07 Sep 2017

Carle & Anisimova into US Open quarterfinals

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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Susan MullaneMaria Lourdes Carle (ARG)

NEW YORK - Unseeded Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina is experiencing her best run in a Grand Slam junior girls’ competition at the U.S. Open this week.

The 17-year-old Carle is now into her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at a major in her fifth time playing singles at a Slam. She had only won one singles match at a major prior to this U.S. Open, which happened at Wimbledon in 2016.

She’s now defeated two seeds in three matches played in New York. On Wednesday, Carle ousted 10th seed Simona Waltert of Switzerland 62 62. In the first round, Carle upset seventh seed Taylor Johnson of USA 63 75. Sandwiched in-between those two matches was another 62 62 win over Viktoria Morvayova of Slovakia.

“This is my best performance (at a Grand Slam) and I’m very happy,” Carle said. “I worked very hard for this moment. I’ve had a year with a lot of ups and downs, especially downs. But I’m really happy now and I am with confidence.”

Last year, Carle won the well-known Eddie Herr ITF tournament in Florida.

“This win at Eddie Herr was so good for me,” she said. “I play so well with girls who play so hard. This is tennis and one week you play good, the other week you play bad, but you keep going.”

Carle's been trying to watch as much as she can of the matches of countryman Juan Martin del Potro, who is now into the US Open men's semifinals.

 “It was too late his match, but I saw like one or two sets, but he’s amazing,” Carle said. “He’s from my city (Tandil), but actually I don’t know him. I’ve never talked to him.”

Carle’s increased the number of pro tournaments she's playing, but she plans on playing some juniors next year, and for a good reason. She’s hoping to play in the Youth Olympic Games, which will be staged in Buenos Aires next year in October.

“I am going to play the juniors, but just the slams,” she said. “I think so that I am going to play (the Youth Olympics) because it’s my home. I’m signed in.”

Carle will play third seed Elena Rybakina of Russia in the quarterfinals. Rybakina secured a 64 60 third round win over Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy.

Fourth seed Amanda Anisimova of USA is also into the quarterfinals in her second junior Grand Slam of the season courtesy of a 63 62 win over Spanish qualifier Paula Arias Manjon.

“I really haven’t been playing many juniors,” Anismova said. “I really want to win my first slam, especially this one, my home slam, because that would be very cool so I’m going for it.”

The 16-year-old Anisimova’s best previous junior result at a major came at 2016 Roland Garros where she was a finalist, losing to Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland 75 75.

“I was going in with no pressure, no expectations, so I was just playing and I even surprised myself when I got to the finals,” said Anisimova, of last year’s Roland Garros. “It gave me a lot of confidence. I think my game really improved since then and I’m really proud of that accomplishment.”

Right now, Anisimova, who lives in Aventura, Florida, is concerned with the pending arrival of Hurricane Irma into South Florida. The Hurricane's been on a destructive path through the Caribbean,

“My grandparents are there, so my mom is going to fly there right now,” Anisimova said. “Yeah, they’re in an apartment on the ocean so it’s pretty bad.”

Anisimova will play eighth seed Olga Danilovic of Serbia in the quarterfinals. Danilovic captured a 60 75 third-round decision over Naho Sato of Japan.

American Elysia Bolton, who resides in nearby Cold Spring Harbor, New York, continued her run through the draw, beating her second straight seed in 15th seed Sofya Lansere of Russia 63 57 64.