Antonia Lottner (GER) at the Junior US Open
For 17-year-old Antonia Lottner of Germany one of the best things about playing the U.S. Open juniors event is the opportunity to be in New York.
“I love New York and the tournament atmosphere is amazing,” said Lottner, who reached the semifinals in singles and doubles here last year. “I go to Times Square, it’s amazing. And I went to Victoria Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch to shop.”
But it’s not all about taking in the city that Lottner likes in New York. She enjoys playing the juniors, and was happy to come out on top of a tough 76(6) 75 round-of-16 match against 12th-seeded Camila Giangreco Campiz of Paraguay, who is part of the ITF/Grand Slam Development Touring Team at the U.S. Open.
“I will miss the juniors,” Lottner said. “It’s just the experience, also that the boys are here, and it’s so much fun because you know each other for two years. I’m just friends with everyone; I’m single.”
Giangreco Campiz broke Lottner’s serve in the third game of the opening set and held onto that advantage until she was serving for the set at 5-4. The Paraguayan was unable to close out the set, however, dropping her serve at 30-40 in the 10th game. Giangreco had one set point in the tiebreaker, but it was Lottner who eventually prevailed.
In the second set, Giangreco Campiz broke out to a 4-0 lead, but again was unable to keep her momentum going, losing the next four games. At 5-5, Lottner broke serve and then closed out the match with a love service game.
“She played good tennis and I didn’t play my best,” Lottner said. “But I kept saying, ‘Just keep fighting and maybe you can get it back.’ I came back from 0-4 down but I don’t know how. Maybe she was a little bit scared to win the second set.”
Lottner plays top-seeded Belinda Bencic, who is the reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, in the quarterfinals. The two played in the Roland Garros final this spring and Lottner ended up on the wrong side of that match. “That’s a tough one,” Lottner said. “She’s having a really good summer and she’s in great shape. But I think I’ll have my chances, will play my game and we will see.”
Iryna Shymanovich, 16, also here as part of the ITF/Grand Slam Development Fund touring team, moved into the quarterfinals via an impressive 61 62 performance over Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. Shymanovich will face American wildcard recipient Tornado Alicia Black, who defeated Jasmine Paolini 63 63, in the quarterfinals.
The other girls’ quarterfinals have second-seeded Ana Konjuh of Croatia playing 10th-seeded Louisa Chirico of USA, and third-seeded Katerina Siniakova of Czech Republic facing 11th-seeded Mayo Hibi of Japan.
In boys’ action, third-seeded Christian Garin of Chile, the reigning Roland Garros champion, reached his second junior Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 62 63 win over 13th-seeded Clement Geens of Belgium.
“It was a very good match and I started playing very aggressive,” Garin said. “I could see he started out very nervous. In the match, I served very well and returned very well and that was the key of today.”
Garin, who was named in the upcoming Chilean Davis Cup squad, which will be his second time on the team, raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set. Geens was far more competitive in the second set, staying even with Garin until 3-3 when the Chilean won the final three games.
As for Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, after reaching the Australian Open final in January, he sat out for nearly six months nursing a sore back. At Wimbledon, he made it to the round-of-16 in singles and captured the doubles junior trophy. Now feeling totally fit, the unseeded Kokkinakis is into the quarterfinals where he’ll face second-seeded Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy.
Kokkinakis captured a 62 67(6) 62 round-of-16 win over Lucas Miedler of Austria. Quinzi had little trouble scoring a 62 63 win over American wildcard recipient Gage Brymer of the United States. The second set started to unravel for Kokkinakis when he was serving for the match at 5-4. He failed to capitalize on two match points in that ninth game. Then in the tiebreaker he was ahead 6-3 with three match points and couldn’t close it out.
“I started off really well, the best I’ve played the whole tournament,” Kokkinakis said. “I was up 62 42 and was playing really well tactically and then he started to play some ridiculous points. I was happy that I held my head in the third set and got the win.”
From 2-2 in the third set, Kokkinakis won the final four games to earn his quarterfinal berth.
The other boys’ quarterfinal pairings are top-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany against American wildcard recipient Collin Altamirano, and fourth-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia taking on Quentin Halys of France.