, 6-2 to reach Sunday's final.  Segura is a tricky opponent, not least because he serves right-handed, but hits his forehand left-handed.  Hohmann will face No. 3 seed Henry Cacciatore in the final, with Cacciatore needing just one win to advance.  He defeated Daniel Gale 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, but received a walkover into the final when No. 2 seed JJ Mercer was too ill to play his afternoon singles match.

Wolfberg's opponent in the girls final is No. 3 seed Briana Crowley, who put an end to the run of unseeded Kylie Collins 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals.  Crowley had also survived in three sets in the quarterfinals, beating No. 8 seed Carly Briggs 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, while Wolfberg defeated No. 6 seed Sophie Hatton 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3.

As an aside, I ran into Rhyne Williams at the site. The former University of Tennessee star, who last played a tournament back in May of 2017, told me he has retired, with his back injury costing him the mobility that he needs to compete on the tour.  Williams, now 26, was at the tournament as a coach of a junior player, and said he is currently helping out coach Bill Heiser, Sr., who has moved to the Tampa area. 

The US Fed Cup team got their third point in singles today from Venus Williams, meaning the fourth singles match and the doubles match were not necessary. Williams defeated Richel Hogenkamp7-5, 6-1but the doubles match was played, with Venus and Serena Williams losing to the Netherlands' Demi Schuurs and Lesley Kerkhove 6-2, 6-3.  The US now advances to a semifinal tie with France after they beat Belgium 3-2.   That tie, which will be played in France, is in April. For more, see usta.com.

At the $100,000 ATP Challenger in San Francisco, two unseeded former collegians battled in the final, with Taiwan's Jason Jung(Michigan) defeating Germany's Dominik Koepfer(Tulane) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5). It's the 28-year-old Jung's third career Challenger title, and he beat No. 2 seed Mackenzie McDonald and No. 6 seed Noah Rubin en route to the final.

The doubles title went to El Salvador's Marcelo Arevalo(Tulsa) and Venezuela's Roberto Maytin(Baylor), with the No. 4 seeds beating Great Britain's Luke Bambridge and Joe Salisbury(Memphis) 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Duke Joins Pepperdine, Vanderbilt and North Carolina in Women's D-1 Team Indoor Semifinals; ITF Junior Titles for Grishuk, Broadus and Chaphalkar; USA Takes 2-0 Lead in Fed Cup

I'm in Florida for the next several days, and I'll be covering the USTA Level 2 18s event at Lake Nona Sunday and Monday, with a complete recap for the Tennis Recruiting Network scheduled for late next week.
In the meantime, I'll try to keep up with what's going on elsewhere, including Madison, Wisconsin, where the ITA Women's Division I Team Indoor Championships are winding down.

After all eight seeds advanced to today's quarterfinals, just one higher seed lost, with No. 2 Georgia going out to No. 7 Duke 4-3, with freshman Kelly Chen clinching for the Blue Devils at line 3. 

Duke will face North Carolina, a 4-1 winner over Texas Tech, and top seed Vanderbilt will play No. 4 seed Pepperdine.  Vanderbilt blanked Florida, still playing without Brooke Austin, 4-0 and Pepperdine got past Georgia Tech 4-2.

February 10
Women's D-1 quarterfinals

No. 7 Duke 4, No. 2 Georgia 3

No. 1: Elena Christofi/Morgan Coppoc (UGA) vs. Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (DUKE) 5-5 unfinished
No. 2: Mariana Gould/Katarina Jokic (UGA) vs. Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) 6-3
No. 3: Annette Goulak/Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) vs. Meible Chi/Hannah Zhao (DUKE) 6-2

Order of Finish: 3, 2

No. 1: Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. Samantha Harris (DUKE) 7-6(2), 6-1 No. 2: Kaitlyn McCarthy (DUKE) def. Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) 6-2, 6-2 No. 3: Kelly Chen (DUKE) def. Marta Gonzalez (UGA) 6-4, 7-6(1)
No. 4: Ellyse Hamlin (DUKE) def. Elena Christofi (UGA) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5: Meible Chi (DUKE) def. Morgan Coppoc (UGA) 6-4, 7-5
No. 6: Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Hannah Zhao (DUKE) 6-1, 7-5

Order of Finish: 4, 2, 6, 1, 5, 3

No. 3 North Carolina 4, No. 6 Texas Tech 1
No. 1: Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Sabrina Federici/Sarah Dvorak (TTU) 6-4
No. 2: Alle Sanford/Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Gabriela Talaba/Felicity Maltby (TTU) 6-4
No. 3: Alex Valenstein/Lana Rush (TTU) def. Marika Akkerman/Makenna Jones (UNC) 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

No. 1: Gabriela Talaba (TTU) def. Alle Sanford (UNC) 6-3, 6-4
No. 2: Makenna Jones (UNC) vs. Felicity Maltby (TTU) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
No. 3: Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Sabrina Federici (TTU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Jessie Aney (UNC) def. Alex Valenstein (TTU) 7-5, 6-3
No. 5: Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Sarah Dvorak (TTU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6: Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) vs. Lana Rush (TTU) 6-7 (3), 5-3

