Zootennis

Sponsored by IMG

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Four US Juniors Advance at Australian Open; Draws out for Les Petits As; Kecmanovic Wins First Futures Title; Grishuk Claims ITF Grade 4 Championship

Two US boys and two US girls have advanced to the second round of the Australian Open Junior Championships, with Alexandre Rotsaert and Carson Branstine getting victories in Sunday's completion of the first round.  Rotsaert defeated Jack Molloy of Great Britain 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 to join qualifier Tristan Boyer in the second round, while No. 13 seed Carson Branstine defeated Patricia Apisah of Papua New Guinea 6-1, 6-3 to join No. 2 seed Taylor Johnson, who advanced on Saturday. Hurricane Tyra Black, No. 15 seed Natasha Subhash and Nicole Mossmer all lost in straight sets, while No. 10 seed Trent Bryde lost in three sets.

Although the top two seeds in both draws have survived their opening round matches, there were surprises.  No. 3 seed Marvin Moeller of Germany, who reached the semifinals at the just completed Grade 1 in Traralgon, lost to wild card Lucas Vuradin of Australia 6-3, 6-1. An even more unexpected result was the loss of Traralgon champion and No. 8 seed Iga Swiatek of Poland, who was beaten by Pei Hsuan Chen of Taiwan 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.  For more on Swiatek's loss, see the ITF Junior website.  Other seeds to lose Sunday were No. 13 Lingxi Zhao of China and No. 9 seed Toru Horie of Japan.

2008 US Open girls champion CoCo Vandeweghe advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's draw of the Australian Open, defeating defending champion and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 6-3.  It is Vandeweghe's second major quarterfinal, having made the final eight at Wimbledon in 2015.  Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over qualifier Mona Barthel of Germany.  Serena Williams and Jennifer Brady will attempt to join them in the quarterfinals when they play Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, respectively.

The draws for Les Petits As have been posted, with Cori Gauff seeded No. 5, Elvina Kalieva No. 6 and Charlotte Owensby No. 7 in the girls draw.  The fourth US girl on the trip, Bolton semifinalist Alexandra Yepifanova, is not in the draw, so I'm assuming she is sick or injured. The top seed in the girls draw is Oksana Selekhmeteva of Russia. Similar to the girls, the US boys are all seeded, with Toby Kodat No. 5, Martin Damm No. 6, Aidan Mayo No. 7 and Alexander Bernard No. 8. The top seed in the boys draw is Holger Rune of Denmark.


2016 ITF World Junior Champion Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia won his first Futures title today at the $15,000 tournament in Sunrise Florida. The 17-year-old qualifier defeated No. 5 seed Christian Lindell of Sweden 6-2, 6-2 in the final, his ninth victory in the past ten days.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event for women, No. 3 seed Sonya Kenin fell to Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4. Sophie Chang and Madeline Kobelt(Syracuse) won the doubles title, beating top seeds Piter and Paula Kania, also of Poland, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 in the final.

While many Americans were competing in Grade 1 ITF tournaments this week, 14-year-old Skyler Grishuk was in New Zealand at a Grade 4. The No. 9 seed, who reached the final of two grade 5 tournaments in Canada last November, her first two ITF events, won her first ITF title with a 6-0, 6-4 victory in the final over unseeded Anastasia Beresov of Australia.  Grishuk, a 14s finalist at the Easter Bowl last year, also reached the doubles final.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Brady Advances to Second Week at Australian Open; Boyer, Johnson Win in Juniors; Kecmanovic and Kenin Reach Pro Circuit Finals

Qualifier Jennifer Brady hadn't played in the main draw of a slam prior to this year, but she has now won six straight matches and is into the round of 16 after beating No. 14 seed Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-6(4), 6-2 Saturday.  The 21-year-old, who left UCLA after her sophomore year in 2015, was down a break early in the first set, got it back to 4-4, was broken, but broke Vesnina when she served for the first set.  Down 4-3 in the tiebreaker, Brady won the final four points of the set, then held on to an early break in the second set for a 4-2 lead. She then broke Vesnina and served out the match, for her WTA Top 20 win.

