2014/04/16

Roger Federer Takes Wild Card to Play Monte Carlo Masters

(April 8, 2014) Roger Federer has taken a wild card to play in the Monte Carlo Masters. Federer is returning to the event for the first time since 2011.

The world No. 4 and 17-time major champion has never won the event in his career. The closest he came was being a losing finalist to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.

The Monte Carlo Masters begins on Sunday.

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Draw Announced for 2014 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs

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(April 8, 2014) The draw for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF’s headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on September 12-14 alongside the World Group semifinals.

The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I competitions in 2015.

Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of April 7.

The draw is as follows:

2014 World Group play-offs (12-14 September)

India (c) v Serbia (s)

Brazil (c) v Spain (s)

Israel (c) v Argentina (s)

Canada (s) (c) v Colombia

USA (s) (c) v Slovak Republic

Australia (s) (c) v Uzbekistan

Netherlands (c) (*) v Croatia (s)

Ukraine (c) v Belgium (s)

(s) denotes seeded nation

(c) denotes choice of ground

(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 7, 2014

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COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Monday, April 7, 2014
Singles – First Round
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (3) Karin Knapp (ITA) 63 76(4)
(6) Vania King (USA) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 61 75
(8) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 62 64
Alexandra Panova (RUS) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 61 46 62
(LL) Irina Khromacheva (RUS) d. Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 62 62

Doubles – First Round
Pérez/Pigossi (VEN/BRA) d. (WC) Ormaechea/Stephens (ARG/USA) 67(5) 75 105 (Match TB)
Arruabarrena/Garcia (ESP/FRA) d. Cohen/Maria (USA/GER) 61 62
Grymalska/Shakovets (ITA/GER) d. Melichar/Slater (USA/GBR) 46 64 100 (Match TB)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. Catalina Pella (ARG) 36 63 61
(2) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. (7) Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 46 63 62
(4) Florencia Molinero (ARG) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 76(6) 63
(5) Sachia Vickery (USA) d. Irina Khromacheva (RUS) 76(5) 61

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Irina-Camelia Begu vs. Anna Schmiedlova
2. Mariana Duque-Mariño vs. Sloane Stephens (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner vs. Paula Ormaechea
4. King/Scheepers vs. Herazo Gonzalez/Pérez García (after suitable rest)

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Maria Irigoyen
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Florencia Molinero
3. Jankovic/Kovinic vs. [Alternate Team] (after suitable rest)
4. Melnikova/Shapatava vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Maria Herazo González vs. Lara Arruabarrena
2. Dinah Pfizenmaier vs. Sofia Shapatava
3. Fichman/Panova vs. Hesse/Mladenovic
4. Molinero/Oprandi vs. Begu/Irigoyen (NB 14.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Tatjana Maria
2. Yuliana Lizarazo vs. Sachia Vickery

Court 4 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Nicole Gibbs vs. Danka Kovinic

 

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

Houston, U.S.A.  (-5 hours GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
J Sock (USA) d [8] I Karlovic (CRO) 61 64
D Brown (GER) d [WC] R Williams (USA) 61 62
S Querrey (USA) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 64 76(6)
A Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] M Baghdatis (CYP) 46 62 61

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 pm
M Ebden (AUS) / S Groth (AUS) vs K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR)
[Q] R Harrison (USA) vs D Young (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[Q] P Polansky (CAN) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs N Monroe (USA) / D Young (USA)
[5] F Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Ginepri (USA)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
M Russell (USA) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
B Becker (GER) vs [Q] R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[WC] S Johnson (USA) vs D Kudla (USA)

 

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Monday, April 7, 2014
Singles – First Round
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 64 60
Annika Beck (GER) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 61 64
Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 36 61 61
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Katarzyna Piter (POL) 60 61
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
(4) Aoyama/Voracova (JPN/CZE) d. (WC) Frech/Maciejewska (POL/POL) 61 63
Thorpe/Vogt (FRA/LIE) d. Doi/Hozumi (JPN/JPN) 46 64 1311 (Match TB)
Beygelzimer/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. Barrois/Buryachok (GER/UKR) 63 76(5)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) d. (8) Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 64 63
(3) Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 61 26 61
(5) Kristina Kucova (SVK) d. Yuliya Beygelzimer (UKR) 63 57 64
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 57 64

