August 5, 2015

Kitzbühel, Stanford and Washington Tennis Results

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Generali Open-Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel, Austria

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 AUGUST 2015

Singles – First Round
R. Haase (NED) d [5] J. Monaco (ARG) 26 11 ret. (right wrist injury)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d [8] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 64
[WC] D. Novak (AUT) d A. Bedene (GBR) 67(2) 64 61
S. Giraldo (COL) d [Q] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) 75 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 75 64
[Q] P. Mathieu (FRA) d [Q] K. De Schepper (FRA) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Begemann (GER) / L. Kubot (POL) d A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) / R. Junaid (AUS) 75 57 10-4
J. Souza (BRA) / J. Vesely (CZE) d [WC] A. Erler (AUT) / P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 76(6)

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST 2015

CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
[Q] J. Struff (GER) vs [6] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
[WC] J. Melzer (AUT) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
Not Before 4:50 pm
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs J. Souza (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Knowle (AUT) / P. Oswald (AUT) vs [4] J. Melzer (AUT) / P. Petzschner (GER)

GRAND STAND start 11:30 am
[WC] G. Melzer (AUT) vs [LL] A. Montanes (ESP)
[7] J. Vesely (CZE) vs [PR] N. Almagro (ESP)
M. Youzhny (RUS) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)
After Suitable Rest – [1] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / C. Berlocq (ARG)

KUCHENMEISTER start 11:30 am
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / A. Sa (BRA) vs F. Cermak (CZE) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)
[3] M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) vs [WC] F. Fognini (ITA) / A. Giraudo (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / D. Schwartzman (ARG)

 

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RESULTS – AUGUST 03, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[6] A. Petkovic (GER) d C. Witthoeft (GER) 57 61 63
[7] M. Keys (USA) d A. Krunic (SRB) 63 60
M. Barthel (GER) d [WC] C. Zhao (CAN) 63 60
[Q] N. Gibbs (USA) d C. Garcia (FRA) 64 75
A. Riske (USA) d T. Maria (GER) 62 57 61
[Q] M. Doi (JPN) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 63 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d K. Date-Krumm (JPN) / M. Minella (LUX) 61 63
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / T. Maria (GER) d E. Hrdinova (CZE) / P. Martic (CRO) 76(6) 63
A. Muhammad (USA) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) 67(8) 76(1) 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2015
STADIUM COURT start 11:00 am
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[8] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
V. Diatchenko (RUS) vs A. Tomljanovic (CRO)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[5] A. Kerber (GER) vs D. Gavrilova (RUS)
[Q] K. Date-Krumm (JPN) vs S. Lisicki (GER)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Konjuh (CRO)

Not Before 12:30 pm
[WC] C. Bellis (USA) / J. Cako (USA) vs [2] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
A. Krunic (SRB) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

Citi Open
Washington, U.S.A.

RESULTS – MONDAY, 3 AUGUST 2015

Singles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d B. Becker (GER) 46 61 63
R. Berankis (LTU) d Y. Lu (TPE) 76(1) 63
D. Young (USA) d [WC] T. Haas (GER) 63 64
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [WC] N. Jarry (CHI) 46 63 64
R. Bemelmans (BEL) d [Q] M. Matosevic (AUS) 63 63
A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 76(1) 63
G. Soeda (JPN) d [Q] D. King (BAR) 62 61
H. Chung (KOR) d D. Sela (ISR) 62 61
J. Duckworth (AUS) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[3] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d A. Murray (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) 26 61 10-3
[PR] G. Dimitrov (BUL) / M. Fish (USA) d V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) 67(2) 76(5) 10-8

Women’s
Singles – First Round

[5] A. Cornet (FRA) d [Q] A. Mestach (BEL) 63 63
[6] I. Begu (ROU) d M. Brengle (USA) 64 60
L. Davis (USA) d [8] Z. Diyas (KAZ) 75 21 Retired (Right elbow injury)
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d K. Nara (JPN) 46 64 76(4)
[WC] L. Chirico (USA) d H. Watson (GBR) 63 60
M. Niculescu (ROU) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 75 64
I. Falconi (USA) d [WC] T. Townsend (USA) 67(4) 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d I. Begu (ROU) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 75 62
S. Aoyama (JPN) / E. Hozumi (JPN) d E. Bogdan (ROU) / N. Broady (GBR) 61 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST 2015

STADIUM COURT start 1:50 pm
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs [7] [WC] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [13] S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Soeda (JPN)

Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Smith (AUS) vs [WC] L. Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – J. Duckworth (AUS) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – H. Chung (KOR) vs [3] M. Cilic (CRO)

GRANDSTAND 1 start 2:15 pm
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [2] S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – L. Lacko (SVK) vs S. Johnson (USA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – R. Bemelmans (BEL) vs [15] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [12] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs D. Young (USA)
WTA – [Q] S. Marand (USA) vs [4] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

GRANDSTAND 2 start 4:00 pm
ATP – S. Groth (AUS) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – [WC] D. Kudla (USA) vs B. Rola (SLO)
WTA – S. Stephens (USA) vs M. Linette (POL)
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
WTA – [1] E. Makarova (RUS) vs A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)
ATP – [Q] G. Pella (ARG) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs T. Smyczek (USA)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
WTA – [Q] N. Broady (GBR) vs J. Gajdosova (AUS)
ATP – [LL] T. Huey (PHI) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA)
WTA – [3] B. Bencic (SUI) vs T. Smitkova (CZE)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs G. Muller (LUX)

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Tornado Alicia Black Advances to Third Round of USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 3, 2015) – Top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., began her quest for the USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals singles title on an impressive note as she easily advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Maria Smith of Houston at the Barnes Tennis Center. Each seeded player in the draw received a first-round bye.

