USTA Eastern players Louisa Chirico and Jamie Loeb advanced to the quarterfinals in close, three-set battles on day nine of Wimbledon.
No. 15 seed Louisa Chirico of Harrison, NY, a recent semifinalist at Roland Garros, scored an upset over the No. 3 seed Katerina Siniakova, while Loeb defeated Alice Matteucci for a spot in the final eight.
If both Chirico and Loeb win their quarterfinal matches on day ten of play at the All England Club, they’ll face each other in the semifinals.
Chirico lost the first set in her nearly three-hour match against Siniakova before winning 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. "It was a good, really close match," said Chirico. "The first set was close and I had a bunch of chances, [although] unfortunately I didn’t convert."
She explained that while the second set started slow, she was able to "play aggressively." Chirico continued that the third set also began slowly, but "[I] was able to get myself together."
Striking 31 winners throughout the match, Chirico said, "I needed to play aggressive, and that’s what I did."
The New Yorker continued that she gained confidence after making the final four at the French Open in May. "I played the US Open [in 2012], but I lost first round so I didn’t really know what the level was like at junior slams."
Chirico added that she didn’t travel to the Australian Open in January, which made playing at the French Open "like a new experience." She continued, "It opened my eyes a little bit, [and] I saw that I could compete with the top juniors."
"That definitely gave me confidence going into Wimbledon," she said.
Looking ahead to her match against the No. 6 seed Elise Mertens, Chirico discussed her win against the Belgian earlier in the year at the Astrid Bowl Charleroi. She defeated Mertens in straight sets to advance to the finals.
"That was a good match; I’m going to have to play well tomorrow," she said. "I think I can go out and play my game and if I play the way I did today, we’ll see what happens."
The trip to Europe for the grass court swing was a first for Chirico, who added, "I’m starting to get used to it, I think, and I really like it."
Loeb, meanwhile, overcame a close first set that lasted 62 minutes before finding her range and pulling off the 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory in over two hours.
The Ossining athlete played a cleaner match than her opponent, hitting 28 winners to 23 unforced errors.
Up next for Loeb is the No. 1 seed Belinda Bencic. They played against each other in 2012 on clay at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, which Bencic won 6-3, 6-3.
For Chirico, it’s nice to enjoy success at Wimbledon with Loeb and Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, New York, who’s in the boys’ doubles tournament as the No. 6 seed. "I’ve known Noah and Jamie for a really long time now and we’re good friends so it’s nice," she said.
Chirico added, "We support each and it’s nice to represent the East."