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ksenia Pervak vs. Roberta Vinci
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Kristyna Pliskova (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Magda Linette vs. Klara Koukalova
4. Alizé Cornet vs. Vesna Dolonc (NB 18.00hrs)
5. Vera Dushevina vs. Francescca Schiavone (NB 20.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Andrea Hlavackova
2. Kristina Kucova vs. Monica Niculescu
3. Misaki Doi vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (NB 14.30hrs)
4. Magdalena Frech vs. Yvonne Meusburger
5. Barthel/Martic vs. Hrdinova/Pliskova (after suitable rest)
6. Piter/Rosolska vs. Kapshay/Mircic

 

Grand Prix Hassan II

Casablanca, Morocco  (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 7 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[5] J Sousa (POR) d I Sijsling (NED) 62 64
C Berlocq (ARG) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 61

Doubles – First Round
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d A Montanes (ESP) / F Volandri (ITA) 61 64
[2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d F Cermak (CZE) / M Elgin (RUS) 64 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 8 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] D Goffin (BEL) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)
A Ramos (ESP) vs [WC] L Ouahab (MAR)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [WC] H Khaddari (MAR)
[Q] G Simon (FRA) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
P Carreno Busta (ESP) / J Sousa (POR) vs [WC] A Chakrouni (MAR) / Y Rachidi (MAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm
F Volandri (ITA) vs [Q] F Peliwo (CAN)
[4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ) / O Nedovyesov (KAZ)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [Alt] C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] L Ouahab (MAR) / M Ziadi (MAR)

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.  Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5. Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 7, 2014) – You can count Kalman Boyd as a fan of the ASICS Easter Bowl venue switch to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“This is unreal,” said Boyd, the Boys’ 18s No. 8 seeded player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who for the second straight year eliminated Charlie Adams of Wayzata, Minn., from this event in a 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory on Monday. “It’s crazy being here. It’s almost like a dream. To be here and playing on the courts where the pros play. I don’t know if anyone else is enjoying it as much as me, but I think it’s amazing.”

The sentiment was carried out throughout the day from the players, to parents, to officials and tournament directors: the setup at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was all first-rate.

“We did have a great first day,” said ASICS Easter Bowl tournament chairman Lornie Kuhle. “Everyone seems really excited to be here and the venue and Indian Wells Tennis Garden staff has been amazing to work with.”

It may have taken a little less than 360 days, but the bad taste of an ASICS Easter Bowl finals lost may have finally left Boyd. One year ago in the final of Boys’ 16s, Boyd fell to top-seeded Sameer Kumar without winning a game, 6-0, 6-0.

“Yeah, I think I’m just trying to make this a brand new tournament,” Boyd said. “I was so nervous in that final. A couple months later I beat Sameer in a practice match. I just think it was all the pressure of being in a final at this level.”

Boyd was forced to withdraw from last week’s Carson USTA International Spring Championships because of a long illness suffered while he was playing ITF events in South America.

Boyd is working part-time with the USTA and has spent time training in Boca Raton, Fla., this spring. He has been working primarily with Tommy Haas’ former coach Christian Groh and former ATP touring pro Guy Fritz.

Boyd said his ITF junior rank got to No. 120 before he got sick, but has fallen to No. 138. “Now I feel like I’m playing better than I was before I got sick,” he said. “I had a very busy start to the year. I went to Costa Rica then straight to Boca Raton to train. From there I went to Bolivia, Chile and then Argentina to play Grade 1 ITF events. That’s when I got really sick in Paraguay and had to pull out of tournaments there, two in Brazil and Carson.”

Local player Austin Rapp of Rancho Mirage, Calif., had his ASICS Easter Bowl singles career ended on Monday as he fell to Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove, Calif., in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. “It was a tough match and could have gone either way,” said Rapp, who is headed to UCLA in the Fall on a full-ride scholarship. “I didn’t play my best but should have been used to the conditions and the heat. This is my hometown, and I wish I would have been able to pull out a win.”

Rapp will play with Henry Gordon in doubles on Tuesday.

Fourteen-year-old Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., opened up play on Monday in the Girls’ 18s with a solid 6-2, 6-0 win over Sydney Riley of Dallas. Chen advanced all the way to the semifinals of the 18s at the recent Carson USTA International Spring Championships last week losing to eventual champion CiCi Bellis.