Black, who reached the singles final of last year’s USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals, will face Ashley Bongart of Bradenton, Fla., in Tuesday’s third round. Second-seeded Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R., also advanced to the Girls’ 18s third round as she eliminated Allison McCann of Amherst, Mass., 6-0, 6-1.

Unseeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., reached the Girl’s 18s third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Shannon Hanley of Kensington, Md.  Failla will take on seventh-seeded Ingrid Neel of Bradenton, Fla. in her next match on Tuesday.

In Girls’ 16s action, top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., was nearly upset in the third round, but recovered to score a come-from-behind 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2 victory over Maeve Koscielski of Indianapolis. Subhash will play 17th seeded Dalayna Hewitt of Pepper Pike, Ohio, in a fourth-round match on Tuesday.

A trio of local players put in strong performances in the Girls’ 16s third-round as fourth-seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego and unseeded Julia Deming of Fallbrook, Calif., all won straight-set matches to advance to Tuesday’s fourth round.

For Monday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and up are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.
Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Monday’s Results

Girls’ 18s Singles
Second Round
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Maria Smith, Houston, 6-1, 6-2
Usue Arconada (2), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Allison McCann, Amherst, Mass., 6-0, 6-1
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Dominique Vasile, Bingham Farms, Mich., 6-3, 6-2
Michaela Gordon (4), Saratoga, Calif., def. Angelina Ye, Sycamore, Ill., 6-1, 6-2
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Christie Wan, Rowland Heights, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1
Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., def. Jaci Cochrane, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 6-1, 6-1
Claire Liu (8), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Cameron Corse, Baltimore, Md., 7-5, 6-2
Kayla Day (9), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Aishwarya Kona, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 6-0
Maria Mateas, Braintree, Mass., def. Nadia Gizdova, Columbia, Md., 7-6 (4), 6-1
Meible Chi (17), Weston, Fla., def. Tiffany Huber, West Bloomfield, Mich., 6-4, 6-2
Alyvia Jones, Midland, Mich., def. Abigail Chiu, Austin, Texas, 6-1, 6-3
Kelly Chen (14), Cerritos, Calif., def. Chloe Ouellet Pizer, Chapel Hill, N.C., 6-1, 6-1
Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, def. Ananya Dua, Murrysville, Pa., 7-6, 6-4
Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Bess Waldram (17), Portland, Ore., 6-2, 7-5
Ashley Bongart, Bradenton, Fla., def. Chloe Henderson, Las Vegas, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Marycaroline Meredith, Vestavia, Ala., def. Taylor Cosme, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6-1, 6-3
Camille Favero, (17), Sacramento, Calif., def. Alexandra Koniaev, Forest Hills, N.Y., 7-5, 6-0
Emily Maxfield, Murrieta, Calif., def. Allison Chuang, Albany, Calif., 7-5, 6-4
Mia Horvit (13), Palm City, Fla., def. Ann Selim, Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Madison Battaglia, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., def. Alexandra Letzt, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Jada Hart (17), Colton, Calif., def. Hada Chang, Trophy Club, Texas, 6-3, 6-0
Samantha Hampton, Vancouver, Wash., def. Nevada Apollo, Las Vegas, 6-4, 6-3
Sarianna Kuuttila, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, walkover (injury)
Karina Traxler (17), Rockwall, Texas, def. Samantha Smith, Henderson, Nev., 6-1, 6-1
Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Ill., def. Elene Tsokilauri, Newtown Square, Pa., 6-2, 6-3
Chiara Lommer, Skokie, Ill., def. Allison McKamey, Paducah, Ky., 6-1, 6-3
Makenna Jones (17), Greenville, S.C., def. Sydney Van Alphen, Laguna Beach, Calif., 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Ashley Lahey, Hawthorne, Calif., def. Maddie Pothoff, Tucson, Ariz., 6-0, 6-4
Stephanie Schrage, Millburn, N.J., def. Samantha Smith, Cary, N.C., 6-2, 6-3
Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., def. Christina Rosca (17), Princeton, N.J., 6-1, 6-4
Lexi Milunovich, New Canaan, Conn., def. Ashby Bland, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla., 6-0, 6-3
Rebecca Weissmann (12), Loveland, Colo., def. Michelle Linden, Barrington, Ill., 6-1, 6-1
Chloe Gullickson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., def. Emerald Able, Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, ret. (injury)
Kennedy Shaffer (17), Rossford, Ohio, def. Mariko Iinuma, San Mateo, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Felicity Maltby, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Alexandra Abele, Cincinnati, 6-3, 6-1
Nami Otsuka, Norcross, Ga., def. Alexandra Pollack, Mequon, Wis., 6-3, 6-3
Kenya Jones, Memphis, Tenn., def. Elena Muller (17), Dallas, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Sydney Riley, Dallas, def. Irene Lu, Laurel, Md., 6-3, 7-5
Jessie Aney (15), Rochester, Minn., def. Kylie Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., 6-3, 7-5
Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., def. Kalani Soli, Carson, Calif., 6-3, 7-5
Taylor Russo (17), Deerfield Beach, Fla., def. Marjorie Antohi, El Paso, Texas, 7-5, 6-4
Hanna Chang, Fontana, Calif., def. Grace Lin, South San Francisco, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Erica Susi, Vero Beach, Fla., def. Grace Schaffer, Lenexa, Kan., 6-0, 6-1
Kaitlyn McCarthy (17), Cary, N.C., def. Mihaela Codreanu, Norristown, Pa., 6-2, 6-1
Jacqueline Pelletier, Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Michelle Bacalla, Skokie, Ill, 6-3, 6-2
Ena Shibahara (11), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Racquel Lyn, Houston, 6-3, 6-2
Morgan Coppoc, Tulsa, Okla., def. Alexis Franco, Largo, Fla., 6-4, 7-5
Katharine Fahey (17), Fair Haven, N.J., def. Tamijean Fumagalli, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Shannon Hanley, Kensington, Md., 6-4, 6-4
Mbalia Bangoura, Bradenton, Fla., def. Claire Reifeis, Indianapolis, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Janice Shin, Houston, def. Samantha Martinelli (17), Denver, 6-2, 6-4
Priya Niezgoda, Austin, Texas, def. Mackenzy Middlebrooks, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-4, 6-3
Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., def. Emma Kurtz, Atlanta, 6-2, 6-1
Allie Sanford, Phoenix, def. Opala Dhingra, Darnestown, Md., 6-3, 6-1
Brienne Minor (17), Mundelein, Ill., def. Jessica Livianu, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., def. Regina Pitts, Los Angeles, 6-3, 6-1
Jenna Friedel, Mill Valley, Calif., def. Charlotte Madson, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 6-2
Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., def. Helen Altick, Monroe, La., 6-1, 6-3
Chandler Carter, Dallas, def. Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Alexandra Sanford (10), Westerville, Ohio, def. Amanda Meyer, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-1, 6-4
Alexandra Valenstein, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Meredith Roberts, Jackson, Miss., 6-3, 7-5
Alaina Miller (17), Saratoga, Calif., def. Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., 6-3, 6-3
Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla., def. Constance Branstine, Orange, Calif., 7-6 (5), 6-2