In the press conference after her win, Brady was asked what had changed for her in the past two weeks and she gave much of the credit to mental aspect of her game.

"Just believing in myself. Having the confidence in my game. You know, walking out on court, knowing that if I play my game, you know... Yeah, I mean, just having the confidence in myself."

Brady, who saved five match points in her second round win over Heather Watson of Great Britain, gave the USTA's Mental Skills Specialist Larry Lauer credit for his help in instilling that confidence in her game. And when added to her serve and her forehand, and the poise she exhibited in critical stages of the match, that mindset has led to the second week of a major in her first appearance in a main draw. She will play 34-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, who won the Australian Open girls title in 1997, on Monday.

Nicole Gibbs, the other former collegian remaining in the draw, lost to Serena Williams 6-1, 6-3.

In the Australian Open Junior Championships, five Americans were on Saturday's schedule, with No. 2 seed Taylor Johnson and qualifier Tristan Boyer advancing to the second round.

Johnson defeated Violet Apisah of Papua New Guinea 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-2 and Boyer got his first junior slam win by beating fellow qualifier Philip Henning of South Africa 6-3, 6-2.  Next for Boyer is No. 2 seed Yu Hsiou Hsu of Taiwan.

Caty McNally was one of two girls seeds to fall in the first round. The No. 12 seed lost to Gabriella Da Silva Fick of Australia 6-3, 6-1 and No. 9 seed Ayumi Miyamoto of Japan lost to qualifier Julie Niemeier of Germany.  Two boys seeds also lost, with No. 12 seed Kacper Zuk of Poland and No. 8 seed Naoki Tajima both losing in three sets.

The rest of the first round of singles and some of the first round of doubles are underway Sunday (tonight here in the US).  McNally and Nathasha Subhash are the No. 5 seeds.  Carson Branstine, who is still showing as USA, but moving to Canada, is the No. 3 seed with Bianca Andreescu of Canada. Trent Bryde is playing with Finn Bass of Great Britain and they are seeded No. 8 in the boys doubles draw.

Many of the junior matches are being streamed via WatchESPN.

At the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures in Sunrise, Florida, 2016 ITF junior champion Miomir Kecmanovic has reached his second career Futures final.  The 17-year-old from Serbia, who qualified and has now won eight matches this tournament, defeated Peter Nagy of Hungary 6-1, 6-1 and will face No. 5 seed Christian Lindell of Sweden.  Lindell prevented an all-17-year-old-qualifier final by downing Patrick Kypson 7-5, 6-0.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit women's event in Orlando, No. 3 seed Sonya Kenin will face Katarzyna Piter of Poland in Sunday's final. The 18-year-old Floridian defeated qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in a match that took almost three and a half hours. Piter prevented an all-US teen final by beating Ellie Halbauer 6-1, 6-3. If she wins, the 2015 National 18s champion will collect her third career title on the Pro Circuit in her fifth attempt.

Friday, January 20, 2017

My Australian Open Junior Preview; Kodat, Gauff Claim Bolton Titles; Kypson Reaches Futures Semifinal; NCAA D-1 Cuts Teams at Final Site; Crimbill Honored by NCAA

The Australian Open Junior Championships begin Saturday (tonight here) in Melbourne, with seven US girls and four US boys in the main draw.  Taylor Johnson[2], Caty McNally[12], Carson Branstine[13] and Natasha Subhash[15] are the girls seeds from the US.  Trent Bryde[10] is the American boys seeded. My preview of the tournament is up at the Tennis Recruiting Network.  Americans on today's Australian Open schedule are Alafia Ayeni, qualifier Tristan Boyer, Johnson, McNally and qualifier Jimena Rodriguez-Benito.  Complete draws can be found at ausopen.com.

All US men are out of the Australian Open after the third round, with Jack Sock and Sam Querrey losing Friday.