Order of Finish: 5, 1, 4, 3

No. 4 Pepperdine 4, No. 5 Georgia Tech 2

No. 1: Ashley Lahey/Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) def. Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT) 6-4
No. 2: Evgeniya Levashova/Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) def. Ida Jarlskog/Johnnise Renaud (GT) 7-6 (8)
No. 3: Victoria Flores/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Adrijana Lekaj/Laure Gulbe (PEPP) 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

No. 1: Ashley Lahey (PEPP) def. Paige Hourigan (GT) 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-2
No. 2: Mayar Sherif Ahmed (PEPP) def. Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3: Ida Jarlskog (GT) vs. Laure Gulbe (PEPP) 2-6, 6-4, 5-4 unfinished
No. 4: Evgeniya Levashova (PEPP) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5: Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Dzina Milovanovic (PEPP) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6: Kenya Jones (GT) def. Adrijana Lekaj (PEPP) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2, 6, 1


No. 1 Vanderbilt 4, No. 8 Florida 0

No. 1: Astra Sharma/Fernanda Contreras (VAN) def. Anna Danilina/Victoria Emma (FLA) 6-4
No. 2: Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VAN) def. McCartney Kessler/Josie Kuhlman (FLA) 6-4
No. 3: Amanda Meyer/Christina Rosca (VAN) vs. Peggy Porter/Katie Kubicz (FLA) 5-5, unfinished

Order of Finish: 1, 2

No. 1: Astra Sharma (VAN) vs. Anna Danilina (FLA) 7-5, 6-7 (3), unfinished
No. 2: Fernanda Contreras (VAN) def. Josie Kuhlman (FLA) 6-4, 7-5
No. 3: Christina Rosca (VAN) def. McCartney Kessler (FLA) 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4: Emma Kurtz (VAN) vs. Victoria Emma (FLA) 6-7 (3), 5-4, unfinished
No. 5: Summer Dvorak (VAN) vs. Peggy Porter (FLA) 6-1, 5-7, 2-0, unfinished
No. 6: Amanda Meyer (VAN) def. Katie Kubicz (FLA) 6-4, 6-4

Order of Finish: 6, 3, 2

Three US girls collected ITF Junior Circuit titles this week, in New Zealand, Nepal and Mexico. 

Fifteen-year-old Skyler Grishuk won the Grade 3 in New Zealand, her second career ITF singles title, with her first, a Grade 4 last year, also coming in New Zealand.  Grishuk, the No. 3 seed, defeated top seed Valentina Ivanov of New Zealand 7-6(3), 6-3 in the final.

Thirteen-year-old Rutuja Chaphalkar, playing in her first ITF tournament at a Grade 5 in Nepal, took the title with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1) win over No. 7 seed Yiming Dang of China. Chaphalkar was of course unseeded, although she only needed to win one match to qualify for the event.

In Mexico, 15-year-old Savannah Broadus won the Grade 4, beating 14-year-old Elaine Chervinsky in an all-American final 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.  It's the third ITF singles title for Broadus, who won a Grade 4 and a Grade 5 in the United States last fall. Chervinsky did collect a title, winning the doubles with Madison Sieg.  The unseeded team beat No. 6 seeds Iulia Ilinca of Romania and Aleksa Marquez of Peru 6-2, 6-2 in the final.

The US women began their defense of the Fed Cup today in Asheville North Carolina against the Netherlands.  Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe won their two singles matches over Arantxa Rus and Richel Hogenkamp for a 2-0 lead, with just one point needed from the two singles matches on Sunday. 

For more on the day's action, see this article from usta.com.

Friday, February 9, 2018

My Interview with Jamie Loeb; All Eight Seeds Advance to Quarterfinals at ITA Women's D-I Team Indoor Championships; Ohio State Men Post 4-3 Win Over Texas A&M

Last week at the Dow Tennis Classic in Midland, Michigan, I had an opportunity to speak with former North Carolina star Jamie Loeb for this Tennis Recruiting Network article. The 2015 NCAA champion, who is now beginning her third full year on the WTA Tour, reached the final of that $100,000 tournament and moved her WTA ranking to a career-high of 132. She spoke candidly about her results in 2017, the financial challenges of toiling outside the Top 100, her continued connection to UNC, and what she hopes to accomplish in 2018.

The ITA Women's Division I Team Indoor round one is complete, with all eight seeds advancing to the quarterfinals.  Although most of the matches were tight, with five of them ending at 4-2, none came down to the last match on.

Below are the box scores from all eight matches.  Bobby Knight has a link to all the lineups and the UTR numbers for all those competing at College Tennis Today.