Girls’ 16s Singles
Third Round
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Maeve Koscielski, Indianapolis, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2
Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., def. Cassie McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Nicole Mossmer (4), La Jolla, Calif., def. Alyssa Hahn, Richmond, Va., 6-2, 6-1
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, Calif., def. Margaret Owensby, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-0
Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., def. Carolyn Campana (17), Hillsborough, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Taylor Johnson (7), Redondo Beach, Calif., def. Miranda Deng, North Potomac, Md., 6-3, 6-1
Madeline Meredith (17), Vestavia, Ala., def. Britt Pursell, Oceanside, Calif., 6-2, 6-0

For Monday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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2012 US Open Girls’ Champion Samantha Crawford Wins USTA Pro Circuit US Open Wild Card Challenge

(August 3, 2015) 2012 US Open girls’ champion Samantha Crawford, 20, of Tamarac, Fla., will compete in the US Open main draw for the second time in her career after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge this weekend. Crawford finished the challenge with 49 points after reaching the final of the $50,000 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Ky., this past weekend, and competing in the $50,000 events in Stockton, Calif., and Sacramento, Calif.

 

Crawford won the 2012 US Open girls’ singles title and qualified for the women’s singles main draw of the US Open that year as a qualifying wild card. She has also competed in the US Open women’s doubles draw three times (2011-12, 2014). At 6-foot-2, Crawford’s big serve and aggressive baseline game helped her rise to No. 5 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in 2012. This year, she won her fourth and fifth career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit events in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Baton Rouge, La. She also reached three USTA Pro Circuit singles finals this year. Crawford is ranked No. 223 in the world.

 

In the men’s wild card challenge, Bjorn Fratangelo increased his leading point total to 77 by advancing to the semifinals of the $50,000 Challenger in Lexington last week after reaching the final of the $50,000 Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y., the week prior. Mitchell Krueger is in second place with 44 points. The men’s US Open Wild Card Challenge concludes the week of Aug. 10 with the Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, Calif.

 

All matches will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The standings, through Aug. 3, are as follows:

 

 

USTA Player Development awards a US Open main draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events this summer. Men’s events include $50,000 Challengers in Binghamton and Lexington, Ky., as well as a $100,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif. Women’s tournaments include $50,000 events in Stockton, Sacramento, and Lexington.

 

Ranking points from two out of the three men’s and women’s events are used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking will be awarded the wild card. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.

 

The USTA first used this US Open wild card format for its 2012 wild cards, won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, both of whom reached the third round of the US Open. In 2013, Bradley Klahn and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Klahn winning his first-round match. And, last year, Nicole Gibbs reached the third round of the US Open (her career-best Grand Slam result), while Wayne Odesnik earned the men’s wild card. The USTA also utilizes this wild card challenge format for the French Open and Australian Open.

 

The 2015 US Open main draw will be held Monday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept. 13.

 

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Results – ITF World Junior Tennis Finals

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(August 3, 2015) Monday results from the 2015 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals taking place in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 3-8 August. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams are taking part in the finals of the ITF’s world junior team competition for players aged 14-and-under. A total of 173 teams from 96 countries have taken part in this year’s event.