Friday's third round results featuring Americans:
CoCo Vandeweghe def. Eugenie Bouchard(CAN) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga[12](FRA) def. Jack Sock[23] 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-3
Venus Williams[13] def. Ying-Ying Duan)CHN) 6-1, 6-0
Andy Murray[1](GBR) def. Sam Querrey[31] 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Sorana Cirstea(ROU) def. Alison Riske 6-2, 7-6(2)

Saturday’s third round matches involving Americans:
Nicole Gibbs vs. Serena Williams[2]
Elena Vesnina[14](RUS) vs. Jennifer Brady


The Nike Junior International Teen Tennis champions for 2017 are Toby Kodat and Cori Gauff.  For the first time in the 14-and-under Level 1 tournament's 23-year history, all four finalists were from the same country, with top seed Gauff defeating Alexandra Yepifanova 7-5, 6-2 and No. 4 seed Kodat beating No. 7 seed Martin Damm 7-5, 6-0. Kodat is the half-brother of former WTA star Nicole Vaidisova; Damm is the son 2006 US Open doubles champion Martin Damm.  Next up for all eight of the US players, seven of whom made the semifinals, is Les Petits As, which begins Monday in Tarbes France.

At the ITF Grade 1 Copa Barranquilla in Colombia, qualifier Victoria Flores and No. 11 seed Brian Cernoch have advanced to the quarterfinals.

Seventeen-year-old qualifier Patrick Kypson has advanced to the semifinals of a Futures for the second time after defeating Roberto Cid of the Dominican Republic 6-2, 6-3 at the $15,000 tournament in Sunrise Florida.  Kypson had previously reached the semifinals of a Futures at the $10,000 tournament last November in Pensacola. Qualifier Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, also 17, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Filip Peliwo of Canada.  Kypson plays No. 5 seed Christian Lindell of Sweden next, with Kecmanovic facing Peter Nagy of Hungary.  The doubles title in Sunrise went to Peter Torebko of Germany and Bastian Trinker of Austria, who defeated last week's champions Tomaslav Brkic and Nikola Cacic of Serbia 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-7.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit women's event in Orlando, No. 3 seed Sonya Kenin ended the run of last week's champion at Daytona Beach, beating Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-1. Kenin's next opponent will be qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada.  Nineteen-year-old Ellie Halbauer continued her excellent start to 2017 with the Daytona Beach finalist advancing to Saturday's semifinals with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 8 seed Kristie Ahn(Stanford). Halbauer will face unseeded Katarzyna Piter of Poland.

The NCAA announced yesterday that beginning in 2019, the Division I team championships' final site will have eight men's and eight women's teams competing rather than the current 16 for each.  Super Regional matches will be played on host campuses, with the winners advancing to the final site.  It will eliminate two days from the NCAA Championships and the two long days, which can extend from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. or beyond.  The sites for 2019 and beyond have yet to be announced.  Bobby Knight of College Tennis Today has more on the announcement, and if he can't figure out what the other change mentioned in the release actually means, I'm certainly in no position to clarify.

CJ Crimbill of Division III Case Western Reserve received NCAA Today's Top Ten award Wednesday, the first tennis player ever to be so honored. The award is based on achievements in academics, athletics and community service.  For more on the award and Crimbill's impressive resume, see this article.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

All-American Finals Set for Bolton; Two US Players Qualify for Australian Open Junior Championships; Brady Saves Five Match Points to Reach AO Third Round; Pro Circuit Update

The singles finals are set for the Nike Junior International Bolton Teen Tennis tournament and the winners are guaranteed to come from the United States.

Top seed Cori Gauff defeated Elvina Kalieva 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the final, where she'll meet unseeded Alexandra Yepifanova, who defeated No. 2 seed Kylie Bilchev of Great Britain 6-2, 7-6(7).  The 12-year-old Gauff already has claimed one title at the Grade 1 Tennis Europe 14-and-under event, teaming up with Charlotte Owensby to win the doubles title.  Gauff and Owensby, the top seeds, defeated No. 5 seeds Flavie Brugnone and Anaelle LeClercq of France 4-6, 6-2. 10-6.

