2014/07/31

ASICS Easter Bowl Show To Air on Sunday on Tennis Channel

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (May 17, 2014) – The annual ASICS Easter Bowl national TV show will premiere this Sunday with multiple airings on Tennis Channel, according to tournament Chairman Lornie Kuhle.

The show will air Sunday, May, 18, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, immediately following the finals of the Italian Open. Another airing will take place later in the day at 10 p.m. PT.

Once again this year the show was edited and produced by award-winning Harold Hecht. The show is hosted by former ATP World Tour star Taylor Dent and USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams.

“We have another great show this year that we have produced and some surprises in there, as well,” said Kuhle, who served as the executive director on the show. “We are asking everyone to watch until the credits of the show for a nice tribute to longtime ASICS Easter Bowl friend and supporter Jackie Cooper.”

Kuhle’s good friend Cooper passed away last year, and Kuhle decided to honor Cooper and former women’s great Tory Fretz by naming a daily Sportsmanship Award after the two.

Fretz of the Coachella Valley was on hand the entire week during last month’s ASICS Easter Bowl handing out each of the awards.

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Taylor Dent Junior Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

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.

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Tiafoe Rallies to Top Fritz to Move into Easter Bowl Semis

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 11, 2014) – In a match that had all the intensity of a final between two of the nation’s top 16-year-olds, top-seeded Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., came back to beat No. 7-seeded Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, on Friday to advance to the ITF Boys’ 18s semifinals at the ASICS Easter Bowl.

At 4-all in the second set with Tiafoe serving down 15-40, Fritz had a golden chance to break and then serve for the match, but Tiafoe came up with a huge serve and then played another smart point to eventually hold serve, win a close tiebreaker and close out the match at the 47th annual tournament being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“In the third set I really started to play my game and use the plan that my coach here Frank (Salazar) gave me,” Tiafoe said. “I knew if it was going to go three it would be mine because I knew he was getting tired. They asked if we wanted the 10-minute heat rule before the third set. I didn’t want it and I didn’t even let him get a chance to answer.”

Tiafoe has never faced his semifinal opponent Robert Levine, the No. 13-ranked player from Bedford, N.Y., who ended unseeded Michael Genender’s run in the tournament, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Tiafoe said he knew Fritz would come out firing since he sorely needed to win this event to get straight into the junior French Open and Wimbledon later this spring. Tiafoe said he’s never had great results at all the past Easter Bowls he has played. “To me it’d be so huge if I won here because I’ve never done that great here,” he said. “I lost in the first round the first year, second round the next year and the third round last year. So I was thinking I might be leaving in the quarters after the first set and this would be it for me.”

In the other semifinal, Aron Hiltzik of Wilmette, Ill., will take on unseeded Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz. Hiltzik took out William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-3, and Ponwith eliminated No. 3-seeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., 6-1, 6-4.

Hiltzik was an Easter Bowl Boys’ 16s finalist in 2012 where he lost to current UCLA Bruin Joseph DiGiulio in the final.
Hiltzik said he was down 5-2 in the first set and was down “about five set points,” winning each one and climbing back to take the first set, 7-6 (9-7). “I actually don’t know exactly how many set points it was, but just say it was a lot.”

Hiltzik, whose brother Jared is a current NCAA Top 10-ranked player at Illinois University, said his game has elevated since September when he moved to College Park, Md., and began training fulltime with the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.

“It’s been unbelievable there,” he said, citing coaches he’s been working with like Misha Kouznetsov, Frank Salazar and Kyle Bailey. “The level of coaching has been amazing.”

In the Girls’ 18s semifinals, it will be top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., facing No. 4 CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif. Kenin won her third three-set match on Friday to move on. No. 11 Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., meets No. 7 Michaela Gordon of Saratoga, Calif., in the other semi.

In the Boys’ 16s, No. 9 John McNally of Cincinnati, Ohio; No. 3 Matthew Gamble of Webster, N.Y.; No. 2 Zeke Clark of Tulsa, Okla., and No. 11 Alex Keyser of Danville, Calif., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 16s, top-seeded Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla.; unseeded Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; unseeded Maria Mateas of Braintree, Mass., and No. 7 Makenna Jones of Greenville, S.C., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.
In the Boys’ 14s, top-seeded Steven Sun of Glen Cove, N.Y., Andrew Fenty of Washington, D.C.; No. 2 Keenan Mayo of Roseville, Calif., and unseeded Kento Perera of Santa Barbara, Calif., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 14s, No. 5 Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; unseeded Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos, Calif.; unseeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego, Calif., and No. 3 Rachel Lim Rachel of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.
In the Boys’ 12s, Daniel Sharygin of Newburgh, Ind.; No. 2 Blaise Bicknell of Miami, Fla., No. 16 Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands, N.Y., and No. 6 Jeremie Casabon of Flourtown, Pa., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 12s, No. Amy Huang of San Diego, Calif.; No. 6 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., No. 12 Amanda Chan of Pasadena, Calif., and No. 9 Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