Saturday's quarterfinals:

Noon (Central time):
Georgia[2] v Duke[7]
North Carolina[3] v Texas Tech[6]

3:30 p.m.:

Pepperdine[4] v Georgia Tech[5]
Vanderbilt[1] v Florida[3]

Febuary 9, 2018
First Round

No. 2 Georgia 4, Texas 2

No. 1: Elena Christofi/Morgan Coppoc (UGA) def. Anna Turati/Fernanda Labrana (UT) 7-5
No. 2: Mariana Gould/Katarina Jokic (UGA) def. Bianca Turati/Marta Perez-Mur (UT) 6-1
No. 3: Bojana Markovic/Petra Granic (UT) def. Kennedy Shaffer/Annette Goulak (UGA) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

No. 1: Bianca Turati (UT) vs. Katarina Jokic (UGA) 6-3, 5-7, 0-1, unfinished
No. 2: Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. Anna Turati (UT) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3: Petra Granic (UT) def. Marta Gonzalez (UGA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4: Bojana Markovic (UT) def. Elena Christofi (UGA) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5: Morgan Coppoc (UGA) def. Fernanda Labrana (UT) 6-3, 6-1
No. 6: Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Marta Perez-Mur (UT) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 4, 2


No. 7 Duke 4, South Carolina 0

No. 1: Samantha Harris/Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Silvia Chinellato/Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) 7-6(3)
No. 2: Kaitlyn McCarthy/Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Hadley Berg/Paige Cline (SC) 6-2
No. 3: Meible Chi/Hannah Zhao (Duke) vs. Megan Davies/Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) 6-6 unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

No. 1: Samantha Harris (Duke) vs. Mia Horvit (SC) 5-7, 6-6 unfinished
No. 2: Kaitlyn McCarthy (Duke) vs. Hadley Berg (SC) 6-4, 3-6, 3-4 unfinished
No. 3: Kelly Chen (Duke) def. Ingrid Gamarra Martins (SC) 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
No. 4: Ellyse Hamlin (Duke) def. Silvia Chinellato (SC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5: Meible Chi (Duke) def. Megan Davies (SC) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6: Hannah Zhao (Duke) vs. Rachel Rohrabacher (SC) 5-7, 6-3, 5-4 unfinished
Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3


No. 3 North Carolina 4, Ole Miss 2

No. 1: Arianne Hartono/Alexa Bortles (MISS) def. Jessie Aney/Alexa Graham (UNC) 6-3
No. 2: Alle Sanford/Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Natalie Suk/Sabina Machalova (MISS) 6-1
No. 3: Makenna Jones/Marika Akkerman (UNC) def. Tea Jandric/Tereza Janatova (MISS) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

No. 1: Alle Sanford (UNC) vs. Arianne Hartono (MISS) 6-3, 2-6, 4-4, unfinished
No. 2: Makenna Jones (UNC) def. Natalie Suk (MISS) 6-2, 6-1
No. 3: Sara Daavettila (UNC) def. Sabina Machalova (MISS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
No. 4: Tea Jandric (MISS) def. Jessie Aney (UNC) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5: Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Alexa Bortles (MISS) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6: Anna Vrbenska (MISS) def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (UNC) 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 6, 4, 3

No. 6 Texas Tech 4, UCLA 2

No. 1: Sabrina Federici/Sarah Dvorak (TTU) def. Terri Fleming/Jada Hart (UCLA) 7-6 (6)
No. 2: Gabriela Talaba/Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. Gabby Andrews/Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) 6-1 No. 3: Alaina Miller/Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. Alex Valenstein/Lana Rush (TTU) 7-6 (2)
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
No. 1: Ena Shibahara (UCLA) def. Gabriela Talaba (TTU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2: Felicity Maltby (TTU) def. Jada Hart (UCLA) 7-5, 6-2
No. 3: Terri Fleming (UCLA) vs. Sabrina Federici (TTU) 7-5, 2-6, 3-2 unfinished
No. 4: Alex Valenstein (TTU) def. Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) 7-6 (2), 6-4
No. 5: Sarah Dvorak (TTU) def. Abi Altick (UCLA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 6: Alaina Miller (UCLA) def. Lana Rush (TTU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6, 5, 4

No. 5 Georgia Tech 4, Michigan 2

No. 1: Kate Fahey/Alex Najarian (MICH) vs. Paige Hourigan/Kenya Jones (GT) 5-3, unfinished
No. 2: Johnnise Renaud/Ida Jarlskog (GT) def. Kara Hall/Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH) 6-1
No. 3: Victoria Flores/Nami Otsuka (GT) def. Lera Patiuk/Chiara Lommer (MICH) 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3

No. 1: Paige Hourigan (GT) vs. Kate Fahey (MICH) 5-7, 6-2, 3-2, unfinished
No. 2: Chiara Lommer (MICH) def. Johnnise Renaud (GT) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3: Ida Jarlskog (GT) def. Brienne Minor (MICH) 7-6 (6), 6-4
No. 4: Mira Ruder-Hook (MICH) def. Victoria Flores (GT) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5: Nami Otsuka (GT) vs. Alex Najarian (MICH) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
No. 6: Kenya Jones (GT) def. Bella Lorenzini (MICH) 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 4, 3, 5

No. 4 Pepperdine 4, Auburn 2

No. 1: Ashley Lahey/Mayar Sherif Ahmed (Pepp) def. Alizee Michaud/Jaeda Daniel (Aub) 7-6 (4)
No. 2: Taylor Russo/Madeline Meredith (Aub) def. Evgeniya Levashova/Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp) 6-3
No. 3: Adrijana Lekaj/Laure Gulbe (Pepp) def. Georgie Axon/Alannah Griffin (Aub) 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