All the boys semifinalists were from the US, with No. 7 seed Martin Damm defeating Alexander Bernard 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 and No. 4 seed Toby Kodat beating Aidan Mayo 6-3, 6-3.  No. 8 seeds Damm and Mayo fell in the boys doubles final, with No. 2 seeds Joel Pierleoni and Jack Pinnington Jones of Great Britain prevailing by a score of 6-3, 7-5.

Overnight in Traralgon, where qualifying for the Australian Open Junior Championships is held, two American juniors made it into the main draw, with play beginning in Melbourne Saturday (Friday night in the US).  Fifteen-year-old Tristan Boyer, the No. 15 seed, defeated Australian wild card Anthony Popyrin 6-2, 6-2 to earn a place in junior slam for the first time, and No. 10 seed Jimena Rodriguez-Benito, 16, will also be making her slam debut after outlasting No. 8 seed Ana Biskic of Croatia 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Complete draws can be found at the tournament site at Tennis Australia.


The champions at Grade 1 in Traralgon were determined Thursday, with No. 6 seed Corentin Moutet taking the boys title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 16 seed Zsomber Piros of Hungary. It's Moutet's first Grade 1 title, but as I mentioned in my upcoming preview of the Australian Open Junior Championships for the Tennis Recruiting Network, the 17-year-old from France has established himself as the favorite for the title.

Fifteen-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland, seeded fifth, swept both titles, taking out No. 10 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final and partnering Maja Chwalinska for the doubles title. No. 7 seeds Swiatek and Chwalinska, who is also from Poland, defeated the unseeded Australian team of  Gabriella Da Silva-Fick and Kaitlin Staines 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the final.

The boys doubles final, which featured two unseeded teams, went to the Italian team of Francesco Forti and Mattia Frinzi, who defeated Ryan Nijboer of the Netherlands and Ajeet Rai of New Zealand 7-6(6), 7-6(7).

In men's and women's action at the Australian Open, all three US men were defeated last night, while Serena Williams, Nicole Gibbs and qualifier Jennifer Brady picked up victories.  Brady's was by far the most dramatic, as the former UCLA star saved five match points in her win over Great Britain's Heather Watson.  This article from the Independent has the details, mostly from Watson's perspective, but it's clear that Brady served well, and she has 20 aces, third among women in the tournament, through two rounds.  Brady plays No. 14 seed Elena Vesnina of Russia next, while Gibbs faces Williams.

Thursday's second round results for US players:
Serena Williams[2] def. Lucia Safarova(CZE) 6-3, 6-4
Alexander Zverev[24](GER) def. Frances Tiafoe 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber[32](GER) def. Donald Young  7-5, 6-3, 6-0
David Ferrer[21](ESP) def. Ernesto Escobedo 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Jennifer Brady def. Heather Watson(GBR) 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-8
Nicole Gibbs def. Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-1

Friday's third round matches involving Americans:
Eugenie Bouchard(CAN) vs. CoCo Vandeweghe
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga[12](FRA) vs. Jack Sock[23]
Ying-Ying Duan)CHN) vs. Venus Williams[13]
Andy Murray[1](GBR) vs. Sam Querrey[31]
Sorana Cirstea(ROU) vs. Alison Riske

The quarterfinals are set at the two USTA Pro Circuit events this week in Florida, with qualifiers Patrick Kypson and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia both advancing in the $15,000 Futures in Sunrise.  Kypson defeated fellow Kalamazoo 16s champion John McNally, a wild card, 6-0, 6-4 today, while Kecmanovic, the ITF No. 1 junior, squeezed past Jaume Pla Malfeito of Spain 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3. Kypson will next face last week's Futures champion Roberto Cid of the Dominican Republic. The recent South Florida star defeated top seed Emilio Gomez of Eucador 6-0, 6-4.  Kecmanovic will play 2012 ITF World Junior Champion Filip Peliwo of Canada, who beat qualifier Kevin King 6-1, 6-3.  Also in the quarterfinals are Canada's Brayden Schnur(North Carolina), Hungary's Peter Nagy(Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), Ecuador's Gonzalo Escobar(Texas Tech) and Sweden's Christian Lindell[5], the only seed.

