TOP SEEDS CONTINUE TO ADVANCE AT USTA GIRLS’ 16s & 18s
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BARNES TENNIS CENTER IN SAN DIEGO
Thursday’s Schedule to Feature Girls’ 16s Quarterfinal Singles Action
SAN DIEGO – (August 9, 2017) – The top seeds won matches on an action-packed day at the Barnes Tennis Center to advance at the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. The stage is set for the Girls’ 16s quarterfinals and the Girls’ 18s Round of 16 on Thursday.
Girls’ 18s top seed Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R., eased past 17th seeded Rachel Eason of Union City, Calif., 6-1, 6-3 to set up an encounter with Wimbledon girls’ singles finalist Ann Li, who is seeded No. 10. Their Round of 16 match is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on Thursday.
Reigning Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Claire Liu, the No. 2 seed in the Girls’ 18s singles draw, dispatched unseeded Naomi Cheong, a hard-hitting 15-year-old from Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-2 in a fourth-round match that took one-hour and 22 minutes. Afterwards, Liu admitted the match was tougher than the score indicated.
“She’s really good. She can hit a really big ball and she’s also really fast. It was a tough match,” Liu said. “I didn’t play my best, but being able to get through a really tough match is really positive for me and hopefully as the tournament goes on, I can keep getting a little bit better and better every day.”
Liu will play 15th seeded Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., in the Round of 16.
In the Girls’ 16s singles draw, top-seeded Fiona Crawley of San Antonio had her toughest match of the tournament so far as she needed two-hours and 15 minutes to overcome 17th seeded Alexandra Yepifanova of Aventura, Fla., 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.
Crawley, who won the USTA Girls’ 16s clay court title last month in Virginia Beach, Va., will face 14th seeded Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Fla., in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
For complete tournament results, please go to:
All matches played on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center are available on live streaming. To view matches, go to: www.ustagirlsnationals.com.
Tennis Channel will broadcast the Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s singles semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 12, and the Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 13.
This weekend’s Tennis Channel coverage of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships in San Diego will be as follows:
Saturday, Aug. 12 – Girls’ 16s singles final and both Girls’ 18s semifinals 2:30-8:30 p.m. ET (11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup from Canada.
Sunday, Aug. 13 – Girls’ 18s singles final 4-6 p.m. ET (1-3 p.m. PT) immediately following the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern first round.
Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.
The Girls’ 16s event concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13.
The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13
Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.
About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Girls’ 18s Singles
Usue Arconada (1), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Rachel Eason (17), Union City, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Claire Liu (2), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Naomi Cheong, Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-2
Ashley Kratzer (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Marlee Zein (17), Sugar Land, Texas, 6-3, 6-2
Ashley Lahey (5), Hawthorne, Calif., def. Anika Yarlagadda (17), West Bloomfield, Mich., 6-1, 6-3
Michaela Gordon (6), Saratoga, Calif., def. Alana Wolfberg (17), Orlando, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Whitney Osuigwe (8), Bradenton, Fla., def. Abigail Desiatnikov, Feeding Hills, Mass., 6-2, 6-4
Ann Li (10), Devon, Pa., def. Alyvia Jones (17), Gonzales, La., 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
Kelly Chen (33), Cerritos, Calif., def. Alexandra Sanford (7), Westerville, Ohio, 6-4, 6-1
Ellie Douglas (11), McKinney, Texas, def. Hannah Zhao (17), San Diego, Calif., 6-2, 7-5
Caty Mcnally (12), Cincinnati, def. Anna Brylin (17), Short Hills, N.J., 6-1, 6-1
Salma Ewing (33), Lakewood, Calif., def. Taylor Johnson (9), Redondo Beach, Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-2
Girls’ 16s Singles
Round of 16
Emma Navarro (3), Charleston, S.C., def. Kylie Collins (17), Savannah, Ga., 7-5, 6-2
Lauren Stein (8), Paradise Valley, Ariz., def. Britt Pursell (17), Oceanside, Calif., 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Maggie Cubitt (33), Spartanburg, S.C. def. Ava Hrastar (16), Duluth, Ga., 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Angelica Blake (9), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Katherine Duong, Cupertino, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
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