Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
ITA Regional Championships Complete; Neel, Collins, Bektas, Mueller Qualify in Macon $50K, Day Advances to Second Round
The ITA Division I Regional Championships wrapped up today, after two long weekends of action across the country. The results of all 12 Regional singles finals are below. All 12 men's and women's regional champions have earned entry into the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships next week in New York. Click on the winner's school to see the athletic website reporting on the match (if available).
ATLANTIC: Marie Faure(5) William and Mary def. Derya Turhan(5), Marshall 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)
CENTRAL: Lily Miyazaki(5), Oklahoma def. Carla Tur Mari(9), Oklahoma State 6-3, 6-3.
SOUTHERN: Alizee Michaud(4), Auburn def. Andie Dikosavlijevic(1), Auburn, 6-2, 6-4.
MOUNTAIN: Claudia Herrero Garcia(6), Nevada def. Sheila Morales(17), Nevada 6-0, 7-5.
SOUTHWEST: Ashley Lahey(6), Pepperdine def. Zoe Katz(12), USC 6-2, 6-3.
TEXAS: Blair Shankle(2), Baylor def. Neda Koprcina(9), Texas 6-1, 6-0
OHIO VALLEY: Aidila Sutjiadi(2), Kentucky def. Sydney Campbell(1), Vanderbilt 6-2, 7-6(6)
CAROLINA: Sara Daavettila(1), North Carolina def. Jessie Aney(3), North Carolina 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
SOUTHEAST: Eleni Christofi(9), Georgia def. Josie Kuhlman(9), Florida 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(4)
MIDWEST: Kate Fahey(3), Michigan def. Alex Najarian(13), Michigan 6-2, 6-2
NORTHEAST: Valeria Salazar(5), Syracuse def. Jessica Livianu(3), St. John's 6-2, 6-3
The other automatic bids for women:
Hayley Carter, North Carolina, (All-American semifinalist)
Astra Sharma, Vanderbilt, (All-American semifinalist)
Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State, (All-American champion)
Ena Shibahara, UCLA, (All-American finalist, Oracle Masters champion)
Sinead Lohan, Miami, (All-American consolation winner)
Camille Gbaguidi, Savannah College of Art and Design, (Oracle Cup [small college] champion
|Gage Brymer, photograph courtesy YourGameFace.com|
NORTHWEST: Andre Goransson(1), Cal def. Filip Bergevi(5), Cal 6-4, 7-6(3)
SOUTHERN: Nuno Borges(5), Mississippi State def. Constantin Schmitz(5), Tulane 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
CAROLINA: Skander Mansouri(1), Wake Forest def. Gabriel Friedrich(4) South Carolina 6-4, 6-4
ATLANTIC: JC Aragone(2), Virginia def. Jacob Dunbar(6), Richmond 6-1, 6-4
MOUNTAIN: Jacob Amilon(3), UNLV def. Kai Wehnelt(9), Utah State 6-4, 6-3
SOUTHWEST: Gage Brymer(2), UCLA def. Thibault Forget(4), USC 6-1, 7-6(3)
TEXAS: Arthur Rinderknech(1), Texas A&M def. Jolan Cailleau(2), Texas Tech 6-1, 7-5
CENTRAL: Jose Salazar(3), Arkansas def. Matic Spec, Minnesota 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
MIDWEST: Strong Kirchheimer(2), Northwestern def. Kevin Wong(14), Michigan 6-3, 6-0
OHIO VALLEY: Ryan Peniston(5), Memphis def. Trey Yates(13), Kentucky 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
SOUTHEASTERN: Guy Iradukunda, Florida State def. Wayne Montgomery(1), Georgia 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
NORTHEAST: Chris Vrabel(17), Cornell def. Josh Pompan(9), Penn 6-4, 6-4
The other automatic bids for the men:
Florian Lakat, Cal (All-American quarterfinalist)
Alfredo Perez, Florida (All-American quarterfinalist)
Chris Eubanks, Georgia Tech, (All-American quarterfinalist)
Tom Fawcett, Stanford, (All-American quarterfinalist)
Christian Sigsgaard, Texas, (All-American semifinalist)
Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State, (All-American semifinalist)
Hugo Di Feo, Ohio State, (All-American finalist)
Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest, (All-American champion)
Brandon Holt, USC, (All-American consolation winner)
Ryotaro Matsumura, Kentucky, Oracle Masters champion
Oliver Frank, Azusa Pacific, (Oracle Cup [small college] champion)
That leaves nine at-large and wild card spots yet to be filled.
