Reigning U.S. Open juniors champion Kayla Day upset No. 1 seed Samantha Crawford in the Round of 16 at the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic on Thursday, prevailing 6-3. 6-2 at Mercer’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center in the USTA Pro Circuit event.
Day rushed out to a quick lead. Using her left-handed serve and inside-out forehand, Day frustrated Crawford by disguising her shots and moving into the net. Crawford started connecting the second set, but Day started changing paces, forcing Crawford into even more errors.
Day, 17, is ranked No. 268 in the world.
The No. 2 seed, former UCLA player Jennifer Brady, was also knocked out, falling to two-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Rose Collins. The former Virginia player who came through the qualifying draw prevailed 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Ohio State’s Francesca Di Lorenzo also came up with a big victory Thursday, topping South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds 6-4, 6-2.
Defending singles champion Rebecca Peterson moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Emina Bektas.
Also winning their Round of 16 matches: Jamie Loeb, Grace Min, Sesil Karatantcheva and Alize Lim.
Winning doubles matches were Sabrina Santamaria-Keri Wong, Michaella Krajicek-Taylor Townsend, Crawford-Melanie Oudin and Loeb-Kristie Ahn.
Friday’s play begins at 10 a.m., with Min taking on Loeb and Day taking on Karatantcheva. Those matches will be followed by the other quarterfinals, with Lim taking on Peterson and Di Lorenzo taking on Collins. Rounding out the day will be the doubles semifinals: Crawford-Oudin vs. Santamaria-Wong and Krajicek-Townsend vs. Ahn-Loeb.