INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – Mark Epshteyn-Losev couldn’t have picked a better day to come up with the biggest win of his young tennis career.
On his 17th birthday, the Sunny Isles, Fla., resident upset No. 2-seeded and ITF-ranked No. 45 player in the world Henrik Wiersholm, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the Boys’ 18s singles on Tuesday at the ASICS Easter Bowl being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
“For sure that was the best present I have ever given myself,” said Epshteyn-Losev, who was born in New York but now trains near Miami with Robert Gomez. “Henrik didn’t play his best today and made a lot of errors.”
Also moving on on Tuesday was unseeded girls’ 18s player Gabby Andrews of Pomona, Calif. She beat Paris Corley, 6-1, 6-1, in her first-round match.
The ASICS Easter Bowl is a special tournament for Andrews. In 2011 Andrews, then 14, lost in the 18s Easter Bowl final to Kyle McPhillips a year after winning the Girls’ 14s.
“I’ve had some minor injuries,” said Andrews on Tuesday before she and doubles partner Jessica Ho beat Olivia Hauger and Marie Norris in a first-round match, 6-0, 6-2.
“I took a break last year from tennis after the Claremont ITF and I didn’t play Carson or the Easter Bowl,” she said. “I was just trying to get my mind back together. It was just a mental break. I’m just trying to play as many matches and tournaments as I can.”
Andrews added: “I love the Easter Bowl and it’s so great to be back here.”
Andrews made international headlines in 2012 when she teamed with current WTA pro Taylor Townsend to win both the Australian Open and US Open junior doubles titles.
She spent some time with her best friend Townsend last month during the BNP Paribas Open. “We hung out all day and just talked,” she said. “It was great to be with her, even if it was just for one day.”
One of the new features at this year’s ASICS Easter Bowl is a speed gun on the main court that tracks how fast a player is serving. On Tuesday 16-year-old No. 7 seed Taylor Fritz cranked a couple at 130 mph during his 6-4, 6-2 win over McClain Kessler.
Epshteyn-Losev was not the only one with the big upset on Tuesday as 15-year-old Caroline Dolehide of Hillsdale, Ill., beat No. 3-seeded player Johnnise Renaud, 6-3, 6-3.
“I was just getting to every ball and playing my game,” said Dolehide, who lost in the 16s finals last year to CiCi Bellis. “Being back is here in nice. It’s a little hot. Last year was a great tournament for me.”
Dolehide said she doesn’t look ahead in the draw, giving that chore to her coach Tom Lockhart. “I don’t look at the draw,” she said. “My coach does. It’s best not to look ahead. You just have to go out there and play.”
Another player recording a significant upset on Tuesday in the first round of the 18s was 14-year-old Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif. She beat last week’s Carson International Spring Championship finalist and No. 9-seeded Raveena Kingsley, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
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Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Blumberg, William def. Boykin, Kenneth 6-2, 6-4
Kerznerman, Daniel (6) def. Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-1
Kodali, Anudeep (11) def. Wasserman, James 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5)
Nava, Eduardo def. Chari, Vikram 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Duncan, Walker (14) def. Ji, Henry 6-4, 7-5
Fritz, Taylor (7) def. Kessler, Mcclain 6-4, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian def. Caruana, Liam 6-2, 6-1
Silverstein, Josh def. Young-Smith, Ethan 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
Jorgeson, John def. Tao, Kenneth 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Kumar, Sameer (5) def. Rozenstein, Julian 6-1, 6-0
