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Southerners Ready to Conquer Australia

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January 7, 2019 01:39 PM

Emma Navarro and Chloe Beck (pictured left and right respectively in the photos above) were seeded No. 8 in the 2019 Australian Open girls' doubles. They moved into the final versus Japan's Natsumi Kawaguchi and Adrienn Nagy of Hungary, who were seeded third. The Americans came up short, falling 6-4, 6-4. The Southern pair defeated Anttila/Grishuk 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round and Kawamura/Kozaki  6-3, 6-4 in the second. Fourth seeds Marta Custic and Helene Pellicano fell to the Southerners in the quarters. In the semis, they downed Russian Daria Frayman and Italian Federica Rossi 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

Girls' singles (ITF world rankings as of Jan. 7)

  • No. 39 Emma Navarro, Charleston, SC, defeated Jiaqi Wang in the first round 6-2, 6-2 and Himari Soto of Japan in the second round 6-1, 6-3.She lost to Daria Snigur 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the thrid round. 
  • No. 58 Chloe BeckWatkinsville, GA. Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez defeated her in the opening round.
  • No. 71 Kylie Collins, Savannah, GA, She lost to the second-seed, Qinwen Zheng, in the first round to 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4. She is playing doubles with American Kacie Harvey but they were eliminated in the first round.

Singles main draw players (with their rankings as of Jan. 7) are:

  • No. 81 Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, LA, eliminated Jiri Vesely in the first round 6-0, 7-5, 6-3. He faces the 15-th seed, Daniil Medvedev beat him 6-3, 6-3, 6-3  in the second round. He is teamed with Sam Querrey and they won their first three doubles matches. They are scheduled to face Lukasz Kubot and Haracio Zeballos in the quarters.
  • No. 48 Alison Riske, Nashville, TN, who just reached the final of the Shenzhen, drew the ninth-seed, Kiki Bertens, in the first round. Bertens won 6-3, 6-3. Riske is playing doubles with Jennifer Brady. and they advanced to the third round and defeated Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke, the fourth seeds, 6-3, 6-4. They took down the seventh-seeds, Chinese Taipei's Chan sisters, in the quarterfinals. Next up in the semis are Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, seeded second.
  • No. 63 Tennys Sandgren, Gallatin, TN, fell to Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round. Sandgren and Mackenzie McDonald and set to play Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the opening round.
  • No. 94 Taylor Townsend, Atlanta, lost 6-4, 6-2 to US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the opening round. She is playing doubles with Aliaksandra Sasnovich. They reached the third round but fell to the seven-seeded Chan sisters 7-5, 7-5.
  • No. 10 John Inser, a native of Greensboro, NC, faced Reiley Opelka in the first round. In one of the biggest upsets of the first day, Opelka won 7-6(4), 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5).
  • No. 171 Christopher Eubanks, Atlanta: Qualified but lost to 19 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia (the other Georgia!), in the main draw first round 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. He defeated the second-seeded qualif player Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second qualifying round.

Men's singles qualifying (with their rankings as of Jan. 7). Both lost in first round of qualifying.

  • No. 232 Donald Young, Atlanta
  • No. 242 Christian Harrison, a native of Shreveport, LA
 

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