Patrick McElroy and Meghna Sreedhar are the sole American main draw survivors following Friday’s British Junior Open action.
Unseeded Sreedhar upset English 5/8 seed Alice Green in Girls’ U13 second round play 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11, 11-5 to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals where she meets Egyptian one seed Jana Shiha.
McElroy, seeded 17/32, recorded his third Boys’ U15 win of the tournament Friday in twenty-three minutes against Malaysian 17/32 seed Daryl Gan 11-9, 11-6, 11-8. McElroy now contests for a spot in the semifinals Saturday against Indian 9/16 seed Adhitya Raghavan.
After upsetting higher-seeded opposition in Thursday’s Boys’ U15 second round, both Cole Becker and Sam Scherl bowed out to higher seeds on Friday. Scherl fell to Malaysian 9/16 seed Sai Hung Ong 13-11, 11-4, 11-7, while French 5/8 seed Victor Crouin eliminated Becker in five games 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3, 11-3.
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Ten American juniors crossed the Atlantic to Sheffield, England joining 414 other players from thirty-five nations to compete in the 2014 Technifibre British Junior Open.
Four Americans seeded 17/32 in the Boys’ U15 division produced first round victories followed by three second round upsets. Patrick McElroy quickly dispatched 5/8 seeded Yannick Wilhelmi in seventeen minutes 11-4, 11-4, 11-5. U.S. Junior Open finalist Sam Scherl also upset a 5/8 seed, Israeli Ido Burstein, in four games 9-11, 11-2, 11-3, 14-12. Cole Becker took down higher-seeded Canadian Michael Mehl in three games 11-7, 11-7, 13-11. Following a first-round, fourteen-minute win, Tyler Carney was defeated by Egyptian 3/4 seed Moustafa Montaser in the second round.
In the Girls’ U13 division, American U.S. Junior Open fourth place finisher Meghna Sreedhar advanced to the second round in only eleven minutes 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 setting up a second round match against English 5/8 seed Alice Green.
Unseeded Stamford, Connecticut native Mateo Giraldo recorded two wins in the Boys’ U13 division first defeating Mexican Alejandro Moncada in three games and seventeen minutes, then upsetting English 9/16 seed Marcus Tranter in four games 11-6, 12-10, 11-13, 11-7. Giraldo faces second seeded Egyptian Asser Hisham in Friday’s third round.
English international Emma Campion defeated American Grace Steelman in a four-game, first-round match in the Girls’ U15 division.
Gabriel Morgan in Boys’ U17 and Morgan Steelman in Girls’ U17 both suffered first round defeats. Morgan recovered to win his second match of the day in forty-one minutes 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 12-10.
Cody Cortes exited in the Boys’ U19 main draw in the first round losing out to 17/32 seed Josh Masters in three games. Cortes turned around his next result to win a marathon eighty-three minute match against South African Dylan Groenewald 15-17, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9.