Townsend Takes Another Grand Slam Doubles Crown

August 23, 2012 04:10 PM
Ryan Harrison won the doubles crown at 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open.
Irina Falconi
Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga.
Samantha Crawford in action at the 2012 US Open.
Crawford crowned girls' singles champ
On a cool, sunny day on Court 11, a cool, sunny young Atlanta native Samantha Crawford pulled out an improbable and incredible win. The unseeded Crawford, who hails from Florida and trains at USTA National Tennis Center in Boca Raton, won her first ever Grand Slam juniors title at the US Open, her home slam, defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 7-5, 6-3.
She came storming back to eliminate Germany's Antonia Lottner 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals.
Crawford, who also played in the main draw, advanced to the girls' semifinals in a walkover. Crawford, who grew up in Atlanta, had been scheduled to play the No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. She defeated eight-seeded Sacia Vickery of the United States 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a huge comeback and Zuzanna Maciejewska of Poland 6-3, 6-3.
Townsend wins girls' doubles
Taylor Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., teamed up with Gabrielle Andrews as the four seeds to win the US Open girls' doubles title.
They avenged their loss in the final of last year’s US Open on Saturday by defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Petra Uberalova of Slovakia, 6-4, 6-3, to raise the 2012 trophy.

The win finishes off an incredible year for the American duo, who now have two Grand Slam junior titles to their name, adding the US Open title to their 2012 Australian Open championship they won as doubles partners in January. This also marks the third girls' doubles Grand Slam win and fourth Grand Slam finals appearance for Townsend, who won the Australian Open and made it to the French Open final with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard earlier this year.
In the semifinals, Townsend/Andrews defeated Anna Danilina/Elizaveta Kulichkova, the top seeds, 6-2, 7-6(1). They downed the following teams in dearlier rounds: Camilla Rosatello/Ipek Soylu, Emily Fanning/Anett Kontaveit and Ellen Allgurin/Rebecca Peterson.
Townsend is the girls' top seed. She defeated the 16th seed from Mexico, Marcela Zacarias 6-0, 7-6(5) in the third round along with taking down Belgian Elise Mertens and Colombian Laura Ucros 6-3. 6-3. However, she lost to Estonia's Anett Knotaveit 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Other junior action
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, of Charlotte, N.C., and Mexican Lucas Gomez advanced to the quarterfinals 7-5, 6-1 but lost to the fifth-seeded Maximilan Marterer and Daniel Masur. They eliminated Borna Coric/Elias Ymer in the second round 6-4, 6-4 and Kimmer Coppejans/Jeroen Vanneste 6-3, 3-6, [10-5]. Kwiakowski lost to Maxime Hamou 7-6(3) and 7-6(4) in first-round singles.
Quarterfinal action
Christian and Ryan Harrison reached the quarterfinals. However, the Shreveport, La. natives fell to the ninth-seeded team of Aisam-Ul_haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-2, 6-3.
Third-round action
Brothers Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison continued their run at the US Open Sunday, knocking out 14th seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. The Shreveport, La. natives added to their first-round upset over fourth seeds and reigning finalists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.
John Isner went into the fourth set of his match with German Phillipp Kohlschreiber up two sets to one. But, playing after 2 a.m. on Monday morning didn't work out for the tall North Carolina native as he fell 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The match ended at 2:25 a.m., the second latest ending in US Open history.
Defending mixed doubles champions Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock lost in the second round to Sania Mirza and Fleming 6-4, 7-6(7).
Second-round action
John Isner played his second four-set match, winning over Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 in the second round.
Ryan Harrison pushed seventh-seed Juan Martin Del Potro to four sets but lost 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Brian Baker didn't have much luck against Janko Tipsarevic, losing to the eighth-seed 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Mallory Burdette had no answers for Maria Sharapova, losing to the Russian 6-1, 6-1.
Donald Young, playing mixed with Varvara Lepchenko, lost in the second round 2-6, 6-4, [10-7]. Baker and Rajeev Ram lost to Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 7-5, 6-3. Irina Falconi and Maria Sanchezfell to Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova 6-0, 5-7. 7-5.
First-round action
The first singles main draw victories for Southern players came on Wednesday.
John Isner dug out a hard-fought match against Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse, prevailing in a long tiebreak and winning 6-3, 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(11). Ryan Harrison won over Benjamin Becker 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
Brian Baker took out Jan Hajek in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Also, Mallory Burdette was a winner with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Czech Lucie Hradecka.
On Thursday, Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock began their defense of their 2011 US Open mixed doubles championship with a nail-biting victory over the fifth seeds. Oudin/Sock defeated Katarina Srebotnik/Nenad Aimonjic 4-6, 6-3, [13].
The brothers Harrison had a huge upset in in the first round. Shreveport, La. natives Ryan and Christian defeated the fourth seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 7-6(3), 2-6, 7-6(7). Ryan won the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title with Matthew Ebden in July.