Chen said she was used to the venue having played the BNP Paribas pre-qualifying two months ago and losing in the second round to Anne-Liz Jeukeng.

“My feet were burning out there,” Chen said of her match on Monday.

Chen next faces top-seeded Sophia Kenin on Wednesday if she wins her first-round match as expected.

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

Monday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Lam, Kevin (Galloway, NJ) 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) def. Gealer, Daniel (Los Angeles, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Cargill, Christian (15) (Wesley Chapel, FL) def. Ross, Alex (Burr Ridge, IL) 6-4, 6-3
Klinger, Cameron (Elk Grove, CA) def. Rapp, Austin (Rancho Mirage, CA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Furman, Spencer (Woodinville, WA) 6-1, 6-1
Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) def. Staggs, Logan (Tracy, CA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Garay, Christian (Columbus, GA) def. Zlobinsky, Julian (10) (Greenvale, NY) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Boyd, Kalman (8) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Adams, Charlie (Wayzata, MN) 6-2, 6-1
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Lorenzini, Michael (Clarendon Hills, IL) 6-2, 6-1
Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) def. Mateas, Catalin (Braintree, MA) 6-4, 7-5
Paul, Tommy (12) (Coconut Creek, FL) def. Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) 7-5, 6-4
Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) def. Schalet, Myles (Montville, NJ) 6-4, 6-2
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Douglas, Jake (Rolling Hills, CA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-0
Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) def. Mautner, Kyle (Greenwich, CT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Thirouin, Jean (Houston, TX) def. Janglin, Oscar (16) (Sarasota, FL) 6-2, 6-2
Madison, Jared (Medina, WA) def. Stalder, Reese (Costa Mesa, CA) 7-5, 1-0 Ret (inj)
Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) def. Tishman, Gabe (Bedford, NY) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Sweet, Alan (Naples, FL) def. Kaiser, Kial (Saratoga, CA) def. 7-5, 6-4
Lenhard, Rafael (Carlsbad, CA) def. Blanch, Ulises (9) (Deerfield Beach, FL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Girls’ 18s Singles (Round of 64)
Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) def. Moldovan, Bianca (Livonia, MI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Altick, Helen (16) (Monroe, LA) def. Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) 6-1, 6-3
McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally (Delray Beach, FL) 6-0, 6-0
Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) def. Minor, Brienne (Mundelein, IL) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Fahey, Katharine (Fair Haven, NJ) 7-6(5), 6-3
Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA) def. Riley, Sydney (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-0
Hauger, Olivia (5) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ndunda, Ndindi (Burke, VA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-2, 6-4
Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) def. Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe (Chapel Hill, NC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)
Bourguignon, Madison (10) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Norris, Marie (Burdett, KS) 6-3, 6-4
Hamlin, Ellyse (14) (Fairfield, CT) def. Xepoleas, Meredith (Huntington Beach, CA) 6-4, 7-5
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) def. Horvit, Mia (Parkland, FL) 6-4, 6-2
Higuchi, Emma (15) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Friedel, Jenna (Mill Valley, CA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) def. Wiktorin, Claudia (Davidson, NC) 6-2, 6-4
Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) def. Hart, Jada (Colton, CA) 7-6(1), 6-3
Kelley, Meghan (Falmouth, ME) def. Hampton, Samantha (Vancouver, WA) 6-2, 6-3
Nelson, Alexis (Saint Paul, MN) def. Zogg, Ellie (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-4

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Ana Ivanovic Wins Monterrey

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(April 6, 2014) In an all-Serbian final Ana Ivanovic won the Monterrey Open on Sunday, defeating Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1 for her second WTA title of the year. Ivanovic also won the Auckland tournament in January.

“I think we both enjoyed the final tonight – it was very special for our country, it was the first time two players from our country were in a WTA final together,” Ivanovic said after the match to WTAtennis.com. “It was also great to see Jovana doing so well this week. I think she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.

“Last year I lost very early here in Monterrey but I had so much fun that I wanted to come back, so to make it this far this year is amazing. And every title is so special. I had some tough matches this week but I feel so happy to get through each of them, and this title is definitely one of my favorites.”

It’s Ivanovic’s 13th title of her career

It was a career week for Jasic who reached her first WTA tour final, beating Kimiko Date-Krumm in the semis. Before this week she had only won one WTA Tour level match.

