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Four Southern Juniors Advanced To Doubles Quarterfinals

September 8, 2009 02:36 PM

Thursday, Sept. 10
Wimbledon junior finalist Jordon Cox from Duluth, Ga. and Tennys Sandgren from Gallatin, Tenn. battled but fell in the quarterfinals to No. 2 seeds, Argentines Facundo Arguello and Aquesin Velotti 7-5, 6-4.

The quarters also proved tough for two Southern teens we were defeated in match tiebreaks.

Grace Min, of Duluth, Ga., who was playing with Kristi Ahn from New Jersey, cam up short 6-7(3), 6-3, [11-9] to Slovaks Jana Cepelova and Chantal Skamova.

Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C., and Brooke Bolander lost to the third-seeded duo of Elena Bogdan and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4, 3-6, [10-2].

Wednesday, Sept. 9
Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C., and Grace Min, of Duluth, Ga., both advanced with different partners at the US Open Junior Championships. Herring and Min, who have won USTA National Doubles titles together as well as helping USTA Southern win the 2009 Girl's 18s National Team Championship and the 2008 Boy's and Girl's 16 National Team Championship, paired with other Americans for this tournament.

Min is playing with Kristi Ahn from New Jersey and defeated Paula Kania and Magda Linette, of Poland, 3-6, 7-5, [10-7]. Herring is paired with Brooke Bolander and they advanced over Ons Jabeur and Sai-Sai Zheng 2-6, 6-2, [10-5]. Both will play in the quarterfinals of the US Open juniors with a possible showdown in the semis. 

Mallory Burdette, of Jackson, Ga., and Sloane Stephens went down to Miyabi Inoue and Risa Ozaki of Japan 7-5, 6-4.

On the boys side, Wimbledon junior finalist Jordon Cox from Duluth, Ga. and Tennys Sandgren from Gallatin, Tenn. also reached the quarters. They need a long second-set tiebreak to defeat Austrians Maximillan Neuchrist and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn 5-7, 7-6(16), [10-4].

Tuesday, Sept. 8
Duluth, Ga.’s Jordan Cox and Tennys Sandgren of Gallatin, Tenn., advanced to the boys’ second round by beating Richard Becker and Duilio Beretta 7-6(5), 7-6(6).

Sandgren put up a strong battle in two close tiebreaks but was defeated by Sebastian Lavie of New Zealand 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in the singles second round.

Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., lost in second round to the tenth seed, Richel Hogenkamp, of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-4. Mallory Burdette, of Jackson, Ga. extended Daria Gavrilova of Russia to three sets. But the ninth-seed won 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Sunday, Sept. 6
Lawrenceville, Ga.’s Grace Min won her opening round match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Chinese Taipei’s Ting-Fei Juan. Next up for Min is the tenth-seed Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands.

Tennys Sandgren defeated the No. 2 seed, Daniel Berta of Sweden, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5). Jordan Cox, Duluth, Ga. lost in the first round to the No. 1 seed, Yuki Bhambri of India, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

In doubles, Min and Kristie Ahn prevailed with a 5-7, 7-5, [10-4] victory over Ting-Fei Juan and Emi Mutaguchi. Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C., and Brooke Bolendar advanced 6-7(3), 4-3 retired over Tamara Curovic and Yulia Putintseva.

Jackson, Ga.’s Mallory Burdette advanced to the girls’ doubles second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Annika Beck and Despina Papamichail. Her partner, Sloane Stephens, of Florida, is the daughter of former New England Patriots running back John Stephens, who was killed in an auto accident outside of Shreveport, La., last week. Sloane plans to fly to Louisiana for the funeral and then return for her next matches. She is also in the girls’ singles.

Nathan Pasha, of Atlanta, and partner Sekou Bangoura fell in the first round to Julien Obry and Adrien Puget 1-6, 6-4, [10-1].




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