At the $25,000 Women's tournament in Orlando, 18-year-old qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada had a big win, taking out No. 5 seed Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, the 2016 US Open girls finalist, 6-4, 6-3. Kristie Ahn[8], Sonya Kenin[3] and Ellie Halbauer are the US players who have advanced to the quarterfinals at the USTA's campus in Lake Nona.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Americans Dominate Bolton, with Seven of Eight Semifinalists; AO Junior Qualifying; Traralgon G1 Finals Set; Gibbs Feature


The Nike International, which has gone by different names in the past, but has remained in Bolton, England, has always been kind to Americans. In six of the past seven years, at least one US player has won a singles title at the 14-and-under event, which is the same level as next week's Les Petits As, although the fields are never as deep as in Tarbes.  A US boys champion is already assured with all four of the players USTA National Coach Jon Glover took on the trip reaching the semifinals: No. 4 seed Toby Kodat, No. 7 seed Martin Damm, Alexander Bernard and Aidan Mayo.  Damm will play Bernard and Kodat will face Mayo to determine the finalists.  Three of the US girls on the trip, top seed Cori Gauff, Alexandra Yepifanova and Elvina Kalieva won their quarterfinal matches today, with Gauff playing Kalieva in the semifinals.  No. 8 seed Charlotte Owensby lost to No. 2 seed Kylie Bilchev of Great Britain 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to deny the US a clean sweep.  Maureen Diaz is the USTA coach for the girls.

A team from the US will also play in both doubles finals.  Top seeds Gauff and Owensby will face No. 5 seeds Flavie Brugnone and Anaelle Leclercq of France, who defeated Kalieva and Yepifanova in the semifinals to prevent an all-US doubles final.  Damm and Mayo, the No. 8 seeds in the boys doubles, beat the top seeds in today's semifinals and will play No. 2 seeds Joel Pierleoni and Jack Pinnington Jones of Great Britain in the finals.

Qualifying for the Australian Open junior championships will finish on Thursday (tonight in the US), with Americans Jimena Rodriguez-Benito and Tristan Boyer getting to the final round with victories on Wednesday in Traralgon.  Draws and the order of play can be found at the Tennis Australia tournament site.

The finals are set at the Grade 1 in Traralgon, with 15-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland, seeded fifth, facing 14-year-old Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine, seeded tenth, in the girls final.  The boys finals will be between two 17-year-olds: No. 6 seed Corentin Moutet of France and No. 16 seed Zsombor Piros of Hungary.  The boys doubles final will feature two unseeded teams: Ryan Nijboer of the Netherlands and Ajeet Rai of New Zealand and Francesco Forti and Mattia Frinzi of Italy. Swiatek will go for her second title of the day in the girls doubles final. She and Maja Chwalinska, seeded seventh, will face the unseeded Australian team of Gabriella Da Silva Fick and Kaitlin Staines.

Traralgon is one of three Grade 1s this week. There are no Americans in the Czech Republic tournament's draw, but 17 US juniors made the trip to Colombia for the Copa Barranquilla. Of the ten boys, three advanced to the second round: Govind Nanda, Brian Cernoch(11) and William Grant.  Of the seven girls, five advanced to the second round, with No. 2 seed Victoria Emma and No. 14 seed Lea Ma getting byes in the 48-player girls draw.  Chloe Hamlin, Amanda Meyer and qualifier Victoria Flores won their first round matches.

