TOP SEEDS OUSTED AT USTA GIRLS’ 16s & 18s NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BARNES TENNIS CENTER IN SAN DIEGO Usue Arconada and Fiona Crawley Eliminated in Thursday’s Singles Action
SAN DIEGO – (August 10, 2017) – It was a tough day for the top seeds at the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships as Girls’ 18s No.1 seed Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R., and Girls’ 16s No. 1 seed Fiona Crawley of San Antonio were both eliminated in Thursday’s action at the Barnes Tennis Center.
Arconada, who has been playing primarily on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, fell 6-4, 6-3 to 10th seeded Ann Li of Devon, Pa., in an early-morning Round of 16 match on Court 1.
After Arconada took a 4-2 first-set lead, Li rallied to win four straight games to secure the set in exactly one hour. In the second set, Li capitalized on two doubles faults in the eighth game to break serve and take a 5-3 lead. She then held serve in the next game to wrap up the victory, which took one hour and 45 minutes.
Li, who reached the Wimbledon Girls’ singles final last month, advances to Friday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet 33rd seed Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).
In the Girls’ 16s draw, 14th seeded Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Fla., upset the top-seeded Crawley 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a quarterfinal match that took two-hours and 52 minutes to complete. After splitting the first two sets, Redelijk scored a critical service break in the fifth game of the third set to take and 3-2 lead.
That was the only service break Redelijk needed as the 15-year-old, who trains at the IMG Academy in Florida, continued to hold serve and went on to close out the set and match. Redelijk advances to Friday’s Girls’ 16s semifinals. She is scheduled to play fourth-seeded Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, Nev., at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).
“It feels great. I’ve been working really hard for this. Having this result just solidifies it. I just tried to keep composed and keep fighting and not to overthink everything. I tried to do my best and go point by point. I knew I had it in me,” Redelijk said after her upset victory.
“That 2-2 game in the third set was really crucial. Every point was really intense,” she added. “Last year I was in the quarters and I was two points from winning that. I lost and that was pretty devastating. This time to make it to the semis is a really big accomplishment.”
Friday’s matches 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. Both divisions feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.
The starting times for each day this weekend will be as follows: 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. Thursday’s Results
Girls’ 18s Singles Round of 16
Ann Li (10), Devon, Pa., def. Usue Arconada (1), Rio Piedras, P.R., 6-4, 6-3
Claire Liu (2), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Abigail Forbes (15), Raleigh, N.C., 6-2, 6-2
Ashley Kratzer (3), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Elysia Bolton (13), Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 6-4, 6-0
Ashley Lahey (5), Hawthorne, Calif., def. Salma Ewing (33), Lakewood, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Michaela Gordon (6), Saratoga, Calif., def. Elvina Kalieva, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-1, 6-2
Whitney Osuigwe (8), Bradenton, Fla., def. Katie Volynets (17), Walnut Creek, Calif., 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Kelly Chen (33), Cerritos, Calif., def. Ellie Douglas (11), McKinney, Texas, 7-6 (4), 6-0
Caty Mcnally (12), Cincinnati, def. Maria Mateas (4), Braintree, Mass., 4-6, 6-4, 6-1