Deiton Baughman advanced to the Orange Bowl quarterfinals.
By Pat Mitsch, special to USTA.com
PLANTATION, Fla.. - On the surface, as the only unseeded player left in the Orange Bowl Boys' 18s draw, Deiton Baughman would seem to be an unlikely contender.
Not on this surface, though. Among many of the world’s top-ranked juniors, Baughman, the lanky 16-year old from Carson, Calif., is realizing the benefits of a month’s practice on clay.
Baughman advanced to the Orange Bowl quarterfinals at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center on Thursday, upending No. 4 seed Borna Coric of Croatia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his third three-set win of the tournament.
Ranked No. 619 in the world, Baughman has spent most of the last month playing and practicing on clay, the surface on which the Orange Bowl is being played. It started with the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational at Disney World in early November, a hybrid event mixing juniors and collegians at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, where Baughman went 2-1 against experienced college players.
"I’ve been practicing on clay ever since I got back home," Baughman said. "So, it’s basically been like three and a half straight weeks just on clay. So, I feel really good on this surface, and obviously I got a win against a guy from Europe who plays on clay, and it’s what everybody says is their best surface. So to beat him so convincingly on clay in the third set, I’m obviously very pleased with my play."
Just so happens Baughman meets the only other American left in the Boys' 18s draw, No. 9 seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), in Friday’s quarterfinals. Kwiatkowski likely felt just as confident about his game following his third-round victory over Eddie Herr champion Christian Garin of Chile 6-3, 6-1.
"I knew going into the match he was playing well, obviously, because he won Eddie Herr last week," Kwiatkowski said. "I felt pretty confident this week. I feel comfortable on the clay. I knew that I certainly had a chance if I did the right things and stayed in it – mentally tough. And I feel for him, because he’s played a lot of matches."
Seven of the top eight seeds in the Girls' 18s draw all advanced to the quarterfinals on Thursday, including No. 1 Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), No. 7 Ana Konjuh of Croatia, who defeated No. 11 Allie Kiick (Plantation, Fla.), 7-6(2), 6-2, and No. 8 Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach, Fla.).
Three American boys advanced to the 16s semifinals, No. 12 Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla.), No. 14 Dennis Uspensky (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Sameer Kumar (Carmel, Ind.), along with No. 4 Andrey Rublev of Russia.
Three seeded players reached the girls 16s draw, No. 8 Gloria Liang of Canada, who beat No. 3 Madison Bourguignon (Boynton Beach, Fla.), 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, No. 5 Ususe Maitane Arconada (Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico) and No. 16 Chloe Michele Ouellet-Pizer, while Germany’s Lisa Ponomar also advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Mary Catherine Haffey (Naples, Fla.).
Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships
Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.
(1) Gianluigi Quinzi, ITA d. Gustav Hansson, SWE, 7-6(2), 6-4
(2) Frederico Ferreira Silva, POR d. (13) Seong Chan Hong, KOR, 6-2, 6-3
(3) Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN d. (15) Weiqiang Zheng, CHN, 6-4, 6-4
Deiton Baughman, USA d. (4) Borna Coric, CRO, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
(9) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, USA d. (6) Christian Garin, CHI, 6-3, 6-1
(8) Filippo Baldi, ITA d. Pedro Cachin, ARG, 6-2, 6-2
(10) Laslo Djere, SRB d. Dominic Weidinger, AUT, 6-0, 7-6(3)
(12) Elias Ymer, SWE d. Anton Desyatnik, RUS, 6-2, 6-3
(12) Tommy Paul, USA d. (2) Sumit Nagal, IND, 6-4, 7-5
(14) Dennis Uspensky, USA d. (8) William Blumberg, USA, 6-3, 6-2
(4) Andrey Rublev, RUS d. Jess Jones, USA, 6-1, 6-0
Sameer Kumar, USA d. Vitalii Shcherba, UKR, 6-2, 7-5
(1) Taylor Townsend, USA d. (13) Katy Dunne, GBR, 6-4, 6-4
(2) Katerina Siniakova, Czech Republic d. (15) Ayaka Okuno, JPN, 6-1, 6-3
(4) Belinda Bencic, SUI d. (14) Anastasiya Komardina, RUS, 4-0, ret.
