cYshaiOLIELFourth round Quarterfinal action was played under cool and partly cloudy weather conditions and even a surprise light intermittent rain of very short duration. It is fortunate that the rain delay arrived Thursday rather than Monday or Tuesday which have heavy match burdens. Rain on either of the first 2 days may cause havoc resulting in scheduling backlogs and forcing some players to play up to 3 times in a subsequent day. It also causes problems for the Organizing Committee with the hotel as players must extend their stay.

In the Boys Singles Draw No. 5 seed Casper RUUD ended Sami Kirberg's hopes of reaching the semifinals unseeded. RUUD took out KIRBERG 6-2, 6-1 and looks solid. In the last boys' semifinal played at night, 16th seed Yshai OLIEL of Israel defeated unseeded American Michael GENENDER 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 in a battle of laser precision groundstrokes. In the bottom half of the draw silky smooth 4th seeded Ulises BLANCH easily defeated unseeded Maxime MORA who played an impressive match the night before to upset Oscar JANGLIN of Sweden. MORA could not miss Wednesday night but fell flat today. BLANCH seems to glide around the court like a ballet dancer and is a formidable semifinal opponent to no. 2 seed Miomir KECMANOVIC of Serbia. At the bottom of the draw, KECMANOVIC dominated his opponent, 7th seeded Emil REINBERG of USA. The score was a comfortable 6-4. 6-1, as the Serb kept his opponent in a constant defensive posture.

Overall, the Boys Singles Draw went according to form with better ranked players besting those of lesser ITF position. Three of four quarterfinal matches went down by straight sets, and going into the semifinals, player seedings are 2, 4, 5, and 16.

The Girls Singles Draw Quarterfinal round was again surprisingly lopsided with all straight set results. All matches went by the book with higher seeds dominating those of lower rank. It is noteworthy that despite the state of US tennis at a professional level, 7 of 8 quarterfinalists were from the USA.

No. 1 seed Sofia KENIN of USA dominated her rival 8th seeded American Claire LIU, winning by a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 margin. Sofia has superb form enabling her to hit a heavy ball despite her small stature. She is fresh from winning the prestigious Orange Bowl in Florida last month against our 2014 champion C.C. Bellis, who finished as the no.1 girl junior player last year. Both Sofia and C.C. are physically not imposing yet this has not been an impediment to their winning form. The other winner in the top half of the draw was American 4th seed Michaela GORDON who easily dispatched her overmatched opponent Jaclyn SWITKES, also of USA. Ranked only 1246 on the ITF ranking, SWITKES had a terrific tournament. She plays better than her ranking indicates as a result of participating in local rather than ITF sponsored events, and her ITF ranking will now improve considerably. GORDON is a strong, solid player to watch and should give KENIN a strong battle to get into the final.

In the bottom half of the draw 6th seed Olivia HAUGER easily got past her 13th seeded opponent Gabriella POLLNER by a score of 6-2, 6-0. HAUGER is a solid no nonsense player with a well rounded game. She will face no. 2 seed Usue ARCONADA of USA who defeated the 5th seeded British player Emily ARBUTHNOTT. ARCONADA's precision and consistency were too much for the Brit, who is still alive in doubles.

Boys Doubles has now also gone down to the quartet of semifinalists. In the top half the unseeded American team of Robert LOEB / Nathan PERRONE defeated the dynamic Dominican duo of Tristan BAUTIL / William KIRKMAN by the comfortable margin of 6-0. 6-4. The Dominicans took out the no. 1 seeded team in the first round, thereby opening up the draw in this quarter, and the Americans have now stepped into the semifinals. They will meet Oscar JANGLIN (SWE) / Emil REINBERG (USA) who defeated the French pairing of Geoffrey BLANCANEAUX / Ugo HUBERT in an entertaining and lively match by 6-3, 7-5. In the bottom of the doubles draw, the 3rd seeded European team of Tiago CACAO (POR) / Casper / RUUD (NOR) defeated 5th seed Americans Stephen MADONIA / Catalin MATEAS in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. They will face the no. 2 seeded Marcelo BARRIOS (CHI) / Ulises BLANCH (USA) who beat the no. 6 seeded French duo of Constantin BITTOUN / Louis TESSA by 6-2, 6-3. All matches have thereby been in straight sets with higher seeds prevailing.

Girls Doubles went according to form as the 4 top seeded teams have reached the semifinals. No. 1 seeded Usue ARCONADA (USA) / Evgeniya LEVASHOVA (RUS) defeated unseeded Americans Tiffany DAVIS / Naomi WATERS by 6-1, 7-6, and the 3rd seeded American duo Sofia KENIN / Alexandra SANFORD beat 8th seeded Maria MATEAS (USA) / Dominique SCHAEFER (PER) by 6-3, 6-4. Maria is sister to Catalin in the Boys draw and both siblings achieving this level of play is extraordinary.

In the bottom half of the draw 4th seeded Emily ARBUTHNOTT (GBR) / Vanessa WONG (CAN) had to come back from a one set deficit to take the second set and super tiebreaker to post a 1-6, 7-5, 11-9 victory over the feisty duo of Oliva HAUGER (USA) / Gabriella POLLNER. The last slot in the semifinal draw went to 2nd seed Michaela GORDON / Claire LIU of the USA, getting by the unseeded team of Americans Alexa BORTLES / Meghan KELLEY by a 6-1, 7-5 score.

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