The girls 18s field is wide open at the Eddie Herr Invitational after the top two seeds both fell Wednesday at IMG Academy. Germany’s Irina Cantos Siemers stunned Chinese top-seed Xiyu Wang 2-0 (6-3, 7-6) in the second round and the United States’ Sofia Sewing rallied past Slovenian No. 2-seed Kaja Juvan 2-1 (6-7, 6-3, 6-4) to reach the Round of 16. The pair of upsets leaves No. 3-seed Ellie Douglas, an American who won after Anastaisa Iamachkine retired during the second set Wednesday, as the top player remaining in the girls field.
Douglas, a high school junior from Texas, will play fellow American Nicole Mossmer on Thursday at 8 a.m.
Top seeds handled themselves better in the boys 18s draw, where IMG’s Miomir Kecmanovic cruised into the third round with a 2-0 (6-1, 6-1) win against Great Britain’s Max Stewart. Kecmanovic, who is originally from Serbia, is the top player in the boys field. No. 2-seed Benjamin Sigouin from Canada also advanced with a 2-0 (6-4, 6-1) win against Argentina’s Sebastian Baez.
Another American, Sarasota’s Abbey Siegel, will have a chance at another upset in the girls 16s draw Thursday. The local standout will get a crack at South Korea’s Eun Ji Oh at 10 a.m. with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
In the girls 14s, top-seed Qinwen Zheng of China advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-0 (6-4, 6-3) win against the United States’ Kylie Collins, the No. 11 seed. Zheng will play in the quarters Thursday at 10 a.m. against another American, No. 5-seed Gianna Pielet.
Bulgaria’s Katernia Dimitrova, the No. 1 seed in the girls 12s, fell in the first round earlier this week, opening for No. 3-seed Katerina Scott to make a run toward the championship round. The American will face Bulgaria’s Denislava Glushkova at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
The only top-seeded American is in the boys 12s, where Victor Lilov has reached the quarterfinals. He will face fellow American Jackson Armistead, the No. 5 seed, in the quarterfinals Thursday at 10 a.m.
What: Eddie Herr International Tennis Tournament quarterfinals (12s singles, 14s singles, 16s singles, 12s doubles, 14s doubles) and round of 16 (18s singles, 16s doubles)
When: Thursday, matches start at 8 a.m.
Where: IMG Academy