All eight singles finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Katie Swan was named the winner of Friday’s Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award selected by the tournament staff and presented with a medal and free pair of ASICS shoes. Winners for the week include Aron Hiltzik, Jean Thirouin, Nicole Kalhorn and Reilly Olpeka.

Friday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Fritz, Taylor (7) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) 6-1, 6-4
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3
Boys’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Arconada, Jordi (Rio Piedras, PR) / Kerznerman, Daniel (1) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Fritz, Taylor (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Kodali, Anudeep (3) (Durham, NC) 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-7
Paul, Tommy (Coconut Creek, FL) / Wiersholm, Henrik (2) (Kirkland, WA) def. Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) / Wasserman, James (New York, NY) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Kenin, Sofia (1) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Ho, Jessica (12) (Tampa, FL) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
Bellis, Catherine (4) (Atherton, CA) def. McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) 6-0, 6-3
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) 6-2, 6-2
Gordon, Michaela (7) (Saratoga, CA) def. Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) 6-1, 6-4
Girls’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) (Cary, NC) def. Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) / Kenin, Sofia (Pembroke Pines, FL) 6-3, 7-6(4)
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) / Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) / Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) Wo (inj)
Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Loeb, Robert (Hilton Head, SC) 7-6(5), 6-0
Phillips, Alex (5) (Peachtree City, GA) def. Wood, Chase (15) (Heath, TX) 6-1, 6-1
Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ross, Gianni (10) (Burr Ridge, IL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Gamble, Matthew (3) (Webster, NY) def. Rowe, Billy (12) (Coronado, CA) 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-2
Kypson, Patrick (Greenville, NC) def. Ayeni, Alafia (San Diego, CA) 6-2, 6-2
Genesen, William (4) (Tulsa, OK) def. Holt, Brandon (Rolling Hills, CA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Keyser, Alexander (11) (Danville, CA) def. Joshi, Abhijeet (Millington, NJ) 6-2, 6-0
Howells, William (Richmond, VA) def. Downing, Chaz (Newport Coast, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Howells, William (Richmond, VA) 6-1, 6-4
Gamble, Matthew (3) (Webster, NY) def. Kypson, Patrick (Greenville, NC) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Phillips, Alex (5) (Peachtree City, GA) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
Keyser, Alexander (11) (Danville, CA) def. Genesen, William (4) (Tulsa, OK) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Soli, Kalani (Carson, CA) 6-0, 7-5
Sanford, Alexandra (2) (Westerville, OH) def. Pothoff, Maddie (11) (Tucson, AZ) 6-1, 6-4
Mateas, Maria (Braintree, MA) def. Waldram, Bess (3) (Portland, OR) 6-2, 6-1
Meredith, Madeline (14) (Vestavia, AL) def. Livianu, Jessica (Brooklyn, NY) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Peus, Ryan (8) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) def. Spence, Zoe (12) (Chicago, IL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Corse, Cameron (Baltimore, MD) 6-2, 6-1
Jones, Makenna (7) (Greenville, SC) def. Quevedo, Danielle (Tyler, TX) 4-1 Ret (inj)
Miller, Alaina (Saratoga, CA) def. Van Alphen, Sydney (Laguna Beach, CA) 6-3, 6-4
Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Meredith, Madeline (14) (Vestavia, AL) 6-0, 6-3
Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Miller, Alaina (Saratoga, CA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Mateas, Maria (Braintree, MA) def. Peus, Ryan (8) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
Jones, Makenna (7) (Greenville, SC) def. Sanford, Alexandra (2) (Westerville, OH) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Singles (Round of 16)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Woodall, William (16) (Washington, DC) 6-1, 7-5
Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) def. Duo, Bill (Portage, MI) 6-4, 6-4
Baylon, Robert (8) (Buena Park, CA) def. Oscislawski, Adam (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-3, 6-3
