Not unlike the top seeds in the #USOpen50 main draw, doubles competition has witnessed the depletion of seeded tandems, with only a few remaining in the hunt for the year’s final Grand Slam trophies – and chances are pretty strong that Southern California will have home grown talent to root for in the final days of action at Flushing Meadows.
Both Coco Vandeweghe and Mike Bryan are alive in doubles semifinals, with Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty facing the biggest hurdle – top seeded Krejcikova/Siniakova (CZE). The Czechs cruised into the quarterfinals but finally broke a sweat in a three-setter to set up their semifinal, while Vandy/Barty have been unscathed as yet and have dominated most of their opposition. The teams meet on Louis Armstrong Stadium after 12 noon today.
Preceding the women’s semis will the the men’s draw, and the closest Bryan and Jack Sock have come to reaching a third set was quarterfinal tiebreaker, which they won with ease. The Wimbledon champs have kept their hopes of Grand Slam success are very much alive, and that journey continues today when the Wimbledon champions face Cabal/Farah (COL), the #5 seed, in the semis. Other than dropping a set in the third round, the Colombians have been solid throughout.
Dana Mathewson (San Diego) opens her quest for a Women’s Wheelchair title with a match against Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany. A win would put her in line to likely face the tournament’s top seed, Netherlands’ Diede de Groot, in the semifinals.
This is not to say that only the pros are keeping SoCal hopes alive. Junior Brandon Nakashima (San Diego), the #14 seed, will be on court today in the third round of Boys’ Juniors. He’s won his previous two matches in straight sets, and today faces Hugo Gaston, the #3 seed from France. Gaston has been rock solid and will give Nakashima all he can handle, but the young American will bring his full arsenal to hurdle the Frenchman and move forward.
Emilio Nava (Woodland Hills) has reached the quarterfinals of Boys’ doubles with his teammate, Axel Nefve. The road the quarters hasn’t been a cakewalk, but the tandem has played consistent tennis and will face their next challenge from Alvarez Varona/Soares Klier later today.