Donald Young and partner Nicolas Monroe eliminated the seventh-seeded team of Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 5-7, 6--3, 6-4. Young also won in the first round of mixed doubles when he and Varvara Lepchenko downed Vladimira Uhlirova and Jonathan Marray 6-1, 6-3.
Brian Baker and Rajeev Ram beat Martin Emmrich and Igor Sijsling 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3).
Jackson, Ga.'s Mallory Burdette was the one bright spot in a disappointing first day of the US Open for Southern players. She defeated Swiss Timea Bacsinzky 6-4, 6-3.
Atlanta's Irina Falconi is playing with American Maria Sanchez and they defeated Alexandra Cadantu and Mathilde Johansson 6-2, 6-3. In mixed doubles, Falconi teamed up with two-time NCAA Division I champ Steve Johnson but lost to the retiring Kim Clisters and Bob Bryan 6-2, 6-2.
Lindsay Lee-Waters, of Dunwoody, Ga., and Megan Moulton-Levy fell to the famed sister act of Serena and Venus Williams 6-4, 6-0. Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., and his partner Michael Russel were knocked out by Australians Matthew Ebden and Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-6(4).
Georgians Melanie Oudin and Grace Min lost to Spaniards Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-4. Atlanta native Samantha Crawford and Alexandra Kijick lost to Liga Dekmeijere/ Mervana Jugic-Salkic 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. Crawford also fell in the first round of mixed when she and American Mitchell Krueger lost to Andrea Hlavackova and Mahesh Bhupathi.
New York wasn't kind to Atlanta as six metro Atlantans fell on Monday.
Donald Young had the most daunting test but didn't get a passing grade as he was defeated by No. 1 Roger Federer 6-3,6-2, 6-4. Another Southerner with a tough matchup was Rhyne Williams who had to face reigning BB&T Atlanta Open champion Andy Roddick. The former University of Tennessee star fell 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Three years after reaching the US Open quarterfinals, Melanie Oudin lost to seeded Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-0. Jamie Hampton put up a battle in the second set but lost to the 11th-seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 7-6(5).
Veterans Robby Ginepri and Bobby Reynolds both lost. Spain's Albert Ramos defeated Ginepri 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 while Reynolds fell to Tim Smyczek in five sets 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Irina Falconi was caught in an intense battle with Olga Puchkova of Russia but fell 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3. Samantha Crawford lost a tight match to Great Britain's Laura Robson 6-3, 7-6(6).
Before the tournament
John Isner, America’s top ranked player and a native of Greensboro, N.C., will take on veteran Xavier Malisse in the first round of the 2012 US Open. Isner leads 16 Southern players in the singles and doubles main draws of the final Grand Slam of the year.
Isner, the No. 9 seed has won only once in three matches with the Belgian Malisse.
Atlanta’s Donald Young has had a tough year (2-20 in singles) and the US Open doesn’t hold a lot of promise for the 23-year-old. He will face No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the opening round.
Other American men and their opponents in the draw are: Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, La., versus Benjamin Becker; Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn. against Jan Hadek and Marietta, Ga.’s Robby Ginepri, who is a wild card, drawing Albert Ramos.
Knoxville, Tenn.'s Rhyne Williams goes from college play at the University of Tennessee to qualifying for the US Open. His first-round opponent -  2012 BB&T Atlanta Open and former US Open champion Andy Roddick. Veteran Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., who also advanced through qualifying will face American Tim Smyczek.
Four women in main draw
On the women’s side, wild card Melanie Oudin, also of Marietta, will face the No. 15 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Safarova has won both of their matches.
Atlantan Jamie Hampton also drew a seed and will face No. 11 Marion Bartoli. Another Atlanta resident, Irina Falconi, will meet a qualifier in the first round.
Mallory Burdette, of Jackson, Ga., earned a wild card based on her summer accomplishments in the USTA Pro Circuit. She will square off against Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky in the opening round.
Atlanta native Samantha Crawford successfully advanced through the qualies and into the main draw. She will play Brit Laura Robson.
Playing in doubles
Ryan Harrison will be playing doubles with his younger brother, Christian. Both were born in Shreveport, La.
Baker is teaming up with Rajeev Ram. Young will be playing with Nicolas Monroe of Chapel Hill, N.C. Reynolds is entered with Michael Russell.
NCAA Division I doubles champions Burdette and Nicole Gibbs, her partner from Stanford withdrew and were replaced by Lindsay Lee-Waters, of Dunwoody, Ga., and Megan Moulton-Levy. Their first match is a tough test as they will face Serena and Venus Williams.
Oudin is playing with up-and-coming Grace Min, of Norcross, Ga. Crawford and American Alexandra Kiick are a doubles team. Falconi is playing with Maria Sanchez.
Oudin is the reigning US Open mixed doubles champion with Jack Sock. The mixed doubles field will be announced at a later date.