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2017-2018 Royal Court

The contenders are taking shape at the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, as today’s winners sprung themselves into the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Salvadore Park in Coral Gables was home to one of the biggest upsets of the day, as top-seeded Dino Prizmic lost in straight sets to unseeded Adolfo Vallejo of Paraguay. What was expected to be a quarterfinals matchup of Prizmic and 9-seed Aidan Kim, will be Vallejo and Dinko Dinev of Bulgaria, who won a big match himself. Dinev has played strong tennis over his last two matches, only dropping two games.

At the Biltmore for Girls’ 12U play, 2-seed Cori Gauff continued her nearly perfect play on way to a 6-2 6-1 victory over 9-seed Anne Lutkemeyer. Gauff has been one of the most impressive players this week and appears to be the favorite in her division.

An interesting quarterfinals match to track for tomorrow: 3-seed American Vivian Ovrootsky against 9-seed American Daniella Benabraham. Benabraham endured her first three set match of the tournament today with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Alexandra Eala of the Philippines.

On to 14U play for the Boys division out in Key Biscayne at Crandon Park, seven out of the eight remaining players are seeded, so the bracket has held to form for the most part.

Bahamian Jacobi Bain is the only unseeded player left in the division, but he will need an incredible performance on Sunday afternoon as he prepares to face American 2-seed Alex Lee. Lee has defeated two seeded players over his last two matches.

The Girls’ 14U matches at the University of Miami’s Neil Schiff Tennis Complex were temporarily halted as rain came from the Coral Gables sky. Top-seed Noa Krznaric had won a tough first set over her opponent Gabriella Price before the match was briefly stopped at 2-2 in the second set.

Both of them showed emotions at times during the match, with frustration coming from Krznaric near the beginning of the second set before she regained her composure and won it 6-3.

Highlighting the quarterfinals in this division will be a matchup between 9-seed Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan and 3-seed Qinwen Zheng of China. They are scheduled to take the courts at 11:30 a.m.