Bobby Knight has more on the Regionals at College Tennis Today.
Qualifying was completed today at the $50,000 women's USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Macon, Georgia, with four Americans advancing to the main draw. Danielle Collins(2) defeated Yuliya Beygelzime of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6(5); Alexandra Mueller downed top qualifying seed Alyona Sotnikova of Ukraine 6-1, 6-2; Emina Bektas defeated former Michigan teammate Ronit Yurovsky 6-3, 7-5 and Ingrid Neel beat No. 4 seed Pia Konig of Austria 6-4, 6-2. Collins will play Robin Anderson, Mueller drew No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady, Bektas faces wild card Jessica Wacnik and Neel will play No. 3 seed Rebecca Peterson of Sweden. Yurovsky won the lucky loser lottery and will play Ellie Halbauer in Wednesday's first round action.
Six first round matches were played today in addition to the final round of qualifying. Top seed Samantha Crawford advanced and will play fellow US Open girls champion Kayla Day in the second round after Day defeated Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-3. 2015 NCAA champion Jamie Loeb(UNC) beat No. 5 seed Taylor Townsend 7-5, 6-2. Wild card Danielle Lao(USC) got past Kristie Ahn(Stanford) 6-4, 6-4 and No. 4 seed Grace Min defeated wild card Sabrina Santamaria(USC) 6-3, 6-3.
Live streaming at Macon, with Ken Thomas of radiotennis.com on the commentary, is available here.
Last night at the $50,000+H ITF Women's Circuit event in Mexico, Usue Arconada defeated No. 8 seed Laura Robson of Great Britain 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the second round. Qualifier Hanna Chang won her match over Anna Zaja of Germany and will play fellow teenager Katie Swan of Great Britain in the second round. Lauren Albanese and qualifier Nicole Coopersmith are the other Americans advancing to the second round.
Monday, October 24, 2016
USTA's Australian Open Wild Card Challenge Begins for Women This Week in Macon $50K; Grade 4 ITF in Atlanta Underway; Apisah Wins WTA Future Stars Competition
The USTA today announced the USTA Pro Circuit tournaments that will make up its Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, the annual competition for the wild card the USTA receives in return for providing one for Tennis Australia to use for the US Open.
The men's competition, in which the best two results from three $50,000 Challengers, measured by ATP points earned in the main draw, begins next week in Charlottesville Virginia, then moves to Knoxville Tennessee the following week and concludes the next week at the tournament in Champaign Illinois.
The women's competition is also made up of three events, all at the $50,000 level, with the only difference being that the women's competition begins this week in Macon Georgia. The other two tournaments are next week in Scottsdale Arizona and the following week in Waco Texas. Last year Noah Rubin won the men's Australian Open wild card with his title in Charlottesville, and Samantha Crawford won the women's wild card with her title in Scottsdale. Last year Scottsdale was the last of the three, but this year it has switched calendar weeks with Waco.
Crawford is the top seed this week in Macon, with wild cards going to Sabrina Santamaria, Danielle Lao, Jessica Wacnik and Alexa Guarachi, who now plays for Chile. Qualifying, which is three rounds to determine four qualifiers, finishes on Tuesday. Americans in the final round of qualifying are Alexandra Mueller, Danielle Collins, Ingrid Neel and former Michigan teammates Emina Bektas and Ronit Yurovsky, who play each other for a spot in the main draw.
