July 13th, 2017

Possible All-U.S. Girls’ Final at Wimbledon; Kypson in Boys’ Quarters

Youth Tennis News

From left: 2017 French Open girls’ champion Whitney Osuigwe and runner-up Claire Liu

An all-American girls’ final is looming at Wimbledon after unseeded Ann Li of Devon, Penn., and No. 3-seeded Claire Liu of Thousands Oaks, Calif., won quarterfinal matches on Thursday at Wimbledon.

Li in the semis will face unseeded Swiss player Simona Waltert, while Liu will meet unseeded Russian Sofya Lansere.

Li and Liu were two of five American girls in the quarterfinals as Li beat No. 1-seeded American Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif., 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; No. 14-seeded American Sofia Sewing of Doral, Fla., lost to Waltert 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; and No. 2-seeded American Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., was upset by Lansere 7-5, 6-3.

“She’s very aggressive and she likes to come to the net, so her style really suits grass,” Day said of Li prior to their match, speaking to zootennis.com. “I’ve actually seen a couple of her matches, and she’s been playing really well.”

The U.S. girls are attempting to win a first Wimbledon juniors title since Chanda Rubin in 1992.

One American remains in the Wimbledon boys’ quarterfinals as unseeded Patrick Kypson of Durham, N.C., won through on Thursday. In the quarters he will meet unseeded Czech Michael Vrbensky.

The 17-year-old Kypson in the second round beat No. 5 seed Yuta Shimizu in three sets, and in the third round survived British wild card George Loffhagen 8-6 in the third set.

For updated results go to www.wimbledon.com.