Bellamy, Roscoe (Pacific Palisades, CA) def. Huang, Austen (6) (Elk Grove, CA) 6-3, 6-3
Frye, Bradley (14) (Overland Park, KS) def. Fresen, RJ (7) (Short Hills, NJ) 6-2, 6-4
Fenty, Andrew (Washington, DC) def. Nakashima, Brandon (4) (San Diego, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Croyder, Blake (Marietta, GA) 7-5, 6-2
Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) def. Mukherjee, Josh (Bloomfield Hills, MI) 6-2, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Bellamy, Roscoe (Pacific Palisades, CA) 7-5, 7-5
Fenty, Andrew (Washington, DC) def. Frye, Bradley (14) (Overland Park, KS) 6-4, 6-4
Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) def. Baylon, Robert (8) (Buena Park, CA) 6-1, 6-2
Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Girls’ 14 Singles (Round of 16)
Zhao, Hannah (San Diego, CA) def. Van Linge, Elena (Menlo Park, CA) 6-3, 6-1
Henry, Somer (Franklin, TN) def. Clark, Mackenzie (College Park, MD) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
McNally, Caty (Cincinnati, OH) def. Kowalski, Meg (9) (La Grange, IL) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. Eason, Rachel (14) (Union City, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) def. Hwang, Madison (Frisco, TX) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) def. Paulus, Kate (13) (Leawood, KS) 7-6(4), 6-4
Joyce, Grace (1) (Newton, MA) def. Decoste, Emma (15) (Stuart, FL) 6-2, 6-1
Johnson, Taylor (5) (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Jones, Sydney (10) (Carrollton, TX) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Girls’ 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Johnson, Taylor (5) (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Joyce, Grace (1) (Newton, MA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) def. Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) 6-2, 6-3
Zhao, Hannah (San Diego, CA) def. Henry, Somer (Franklin, TN) 7-6(4), 6-3
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. McNally, Caty (Cincinnati, OH) 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 12 Singles (Round of 16)
Yang, Harry (1) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) def. Yu, James (Bellevue, WA) 7-5, 6-3
Bicknell, Blaise (2) (Miami, FL) def. Fradkin, Jeffrey (9) (New York, NY) 7-6(7), 4-6, 10-7
Labrador, Daniel (8) (Tampa, FL) def. McKennon, Maxwell (Newport Beach, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Whitaker, Spencer (3) (Richmond, VA) def. Nava, Emilio (Woodland Hills, CA) 2-6, 6-2, 10-5
Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Vallabhaneni, Niroop (5) (Paradise Valley, AZ) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Casabon, Jeremie (6) (Flourtown, PA) def. Arimilli, Nathan (14) (Austin, TX) 6-2, 2-6, 10-3
Lunin, Alexey (Irvine, CA) def. Smith, Ivan (4) (Chula Vista, CA) 6-3, 6-2
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Mayo, Aidan (7) (Roseville, CA) 6-1, 6-1
Boys’ 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Yang, Harry (1) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) 6-1, 6-1
Bicknell, Blaise (2) (Miami, FL) def. Labrador, Daniel (8) (Tampa, FL) 6-3, 6-4
Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Whitaker, Spencer (3) (Richmond, VA) 6-3, 6-2
Casabon, Jeremie (6) (Flourtown, PA) def. Lunin, Alexey (Irvine, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Girls’ 12 Singles (Round of 16)
Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Lee, Anessa (San Marino, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Price, Gabriella (1) (Montebello, NY) def. Gallagher, Sedona (Henderson, NV) 6-4, 6-1
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Pielet, Gianna (2) (El Paso, TX) 7-6(1), 6-3
Gulbransen, Nina (15) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Hu, Victoria (3) (Northborough, MA) 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
Huang, Amy (11) (San Diego, CA) def. Anzalotta, Lauren (7) (Trujillo Alto, PR) 6-2, 6-1
Chan, Amanda (12) (Pasadena, CA) def. Goldsmith, Elizabeth (Chula Vista, CA) 6-0, 6-3
Canete, Mae Fmar (Los Angeles, CA) def. Garcia Gross, Rosie (13) (New York, NY) 7-5, 3-6, 11-4
Osuigwe, Whitney (5) (Bradenton, FL) def. Stein, Lauren (16) (Paradise Valley, AZ) 6-3, 6-1
Girls’ 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Huang, Amy (11) (San Diego, CA) def. Gulbransen, Nina (15) (Boca Raton, FL) 6-4, 6-1
Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Price, Gabriella (1) (Montebello, NY) 6-3, 6-0
Chan, Amanda (12) (Pasadena, CA) def. Canete, Mae Fmar (Los Angeles, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Osuigwe, Whitney (5) (Bradenton, FL) 7-5, 6-2