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Nakagawa and Bellis Capture 18s Singles Titles At USTA International Spring Championships

 

CARSON, Calif., (April 6, 2014) – At 5-all in a third-set tiebreaker, No. 2-seeded Naoki Nakagawa knew he had to play the final two points like he had been the entire match: “patient yet aggressive.”
And that’s exactly what the Bradenton, Fla., resident from Fukuoka, Japan, did on Sunday as he went the distance to beat top-seeded Francis Tiafoe to capture the Boys’ 18s singles title, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5), on the final day at the 10th annual USTA International Spring Championships, an ITF level Grade 1 event played at the StubHub Center.
“I was really tight but I knew I had to go for it,” said Nakagawa, who took a second serve from the forehand side for a cross-court winner to go up 6-5 in the breaker. He then hit a powerful serve down the “T” that Tiafoe could only manage to hit into the net.
Tiafoe said he played an “unbelievable” game at 5-all to break Nakagawa’s serve and then had a chance to serve out the match. But Nakagawa returned some tough Tiafoe first serves to break back sending the match into a tiebreaker, the first time it’s gone that far in the event’s 10-year history. In fact, in the first nine Boys’ 18s finals before Sunday, only twice had a match gone to three sets.
“It could have gone either way,” said Tiafoe, the ITF world-ranked No. 7 player from College Park, Md. “I hit a bad second serve and for him to go for that at 5-all was pretty clutch, and you got to give that to him. Then he hits a big serve at match point so there’s nothing you can do there.”
Nakagawa, 17, is in his fifth year training at IMG Bolettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He calls current world ATP Tour Top 20 player Kei Nishikori a good friend. “Yeah, we train together and sometimes I go to his house and we play games,” said Nakagawa.
Tiafoe headed straight for the desert two hours east after his match where he will take tomorrow off before his first match in the ASICS Easter Bowl. He said he won’t dwell on the loss for long, and that there is no pressure on him this coming week. “It’s not like it’s going to matter to me to play the Slams this summer,” he said. “It obviously hurts because I wanted to win but it’s not going to carry over to this week.”
In the girls’ 18s final contested at the same time, No. 5-seeded and 14-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., made short work of 15-year-old and No. 9 Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md., 6-3, 6-0. Kingsley had beaten Bellis in their only prior meeting at the 12s USTA Spring Nationals back in 2011.
Kingsley, who trains out of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., had a tough three-set semifinal on Saturday and said she felt mentally and physically tired before the final. “And it’s my first Grade 1 final, so maybe that helped her confidence, that she’s been here before,” said Kingsley, who was coached by Frank Salazar all week.
Bellis was cheered on by her hitting partner and one of her coaches Jelena Pandzic, a former junior prodigy from Split, Croatia, who reached as high as No. 135 in the WTA World Tour rankings.
“I will rest the rest of today and maybe have a light hit tomorrow,” said Bellis, who turns 15 on Tuesday. “I really want to win the Easter Bowl. It’s going to be really hard because everyone in the draw is really good.”
In 2012, Bellis was a finalist in the Girls’ 14s at the ASICS Easter and last year she won the Girls’ 16s.
For a complete look at all the final draws, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.
SUNDAY’S FINAL SCORES
Boys’ 18 Singles
Naoki Nakagawa (2) (Japan) def. Francis Tiafoe (1) (College Park, MD)   6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
Girls’ 18 Singles
CiCi Bellis (5) (Atherton, CA)   def. Raveena Kingsley (9) (Fulton, MD) 6-3, 6-0
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Andrea Petkovic Wins Family Circle Cup

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(April 6, 2014) In a week full of surprises in Charleston, 14th seed Andrea Petkovic won the Family Circle Cup for her first WTA Premier level tournament title with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jana Cepelova of Slovakia on Sunday. This is her third WTA tournament crown, first in three years since she won the Strasbourg title in 2011.

Petkkovic knocked out three top ten seeds on the road to the title – No. 4 Sabine Lisicki, No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard.

The German who was once No. 9 in the world before being beset by injuries, is currently at No. 40 in the world will move into the top thirty with the victory.

No. 78 Cepelova beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round of the tournament. She’ll see her ranking rise into the top 50 for the first time.

At the end of the match Petkovic dropped on the ground in celebrations before she came to the net and hugged her opponent.

