Four U.S. girls into
US Open junior quarterfinals
Andrew Eichenholz | September 7, 2017
For those excited to see that four American women made the US Open semifinals, guaranteeing a champion from the United States, there is even more reason to be optimistic.
After both the French Open and Wimbledon girls’ singles events contested all-American championship matches, girls from the United States are at it again, with four U.S. players advancing to the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships.
And perhaps best of all: the four are not the same girls who excelled in Paris or London, showing firsthand that the United States youth are coming, and quickly.
No. 4-seeded Amanda Anisimova has led the way, continuing her strong year full of women’s events that have helped her reach a career-high of No. 182 in the world, with an impressive performance thus far in New York. The 16-year-old has advanced to the quarters without dropping a set – and with never losing more than three games in a set. ADVERTISEMENT
On Thursday, she posted a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over last year’s French Open girls’ doubles champion Paula Arias Manjon in 61 minutes. Anisimova will next play No. 8 seed Olga Danilovic for a spot in the semifinals.
One of the four American girls is guaranteed to advance to the semifinals, with 15-year-old Katie Volynets and 13-year-old Cori Gauff setting up an all-American quarterfinal. Volynets on Thursday defeated Anastasia Kharitonova, while Gauff recovered from a break down in the second set to oust compatriot Dalayna Hewitt, 6-4, 6-3, in 64 minutes.
The final member of the Team USA girls’ quartet in the final eight at the US Open is Elysia Bolton, who backed up her earlier win over the second seed with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over No. 15 Sofya Lansere.
The American boys’ contingent is not slouching, either, with two advancing to the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows. No. 11 Oliver Crawford escaped two three-setters in his first two rounds before rushing past Uisung Park, 6-2, 6-2, in 52 minutes on Thursday. He’ll confront No. 2 Yibing Wu in the next round.
Unseeded Danny Thomas, who reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in singles and won the doubles with Vasil Kirkov – earning a spot in the US Open men’s doubles draw – continued his great summer with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over George Loffhagen of Great Britain.