US OPEN: Boys/Girls hope to steal spotlight in NY

With the absence of SoCal players in the remaining main draw singles brackets, there remains plenty of tennis on schedule for our #SoCalTennis athletes. With junior divisions underway and wheelchair competition coming up later this week, the chance for local players to earn championship trophies is very much still alive.

It wouldn’t be a doubles tournament without the Bryan name, and Mike Bryan (Camarillo) continues tradition this week as he and Jack Sock – subbing for the ailing Bob Bryan – represent the highest remaining seed in the men’s draw. They meet unseeded Jarry/Gonzalez in the quarterfinals.

Despite a quick exit from the singles draw, Coco Vandeweghe (Rancho Santa Fe) and her partner Ashleigh Barty (AUS), the #13 seeds, return to action in the quarterfinals against unseeded Jakupovic/Khromacheva, and a potential meeting looms with the top seeds in the next round.

It’s been a tough road for SoCal Boys Juniors, with only Brandon Nakashima (San Diego) and Emilio Nava (Woodland Hills) advancing to the second round. The #14 seed Nakashima faces Finland’s Otto Virtanen in the second round. Nava fell in straight sets earlier today.

Govind Nanda (Cerritos) put up a fight after losing the first set of his opening round match. Opposite Nick Hardt (Dominican Republic), Nanda fought through a second set but ultimately fell in a 10-8 tiebreak.

Tristan Boyer (Altadena) and Stefan Dostanic (Irvine) also fell in the opening round. Both Nava and Boyer remain active in doubles competition, with Boyer/Hardt on to the second round as the #6 seed.  

On the Girls side, Salma Ewing (Long Beach) took a surprising first round loss in singles, and young star Katrina Scott (Woodland Hills) won her first doubles match with teammate Robin Montgomery to advance.

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