“I don’t know why but I just sort of broke down,” Petkovic said. “I was happy. Normally I don’t cry when I’m sad – I cry when I’m happy, strangely, so it’s weird, but I don’t know. I was just so relieved and proud that I’ve come back from all these injuries, and I never thought I would play in the finals of the big tournaments again, and so I was just proud and happy and everything just sort of came together.”

Petkovic takes home $120,000 for the win.

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Switzerland, France and Italy Stage Comebacks to Clinch Berths in Davis Cup Semis

(April 6, 2014) France, Italy and the Czech Republic each had to rally from 1-2 down going into Sunday’s play in Davis Cup and each team won their final two rubbers to join the Czech Republic in the semifinals which will take place September 12-14.

France came back from a 0-2 deficit on Friday to beat Germany, closing out the tie on Sunday with wins from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. It’s only the eighth time in Davis Cup history that a team has come back from being down two matches to none. They will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals who beat Japan 5-0.

Tsonga dominated Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tsonga hit 45 winners in the match.

Gael Monfils sealed the win for France, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2. Monfils won the first five games of the match and shut out his opponent in the second set tiebreak.

Team Italy came into Sunday’s play down 1-2. An inspired Fabio Fognini beat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2. Andreas Seppi completed the comeback by topping James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Italy has reached the semifinals of Davis Cup. Italy has won the Davis Cup only once, back in 1976.

Italy will face Switzerland next.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer won their matches on Sunday to seal Switzerland’s win over a game Kazakhstan team 3-2.

Wawrinka leveled the tie at 2-2 with Kazakhstan rallying to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first point of the weekend. The Australian Open champion lost his opening singles match to Golubev and the doubles where he teamed up with Federer. The Swiss did not allow any break points during the match.

For the first time in his career, Roger Federer played a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie. No. 4 Federer held back No.  64 Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-

For Switzerland, they have sealed a berth in their first Davis Cup semifinal in 11 years. They’ll play Italy at home for a chance to reach the final.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs which take place the same weekend as the semifinals are:

World Group first round losing nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and USA.

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Slovak Republic, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday.

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

 

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 63 62 64

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 61 76(0) 62

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andy Murray (GBR) 63 63 64

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 63 64

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(4) 64 64 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 76(0) 62 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 67(10) 61 61

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Peter Bertran (DOM) d. Robert Farah (COL) 26 61 64

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 60 61
ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 62 16 63 67(4) 63

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 36 67(5) 64 61 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO) – not played

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

 

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(7) 46 76(5) 63

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 67(5) 60 62

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4) 64

Sergei Bubka (UKR) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 57 76(3) ret.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 46 63 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 60 1-0 ret.

Seanon Williams (BAR) d. Salvador Andres Bolanos (ESA) 62 67(5) 76(8)

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 63 76(2) 46 63

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER) – not played

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Jorge Aguilar (CHI) d. Juan-Carlos Ramirez (PAR) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 62 61

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 36 62 46 62

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 63 36 64

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik de Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 62 64 57 75

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Ruan Roelofse 76(5) 36 76(3) 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 75 76(1) 61

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 36 46 63 75 64

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 36 16 63 61 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 76(3) 76(2)

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Christophe Tholl (LUX) 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(5) 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) d. Dinko Halachev (BUL) 76(2) 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Charalampos Kapogiannis (GRE) 57 60 61

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 75 64 63

Mazen Osama (EGY) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 76(4) 76(5)

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) 60 60 60

Ayoub Chakrouni (MAR) d. Constantinos Ioannides (CYP) 63 62

 

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins Monday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 6, 2014) – It’s a new-look ASICS Easter Bowl this year as the junior tennis tournament has plenty of changes in store once play begins with qualifying this weekend in the boys’ and girls’ 18s division.

 

The location, format and draw sizes have all changed this year for the 47th annual event. The host site is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this year where the nation’s top boys’ and girls’ junior tennis players will have a chance to play on the same courts as their favorite pro players did last month at the BNP Paribas Open. Admission is free to attend the tournament.

 

The 18s boys and girls main draw will start on Monday and conclude on Sunday, April 13. The 18s is an ITF Grade B1 and USTA Level 1 event. It is a closed event meaning only players from the United States can play.