 

The ITF World Junior Tennis competition was started by the ITF in 1991, with regional qualifying introduced the following year. The Finals have been held on clay at the TK Plus Centre in Prostetjov since 1999. Many of the world’s leading players have taken part in the event, with Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Lucie Safarova, Sloane Stephens and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova among the former champions.

 

For the latest news and results, please visit the ITF juniors website: www.itftennis.com/juniors

Girls Group A

 

RUSSIA (1) defeated ROMANIA 3-0

Vlada Koval (RUS) d. Oana Smaranda Corneau (ROU) 64 62

Anastasia Potapova (RUS) d. Carmen Roxana Manu (ROU) 62 63

Vlada Koval/Anastasia Potapova (RUS) d. Oana Smaranda Corneanu/Carmen Roxana Manu (ROU) 62 63

 

CHINA, P.R. (7) defeated COLOMBIA 2-1

Jiagi Wang (CHN) d. Lina Maria Romero (COL) 62 63

Maria Camila Osorio (COL) d. Xiyu Wang (CHN) 46 76(4) 61

Jiagi Wang/Xiyu Wang (CHN) d. Gabriela Giraldo/Maria Camila Osorio (COL) 75 64

 

Girls Group B

 

CZECH REPUBLIC (4) defeated INDIA 2-1

Shivani Amineni (IND) d. Anna Siskova (CZE) 64 64

Ivana Sebestova (CZE) d. Mahak Jain (IND) 64 75

Ivana Sebestova/Anna Siskova (CZE) d. Shivani Amineni/Mahak Jain (IND) 62 63

 

ITALY (6) defeated EGYPT 3-0

Federica Rossi (ITA) d. Sara Elghazouly (EGY) 61 61

Elisabetta Cocciaretto (ITA) d. Noor Omara (EGY) 60 61

Emilia Bezzo/Federica Rossi (ITA) d. Sara Elghazouly/Noor Omara (EGY) 60 63

 

Girls Group C

 

JAPAN (3) defeated MOROCCO 3-0

Himari Sato (JPN) d. Rim Benhadi (MAR) 62 60

Naho Sato (JPN) d. Oumaima Aziz (MAR) 62 67(5) 61

Himari Sato/Moyuka Uchijima (JPN) d. Oumaima Aziz/Hiba El Khalifi (MAR) 63 62

 

POLAND (5) defeated CANADA 3-0

Maja Chwalinska (POL) d. Ariana Arseneault (CAN) 64 63

Iga Swiatek (POL) d. Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 63 61

Maja Chwalinska/Iga Swiatek (POL) d. Ariana Arseneault/Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 62 64

 

Girls Group D

 

USA (2) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2-1

Caty McNally (USA) d. Tharubphet Homkrun (NZL) 60 61

Valentina Ivanov (NZL) d. Tyra Black (USA) 16 60 64

Amanda Anisimova/Caty McNally (USA) d. Valentina Ivanov/Holly Stewart (NZL) 62 62

 

PARAGUAY (8) defeated HUNGARY w/o

 

 

Boys Group A

 

KOREA, REPUBLIC (1) defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 2-1

Jonas Forejtek (CZE) d. Minjong Park (KOR) 64 64

Seonyong Han (KOR) d. Andrew Paulson (CZE) 62 60

Seonyong Han/Minjong Park (KOR) d. Jiri Lehecka/Andrew Paulson (CZE) 75 75

 

ARGENTINA (7) defeated EGYPT 3-0

Alejo Lingua Lavallen (ARG) d. Hassan Badran (EGY) 62 63

Thiago Tirante (ARG) d. Belal Aboutaleb (ARG) 62 57 62

Juan Manuel Cerundolo/Alejo Lingua Lavallen (ARG) d. Belal Aboutaleb/Ahmed Elderwy (EGY) 63 62

 

Boys Group B

 

BRAZIL (4) defeated CHINA 2-1

Mateus Pucinelli Almeida (BRA) d. Xiao Fei Wang (CHN) 64 61

Chaokete Buyun (CHN) d. Joao Lopes Ferreira (BRA) 63 63

Mateus Pucinelli Almeida/Mateus Alves (BRA) d. Chaokete Buyun/Xiao Fei Wang (CHN) 26 63 62

 

CANADA (8) defeated FRANCE 2-1

Baptiste Anselmo (FRA) d. Nick Lagaev (CAN) 63 62

Luka Vukovic (CAN) d. Raphael Bonnet-Flores (FRA) 76(4) 26 64

Alex-Antoine Marquis/Luka Vukovic (CAN) d. Baptiste Anselmo/Titouan Droguet (FRA) 75 64

 

Boys Group C

 

USA (3) defeated POLAND 2-1

Brandon Nakashima (USA) d. Dawid Taczala (POL) 62 60

Wojtek Marek (POL) d. Adam Neff (USA) 36 76(5) 61

Brandon Nakashima/Govind Nanda (USA) d. Wojtek Marek/Dawid Taczala (POL) 62 62

 

CHINESE TAIPEI (5) defeated MOROCCO 2-1

Chang Lin Tsai (TPE) d. Ismail Saadi (MAR) 61 63

Chun Hsin Tseng (TPE) d. Soufiane El Mesbahi (MAR) 61 63

Soufiane El Mesbahi/Younes Lalami Laaroussi (MAR) d. Yan Cheng Chen/Chang Lin Tsai (TPE) 26 63 63

 

Boys Group D

 

SPAIN (2) defeated AUSTRALIA 3-0

Carlos Gimeno Valero (ESP) d. Dane Sweeny (AUS) 62 61

Nicolas Alvarez Varona (ESP) d. Tristan Schoolkate (AUS) 63 64

Nicolas Alvarez Varona/Pedro Vives Marcos (ESP) d. Mason Naumovski/Dane Sweeny (AUS) 63 63

 

CROATIA (6) defeated VENEZUELA 2-1

Stipan Madzar (CRO) d. Dimitri Badra (VEN) 62 16 76(2)

Duje Ajdukovic (CRO) d. Luis Iriarte (VEN) 67(6) 41 ret.

