In Boys quarterfinal play Thursday 6 seeds and 2 unseeded players took to the courts to define semifinal berths. Top seed Shintaro MOCHIZUKI of Japan defeated 11th seed Minjong PARK of Korea in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 demonstrating a clear mastery over his fellow Asian adversary. Blu BAKER of Britain seeded 4 did not have it so easy, losing the first set, but in the end was able to get through over the tough Andres MARTIN of USA (seeded 9th) by 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The third semifinal slot was taken by unseeded Alex MARTINEZ of Spain over Sebastian RODRIGUEZ of Perú by a surprisingly lopsided 6-0, 6-0. Rodriguez is a strong and elegant player but could not unwind and MARTINEZ took full advantage. The last semifinal spot went to unseeded Martin DAMM of USA who overpowered 10th seed Alexander LEE of USA by 6-4, 6-3.MOCHIZUKI will face BAKER in the semifinals.

The Japanese player is talented,  crafty, and very athletic while BAKER is strong and has a more classic style. It will be no. 1 seed against no. 4, a tough call. In the other semifinal match, MARTINEZ will face DAMM in a battle of unseeded players. MARTINEZ has done well in the tournament with an elegant style of play, very strong on return of serve. DAMM, tall and strong, has been overpowering opponents and relies on a heavy serve. Today we find out who prevails.

In Girls quarterfinal play American Charlotte OWENSBY seeded 14 managed to get past unseeded grinder Tara MALIK of USA in a long match by 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Abigail FORBES easily dispatched Jenna DEFALCO by 6-2, 6-0 in the battle of unseeded Californians as FORBES, who in the fall will play for UCLA, got the better of the younger DEFALCO who has had a strong tournament and is still alive in doubles.

No. 2 seed Gabriella PRICE has been cruising through the draw winning all matches in straight sets, including  the last win over unseeded Elaine CHERVINSKY of USA by 7-5, 6-4. Both girls were born in 2003 so still have a couple of junior years left. The last semifinal berth was taken by unseeded  Melodie COLLARD of Canada in a night match, playing much better than her world ranking of 441 would suggest. COLLARD goes to net frequently, unusual in junior girls play, and did so spectacularly to overpower her game opponent Rosie GARCIA GROSS of USA who came into the Main Draw from the Qualy, ranked 708. Clearly, rankings here do not tell the story as both North Americans play comparatively few ITF sanctioned events and have not accumulated a strong ranking. This will change Monday 21 as the new rankings are published.

COLLARD, an all court player with soft hands and strong volleying skills and OWENSBY, a poised player with strong groundstrokes will face off in one semifinal match. The other semifinal will feature FORBES and PRICE who have the same coach and style of play, and know each other´s game well. Today we find out which players go on to the finals.

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