The men's USTA Pro Circuit tournament this week is a $25,000 Futures in Burlingame California.
As he was last week, Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium is the top seed, with Sam Barry of Ireland the No. 2 seed. Berkeley Futures champion Marcos Giron is in the draw, as is Berkeley finalist Andre Goransson of Cal, who received a wild card for the second straight week. The other three wild cards went to Tom Fawcett of Stanford, and Billy Griffiths and Gunther Matta, both from Cal.
The ITF Grade 4 in Atlanta this week is the first of three lower-level ITF events in the US leading up to the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl. Grade 4s in South Carolina and Boca Raton follow in consecutive weeks. Although most of the Atlanta competitors are from the US, the No. 1 seeds are not, with Taiwan's Ray Ho and Ireland's Georgia Drummy at the top of the draws. The tournament's website is here.
A Future Stars competition is held conjunction with the WTA Finals in Singapore, with 16-and-under and 14-and-under champions in fields comprised of competitors from the Asia-Pacific region. This year's 16-and-under champion is Violet Apisah of Australia, who is the
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Potapova, Watanuki Win ITF Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup Titles; Bellis Beats Andreescu in $50K Final; Giron, Koepfer Claim Futures Titles; Ymers Capture Stockholm Doubles Crown
No. 2 seed Yosuke Watanuki of Japan and No. 1 seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia won singles titles Sunday at the ITF Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup in Japan. Watanuki avenged his recent US Open boys semifinal loss to top seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, coming back to post a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. The 18-year-old, who has won two Futures titles this year, both in Japan, adds a second Grade A title to his junior resume, having won the Grade A in Brazil this spring.
Potapova defeated No. 4 seed and defending champion Mai Hontama of Japan 6-2, 6-4 in the final, and with her title, the 15-year-old Wimbledon girls champion should reclaim her No. 1 spot in the ITF junior world rankings from Kayla Day when the new rankings come out on Monday.
Kecmanovic did take home a winner's trophy in doubles, with he and Ergi Kirkin of Turkey, the No. 2 seeds, beating top seeds Toru Horie and Yuta Shimizu of Japan 6-2, 4-6, 10-2. Potapova fell short of sweeping the titles in Osaka. The top-seeded team of Potapova and Emily Appleton of Great Britain lost to No. 4 seeds Yang Lee of Taiwan and Xiyu Wang of China 6-4, 7-5.
For more on the Osaka Mayor's Cup, see the ITF junior website.
Seventeen-year-old CiCi Bellis won her first event as a professional today and her first at the $50,000 level, defeating 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada 6-4, 6-2 in the final at Saguenay, Canada. Bellis, who has said improving her serve is a goal, has to be happy with her numbers in that part of the game today. She had seven aces, just two double faults and got 72.5% of her first serves in play. Andreescu, who had such a grueling semifinal win over Jennifer Brady on Saturday, managed to earn just one break point, which she converted early in the first set, but she couldn't pressure Bellis, who had a walkover on Saturday, after that.
Bellis will move up to around 102 in the WTA rankings with the title, meaning she is likely to receive direct entry into the main draw of the 2017 Australian Open.
At the $25,000 Futures in Berkeley, California, former UCLA Bruin Marcos Giron won his first Futures title since March of 2014, two months before he claimed the NCAA singles title. Giron, who had surgery on both hips this winter, defeated wild card Andre Goransson of Sweden 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4, the third straight match he had come back from dropping the first set. Goransson, a senior at Cal, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, but never got to a match point in that game or in the tiebreaker, although he was up 5-4 in tiebreaker before Giron won the last three points. At 4-4 in the third set, Giron saved a break point and then broke Goransson, who had never won more than one match in a Futures tournament until this week.
At the $25,000 Futures in Harlingen, Texas, unseeded Dominik Koepfer, the former Tulane star, won his first Futures singles title, defeating No. 6 seed Luke Bambridge of Great Britain 6-4, 6-4. Since completing his eligibility in May, the 22-year-old German had reached three Futures quarterfinals and one semifinal, all in the US, before this week.