Dimitri Badra/Santiago Fernandez (VEN) d. Duje Ajdukovic/Mile Matic (CRO) 75 64

 

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Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Tommy Paul and Cici Bellis Headline 2015 US Open Junior Fields

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., August 3, 2015 – World No. 1 junior Taylor Fritz, Wimbledon boys’ champion Reilly Opelka, French Open boys’ champion Tommy Paul and reigning ITF World Junior Champion CiCi Bellis headline the Americans entered into the boys’ and girls’ singles fields at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, which will be played September 6-13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

 

Top-10 world-ranked juniors Michael Mmoh, a 2015 French Open boys’ semifinalist, and William Blumberg, who reached the boys’ singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the boys’ doubles final at Roland Garros this year, are also entered into a US Open boys’ field that included 24 of the Top 25 juniors in the world when the International Tennis Federation released the entry lists last week.

 

Bellis, the breakout star of the 2014 US Open with her upset of Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the women’s draw, headlines a girls’ field that includes other top American prospects such as Katerina Stewart, Sofia Kenin, Usue Arconada and Claire Liu, among others, along with Wimbledon girls’ champion Sofya Zhuk, of Russia, and Australian Open girls’ champion Tereza Mihalikova, of Slovakia. Tornado Alicia Black, a 2013 US Open girls’ singles finalist, is entered into qualifying.

 

The full list of Americans entered into the US Open Junior Championships:

 

Boys – Main Draw

Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Coach: Guy Fritz)

Michael Mmoh (17, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: Glenn Weiner)

Reilly Opelka (17, Palm Coast, Fla.; Coach: Diego Moyano)

William Blumberg (17, Greenwich, Conn.; Coach: Dean Goldfine)

Tommy Paul (18, Greenville, N.C.; Coach: Diego Moyano)

Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Coach: Lou Belken)

Ulises Blanch (17, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Coach: Daniel Garcia)

*Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, Calif.; Coaches: Lori Riffice, Sylvain Guichard)

 

*Wild card entry recipient by virtue of winning the USTA 18s National Clay Court Championship.

Boys – Qualifying

Emil Reinberg (18, Atlanta; Coach: Atilla Azucki)

 

Girls – Main Draw

CiCi Bellis (16, Atherton, Calif.; Coach: Lori Bellis)

Usue Arconada (16, College Park, Md.; Coach: Frank Salazar)

Sofia Kenin (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Coach: Alex Kenin)

Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, Calif.; Coaches: John Hubbell, Leo Azevedo)

Raveena Kingsley (17, Fulton, Md.; Coach: Taylor and Phil Dent)

Francesca Di Lorenzo (18, New Albany, Ohio; Coach: Ann Grossman-Wunderlich)

Ingrid Neel (18, Rochester, Minn.; Coach: Margie Zesinger)

Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Coaches: Mike Gennette, Adam Peterson, Leo Azevedo)

Katerina Stewart (18, Coral Gables, Fla.; Coach: Cesar Stewart)

 

Girls – Qualifying

Kayla Day (15, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Coaches: Mike Gennette, Aaron Webster, Adam Peterson, Leo Azevedo)

Alexandra Sanford (16, Westerville, Ohio; Coach: Doug DiRosario)

Tornado Alicia Black (17, Boca Raton, Fla.; Coaches: Gayal and Sly Black)

 

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA 16s Girls’ National Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 2, 2015) – Top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., put on an impressive second-round performance as she used an aggressive baseline game to cruise past unseeded Jenna Moustafa of Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-1.

The 13-year-old Subhash, who earlier this year won the USTA International Spring Championships and reached the finals of the Easter Bowl and the USTA National Clay Court Championships, advances to Monday’s third round, where she will meet unseeded Maeve Koscielski of Indianapolis.

In the bottom half of the Girls’ 16s singles draw, second-seeded Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa defeated Anna Li of Wexford, Pa., 6-0, 7-5 in a second-round match. Flores will face unseeded Katie La France of Little Rock, Ark., in the third round.

Two local players were among the Girls’ 16s seeds who advanced to the third round. Fourth-seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., eliminated Valerie Ho of Silver Spring, Md., 6-2, 6-3 and tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego got past Samantha Gillas New Braunfels, Texas, 7-5, 6-2.

Tornado Alicia Black, the top seed in the Girls’ 18s division, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Monday against Maria Smith of Houston. Black, who reached the USTA Girls’ 18s singles final last year, is ranked No. 542 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings.

For Sunday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Monday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, from Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, from Monday, Aug. 3 through Wednesday, Aug. 5.