No. 1: Ashley Lahey (Pepp) vs. Jaeda Daniel (Aub) 7-5, 3-6, 2-5 unfinished
No. 2: Mayar Sherif Ahmed (Pepp) def. Taylor Russo (Aub) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3: Alizee Michaud (Aub) def. Laure Gulbe (Pepp) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4: Evgeniya Levashova (Pepp) def. Madeline Meredith (Aub) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
No. 5: Andie Dikosavljevic (Aub) def. Dzina Milovanovic (Pepp) 7-6 (5), 7-5
No. 6: Adrijana Lekaj (Pepp) def. Georgie Axon (Aub) 7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 4, 6

No. 8 Florida 5, Wisconsin 0

No. 1: Anna Danilina/Victoria Emma (FLA) def. Kelsey Grambeau/Maryann Rompf (WISC) 6-4
No. 2: Josie Kuhlman/McCartney Kessler (FLA) def. Melissa Pick/Alexis Keberle (WISC) 6-1
No. 3: Peggy Porter/Katie Kubicz (FLA) vs. Christina Zordani/Michelle Linden (WISC) 4-5, unfinished
Order of Finish: 2, 1

No. 1: Anna Danilina (FLA) vs. Alexis Keberle (WISC) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
No. 2: Josie Kuhlman (FLA) vs. Maryann Rompf (WISC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Victoria Emma (FLA) vs. Kelsey Grambeau (WISC) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4: McCartney Kessler (FLA) vs. Melissa Pick (WISC) 6-1, 6-2
No. 5: Peggy Porter (FLA) vs. Michelle Linden (WISC) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6: Katie Kubicz (FLA) vs. Christina Zordani (WISC) 7-6 (1), 2-0, unfinished
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 3, 4

No. 1 Vanderbilt 4, Wake Forest 0

No. 1: Astra Sharma/Fernanda Contreras (VAN) def. Eliza Omirou/Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-2
No. 2: Chandler Carter/Emma Davis (WF) def. Emma Kurtz/Emily Smith (VAN) 6-2
No. 3: Christina Rosca/Amanda Meyer (VAN) def. Mary Caroline Meredith/Alexis Franco (WF) 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

No. 1: Astra Sharma (VAN) vs. Emma Davis (WF) 6-4, 4-0, unfinished
No. 2: Fernanda Contreras (VAN) vs. Eliza Omirou (WF) 1-6, 5-2, unfinished
No. 3: Christina Rosca (VAN) def. Chandler Carter (WF) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: Emma Kurtz (VAN) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (WF) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5: Summer Dvorak (VAN) vs. Joanna Zalewski (WF) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
No. 6: Amanda Meyer (VAN) vs. Mary Caroline Meredith (WF) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6

There was a Top 10 men's match this evening, with No. 2 Ohio State hosting No. 6 Texas A&M in Columbus.  The match came down to No. 2 singles, with Ohio State's Mikhael Torpegaard defeating Arthur Rinderknech 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-2 in front of a very loud Buckeye crowd.  No. 1 singles was a rematch of last year's Kalamazoo 18s final, but this time JJ Wolf got the victory over Patrick Kypson 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.  The complete recap is at the Ohio State website.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Welcoming New Sponsor West Coast Tennis Tours; Fields Announced for Second Challenger in Oracle Series

Last month a new sponsor joined Zootennis.com: West Coast Tennis Tours.  The ad to the left links to the website of the venture, which has come together under the direction of West Nott, the former associate head coach of the University of Southern California's women's team.  Nott is planning an extensive summer circuit for junior and college players who want to compete during the summer, but are looking for  more guidance and structure than they might receive if they are left to put together their own schedule.  Bullet points on the tour are below:
  • May 15-August 12, 2018 
  • Matches all summer long going towards UTR 
  • 13 events, 50+ matches, singles, doubles, mixed 
  • Perfect for junior players who are in high school 
  • Perfect for college players who want to train/compete during summer 
  • San Diego to Seattle 
  • Road trip of a lifetime 
  • Coaching + college recruiting guidance from coaching team 
  • Smaller packages 2-3 weeks for sale: California Swing, Oregon Swing, Pacific Northwest Swing, Championship Swing

In addition to the West Coast tour, Nott is offering a trip to the NCAA Division I team championships at Wake Forest this May, via http://collegetennistours.com/.  Attending an NCAA team tournament should be on every junior player's bucket list; there is nothing more exciting and pressure-packed in the sport of tennis than an NCAA team championship.
  • May 17-22, 2018 
  • NCAA Team Championships hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC 
  • Ultimate college viewing experience for all junior players aged 13-18 
  • Watch the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four matches for NCAA Team Championships in men's and women's tennis 
  • College recruiting seminar and guidance 
  • 4-star hotel accomodations 
  • Tennis specific fitness in the mornings before matches 
  • Tickets included 
  • Free airport transfers daily from Charlotte, NC 
  • 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, plus flexible packages for sale

Nott recently talked with Lisa Stone of ParentingAces.com about these two tours on her weekly podcast, which can be found here.  Contact information for the tours and Nott can be found at the two websites or at ParentingAces.com.

