Friday, September 10th-
Junior Championships, Day Six
While a couple of Americans fell on Friday, there's still plenty of hope left for a champion on home soil.
Sloane Stephens is still in contention for a sweep of the juniors as the 15th seed moved on through the singles quarters and doubles semis. In singles, she took out higher seed Karolina Pilskova (6) of the Czech Republic. Despite the loss of the first set, Sloane held steady for the 3-6,6-4,6-3 win and a place in the semis against top-seeded Daria Gavrilova, who eliminated American qualifier Robin Anderson (right) 6-4,6-4. It had been a great run for Robin,
who saved two match points at 5-3 in the second set.
Sloane has already beaten Daria at the tournament as she and partner Timea Babos took out the Russian and her partner Irina Khromacheva in the doubles semifinal, 6-2,7-5, to earn a place in the finals against An-Sophie Mestach & Silvia Nijiric. The other girls singles semifinal will be between Ons Jabeur and Yulia Putintseva, who upset the final American, No. 5 Monica Puig (below) 6-2,6-4.
There will be boys from the United States in both semifinals and Saturday, setting up a possible all-American final for the first time since Andy Roddick beat Robby Ginepri in 2000. (That was also the last time a boy from the U.S. won the title). On the top half, Denis Kudla (10) quickly took out unseeded Filip Horansky, 7-5,6-1, for a chance at No. 8 Agustin Velotti of Argentina, a straight sets winner over No. 4 Jiri Vesely.
American wildcard Jack Sock continued his run with yet another upset, this time over 13th-seeded Victor Baluda of Russia, 6-3,7-6(4). It's going to get a bit tougher as Jack has to face No. 2 Marton Fucsovics of Hungary. Marton pulled out a three-setter over Dennis Novikov (left) of the United States, 6-2,4-6,6-3.
Bob & Mike Bryan,NCAA winners when they were at Stanford, picked up their third US Open Men's Doubles Championship with a 7-6,7-6 win over Rohan Bopanna & Aisam-Ul-Haq Quereshi.
Saturday will be a busy day as the juniors play semifinal singles and doubles finals. The weather looks to be a bit warmer and less windy, but still sunny at the US Open.
For more on the junior matches at the US Open, check out Colette Lewis' Zoo Tennis.