Smyczek Ends Kuznetsov’s Brave Fight
America’s Tim Smyczek knocked out his compatriot Alex Kuznetsov 76 64 in the third round of the US Open juniors on Thursday, ending the fifth seed’s hopes of a fairytale US Open win. Kuznetsov underwent surgery on a broken leg in May after crashing his car in Florida but staged a remarkable battle to be fit in time to play in the junior event at his home grand slam.
Smyczek had little time for sentiment, however, in winning through to his first junior US Open quarterfinal. The 18-year-old from Milwaukee also reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in July but his previous best result at Flushing Meadows was a run to the third round last year. He will now play Columbia’s Santiago Giraldo in the last eight.