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Jessica Kirkland & Alexandra Mueller
At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Wednesday, September 4th-Junior Championships Day Four
Robert Yim had total control of Court 9 today. Though Steve Darcis of Belgium is ranked as the number nine player in the world, Robert had him running for shots and hitting wildly. In a match that most certainly brought his ranking a lot higher than the current 40, Robert had the 6-3,6-1 win in just under an hour.
The No. 2 seeded Ally Baker had no problem dismissing Linda Smolenakova of Slovakia. She served up a handful of aces and never lost serve during a 6-2,6-4 win.
Brian Baker also had a quick and easy win against Robert Smeets. Robert never got a break as the boys No. 8 seed headed into the quarters.
The young duo of Vahid Mirzadeh and Nick Rinks out hit and outlasted the more experienced Mathieu Montcourt and Jo-Wilifried Tsonga. Vahid and Nick held most of the match, though the elders did push them to a tiebreak. They survived the challenge for a 6-3,7-6 win.
Top-seeded Tanner Cochran and Kristen Schluekbir were winners today as a team and separately in singles. The team defeated Hanna Nooni and Neha Uberoi, 7-5,6-4. Both girls also moved easily on to the next round in straight sets.
Another American pair to advance in doubles today was Shadisha Robinson and Tory Zawacki. Though it was a challenge, they defeated Aleksandra Wozniak and Katrina Zoricic, 6-4,7-5. In her singles match, however, Shadisha Robinson never quite got into her match with Tatiana Golovin. Tatiana, the No. 15 seed, took it 6-1,6-4.
Not all Americans were lucky today. The eighth seeded team of Brian Dabul and Lamine Ouahab quickly and easily eliminated Stephen Bass and James Wan, 6-1,6-1. Chris Kwon couldn't get past France's Laurent Redorc despite a few breaks in the match.
For Jamea Jackson the problem wasn't winning. The fifteen year old was up in her match against Salome Devidze, 1-6,6-2,4-3, but had to retire due to cramps. Jamea was worked on by a trainer, but felt so bad she had to be taken off the court in a wheelchair.
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