The fields for the second of two Oracle Challenger events were released today, with men's Newport Beach champion Taylor Fritz receiving main draw entry and women's Newport Beach champion Danielle Collins an alternate for the Indian Wells event, which begins February 24.  Both Fritz and Collins lead the competition that promises a main draw BNP Paribas Open wild card to the American man and woman who accumulate the most ATP/WTA points in the two events. 

No. 51 Naomi Osaka of Japan is the top-ranked woman in the draw, with Fritz, at 83, the top-ranked man overall.  

In addition to Fritz, American men in the draw of the $150K Challenger include Bjorn Fratangelo, Stefan Kozlov, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek. American women in the main draw are Jennifer Brady, Varvara Lepchenko, Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend, Sonya Kenin and Sachia Vickery.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Redlicki, Turati No. 1 in Latest ITA D-I Singles Rankings; Vanderbilt Women Take Over Team Top Spot; Women's Team Indoor Draw Revealed; Osuigwe Featured on Trans World Sport

The ITA released its first individual Division I rankings since November, with Martin Redlicki of UCLA continuing to hold the men's top spot, while Bianca Turati of Texas has moved to No. 1 in the women's singles rankings.  Aswin Lizen of Virginia and Guy Iradukunda of Florida State made substantial jumps with their results early this dual match season.

The men's singles Top 10, with November 15 ranking in parentheses:
1. Martin Redlicki, UCLA (1)
2. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State (3)
3. Alex Knight, Michigan (9)
4. William Blumberg, North Carolina (2)
5. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State (5)
6. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest (4)
7. Johannes Ingildsen, Florida (7)
8. Guy Iradukunda, Florida State (22)
9. Alfredo Perez, Florida (8)
10. Aswin Lizen, Virginia (40)

The men's doubles Top 5:
1. Petros Chrysochos and Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest (4)
2. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida (1)
3. Chema Carranza and Josef Dodridge, Wisconsin (9)
4. Rodrigo Banzer and Leonardo Telles, Texas (5)
5. Duarte Vale and McClain Kessler, Florida (10)

The women's singles Top 10, with November 15 ranking in parentheses:

1. Bianca Turati, Texas (10)
2. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas (1)
3. Andrea Lazaro, Florida International (3)
4. Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov, Florida Atlantic (2)
5. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt (4)
6. Alle Sanford, North Carolina (9)
7. Anna Danilina, Florida (8)
8. Katarina Jokic, Georgia (12)
9. Samantha Harris, Duke (7)
10. Makenna Jones, North Carolina (11)

The women's doubles Top 5:
1. Erin Larner and Maddie Lipp, Northwestern (4)
2. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke (2)
3. Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech (5)
4. Jada Hart and Ena Shibahara, UCLA (7)
5. Samantha Harris and Kelly Chen, Duke (1)

With the ITA Women's Team Indoor Championships beginning Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, there are no ITA rankings released this week, but from the seedings announced yesterday, the rankings are obvious.  Previously ranked third, Florida, who lost 4-1 to Florida State on Saturday, barely managed a seed, coming in at No. 8, and that due to Stanford not participating in the Team Indoor.  Florida's Brooke Austin has not played in any of Florida's three dual matches this season. Vanderbilt is the No. 1 seed in Madison after beating Baylor and Stanford last weekend.  The USTA's rankings, which is a weekly poll of college tennis experts (I do not participate), were released today.

USTA women’s Top 10, with previous week's ranking in parentheses:

1. Vanderbilt (2)
2. Georgia (4)
3. North Carolina (5)
4. Pepperdine (6)
5. Stanford (1)
6. Texas Tech (7)
7. Georgia Tech (8)
8. Duke (9)
9. Florida (3)
10.UCLA (14)

Seeding for ITA Women’s Team Indoor:
1. Vanderbilt
2. Georgia
3. North Carolina
4. Pepperdine
5. Georgia Tech
6. Texas Tech
7. Duke
8. Florida

The first round matches Friday at the Women's Team Indoor:

9:00 a.m.:
No. 2 Georgia v Texas
No. 7 Duke v South Carolina

No. 3 North Carolina v Ole Miss
No. 6 Texas Tech v UCLA

3:30 p.m.:
No. 4 Pepperdine v Auburn
No. 5 Georgia Tech v Michigan

6:30 p.m.:
No. 1 Vanderbilt v Wake Forest
No. 8 Florida v Wisconsin

The men's Team Indoor is next weekend in Seattle, so both set of rankings are below.  Stanford, who picked up wins over USC and UCLA over the weekend has jumped ahead of both Pac-12 rivals to No. 5.

1. Wake Forest (1)
2. Ohio State (2)
3. North Carolina (3)
4. Georgia(4)
5. Stanford (10)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. UCLA (6)
8. USC (5)
9. Oklahoma State (11)
10.Illinois (12)

1. Ohio State (1)
2. North Carolina (2)
3. Wake Forest (3)
4. Georgia (4)
5. Stanford (10)
6. Texas A&M (7)
7. USC (5)
8. UCLA (6)
9. Illinois (12)
10.Oklahoma State (11)

During the Eddie Herr back in November, a film crew was following IMG Academy's Whitney Osuigwe, for a Trans World Sport feature.  Now available on YouTube, the eight-minute segment looks at the role Osguiwe's father, a coach at the Academy, has played in her rise to the top of junior tennis, and reveals Osuigwe's goals for her pro career.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ITF Junior Rule Changes for 2018

Every year around this time I read through the ITF Junior Rules and Regulations, and highlight some of the most interesting changes in a post.  For 2018, the ITF introduced a completely new point system and has eliminated lets for serves, which meant the ITF felt the need to communicate these changes in its own announcement late last year.

