Semifinals Set In Singles
In 18s singles semifinal matches played on Friday, Prakash Amritraj of Encino CA, the second seed, dropped his first set of the tournament in a second set tiebreak, but prevailed over Jonathan Stokke of Durham NC 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1. Both players relied on their big serves throughout, with Amritraj often demonstrating his ability to go from defense to offense in the same rally. Up 2-1 on serve in the third set, Amritraj requested a bathroom break and when play resumed, he took control of the match by immediately breaking Stokke. Putting unrelenting pressure on his opponent, the USC freshman sealed his victory with another break at 4-1 to earn a spot in the semifinal against fourth seed Robert Yim. Yim, of Glendale CA, started slowly in his matchup with tenth seed Kean Feeder of Portland OR Friday afternoon. As he had in his fourth round match with Portage?s Scott Oudsema, Yim lost the first set before getting the range on his heavy groundstrokes. Feeder, who was meeting a lefthander for the second straight match, did not display the same consistency he showed in conquering Wayne Odesnik on Wednesday. In the seventh game of the third set, with Feeder serving at deuce, Yim punctuated a long rally with an outright winner, and then duplicated the feat on the next point to take a lead he would not relinquish. With his 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory, Yim reaches the singles semis for the first time in his four appearances in Kalamazoo.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)