Seven of Top Eight Seeds Reach 18s Quarterfinals; Wiersholm Takes Out No. 3 Seed Aron Hiltzik in 16s at Nationals
The only upset of the day was recorded by Henrik Wiersholm, the No. 12 seed, who defeated Aron Hiltzik, the No. 3 seed, 6-1, 6-4. Wiersholm, a 15-year-old who is making his debut in Kalamazoo this year because he represented the USA in the ITF World Junior Tennis team competition last year, had a three-set victory in his first match, but has been happy with his play since then.
"Part of it was was a little bit of nerves, it's Kalamazoo," said Wiersholm. "I was kind of looking around, seeing what's going on. I got through that match and have been playing some better matches since."
Wiersholm approached the match with Hiltzik in a positive frame of mind, with what he called "good results" in their three previous meetings. In the first set, Hiltzik made too many unforced errors to stay in the rallies, and it wasn't until the second set that the match gained a competitive feel.
"He started solidifying his game, and I relaxed a little bit," Wiersholm said. "I was up a break from the beginning, but then gave him the break back, so it got a little bit close, but I was able to stay on him, and I served well."
Wiersholm's opponent on Friday will be William Griffith, the No. 15 seed, who defeated unseeded Catalin Mateas 7-5, 6-2. Wiersholm recalls the last time they played, in a National Open last summer.
"I think we had a four-hour match when we played," said Wiersholm. "Will's a very smart player, he's super solid. His whole game is centered around I'm going to make you beat me, hit as many balls in the court as I can until you miss. If you hit a winner, good job."