 

For the first time the tournament will include the nation’s top 12-and-under players. The 16′s, 14′s and 12′s will be a four-day event taking place Thursday-Sunday with 64 singles draw and 32 doubles and is a USTA Level 1A designated tournament. Also new this year, there are no wild cards being admitted for these three age divisions.

 

“I’m excited about the ASICS Easter Bowl,” said 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe, the top-seeded player in the boys’ 18s from College Park, Md., who last December became the youngest champion in the 67-year history of the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Championships. “I’m excited about every tournament I play, but especially this one. It’s been so cold in Maryland and I’ve played the past three months indoors. I just love playing outdoors here and in the sun.”

 

In the boys’ 18s, Tiafoe will be the one to watch and will battle against other ITF world top-100 ranked players like Alex Rybakov, Coral Springs, Fla.; Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash.; Logan Smith, Carlsbad, Calif.; Jordi Arconada, College Park, Md.; Taylor Fritz, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Daniel Kerznerman, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Keep an eye out for 17-year-old Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., who has turned pro and is fighting to get into the French Open juniors and Wimbledon and for 2012 boys’ 14s ASICS Easter Bowl champion William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn.

 

In the girls’ 18s, top players include Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Johnnise Renaud, North Miami, Fla., CiCi Bellis, Atherton, Fla., Michaela Gordon, Los Alto Hills, Calif., Usue Arconada, College Park, Md., Kaitlyn McCarthy, Cary, N.C., and Raquel Pedraza, Claremont, Calif.

 

The top-seed players in the boys’ 16s are: Evan Zhu (Greenbelt, Md.), Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.), Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.), William Genesen (Tulsa, Okla.), and Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, Ga.). In the girls’ 16s they are: Katerina Stewart (Coral Gables, Fla.), Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, Ohio), Bess Waldram (Portland, Ore.), Isabella Lorenzini (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), and Rebecca Weissmann (Loveland, Colo.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 14s are: Steven Sun (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Keenan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.), Russell Benkaim (Osprey, Fla.), Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.), Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, Ill.). In the girls’ 14s they are: Grace Joyce (Newton, Mass.), Shailla Alda (Phoenix), Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Alyvia Jones (Midland, Mich.), and Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 12s are: Harry Yang (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Blaise Bicknell (Miami), Spencer Whitaker (Richmond, Va.), Ivan Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), and Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). In the girls’ 12s, they are: 1. Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.), Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas), Victoria Hu (Northborough, Mass.), Cameron Compall (Winnetka, Ill.) and Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, Fla.).

 

The featured event of the ASICS Easter Bowl this year will be the Laurel Springs School Player Dinner catered by The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, April 9. Also, a USTA Coaches Reception that evening will feature a complimentary dinner also sponsored by The Old Spaghetti Factory for all players, parents, and the top  coaches in the country.

 

The junior tournament started by Seena Hamilton in 1968 and now led by Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. Long considered the Super Bowl of junior tennis, the ASICS Easter Bowl is being played at one of the biggest professional tennis facilities, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

The Tennis Garden features 29 hard courts and hosts a number of tournaments and special events including the Big West Conference Championships, World Team Tennis National Championships, and USTA National Championships.

 

The tournament was started in New York City by Hamilton and has been played in Florida, Arizona and California.

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John McNally, Alaina Miller Capture 16s Singles Titles At USTA International Spring Championships