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Girls’ 18s Singles
First Round
Maria Smith, Houston, def. Paris Corley, Grants, N.M., 7-5, 6-2
Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Danielle Bauers, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-4, 6-0
Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, def. Meghan O’Malley, Austin, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
Abigail Chiu, Austin, Texas, def. Brittany Newton, Dallas, 6-0, 6-1
Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, def. Taylor Calton, Highland, Utah, 6-0, 6-4
Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Caitlyn Merzbacher, Eden Prairie, Minn., 6-4, 6-4
Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Ill, def. Ally McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Samantha Smith, Henderson, Nev., def. Chloe Goyette, Yakima, Wash., 6-3, 6-4
Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, def. Josephine Cao, Overland Park, Kan., 6-2, 6-3
Christie Wan, Rowland Heights, Calif., def. Daniela Ramras, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Marycaroline Meredith, Vestavia, Ala., def. Devon Jack, San Marino, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Emerald Able, Memphis, Tenn., def. Anna Short, Freeland, Mich., 6-3, 6-0
Michelle Linden, Barrington, Ill., def. Michelle Wang, Sammamish, Wash., 6-2, 6-3
Lexi Milunovich, New Canaan, Conn., def. Terra Sheldon, Bowling Green, Ky., 6-3, 6-2
Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., def. Julieta Dalmau, Coral Gables, Fla., 6-1, 6-0
Samantha Smith, Cary, N.C., def. Caroline Monahan, Chevy Chase, Md., 6-1, 6-0
Dominique Vasile, Bingham Farms, Mich., def. Morgan Cooley, Boise, Idaho, 6-3, 6-1
Irene Lu, Laurel, Md., def. Cammy Frei, Winnetka, Ill., 6-2, 6-3
Kenya Jones, Memphis, Tenn., def. Lexi Keberle, West Bend, Wis., 6-2, 6-1
Nami Otsuka, Norcross, Ga., def. Stephanie Nguyen, San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Corse, Baltimore, Md., def. Kateri Martin, Darien, Conn., 6-1, 6-1
Felicity Maltby, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Hunter Bleser, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-4, 6-4
Mariko Iinuma, San Mateo, Calif., def. Katherine Hughes, Haddonfield, N.J., 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Alexis Franco, Largo, Fla., def. Elizabeth Porter, Dallas, 6-1, 6-2
Racquel Lyn, Houston, Texas, def. Kate Ketels, Kalamazoo, Mich., 6-2, 6-3
Hanna Chang, Fontana, Calif., def. Peyton Pesavento, Advance, N.C., 6-4, 6-4
Marjorie Antohi, El Paso, Texas, def. Samantha Memije, Monroeville, Pa., 7-5, 6-2
Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., def. Josie Legarza, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Kylie Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., def. Susanne Boyden, Raleigh, N.C., 6-3, 6-1
Emma Kurtz, Atlanta, def. Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Mackenzy Middlebrooks, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Caroline Williams, Baltimore, Md., 6-2, 6-2
Janice Shin, Houston, def. Sarah Dreyfuss, North Miami Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-0
Jaci Cochrane, Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Claire Sullivan, Memphis, Tenn., 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Mallory Gilmer, Woodstock, Ga., 6-0, 6-3
Tamijean Fumagalli, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Tristen Bryant, Kailua, Hawaii, 6-1, 6-0
Chandler Carter, Dallas, def. Sarah Hu, Oakland, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Helen Altick, Monroe, La., def. Emily Zheng, Fremont, Calif., 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0
Jenna Friedel, Mill Valley, Calif., def. Katherine Cao, Overland Park, Kan., 6-3, 6-1
Angelina Ye, Sycamore, Ill., def. Heather Mixon, New Iberia, La., 6-3, 6-3
Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., def. Mariam Salakaia, Falls Church, Va., 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Livianu, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. Anna Bright, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-4
Tiffany Huber, West Bloomfield, Mich., def. Seriana Saltzen, Cameron Park, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Nadia Gizdova, Columbia, Md., def. Caroline Morton, Dubuque, Iowa, 6-4, 6-1
Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, def. Taylor Calton, Highland, Utah, 6-0, 6-4
Constance Branstine, Orange, Calif., def. Jaylee Yasunaga, Wailuku, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-2
Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Caitlyn Merzbacher, Eden Prairie, Minn., 6-4, 6-4
Amanda Meyer, Delray Beach, Fla., def. Sarah Hall, West Orange, N.J., 6-2, 6-0