I wrote about the point restructuring last month in my Eight Intriguing Questions post for the Tennis Recruiting Network, and I'm no closer to understanding why the ITF has decided to provide more weight to the Junior Slams, the Youth Olympics and the ITF Masters than I was when I first heard about the change.  With the recent ITF announcement regarding its new Transition Tour, and its goal of providing a better pathway from the Junior Circuit to the Professional Circuit, I suppose the changes could be related to that, but the connection isn't obvious to me.  The ITF has settled on the Junior Top 100 as a meaningful ranking for transition purposes, and that number doesn't really have any direct correlation to performances and points earned in Grade As and Grade 1s.  More points for progressing to the later rounds of all levels of tournaments isn't necessarily a bad idea, but I still don't understand what problem this is solving.  One of the primary benefits of the ITF system was that it rarely changed, which frees coaches, players and families to concentrate on development, rather than constantly needing to reeducate themselves on a new system. 

The change in the points system will take effect after this year's Easter Bowl, with the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships the following week the first US tournament using the new point structure. Points earned up until then will be converted on April 2.  The ITF said they would produce shadow rankings for this first quarter of 2018, but I don't see any evidence of those; perhaps they are only revealed to those with an IPIN.

The no-lets of serves rule is unpopular with many; I personally don't find it worth arguing over, perhaps because I saw it for many years in men's college tennis. 

Maria Carle(ARG) receiving coaching advice at the 2017 US Open Junior Championships

The ITF also has formally endorsed coaching for the junior slams, the Youth Olympics, which is this fall, and the ITF Masters.  Last year at the US Open, juniors were able to consult with their designated coaches during changeovers. The ITF rules and regulations do not go into any detail on the restrictions on the coaching, other than to say: Other than at Grand Slams, the ITF Junior Masters and the Youth Olympic Games where alternative rules as approved by the ITF may be adopted, players shall not receive coaching during a match (including the warm-up).

It's possible that some junior slams may not approve the coaching, but coaching was allowed at the Australian Open Junior championships, as was, I believe, the serve clock, which gets no mention whatsoever in the ITF rules and regulations. 

Again, I have no issues personally with coaching, although I know that allowing it is controversial, and for some, its prohibition is part of the essence of tennis. I do think that junior tennis might be the right place for coaching, but of course, to only allow it at the highest levels of junior tennis suggests that its educational value is not foremost in the minds of the ITF.

The Rules and Regulations are not fun to read, but they do serve a useful purpose, particularly for those who are just beginning to play ITF Junior Circuit tournaments.  The ITF publishes requirements for tournaments, and those are an important source of information should questions arise on what a tournament is responsible for.  Is a trainer/physio required? A doctor?  When is a chair umpire required? What is the maximum stringing fee recommended? What practice courts are required?  What should be served for lunch at a tournament providing hospitality? The answers to all these questions can be found in the ITF Junior Circuit Organisational Requirements document posted on the website.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Texas A&M Tops Women's Recruiting Class Rankings; Hewitt Signs with IMG; Qualifying Complete at San Francisco Challenger

The Tennis Recruiting Network announced its 2018 women's recruiting class rankings today, with Texas A&M coming in at the top spot.  The Aggies have two blue chips, Jayci Goldsmith and Katya Townsend, signed for the fall, as well as top Canadian Brindtha Ramasamy.  Texas Tech is No. 2, followed by Columbia, Harvard and Stanford.  As I mentioned when the men's rankings were released last month, these rankings are the first of two, with the May version likely to include some rearranging as additional players sign for the fall of 2018. 

Dalayna Hewitt will not be appearing on any of these lists in the future with IMG announcing today that it has signed the 17-year-old from Ohio to a representation contract.  Hewitt, who reached the third round of the US Open Junior Championships last September and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open Junior Championships last month, is currently 32 in the ITF junior rankings, her career-high. The 6-foot-2 Hewitt has a powerful pro-style game, but she has not played much on the Pro Circuit, so I expect she'll compete in both top junior events and in low level pro events in the coming months.  I wonder if a qualifying wild card for next month's Miami Open, which is owned and operated by IMG, might be given to Hewitt.

The only pro tennis being played in the United States this week is at the $100,000 ATP Challenger in San Francisco.  The qualifying was completed today, with JC Aragone (Virginia) and Jared Hiltzik (Illinois) the Americans advancing to the main draw, along with former UCLA Bruin Karue Sell of Brazil.  Wild cards went to DJ Thomas, Christopher Eubanks (Georgia Tech), former Cal star Florian Lakat of France and Christian Garin of Chile.

Seeded Americans in the draw are Mackenzie McDonald[2], Michael Mmoh[3], Denis Kudla[4], Bradley Klahn[5] and Noah Rubin[6].  Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan is the top seed.

