Associated Press
July 3, 2014

WIMBLEDON WATCH: US juniors outshine their elders


LONDON (AP) — The youngsters are outshining their older American compatriots at Wimbledon this year.

No man or woman from the United States advanced to the fourth round of the main draws for the first time since 1911, but seven American boys and two girls played round-of-16 matches Thursday.

Third-seeded Tornado Alicia Black and qualifier Michaela Gordon won their matches to reach the girls’ quarterfinals. Black defeated unseeded Katie Boulter of Britain 6-1, 6-2 and Gordon beat Maia Lumsden, also of Britain 6-2, 6-1.

In boys’ play, sixth-seeded Stefan Kozlov, a finalist in the Australian Open juniors in January, defeated ninth-seeded Naoki Nakagawa of Japan 6-3, 7-6 (2). Unseeded Noah Rubin upset fellow American and seventh-seeded Francis Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3.

Unseeded American Taylor Harry Fritz beat Francisco Bahamonde of Argentina 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s amazing and I hope it shows our future,” said Fritz, whose mother, Kathy May, was ranked as high as No. 8 when she played on the WTA Tour from 1974 to 1980.

— By Sandra Harwitt ——


BUSY NOVOTNA: Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova were playing the first Grand Slam semifinal between two Czech women and one of their compatriots — and former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna — was too busy to watch them.

“I was playing my legends event, and now I’m getting ready to do BBC radio commentary for the next semifinal,” said Novotna, who won the title at the All England Club in 1998.

Novotna, however, plans to be at Centre Court on Saturday when the sixth-seeded Kvitova, who won the all-Czech match 7-6 (6), 6-1, plays 13th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the final.

“I will be watching from the Royal Box,” Novotna said. “I was happy for both of them to be in the semifinals and I think the winner from this match will win on Saturday.”

Novotna was also a winner on Thursday. She teamed with Barbara Schett of Austria to defeat Andrea Jaeger of the United States and Rennae Stubbs of Australia 6-2, 6-4 in the ladies legends invitational doubles event.

— By Sandra Harwitt ——


FEDERER SIGHTING: Roger Federer drew hundreds of fans when he appeared Thursday on Court 4 at the All England club, an unusual occurrence as most players prefer to train in the privacy of the nearby practice facilities.

One lucky fan will be able to say he or she owns a tennis ball hit by the seven-time Wimbledon champion — one of Federer’s practice partners sent a return from his serve high into the air toward Centre Court during the session.

Federer defeated fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and faces Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final.

— By Charlie Magovern ——


Wimbledon Watch follows tennis’ grass-court Grand Slam tournament in London as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It will be updated throughout the day.

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