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Southern Section Juniors On Court at National Tennis Center

September 5, 2007 10:47 AM

After several days of intense competition a select few are still standing strong in the US Open Juniors. Tennessee native and ninth seed, Rhyne Williams and Mississippi native, Devin Britton, with doubles partner, Jared Easton.

Williams cruised by his opponent, Gastao Elias of Portugal, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday, and moves into the third round of the US Open Juniors. Williams will now have a tough match ahead as he is set to face the fifth seed, Australian, Greg Jones.

Britton and his partner Easton advanced after defeating Adam El Mihdawy and Ryan Harrison. Now the duo will take on the second seed’s, Steven Donald and Greg Jones in the quarter final round.

The US Open Junior’s tournament kicked off this week with some exiting play in the first round. No. 9 seed Rhyne Williams made it through to the second round after defeating Cesar Ramirez, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The sixteen-year-old from Knoxville Tenn. is currently ranked No. 10 in the world in juniors and will face Gastao Elias of Portugal in the next round of the Junior US Open.

On the boy’s side, doubles play looked strong as Britton, Seal, Sandgren and Jenkins all made it out of the first round of competition.

Sixteen-year-old, Devin Britton from Brandon, Mississippi and his doubles partner, Jared Easton moved on the second round after their 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alejandro Gonzalez and Roberto Maytin. Next Britton and Easton will face Adam El Mihdawy and Ryan Harrison in the second round.

James (Bo) Seal the sixteen-year-old from Chattanooga, Tenn. and partner Tennys Sandgren from Gallatin, Tenn. will take on No. 8 seed’s, Thomas Fabbiano and Andrei Karatchenia, in the second round after their victory over Bernard Tomic and Mark Verryth of Austrialia.

Jamere Jenkins from College Park, Georgia and his partner Austin Krajicek will face the NO. 7 seed’s John-Patric Smith and Andrew Thomas after deafeating Jiri Kosler and Cristobal Saavedra in the first round of play.

On the girls side things started heating up as fifthteen- year-old, Melanie Oudin from Marietta, Georgia moved into the second round in singles and in doubles. Oudia defeated Stephanie Vogt 6-4, 6-4 in the first round in singles and with seventeen-year-old partner; Jamie Hampton from Auburn, Alabama came up victorious in doubles. They now move on to face No. 7 seed’s Tyra Calderwood and Julia Glushko in the next round of the US Open Juniors.

Mallory Cecil, the seventeen-year-old from Spartanburg, South Carolina also moved to the second round after her victory against Noppawan Lertcheewakarn. She will take on the No. 8 seed, Lauren Albanese in the second round.

Eighteen-year-old Reka Zsilinszka from Fayetteville, N.C is seeded thirteen in the US Open Juniors.

 

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