I neglected to mention the final results of the $15,000 Palm Coast Florida Futures last week, with unseeded 20-year-old Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands claiming his first singles title since 2015. Van Rijthoven defeated top seed Maxime Chazal of France 6-4, 6-4 in the championship match.  Former Cal stars Lakat and Filip Bergevi of Sweden, the No. 4 seeds, won the doubles title, beating top seeds Chazal and Fred Gil of Portugal 6-4, 6-1.

At the ATP 250 tournament in Sofia Bulgaria, Eddie Herr champion Adrian Andreev has received a wild card and will make his ATP main draw debut on Tuesday against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Brengle Wins Midland; McDonald Falls to Nishikori in Dallas; Kostyuk Claims $60K Title in Australia; Stanford Men Beat USC, UCLA in Dick Gould Challenge

No. 3 seed Madison Brengle continued her blitz through the $100,000 Dow Tennis Classic today, defeating unseeded Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-2 in 54 minutes.  Brengle, who lost only 16 games in her five victories this week, missed only 2 first serves in entire first set and made very few errors in the rest of her game.  Loeb wasn't sharp, and Brengle's defense has always been a problem for Loeb, who is now 0-4 against Brengle, but Brengle was mostly on another level all week.  Brengle collects $15,200 in prize money and 140 ranking points in her biggest professional victory, and her ranking, 90 at the start of the tournament, will move back into the 70s again.   Loeb earns $8,108 for her first appearance in a $100,000 event final and will move to a new career high of 132 with the addition of the 85 finalist's points.

2013 NCAA doubles champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria won their biggest title as a team, beating Jessica Pegula and Maria Sanchez 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 in the women's doubles final.  The 26-year-old Christian and the 24-year-old Santamaria, who dominated women's collegiate doubles while at USC, do not play doubles as most opponents or fans expect to see it played on the WTA tour, but they are great fun to watch, and the Midland crowd was very appreciative of the unpredictability they bring to the game.  Prior to today's win, Christian and Santamaria's best title came last October at the $80,000 Macon tournament.

The $125,000 Dallas Challenger ended late Saturday night, with top seed Kei Nishikori defeating Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-4.  Nishikori, who has taken wild cards into ATP Challengers the past two weeks as he returns from a wrist injury, took advantage of McDonald's errors early in the match, and although McDonald had four break point opportunities in the match, he failed to convert on any of them, with Nishikori getting the only break he needed in the second set. It was a great week for McDonald however, with the former UCLA Bruin now moving his ATP ranking into the Top 150 for the first time.  See the ATP website for more on the final.

Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine won the $60,000 ITF Women's Circuit tournament in Burnie Australia, continuing her outstanding play to start the year. The unseeded Kostyuk, who qualified for the main draw at the Australian Open and reached the third round, defeated top seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland 6-4, 6-3 in the final. She moves into the WTA Top 200 now, after starting the year at 523.

Vania King and Laura Robson won the doubles title, with the No. 3 seeds beating Japan's Momoko Kobori and Chihiro Muramatsu 7-6(3), 6-1 in the final.

The Stanford men were outside the Top 10 to start the season, but that's about to change after the Cardinal beat No. 5 USC 6-1 on Friday and No. 6 UCLA 4-3 this afternoon in Palo Alto.  The matches were part of the inaugural Dick Gould Stanford/SoCal Challenge, which honors the legendary Stanford men's coach.  In today's match with UCLA, Stanford took the doubles point and got wins from William Genesen at line 6, Axel Geller at line 2 and Sameer Kumar at line 3 to clinch the win. Martin Redlicki beat Tom Fawcett at line 1 for the only UCLA point before the clincher; Logan Staggs and Maxime Cressy won the final two points for UCLA at lines 4 and 5.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Price Wins Grade 1 in Ecuador; Loeb and Brengle Reach Midland $100K Final; Vanderbilt Women Blank No. 1 Stanford; US Men Beat Serbia in Davis Cup

Fourteen-year-old Gabby Price won her first ITF Grade 1 title today in Ecuador, beating No. 3 seed Maria Rivera Corado of Guatemala 7-6(5), 6-4.  After reaching the semifinals at last week's Grade 1 in Colombia, Price, the No. 9 seed, will enter the ITF Top 100 for the first time.  Emilio Nava, the No. 6 seed, fell in the boys singles final to No. 3 seed Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina 7-5, 6-3.

The finals are set at the $100,000 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland, and it will feature nothing but Americans.

No. 3 seed Madison Brengle , who has marched through the draw this week, handled top seed Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-4, 6-1 in the afternoon semifinal.  In the night match, unseeded Jamie Loeb defeated No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the biggest final of her pro career.  After Brady took the second set by breaking Loeb serving at 4-5 30-40, Brady appeared to have seized the momentum when she held to open the third set and then went up 0-40 in the the next game.  But Loeb fought back to hold, and they continued on serve until Loeb got the only break of the third set at 3-all.  Loeb went down 0-30 attempting to consolidate the break, and had to save a break point with a excellent first serve at 30-40, but she held for 5-3.  Brady won the next game quickly leaving Loeb to serve out the match. At 30-all Loeb's backhand just caught the far sideline to give her a match point, but she netted a backhand to give Brady new life.  A good first serve gave Loeb another match point and another excellent first serve ended the considerable suspense.  Loeb and Brengle have played three times, with Brengle winning all three matches, two of which were last year.