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Tiafoe, Smith and Fritz Advance at ASICS Easter Bowl

Logan Smith photo by David Kenas

Logan Smith photo by David Kenas

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 9, 2014) – With potential future college coaches looking on, No. 3-seeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., beat Javier Restrepo of Miami, 7-6 (0), 6-1, on a busy Wednesday in the Boys’ 18s ITF division at the ASICS Easter Bowl being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Smith, a 17-year-old high school junior ranked in the world Top 60 ITF rankings, is undecided where he will attend college, but wouldn’t mind staying close to home in Southern California.
Smith said he was “definitely” aware that four-time NCAA champion USC men’s Coach Peter Smith was on hand to check out the match, as well as other Division I coaches. “USC is an option, so is UCLA,” Smith said. “I have a lot of options. Not sure I’d go out state, but I’m just not sure.”
Smith, who later teamed with Aron Hiltzik to win their Round of 16 doubles match, said he lost to Restrepo in three sets three years ago in the 14s Easter Bowl. “It’s a great tournament,” said Smith, who works with coach Christian Groh in San Diego. “I love playing the Easter Bowl. It’s definitely one of my favorite tournaments.”
Later in the day, player registration was held for the boys’ and girls’ 16s, 14s and 12s with play in those divisions beginning on Thursday at 12 sites around the Coachella Valley.
Also on Wednesday, more than 350 players attended the Laurel Springs Player Party that was catered by the The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. That coincided with a USTA hosted Team USA Coaches Reception. There, four legendary coaches, including Jerry Baskin, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jack Sharpe, were honored. In addition USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe presented Joseph Gilbert with the 2013 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year and the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., was honored as the 2013 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year.
In the only big upset in Boys’ 18s singles, Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif., beat Daniel Kerznerman, the No. 6-seed from Brooklyn, N.Y., 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Also moving on were top-seeded Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., who beat Alan Sweet of Naples, Fla., 6-2, 6-1, and Taylor Fritz, the No. 7-seeded player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He beat John Jorgeson of Bradenton, Fla., 6-0, 6-1.
If both can win Round of 16 matches on Thursday, the two would square off in a quarterfinal match everyone wants to see on Friday.
“I lost a tough one last week, but I just had to get it out of my mi

nd and focus on a fresh week,” said Tiafoe, who fell in the Carson ISC final Sunday in a third-set tiebreaker.
Said Fritz: “I was just working on other things that may help me later in the tournament, trying to come into the net more.”
On the girls’ 18s side, top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was pushed against Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., but held on to advance, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Gabby Smith of Henderson, Nev., had a big upset, beat No. 5-seeded Olivia Hauger of Tulsa, Okla., 6-2, 6-0.
Nicole Kalhorn was named the winner of Tuesday’s Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award selected by the tournament staff and presented with a medal and free pair of ASICS shoes. On Monday, Reilly Olpeka won the award.

 

Wednesday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)
Nava, Eduardo (Woodland Hills, CA) def. Kerznerman, Daniel (6) (Brooklyn, NY) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Garay, Christian (Columbus, GA) 6-4, 6-2
Kodali, Anudeep (11) (Durham, NC) def. Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Chamdani, Adrian (Santa Clara, CA) def. Cargill, Christian (15) (Wesley Chapel, FL) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Klinger, Cameron (Elk Grove, CA) 6-4, 6-1
Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) def. Duncan, Walker (14) (Atlanta, GA) 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3
Boyd, Kalman (8) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) 7-6(9), 6-1
Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) def. Epshteyn-Losev, Mark (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) 6-3, 5-2 Ret (inj)
Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) 7-6(0), 6-1
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Paul, Tommy (12) (Coconut Creek, FL) 6-3, 6-1
Kumar, Sameer (5) (Carmel, IN) def. Madison, Jared (Medina, WA) 7-6(4), 6-1
Thirouin, Jean (Houston, TX) def. Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) 6-4, 7-6(8)
Fritz, Taylor (7) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Jorgeson, John (Bradenton, FL) 6-0, 6-1
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Sweet, Alan (Naples, FL) 6-2, 6-1
Arconada, Jordi (4) (Rio Piedras, PR) def. Silverstein, Josh (Great Neck, NY) 6-4, 6-2
Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) def. Lenhard, Rafael (Carlsbad, CA) 6-3, 6-3

