(September 7, 2016) FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Carson Branstine from the City of Orange, Calif., rallied from a love-3 third-set deficit in shocking No. 2-seeded Olesya Pervushina of Russia in just over two hours, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, on Wednesday at the US Open Junior Championship.
Given a wild card into the tournament by the USTA, Branstine, 15, had to come back from being a set down and overcame 11 aces in the match to beat Pervushina, who is also the No. 2 world-ranked player in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings.
“I figured if I was going to win today, I was going to win the right way,” Branstine said. “I knew if I was going to take a girl down as good as her, I would have to be aggressive and keep pushing on her if I didn’t put anything away.”
Branstine is the cousin of Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who just last week was named the National League Player of the Week. She is coached by former top WTA player Kathy Rinaldi and the USTA.
“It was great having the crowd behind me, and Kathy there coaching me,” Branstine said. “Just being our home Slam and being American. The fans want to see the Americans winning and doing well.”
Branstine is one of 10 American girls that have advanced to the Round of 16, the most ever at the US Open since the draws expanded from 32 to 64 in 1984. She will next face Japan’s Yuki Naito, the No. 16 seed in the third round on Thursday.