Tiafoe, Francis (1) def. Ruder-Hook, Jesse 6-1, 6-1
Arconada, Jordi (4) def. Madonia, Stephen 6-2, 6-4
Epshteyn-Losev, Mark def. Wiersholm, Henrik (2) 6-2, 6-1
Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Blumberg, William / Opelka, Reilly def. Blanch, Ulises / Cargill, Christian (4) 6-3, 6-3
Hiltzik, Aron / Smith, Logan (8) def. Ross, Alex / Sweet, Alan 6-3, 6-3
Nava, Eduardo / Ponwith, Nathan def. Kumar, Sameer / Thirouin, Jean (6) 6-3, 6-3
Duncan, Walker / Reinberg, Emil def. Jorgeson, John / Lenhard, Rafael 6-2, 7-5
Lin, Vincent / Lorenzini, Michael def. Boyd, Kalman / Klinger, Cameron 7-5, 3-6, 10-6
Kessler, Mcclain / Staggs, Logan def. Silverstein, Josh / Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian / Kaiser, Kial def. Caruana, Liam / Ji, Henry 6-2, 2-6, 10-6
Madonia, Stephen / Restrepo, Javier def. Chari, Vikram / Gealer, Daniel 6-4, 6-4
Gordon, Henry / Rapp, Austin def. Furman, Spencer / Tao, Kenneth 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Mateas, Catalin / Zlobinsky, Julian (5) def. Boykin, Kenneth / Ruder-Hook, Jesse 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
Schalet, Myles / Tishman, Gabe def. Epshteyn-Losev, Mark / Rozenstein, Julian Wo (inj)
Janglin, Victor / Levine, Robert (7) def. Schaefer, Fabian / Young-Smith, Ethan 7-5, 6-4
Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Arconada, Usue (2) def. Graci, Elysse 6-3, 6-4
Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie 7-5, 6-3
Traxler, Karina def. Anderson, Rebekah 6-2, 6-0
Smith, Gabrielle def. Schaefer, Dominique 6-2, 6-2
Ho, Jessica (12) def. Valenstein, Alexandra 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Dolehide, Caroline def. Renaud, Johnnise (3) 6-3, 6-3
Kalhorn, Nicole def. vazquez, cassandra (13) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Pedraza, Raquel (6) def. Vias, Ines 6-3, 7-5
Kenin, Sofia (1) def. McKenzie, Ally 6-3, 6-1
Day, Kayla def. Kingsley, Raveena (9) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Andrews, Gabby def. Corley, Paris 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela (7) def. Sanford, Allie 6-1, 6-2
Bellis, CiCi (4) def. Turner, Caroline 6-0, 6-1
Dilorenzo, Francesca def. McKenzie, Kylie 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Haffey, Mary def. Chang, Hanna 6-4, 6-4
Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Larner, Erin / Letzt, Alexandra def. Turner, Caroline / Zogg, Ellie 6-4, 6-2
Aney, Jessie / Rosca, Christina def. Graci, Elysse / Wiktorin, Claudia 6-4, 6-2
Fahey, Katharine / Lampl, Caroline def. Anderson, Rebekah / Valenstein, Alexandra 6-2, 6-2
Ruder-Hook, Mira / Smith, Gabrielle def. Renaud, Johnnise / Vazquez, Cassandra (2) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Dolehide, Caroline / Minor, Brienne def. Bourguignon, Madison / Kingsley, Raveena (3) 6-4, 6-4
Friedel, Jenna / Golovin, Jessica def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally / Pedraza, Raquel (8) 6-2, 6-3
Shibahara, Ena / Slaysman, Savannah def. Appel, Madison / Atanasson, Amanda 6-4, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela / Higuchi, Emma (4) def. Altick, Helen / Nelson, Alexis 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7
Bellis, CiCi / Horvit, Mia (5) def. Traxler, Karina / Vias, Ines 6-3, 6-1
Hart, Jada / Hazell, Stephanie def. Bortles, Alexa / Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe 6-4, 6-2
Andrews, Gabby / Ho, Jessica def. Hauger, Olivia / Norris, Marie (6) 6-0, 6-2
Haffey, Mary / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) def. Kelley, Meghan / Riley, Sydney 7-5, 6-1
Hamlin, Ellyse / Moldovan, Bianca def. Corley, Paris / Smith, Alana 6-3, 6-4
Dilorenzo, Francesca / Kenin, Sofia def. Arconada, Usue / Swan, Katie (1) 6-2, 7-6(2)
Day, Kayla / Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie / Smith, Maria 7-5, 6-2
Chang, Sophie / Daniell, Andie def. Chen, Kelly / Xepoleas, Meredith 6-3, 6-2