Girls’ 16s Singles
Second Round
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Jenna Moustafa, Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-1
Maeve Koscielski, Indianapolis, def. Lena Sweiss, Phoenix, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Dalayna Hewitt (17), Pepper Pike, Ohio, def. Alexandra Belaya, Melbourne, Fla., 6-3, 6-1
Sophia Reddy, Eden Prairie, Minn., def. Madison Tattini, Lexington, Ill., 6-1, 6-1
Sydney Jones (16), Carrollton, Texas, def. Tatum Burger, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 6-4, 6-2
Alessandra Bianco, Chicago, def. Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Riley McQuaid (17), Tustin, Calif., def. Jayci Goldsmith, Dripping Springs, Texas, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Somer Henry, Franklin, Tenn., def. Ana Elhom, Potomac, Md., 6-2, 6-1
Anna Brylin (8), Short Hills, N.J., def. Chloe Hamlin, Blountville, Tenn., 6-3, 6-4
Lilian Burchell, Ruxton, Md., def. Alexis Almy, Southborough, Mass., 6-1, 6-0
Lahari Yelamanchili, Burr Ridge, Ill., def. Ally Bojczuk (14), Franklin, Tenn., 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Victoria Flores (2), Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Anna Li, Wexford, Pa., 6-0, 7-5
Loren Haukova, Elmsford, N.Y., def. Madeline Almeida, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 6-3, 6-0
Clarissa Hand (6), Moorestown, N.J., def. Luba Vasilyuk, Frisco, Texas, 6-2, 6-2
Nicole Mossmer (4), La Jolla, Calif., def. Valerie Ho, Silver Spring, Md., 6-2, 6-3
Anastasia Goncharova, Evanston, Ill, def. Rena Lin, Northridge, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Carson Branstine (9), Orange, Calif., def. Nicole Krykanov, Virginia Beach, Va., 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas def. Cali Jankowski, Carlsbad, Calif., 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, def. Samantha Gillas, New Braunfels, Texas, 7-5, 6-2
Elysia Bolton (5), Lake Forest, Ill, def. Ivana Corley, Albuquerque, N.M., 7-5, 6-3
Jennifer Gadalov (17), Los Angeles, def. Jessica Aragon, Plano, Texas, 6-2, 6-2
Dasha Kourkina, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. Rachel Cross, Charlottesville, Va., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Lea Owens, Olney, Md., 7-6 (5), 6-0
Taylor Bridges (17), Mesa, Ariz., def. Ashley Yeah, Los Gatos, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Marcella Cruz, Marlboro, N.J., def. Kylie Moulin, Lithia, Fla., 6-4, 6-2
Carolyn Campana (17), Hillsborough, Calif., def. Sophia Graver, Allenwood, N.J., 6-2, 6-2
Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., def. Sarah Wilcox, Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2, 6-3
Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., def. Peri Sheinin, East Greenwich, R.I., 6-2, 6-3
Jessi Muljat (17), Sacramento, Calif., def. Julia Haynes, San Diego, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Stephanie Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Sasha Cayward, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
Ann Li (17), Devon, Pa., def. Kolie Allen, Lombard, Ill., 6-3, 6-1
Molly Sandberg, Hudson, Ohio, def. Sophia Hatton, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
Taylor Johnson (7), Redondo Beach, Calif., def. Lindsay Song, Birmingham, Ala., 6-3, 6-4
Miranda Deng, North Potomac, Md., def. Kacey Moore, Wellington, Fla., 6-1, 6-3
McCartney Kessler (17,) Calhoun, Ga., def. Shailla Alda, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-0, 6-3
Caroline Dunleavy (12), Darien, Conn., def. Abbie Mulbarger, Woodbridge, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Cassie McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., def. Anshika Singh, Greenwood Village, Colo., 6-2, 6-3
Diana Wong, Hilo, Hawaii, def. Vivian Cheng, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

 

Written by Fred Sidhu

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John Isner Three-peats at Atlanta Open

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(August 2, 2015) John Isner defeated Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 capture his third straight Atlanta Open title on Sunday in 59 minutes. Isner became the eighth active player on the ATP World Tour three-peat a tournament joining active players Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Lleyton Hewitt.
“It was a short match against an opponent who wasn’t feeling well, but this week was exactly what I needed, to get matches under my belt,” said the 30-year-old former University of Georgia standout. “It should bode well for me going forward.”

Baghdatis was dealing with an injury which recurred a month ago and he apologized for his performance.
“I didn’t play my best tennis this week but I’m pretty happy with my mental side, I found ways to win,” said the Cypriot. “I played five matches this week…the good thing is that it’s nothing serious.”

“It’s always tough to have a match in (17) hours, especially when your opponent has (22). We are humans, you know, and you want to be able to play a final with the crowd loving it.”

Isner will move up in the rankings to No. 18, while Baghdatis will move to No. 44.

Isner takes the lead in the first week of the US Open Series Bonus Challenge, with the title victory. This year, the Series champions will compete for the chance to win a $4.3 million record paycheck at the US Open — $3.3 million for winning the US Open plus an additional $1 million bonus for also capturing the Emirates Airline US Open Series title. Isner has finished second in the Series’ Bonus Challenge standings each of the last three years. New in 2014 and continuing this year, any player who earns points in three or more Series events will automatically have their bonus points doubled.

 

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Colin Fleming of Great Britain and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-4 to win the doubles title. It’s their 107th career crown and fourth of the year.

“Bob and I have really enjoyed playing this fantastic event and couldn’t be more thrilled to come away with the trophy,” said Mike Bryan. “Today’s match was a hard fought battle against a really tough team and it came down to the wire. Luckily we were able to play some great tennis toward the end to swing the match in our favor. The Atlanta fans have been awesome all week and helped push us over the line.”

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Washington Kastles Win Fifth Straight World Team Tennis Championship

Aug. 2, 2015; Washington, D.C.: Washington Kastles win

Aug. 2, 2015; Washington, D.C.: Washington Kastles win

From the WTT: WASHINGTON, DC (August 2, 2015) — Mylan World TeamTennis’ historic 40th season closed out today with the Washington Kastles making history of their own by winning a record fifth consecutive championship title with a 24-18 victory over the Austin Aces in Washington DC. It was the sixth overall championship for the Kastles, tying the mark set by the Sacramento Capitals in 2007.

The Kastles dominated the match, winning four of five sets. It was the sixth title for Kastles’ captain Leander Paes who was also named the Finals MVP. “It’s just a beautiful moment to share,” Paes said after collecting his sixth Mylan WTT title — all with the Kastles. “I’ve had a really long career and done some really special things, and this is way up there with the best of them. I’d like to dedicate this MVP award to every single Kastles member, not only on the court but behind the scenes and every single Kastles fan.”

