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2017-2018 Royal Court

The third day of the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship provided excitement across the four host sites on a sunny Miami day.

At the Neil Schiff Tennis Complex for Girls’ 14U play, the top two seeds Noa Krznaric of Croatia and Holly Fischer of Great Britain advanced to the round of 16, but a couple of seeded players were upset.

Sinja Kraus of Austria knocked off the 9-seed Polina Shitikova of Russia. After dropping the first set, the unseeded Kraus battled backed to take the next two sets 6-0 6-3. It was a valiant effort from her to secure the comeback victory.

Lisa Pigato of Italy also provided an upset this morning, defeating American Rachel Arbitman 6-0 6-2. Pigato is set to face the number two-seed Fischer tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

At Salvadore Park in Coral Gables, Boys’ 12U number three-seed Victor Lilov advanced to the next round in dominant fashion. Lilov has been one of the most impressive players in the division, having lost only 2 games the entire tournament.

A major upset occurred when unseeded Lucca Liu of Brazil defeated the second seed, Haesun Lee in straight sets 6-4 6-2. Next up for Liu is ninth-seeded John Lasanajak, who has been in strong form this tournament.

Crandon Park was home to one of the most exciting matches of the day for the Boys’ 14U division as top-seed Buyun Chaokete of China received his biggest scare of the tournament from Japanese 17-seed Shunsuke Mitsui. Chaokete took the math 6-3 1-6 7-6 (9).

Awaiting Chaokete in the round of 16 is American Stefan Leustian who has been nearly perfect over the past few days. Leustian is the 9-seed and had a BYE in the first round but has only dropped 7 games in his three matches played.

And finally at the Biltmore for Girls’ 12U action, another big upset took place as ninth-seeded Maria Drobotova of the United States lost to unseeded Danielle Tuhten. Tuhten took the match 6-2 6-2.