Miami’s Katerina Stewart, a 17-year-old who needed a wild card to get into the main draw of the U.S. Open junior tournament, beat Greet Minnen of Belgium 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday. Stewart will face ninth-seeded Anhelina Kalinina of the Ukraine in Saturday’s semifinals in Flushing Meadows, New York.
“That was my third time playing on Court 17 and that’s where the finals are going to be, so if I make it it’s going to be great,” Stewart said. “I love that court. Seventeen is my lucky number because I was born on the 17th.
“I’m just so happy I’m getting through each round. I’ve had such a great summer. It’s been a lot of hard work and no one wants to wait, but it’s all coming around now. I’m still going to keep working hard and hope I can keep going in this tournament.”
Tornado Black of Boca Raton lost her quarterfinal 6-4, 7-5 to American qualifier Caroline Dolehide.
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On the boys’ side, No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France advanced when No. 4 Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines retired while down 3-1.
University of Miami sophomore guard Davon Reed underwent surgery on his left leg Thursday and is expected to miss four to six months, coach Jim Larrañaga announced Friday.
In his freshman season, Reed started 10 games, averaging 6.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.7 minutes. He was expected to be in the starting lineup this season.
“We feel bad for Davon,” Larrañaga said.
“He is a very hard worker who has improved his game and strength over the summer. He is very versatile, and we were counting on him to play multiple positions this season. He has an important role on our team, and we have confidence that Miami’s top-notch medical staff will help him return to basketball as soon as possible.”
Nova Southeastern opened its season on Friday with a 3-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in the Flagler Kick-Off Classic in Saint Augustine.
The Sharks tied the match on a header by Cydney Niedermeyer.
Nova Southeastern also got goals from Sierra Lelii and Sarah Keville.
Barry opened its season Thursday night with a 3-1 road victory over North Georgia. Connor Randel scored two goals to lead the Buccaneers.