The doubles final will feature 2013 NCAA doubles champions Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria, who took out top seeds Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia and Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-4 in a very entertaining semifinal.  The former USC stars led 5-3 in the first set and served for the second set, but once they reached the third set tiebreaker, those missteps were put aside and they dominated play.

Christian and Santamaria will be across the net from another USC star in the final, when they take on Maria Sanchez and her partner, Jessica Pegula.  Sanchez and Pegula, the last team to receive entry into the draw, beat wild cards Sanaz Marand and Whitney Osuigwe 6-4, 1-6, 10-8 in the last match of the evening at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.

In Division I college tennis, the top-ranked Stanford women traveled to No. 2 Vanderbilt, and the home team made a statement, beating the Cardinal 7-0.  Stanford played without junior Melissa Lord, and three matches went to three sets, but it was still an impressive performance by the Commodores.  For more on the match, see this article from the Stanford website.

The United States Davis Cup team advanced to the 2018 quarterfinals with Steve Johnson and Ryan Harrison winning the doubles point to give the USA a 3-0 sweep of Serbia.  Johnson and Harrison defeated  Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. The US team will play the winner of the Belgium - Hungary tie, which is currently 2-1 in favor of Belgium.  For more on today's match, see this article from usta.com.

Friday, February 2, 2018

January Aces; Nava, Price Reach Ecuador Grade 1 Finals; Korda Awarded ATP New York Wild Card; Norrie Posts Huge Win in Davis Cup; Loeb, Brady to Meet in Dow $100K Semis

My review of January's top performances is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with 14 juniors and former collegians featured. Whether its a junior slam title or a first win on the Futures circuit, these achievements are a satisfying start to a new year.

The ITF Junior Circuit moved from Colombia to Ecuador this week, and two Americans have advanced to Saturday's final of the Grade 1 tournament.  Sixteen-year-old Emilio Nava, the No. 6 seed, will face No. 3 seed Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina for the boys title, and 14-year-old Gabby Price, the No. 9 seed, plays Maria Rivera Corado of Guatemala, the No. 3 seed, for the girls title.  Price, who reached the semifinals of last week's Grade 1 in Colombia, will be playing in her first Grade 1 final.  Nava reached the final of the Pan American Closed Grade B1 last fall.

Kacie Harvey and her partner from Ireland, Georgia Drummy, won the girls doubles title, with the top seeds beating No. 4 seeds Laura Rico Garcia and Antonia Samudio of Colombia 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

The New York Open, which is the ATP men's event replacing the Memphis tour stop, announced today that 17-year-old Sebastian Korda has been given a main draw wild card.  The Australian Open boys champion, whose ATP ranking is currently 846, will be making his ATP debut, having played only as high as the Challenger level previously.  The tournament, held on Long Island,  begins on February 11th.

The first round of Davis Cup has begun, with the United States taking a 2-0 lead on the road in Serbia.  Sam Querrey defeated Laslo Djere 6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5 to put the US up 1-0 and John Isner defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4) in the second rubber.  Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson could clinch the tie with a win in the doubles on Saturday.

Great Britain is taking on Spain in Spain in another World Group tie, without Andy Murray or Kyle Edmund, although Edmund is with the team.  Liam Broady lost the opening rubber to Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(6) and when former TCU star Cameron Norrie went down two sets to none to ATP No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut it looked as if Great Britain would head to the doubles down 2-0.  But after falling behind a break in the third set, Norrie rallied to earn an improbable 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first five-set match of his career.  Norrie, who left TCU last spring after his junior year, is currently 114 in the ATP rankings.  Former University of Virginia star Dominic Inglot will be playing doubles for Great Britain Saturday, with Jamie Murray. For more on Norrie's win, see this article from the BBC.

At the $100,000 Dow Tennis Classic in Midland, No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady and unseeded Jamie Loeb have advanced to the semifinals with wins today.  Brady got past Bianca Andreescu of Canada 6-4, 7-5, while Loeb easily won the 2015 NCAA singles final rematch with Canada's Carol Zhao 6-2, 6-0.   Brady, who also was in the NCAA field in 2015, losing in the third round to Danielle Collins, came up with two great backhands with Andreescu serving at 5-6 30-30 to secure the victory.  Loeb faced only two break points against Zhao and played at a level above what she had shown in her first and second round victories.  Loeb and Brady will play Saturday for a place in the final.  In the top half, No. 1 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania beat Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 and will face the winner of tonight's match between No. 3 seed Madison Brengle and No. 8 seed Evgeniya Rodina of Russia.

Live streaming for the tournament is available here.

Top seed Kei Nishikori is through to the final of the $125,000 ATP Challenger in Dallas, beating former Michigan star Jason Jung of Taiwan 6-4, 6-4 this afternoon.  Nishikori will face either Denis Kudla or Mackenzie McDonald, who play later this evening.  The free live stream is available here.