The doubles title in Harlingen went to top seeds Evan King and Bambridge, who defeated juniors Evan Zhu and John McNally 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
Unseeded Sam Groth of Australia won the $50,000+H ATP Challenger in Las Vegas, defeating No. 4 seed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 in today's final. Top seeds Matt Reid of Australia and Brian Baker won the doubles title, beating unseeded Bjorn Fratangelo and Denis Kudla 6-1, 7-5.
At the ATP 250 in Stockholm, Sweden, Jack Sock fell to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the final 7-5, 6-1. Brothers Mikael and Elias Ymer, 18 and 20 years old continued their dream run at their home ATP event, winning the doubles title with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory over Michael Venus of New Zealand and Mate Pavic of Croatia.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Bellis and Andreescu Meet in Saguenay $50K All-Teen Final; Goransson and Giron Face Off for Berkeley Futures Title; Remaining DI ITA Regionals Heating Up
Seventeen-year-old CiCi Bellis and 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu have reached the final of the $50,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Saguenay, Canada by starkly different methods.
Top seed Bellis didn't have to play a point in advancing, with No. 4 seed Sachia Vickery giving her a walkover into the final. Andreescu, facing No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady, went two hours and 34 minutes before coming out with a 7-6(4), 3-6, 7-6(5) decision. With Andreescu serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, Brady saved four match points in a marathon game before finally breaking back. Brady saved another match point at 6-4 in the tiebreaker, but Andreescu finally converted it for the victory.
Andreescu wasn't as fortunate in the doubles final, although she and fellow Canadian junior Charlotte Robillard-Millette put up a serious fight against top seeds Elena Bogdan and Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania before falling 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-6.
The success of current college players in pro events continued today at the $25,000 Berkeley Futures, with Cal senior Andre Goransson of Sweden blowing past No. 6 seed Lucas Gomez of Mexico 6-1, 6-0 in just over an hour to reach the final. Wild card Goransson, who won the ITA Northwest Regional on Monday, has yet to lose a set in his four wins, beating three seeds, with all three losing a set to Goransson 6-0.
On the other extreme is Goransson's opponent in the final, 2014 NCAA champion Marcos Giron, who has now won two consecutive matches after dropping the first set 6-1. Giron's 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 semifinal win over top seed and former ATP Top 100 player Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium is Giron's best win since returning from hip surgery this fall, although just a year ago, prior to his two hip surgeries, he defeated Australian John Millman, ranked 74 at the time, in the second round of a Challenger in Australia.
Like Andreescu, Goransson fell short in the doubles final, with top seeds Connor Smith and Rhyne Williams defeating alternates Goransson and partner Sem Verbeek of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3.
At the $25,000 Harlingen Futures, former Tulane star Dominik Koepfer of Germany has reached his first Futures final, beating Texas-Arlington sophomore Guanarteme Nuez Delgado of Spain 6-3, 6-0 in today's semifinals. Koepfer will face No. 6 seed Luke Bambridge of Great Britain for the title, after Bambridge defeated No. 8 seed Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe 6-3, 6-4.
The $50,0000+Hospitality Las Vegas ATP Challenger final will have No. 4 seed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia playing Sam Groth of Australia. Giraldo needed nearly three hours to top No. 8 seed Marco Trungelliti of Italy 7-5, 6-7(2), 7-6(5), while Groth eliminated Sekou Bangoura 7-6(5), 6-4. The Sunday doubles final will have top seeds Matt Reid of Australia and Brian Baker facing unseeded Bjorn Fratangelo and Denis Kudla.
Speaking of doubles finals, the Stockholm ATP event has gotten a big local boost by the run of the young Ymer brothers, wild cards who have made it to the doubles final. Twenty-year-old Elias and 18-year-old Mikael will play Michael Venus of New Zealand and Mate Pavic of Croatia in the final Sunday. Jack Sock and Juan Martin del Potro have advanced to the singles final, with Sock reaching the final there for the second straight year.