The first day of the second round of the Australian Open didn't go as well for Americans as the past two, with US players going 5-8 and No. 19 seed John Isner bowing out after winning the first two sets from Mischa Zverev of Germany. But that was probably the only surprising loss, and Noah Rubin acquitted himself well against Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena before falling 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3).

Wednesday's second round matches featuring Americans:

Venus Williams[13] def. Stefanie Voegele(SUI) 6-3, 6-2
Roger Federer[17](SUI) def. Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(3)
Garbine Muguruza[7](ESP) def. Samantha Crawford 7-5, 6-4
Elina Svitolina[11](UKR) def. Julia Boserup 6-4, 6-1
Stan Wawrinka[4](SUI) def. Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Ashleigh Barty(AUS) def. Shelby Rogers 7-5, 6-1
Sam Querrey[31] def. Alex De Minaur(AUS) 7-6(5), 6-0, 6-1
CoCo Vandeweghe def. Pauline Parmentier(FRA) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Alison Riske def. Shuai Zhang[20](CHN) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-1
Tomas Berdych[10](CZE) def. Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-2
Ying-Ying Duan(CHN) def. Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 3-6, 10-8
Mischa Zverev(GER) def. John Isner[19] 6-7(4), 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7), 9-7
Jack Sock[23] def. Karen Khachanov(RUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Only seven Americans are on Thursday's schedule, including two former college stars playing each other in Nicole Gibbs and Irina Falconi. Gibbs is the subject of this excellent New Yorker article, which focuses on her commitment to speaking out on issues that concern her, both inside and outside of tennis.

Frances Tiafoe and Alexander Zverev will play in an interesting ATP Next Gen match. It's surprising to me that they didn't play in their junior careers, despite the fact that Zverev is only one year older.

Thursday's second round matches featuring Americans:
Lucia Safarova(CZE) vs. Serena Williams[2]
Alexander Zverev[24](GER) vs. Frances Tiafoe
Donald Young vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber[32](GER)
Ernesto Escobedo vs. David Ferrer[21](ESP)
Jennifer Brady vs. Heather Watson(GBR)
Nicole Gibbs vs. Irina Falconi

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Australian Open Junior Qualifying Begins, Wild Cards Announced; Twenty Americans Reach AO Second Round; US Claims Half of Quarterfinal Berths in Bolton

The wild cards for the Australian Open Junior Championships, which begin on Saturday, have been distributed.  Note that a wild card, Oliver Anderson of Australia, won the boys title in 2016, a result not particularly rare in the ITF Junior ranks. I believe the two Chinese wild cards are a results of playoffs for Asian juniors, similar to the competition Tennis Australia holds for a men's and women's main draw wild card.

Boys:
Matthew Dellavedova (AUS)
Kody Pearson (AUS)
Chase Ferguson (AUS)
Alexander Crnokrak (AUS)
Lucas Vuradin (AUS)
Dane Sweeny (AUS)
Thomas Bosancic (AUS)
Tao Mu (CHN)

Girls:
Lisa Mays (AUS)
Alexandra Bozovic (AUS)
Aleksa Cveticanin (AUS)
Ivana Popovic (AUS)
Michaela Haet (AUS)
Selina Turulja (AUS)
Zoe Kruger (RSA)
Chengyiyi Yuan (CHN)

Special exempts went to Traralgon doubles semifinalists Francesco Forti of Italy in the boys draw and Gabriella Da Silva-Fick of Australia in the girls draw.  The special exempt spots not used allowed Lisa Piccinetti of Italy and Siphosothando Montsi of South Africa to move into the main draw.

The qualifying draw cannot be posted on the ITF junior website until after the Freeze deadline, but qualifying does begin on Wednesday in Traralgon (tonight here in the US), so the draw has been made.  There is a bye in the girls draw, and no wild cards were necessary, which is unusual for a junior slam, and it means that top seed Ali Collins of Great Britain has to win only one match to advance to the main draw. American girls in qualifying are Jazmin Walle, Alana Smith[5] and Jimena Rodriguez-Benito[10].  The boys qualifying draw does have six wild cards, all from Australia.  American boys in qualifying are Tristan Boyer[15] and Zachary Garner.