(5) Carol Zhao, CAN d. (10) Elise Mertens, BEL, 6-4, 6-4
(6) Marcela Zacarias, MEX d. (9) Christina Makarova, USA, 6-2, 6-4
(7) Ana Konjuh, CRO d. (11) Allie Kiick, USA, 7-6(2), 6-2
(8) Chalena Scholl, USA d. (12) Erin Routliffe, CAN, 6-2, 6-1
Natalia Vajdova, SVK d. Fiona Ferro, FRA, 6-3, 6-2
(8) Gloria Liang, CAN d. (3) Madison Bourguignon, USA, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
(5) Usue Maitane Arconada, USA d. Camila Wesbrooks, USA, 7-5, 7-6(8)
(16) Chloe Michele Ouellet-Pizer, USA d. (12) Maddie Pothoff, USA, 6-2, 6-3
Lisa Ponomar, GER d. Mary Catherine Haffey, USA, 7-5, 6-1
(1) Filippo Baldi/Gianluigi Quinzi, ITA d. Siyu Liu, CHN/Weiqiang Zheng, CHN, 6-3, 6-2
(2) Borna Coric, CRO v. Elias Ymer, SWE v. Diego Pedraza, COL/Franz Sydow, NED, 6-4, 6-4
Deiton Baughman/Ronnie Schneider, USA d. (3) Luke Bambridge, GBR/Mackenzie McDonald, USA, 6-3, 6-7(3) (10-7)
Christian Garin, CHI/Nicolas Jarry, USA d. (4) Evan Hoyt, GBR/Frederico Ferreira Silva, POR, 6-4, 6-3
Lukas Mugevicius, LTU/Alexander Vasilenko, RUS d. (5) Hugo DiFeo/Brayden Schnur, CAN, 6-4, 6-0
Skander Mansouri, TUN/Mazen Osama, EGY d. (6) Seong Chan Hong/Young Seok Kim, KOR, 6-3, 6-0
(8) Anton Desyatnik, RUS/Aleksandr Ivanovich Spirin, RUS d. Laslo Djere, SRB/Jonny O’Mara, GBR, 7-5, 7-5
Lucas Miedler/Dominic Weidinger, AUT d. JC Aragone/Martin Redlicki, USA, 6-4, 6-2
(1) Sumit Nagal, IND/Dennis Uspensky, USA d. Yancy Dennis/Francis Tiafoe, USA, 6-4, 6-1
(7) Lamar Remy, USA/Alejandro Tabilo, CAN d. (8) Artur Dubinski/Ivan Liutarevich, BLR, 6-2, 7-6(4)
Rebecca Peterson, SWE/Aldila Sutjiadi, INA d. (1) Anna Konjuh, CRO/Elise Mertens, BEL, 6-7(0), 6-4 (10-4)
(3) Allie Kiick/Chalena Scholl, USA d. Klaartje Liebens/Michelle Werbrouck, BEL, 6-4, 3-6 (10-4)
(4) Barbara Haas, AUT/Katerina Siniakova, CZE d. Jana Fett, CRO/Szabina Szlavikovics, HUN, 6-1, 6-2
(6) Katy Dunne, GBR/Chrisitna Makarova, USA d. Dasha Ivanova/Alexandra Morozova, USA, 6-7(6), 7-5, 10-3
(8) Victoria Rodriguez/Marcela Zacarias, MEX d. Dominika Paterova, CZE/Natalia Vajodva, SVK, 4-6, 6-4 (10-6)
Taylor Townsend/Gabrielle Andrews, USA d. Olga Fridman, UKR/Anna Koval, RUS, 6-2, 6-0
Jennifer Brady/Jamie Loeb, USA d. Ivana Jorovic/Nina Tojanovic, SRB, 7-6(4), 3-6 (12-10)
Brooke Austin/Rasheeda McAdoo, USA d. Maria Marfutina, RUS/Sandra Samir, EGY, 6-4, 6-3
(2) Lisa Ponomar, GER/Johnnise Renaud, USA d. Gabrielle Smith/Olivia Sneed, USA, 6-1, 6-2
(6) Marie-Alexandre Leduc/Gloria Liang, CAN d. Jessica Ho/Cassie Mercer, USA, 7-5, 6-3