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Tournament play continued on a warm Sunday in Miami at the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, as players punched their ticket to the semifinal round with a win today.

The top-seed on the Girls’ 14U division, Noa Krznaric , lost in straight sets to American Alexa Noel of Summit, New Jersey. Noel took the match 6-1 7-5 and the win marks her third straight victory over a top ten seed. Noel was trailing the second set 4-5 before winning three games in a row to seal the deal.

“I knew the patterns that she played, so I just recognized what she was going to do,” Noel said of her opponent Krznaric. “I knew since I had already won the first set that I didn’t really want to be out there for a third set.”

“That was probably my best match since the third match, but I know there’s always ways to improve,” she added.

Noel is the only remaining unseeded player left in her division and she will face 7-seed Emma Raducano of Great Britain on Monday morning for a chance to play for all the marbles on Tuesday.

In the Boys’ 14U division, the top two seeds Buyun Chaokete of China and Alex Lee of the USA are through to the semifinals. Chaokete defeated 7-seed Daiki Yoshimura this afternoon in straight sets 6-3 6-0. American 5-seed Zane Kahn awaits Chaokete in the next round and he will be a formidable test for the number one seed.

Kahn has not lost a set in the tournament and won today’s quarterfinal match against 17-seed Benjamin Heynold with ease. Kahn is also coming off of a tournament win at the Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy back in November.

Third-seeded Victor Lilov of the Boys’ 12U division has played flawlessly over the past few days, with his last two wins coming over top ten seeds Gunuk Kang and Evan Wen.

Lilov took today’s match 6-3 6-1 over Wen and will face Adolfo Vallejo of Paraguay tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

Looking at the Girls’ 12U division to close things out, tomorrow’s slate features one of the most highly-anticipated matches of the tournament – two seed Cori Gauff and three seed Vivian Ovrootsky, who are two of the top players for their 7th grade age group in the entire world.