All Americans are out of both singles and doubles at the ITF Grade 1 in Traralgon, with Hurricane Tyra Black losing to No. 5 seed Iga Swiatek of Poland 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.  Black also lost in the quarterfinals of doubles, as did No. 3 seeds Caty McNally and Natasha Subhash.

American success was much greater for the older players in Melbourne, where 20 competitors from the US advanced to the second round of the Australian Open. Americans who played college tennis went 6-0 in the first round, with qualifier Jennifer Brady, Nicole Gibbs and Irina Falconi joining John Isner, Steve Johnson and Noah Rubin, who won on Monday.  Gibbs and Falconi will play each other Thursday for a chance to play, most likely, Serena Williams.  The young Americans had mixed results yesterday, with both National 18s champions Michael Mmoh and Kayla Day dropping their matches in straight sets.  Qualifier Reilly Opelka lost the last 10 points of his match with No. 11 seed David Goffin, Taylor Fritz is still looking for his first win at a major after a loss to Gilles Muller and Jared Donaldson won the first two sets from Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva before falling in five sets.  Frances Tiafoe earned his first slam win, and Ernesto Escobedo claimed his second after making the second round last year at the US Open.  For more on the young Americans, see this article from ESPN.com.

Tuesday's first round results for Americans:

Serena Williams[2] def. Belinda Bencic(SUI) 6-4, 6-3
David Goffin(BEL)[11] def. Reilly Opelka 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Rogerio Dutra Silva(BRA) d. Jared Donaldson 3-6, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Jennifer Brady def. Maryna Zanevska(BEL) 6-3, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic(GER) def. Kayla Day 6-3, 6-2
Donald Young def. Thomas Fabbiano(ITA) 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-4
Gilles Muller(LUX) def. Taylor Fritz 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 6-3
Irina Falconi def. Xinyun Han(CHN) 6-1, 7-5
Frances Tiafoe def. Mikhail Kukushkin(KAZ) 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2
Gilles Simon[25](FRA) def. Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
Nicole Gibbs def. Timea Babos[25](HUN) 7-6(3), 6-4
Ernesto Escobedo def. Daniil Medvedev(RUS) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1

Wednesday's second round matches involving Americans:

Stefanie Voegele(SUI) vs. Venus Williams[13]
Noah Rubin vs. Roger Federer[17](SUI)
Samantha Crawford vs. Garbine Muguruza[7](ESP)
Elina Svitolina[11](UKR) vs. Julia Boserup
Stan Wawrinka[4](SUI) vs. Steve Johnson
Shelby Rogers vs. Ashleigh Barty(AUS)
Alex De Minaur(AUS) vs. Sam Querrey[31]
Alison Riske vs. Shuai Zhang[20](CHN)
Tomas Berdych[10](CZE) vs. Ryan Harrison
Varvara Lepchenko vs. Ying-Ying Duan)CHN)
John Isner[19] vs. Mischa Zverev(GER)
Karen Khachanov(RUS) vs. Jack Sock[23]
Pauline Parmentier(FRA) vs. CoCo Vandeweghe



The quarterfinals are set for the Nike International 14U tournament in Bolton, with Americans occupying four of the eight spots in both the boys and girls draws.  Unseeded Alexandra Yepifanova has lost only seven games in her three victories and today she defeated No. 3 seed Elsa Jacquemot of France 6-1, 6-2. Elvina Kalieva, top seed Cori Gauff and No. 8 seed Charlotte Owensby also won in straight sets.

Only three seeds advanced to the boys quarterfinals and two of them are Americans: No. 7 seed Martin Damm and No. 4 seed Toby Kodat, both of whom won in straight sets. Aidan Mayo and Alex Bernard also took out their opponents in straight sets.  Complete draws are available at the Tennis Europe tournament site.