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Juniors Report: Five American boys and girls into quarterfinals

No. 6 seed Francis Tiafoe in third-round boys' singles action on Court 17.
By Olivia Wittels
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day 11 of the 2014 US Open featured the third round of the junior boys’ and girls’ singles tournament, as well as all of the junior doubles quarterfinal matches.

No. 6 seed Francis Tiafoe kept hopes of an American winning another junior Grand Slam title this year alive, moving on to the quarterfinals after defeating Marcelo Zormann of Brazil, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Another American, No. 4 seed Stefan Kozlov, also needed three sets to defeat his opponent, Seong-chan Hong of Korea. The 2014 Wimbledon boys’ runner-up moved on to the quarters with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 victory.

The remaining American boys in action did not fare as well. No. 3 seed Jared Donaldson was upset by Omar Jasika of Australia, 6-4, 6-3. The No. 7 seed Duckhee Lee of Korea defeated Henrik Wiersholm in straight-sets, 6-1, 6-2, and the No. 1 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia beat No. 14 seed Taylor Harry Fritz, 6-4, 6-0.

Another upset on the boys’ side came at the hands of Mikael Ymer of Sweden, as he upended the No. 8 seed Roman Safiullin of Russia, 7-5, 0-6, 6-2.

Of the four American girls on court today, three of them earned spots in the quarterfinals. Katerina Stewart, yet to drop a set in the tournament, continued her dominant run with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Anna Bondar of Hungary. Stewart is scheduled to face Greetje Minnen of Belgium in the quarterfinals.

No. 4 seed Tornado Alicia Black defeated Vero Lapko of Belarus with an easy 6-2, 6-0 win, while Caroline Dolehide upset the No. 6 seed Jil Belen Teichmann of Switzerland, 7-5, 6-1. Black and Dolehide will face off in an all-American clash in the quarters. Raveena Kingsley was the only American girl to lose today, falling to No. 11 seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia, 6-4, 6-2.

Besides Dolehide’s win, there were two other upsets in the girls’ bracket today. No. 9 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine defeated No. 7 seed Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov of Spain, 6-3, 7-5, while Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic earned a 7-5, 7-6 victory over the No. 16 seed, Olga Fridman of the Ukraine.

In the boys’ doubles quarterfinals, the No. 6 seeds Omar Jasika and Naoki Nakagawa of Japan took out the No. 2 seeded team, Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann of Brazil, 6-3, 1-6, [10-8]. Jasika and Nakagawa will face Filippo Baldi of Italy and Lucas Miedler of Austria in the semis. The Italian-Austrian duo earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Koreans Yunseong Chung and Seong-chan Hong today.

Viktor Durasovic of Norway and Nicolae Frunza of Romania earned a spot in the second boys semifinal after a 7-5, 6-4 upset over the No. 5 seeds Taylor Harry Fritz and Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands. They will face Brazilians Rafael Matos and Joao Menezes in the semifinals. The Brazilians earned their spot in the semis after upsetting the No. 8 seeds, Duckhee Lee and Marc Polmans of Australia, 4-6, 7-5, [13-11].

No. 7 seeds Viktoria Kuzmova and Kristina Schmiedlova of Slovakia advanced out of the girls doubles quarterfinals after a walkover by No. 1 seeds CiCi Bellis of America and Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. In the semis, the Slovakians will face No. 6 seeds Ipek Soylu of Turkey and Jil Belen Teichmann, who defeated Tami Grende of Indonesia and Luisa Stefani of Brazil, 6-2, 7-5.

Maia Lumsden of England and Fanni Stollar of Hungary also moved into the semis after a walkover by No. 4 seeds Olga Fridman of the Ukraine and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. Lumsden and Stollar are scheduled to face Vera Lapko and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia in their next match. The Belarusian-Slovakian team defeated the all-British pair of Freya Christie and Katie Swan, 6-4, 3-6, [10-4] in the quarterfinals today.

Junior play continues on Friday with the boys’ and girls’ quarterfinal matches, along with the doubles semifinals.