“It’s a dream come true,” said Kastles coach Murphy Jensen. “It’s so different, you’d think this’d get old hat but it doesn’t. It was a bigger challenge because players were coming and going during the season but to get them all to perform the way they did against an extremely tough team says a lot about our organization.”

Washington was in control of the highly-anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the regular season from the start. In the opening set of mixed doubles, Teymuraz Gabashvili and Alla Kudryavtseva reeled off four straight points to win the first game. Paes held serve to even up the match at 1-1. Martina Hingis hit a winner down the middle to break Kudryavtseva’s serve to go up 2-1. Hingis held to give Washington a 3-1 lead before Gabashvili brought the Aces back to 2-3 with a huge service game. Paes held serve then the Kastles got another critical break of Kudryavtseva’s serve to close out the first set, 5-2.

The Kastles boasted the top-ranked women’s doubles team in the league and showed why early in the second set. Anastasia Rodionova and Hingis jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Aces got on the board with a break of Hingis’ serve. Washington broke back in the next game on Svitolina’s serve to go up 3-1. After a break of Rodionova’s serve, Austin evened up the set 3-3 as Kudryavtseva held serve for the first time in the afternoon. There were six service breaks in the set before Washington pulled out a 5-4 win to extend their lead to 10-6.

Washington seemingly took control of the match in men’s doubles with an early break of serve to go up 2-1. The Kastles took a 4-2 lead on a Sam Querrey ace. Washington closed out the set 5-3 to take a commanding six-game lead at halftime, 15-9.

Querrey continued his strong play in men’s singles with a 5-4 win over Gabashvili, the top men’s singles player in the league, to give Washington a 20-13 edge going into the final set of women’s singles.

World No. 20 Elina Svitolina was handed the task of bringing Austin back from a seven-game deficit against Madison Brengle. Svitolina, who beat Brengle 5-1 in their only previous Mylan WTT meeting, looked in control early on before a controversial call going against the Kastles ignited the Washington crowd.

Svitolina proceeded to fall behind a break, but broke back and, putting continued pressure on Brengle, took the first set of the day for the Aces, 5-3, and triggered Extended Play. The American has played her best tennis in 2015, however, and responded by winning the requisite game off a stunning backhand winner to clinch the historic victory.

For more information, visit www.WTT.com.

 

2015 Mylan World TeamTennis Final: Washington Kastles def. Austin Aces 24-18 (EP)

MIXED DOUBLES: Martina Hingis/Leader Paes (Washington) def. Alla Kudryavtseva\Teymuraz Gabashvili (Austin) 5-2

WOMEN’S DOUBLES: Martina Hingis/Anastasia Rodionova (Washington) def. Elina Svitolina/Alla Kudryavtseva (Austin) 5-4

MEN’S DOUBLES: Leander Paes/Sam Querrey (Washington) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili/Jarmere Jenkins (Austin) 5-3

MEN’S SINGLES: Sam Querrey (Washington) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili (Austin) 5-4

WOMEN’S SINGLES:  Elina Svitolina (Austin) def.  Madison Brengle (Washington) 5-3

EXTENDED PLAY: Madison Brengle (Washington) def. Elina Svitolina 1-0

 

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Rafael Nadal Stops Fabio Fognini for Hamburg Crown

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(August 2, 2015) Top seed Rafael Nadal won his second title in Germany this year stopping Italy’s Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 in Hamburg in just over two-and-a-half hours on Sunday.

The win, which give Nadal his 47th clay court title, puts him just two trophies behind Guillermo Vilas at 49. Nadal has 67 career crowns.

The Spaniard who was serving for a 4-1 lead in the second set, eventually had to save two set points.

“It was a great match, many great points, many breaks, we fought hard,” Nadal said. “I had many ups and downs.”

“I lost the last two times against him, so I knew it was going to be a tough one. I think I had a great attitude the whole match, very positive, fighting for every ball. I had some tough moments on court, lost opportunities, but every time I came back and I kept fighting with the right mentality. I’m very happy for the victory. It is an important victory for me.”

The title this week will move Nadal’s ranking up to No. 9.

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Dominic Thiem Wins Swiss Open Title

 

(August 2, 2015) Austria’s Dominic Thiem added another trophy to his trophy case on Sunday, claiming his second straight title in two weeks, this time winning the Swiss Open title on the clay courts of Gstaad 7-5, 6-2 over top seed and world No. 14 David Goffin of Belgium.

The 21–year-old, currently ranked No. 24, won the Croatia Open last weekend. He also won a clay event in April in Nice, France.

“I returned and served well, which is very important against such a great return player,” Thiem said.

“Each title is very special. I’m extremely happy that my family was here this week. It’s such a great event here and a beautiful place.”
“Today it was very difficult, the conditions were very different from the other days,” said the Belgian. “Dominic’s strokes are very heavy and powerful. It was very tough during the whole match. He played some unbelievable points. After losing the first set it was very tough for me physically. It was still a great week for me even if I lost.”

With the win, he became the fourth player born in the 1990s to win three or more ATP World Tour titles, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4) and Bernard Tomic (3).
Thiem’s clay season is not over yet- he is the top seed in next week’s Kitzbuehel tournament in his home country.

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