John McNally, USA, winner of boys 16 singles, photo By Cynthia Lum / USTA

John McNally, USA, winner of boys 16 singles, photo By Cynthia Lum / USTA

CARSON, Calif., (April 5, 2014) – No matter how hard he tried during the latter stages of his Boys’ 16s finals match at the 10th annual USTA International Spring Championships on Saturday, Cincinnati’s John McNally could not get rid of haunting memories of letting a huge USTA national title slip away from him like he did at last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl.
McNally, who held a championship point and was one point away from a gold ball before falling to Connor Hance last April in the 14s finals at the USTA Spring Nationals in Rancho Mirage, did his best to put that memory behind him, ultimately beating No. 11-seeded Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, to win the Boys’ 16s at the StubHub Center.
“I was serving for it and I started having nightmares of last year’s Easter Bowl where I had a match point but I blew it,” said McNally, 15, who had to call for a trainer up 6-5 in the third set to work on a bad blister on his right foot. “My entire right foot is one big blister. It hurt when I pushed off. It feels like there’s liquid in it but there’s not.”
He continued: “I thought on the changeover to just come out and try to win the first point and take it one point at a time and see what happens. Patrick is a very, very, very good player and he’s going to have a very bright future.”
McNally wasn’t done there, also capturing the 16s doubles title later in the day with partner Gianni Ross of Burr Ridge, Ill., over Kypson and Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga., 6-2, 7-5.
Fifteen-year-old Alaina Miller of Saratoga, Calif., the No. 16-seeded player in the Girls’ 16s, used an effective two-handed forehand to beat hometown favorite and No. 13 seeded Kalani Soli of Carson, Calif., 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3), in the Girls’ 16 final.
“It was a nail-biter,” said Miller, coached by former SoCal junior and UC-Berkeley player J.P. Fruterro.
Miller was down 5-6 and serving and found herself down love-30 before digging deep and forcing a tiebreaker against Soli, who had about 25 area residents cheering her on. “I try not to show too much emotion,” said Miller after the match. “I found out working with my mental coach that if I don’t show emotion good or bad, then I play my best. Because if I’m saying, ‘Come On’, and that stuff I just don’t feel like that’s me. So I just try and keep it neutral.”
Miller said her mental coach has taught her to think of a song in times of duress. “When things are bad, I turn up the volume in my head and try to block out all of my thoughts and focus on the song,” she said, adding she was listening to Michael Jackson’s “Baby Be Mine” in her head during her most trying times on court.
“It was tough,” a positive Soli said afterward. “I think I was playing defense too much. With her two-handed forehand she hits really flat so it’s hard to get it back.”
Soli lives just down the street from the USTA Training Center-West but trains 15 miles away at the La Habra Tennis Center and is currently home schooled using K-12 Online school.
In the Boys’ 18s final on Sunday at 9 a.m., it will be top-seeded Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., against Naoki Nakagawa, the No. 2-seeded player from Fukuoka, Japan, who has been training at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., for the past four years. Nakagawa ousted local Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-1.
In the Girls’ 18s final on Sunday also at 9 a.m. that, like the boys’ final, will be streamed live at www.usta.com/isc, No. 5-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., will take on Raveen Kingsley of Fulton, Md.
In the Boys’ 18s doubles final, Tommy Paul of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash., downed William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., and Alex Rybakov of Coral Springs, Fla., 6-4, 6-2.
In the Girls’ 18s final former Australian Open junior doubles champion Gabby Andrews of Pomona, and partner Sandra Samir of Irvine, Calif., beat Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, and Caroline Dolehide of Hinsdale, Ill., 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
For a complete run down of Saturday’s scores and updated draws, as well as live streaming, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.
SATURDAY’S SCORES
Boys’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD)   def.  Kerznerman, Daniel (9) (Brooklyn, NY)   6-1, 6-1
Nakagawa, Naoki (2)  def.  Fritz, Taylor (7) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)   6-4, 6-1
Boys’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)
Paul, Tommy (Coconut Creek, FL) / Wiersholm, Henrik (3) (Kirkland, WA)  def.  Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) /  Rybakov, Alex (7) (Coral Springs, FL)  6-4, 6-2
Boys’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH)   def.  Kypson, Patrick (11) (Greenville, NC)   6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
McNally, John (Cincinnati, OH) / Ross, Gianni (6) (Burr Ridge, IL)  def.  Bryde, Trent (Suwanee, GA) / Kypson, Patrick (8) (Greenville, NC)  6-2, 7-5
Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Bellis, CiCI (5) (Atherton, CA)   def.  Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA)   6-2, 6-4
Kingsley, Raveena (9) (Fulton, MD)   def.  Arconada, Usue (4) (College Park, MD)   1-6, 7-6(3), 6-1
Girls’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)
Andrews, Gabrielle (Pomona, CA) / Samir, Sandra (7) (Irvine, CA)  def.  Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) / Dolehide, Caroline (Hinsdale, IL)  3-6, 6-4, 10-5
Girls’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
Miller, Alaina (16) (Saratoga, CA)   def.  Soli, Kalani (13) (Carson, CA)   6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
Day, Kayla (Santa Barbara, CA) / Peus, Ryan (1) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)  def.  Robinson, Jada (Reisterstown, MD) /  Smith, Alana (2) (Fort Washington, MD)  6-4, 4-6, 10-7
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