Eight of the ITA Division I Regionals were played last week, with 12 more this week. All are scheduled to be completed by Tuesday and I will post all singles final results then. Bobby Knight is following this weekend's action closely, so visit College Tennis Today for daily updates.
Friday, October 21, 2016
My Article on Bolton's Commitment to UCLA; Top Seeds Potapova, Kecmanovic Reach Osaka Semifinals; Andreescu Joins Three Americans in $50K Semis in Canada
While I was in Tulsa for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed, I had an opportunity to talk with quarterfinalist Elysia Bolton about her recent commitment to UCLA in this article for the Tennis Recruiting Network. Bolton, a 16-year-old blue chip, is not entering college until September of 2018, but said getting that decision made helps free her to concentrate on her tennis in the next two years.
The singles semifinals and doubles finals of the Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup will be played overnight in Japan, with top girls seed Anastasia Potapova of Russia and top boys seed Miomir Kecmanovic still on course for a title in both singles and doubles. No. 2 seed Xiyu Wang of China, who had beaten Potapova this summer, is out however, losing to No. 5 seed Ayumi Miyamoto of Japan. Miyamoto plays defending champion Mai Hontama of Japan, the No. 4 seed, while Potapova faces No. 13 seed En Shuo Liang of Taiwan. Kecmanovic defeated No. 6 seed Liam Caruana of Italy, who went from Tulsa one week to Osaka the next, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will play No. 10 seed Yu Hsiou Hsu of Taiwan in the semifinals. No. 2 seed Yosuke Watanuki of Japan and No. 3 seed Nicola Kuhn of Germany will face off in the other boys semifinal.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who has already won a $25,000 Women's ITF tournament in the past three months, has reached the semifinals of this week's $50,000 tournament in Saguenay, Canada. Andreescu, currently No. 7 in the ITF Junior rankings, defeated Harriet Dart of Great Britain 7-6(4), 6-4 to advance to the semifinals, joining three seeded Americans. No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady eliminated Canadian teen qualifier Charlotte Robillard-Millette 6-3, 7-6(5) and will face Andreescu in the semifinals. The other semifinal features top seed CiCi Bellis against No. 4 seed Sachia Vickery. Bellis downed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-2, 6-4, while Vickery defeated Maria Sanchez 6-1, 7-6(0).
Just one American remains at the $50,000 ATP Challenger this week in Las Vegas: unseeded Sekou Bangoura. Bangoura defeated Bryden Klein of Great Britain 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and will face Sam Groth of Australia in the semifinals. Groth took out Tennys Sandgren 7-6(2), 7-5.
All three American men in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Futures in Harlingen, Texas lost today. One of the semifinals will have No. 6 Luke Bambridge of Great Britain facing No. 8 seed and former Florida State star Benjamin Lock of South Africa. The other semifinal is between former and current college players. Tulane alum Dominik Koepfer of Germany will play University of Texas-Arlington sophomore Guanarteme Nuez Delgado of Spain, a qualifier. The 19-year-old Nuez had no ATP ranking and had not won a main draw Futures match until this week; he lost to Koepfer in the second round qualifying last week in Houston.
Eighteen-year-olds John McNally and Evan Zhu have reached the doubles final in Harlingen, with the unseeded pair facing top seeds Bambridge and Evan King.
At the $25,000 Futures in Berkeley, California, 2014 NCAA champion Marcos Giron defeated Rhyne Williams to reach the semifinals, where he will face top seed Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium. Wild card Andre Goransson of Cal continued his fine play; after winning the ITA Northwest Regional title on Monday, the senior from Sweden, who hadn't won a Futures match since 2012, has won three, all in straight sets, beating two seeds in the process. He will play No. 6 seed Lucas Gomez of Mexico in the semifinals. Goransson has also reached the doubles final with Sem Verbeek of the Netherlands. The pair, who received entry as alternates, will face top seeds Williams and Connor Smith on Saturday