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) / Smith, Logan (8) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Schalet, Myles (Montville, NJ) / Tishman, Gabe (Bedford, NY) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
Paul, Tommy (Coconut Creek, FL) / Wiersholm, Henrik (2) (Kirkland, WA) def. Kessler, Mcclain (Calhoun, GA) / Staggs, Logan (Tracy, CA) 6-4, 6-0
Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) / Wasserman, James (New York, NY) def. Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) / Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) 6-0, 6-7(5), 10-4
Fritz, Taylor (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Kodali, Anudeep (3) (Durham, NC) def. Caruana, Liam (New Braunfels, TX) / Ji, Henry (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 7-5, 6-1
Nava, Eduardo (Woodland Hills, CA) / Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Madonia, Stephen (Bradenton, FL) / Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Arconada, Jordi (Rio Piedras, PR) / Kerznerman, Daniel (1) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Duncan, Walker (Atlanta, GA) / Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
Mateas, Catalin (Braintree, MA) / Zlobinsky, Julian (5) (Greenvale, NY) def. Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) / Rapp, Austin (Rancho Mirage, CA) 7-5, 3-6, 10-3
Janglin, Victor (Sarasota, FL) / Levine, Robert (7) (Bedford, NY) def. Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) / Lorenzini, Michael (Clarendon Hills, IL) 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)
McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) def. Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) 6-2, 6-4
Dolehide, Caroline (Hinsdale, IL) def. Flores, Victoria (Fort Dodge, IA) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Hauger, Olivia (5) (Tulsa, OK) 6-2, 6-0
Arconada, Usue (2) (Rio Piedras, PR) def. Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) 6-3, 6-2
Ho, Jessica (12) (Tampa, FL) def. Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) 6-4, 6-0
Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Altick, Helen (16) (Monroe, LA) 6-0, 6-4
Pedraza, Raquel (6) (Claremont, CA) def. Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Traxler, Karina (Rockwall, TX) 6-0, 6-1
Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) def. Hamlin, Ellyse (14) (Fairfield, CT) Wo (ill)
Kenin, Sofia (1) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) def. Bourguignon, Madison (10) (Boca Raton, FL) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela (7) (Saratoga, CA) def. Andrews, Gabrielle (Pomona, CA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) def. Higuchi, Emma (15) (Los Angeles, CA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Bellis, CiCi (4) (Atherton, CA) def. Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) 7-6(0), 6-3
Day, Kayla (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Kelley, Meghan (Falmouth, ME) 6-1, 6-1
Nelson, Alexis (Saint Paul, MN) def. Kalhorn, Nicole (Colorado Springs, CO) 6-4, 6-0

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)
Andrews, Gabrielle (Pomona, CA) / Ho, Jessica (Tampa, FL) def. Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) / Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) 7-5, 6-1
Dolehide, Caroline (Hinsdale, IL) / Minor, Brienne (Mundelein, IL) def. Day, Kayla (Santa Barbara, CA) / Flores, Victoria (Fort Dodge, IA) 6-2, 6-2
Hart, Jada (Colton, CA) / Hazell, Stephanie (Irvine, CA) def. Bellis, CiCi (Atherton, CA) / Horvit, Mia (5) (Parkland, FL) 6-4, 6-4
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) / Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Fahey, Katharine (Fair Haven, NJ) / Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) 1-6, 6-2, 10-8
Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) / Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Friedel, Jenna (Mill Valley, CA) / Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) 6-2, 6-4
Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) (Cary, NC) def. Hamlin, Ellyse (Fairfield, CT) / Moldovan, Bianca (Livonia, MI) Wo (ill)
Gordon, Michaela (Saratoga, CA) / Higuchi, Emma (4) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) / Rosca, Christina (Princeton, NJ) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) / Kenin, Sofia (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) / Slaysman, Savannah (Phoenix, AZ) 6-1, 6-2

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Mark Epshteyn-Losev Upsets No. 2 Seed at Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

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.

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Taylor Dent Junior Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

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.

Tuesday’s Scores
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

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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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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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BNP Paribas Open Sets Attendance Records

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 16, 2014 – For the eighth straight year, the BNP Paribas Open, the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined event, has broken its attendance record. The 2014 event welcomed 431,527 fans to the newly expanded Indian Wells Tennis Garden for two weeks of world-class tennis, including 31,764 for the day session on Saturday, March 8, also a record.
The tournament opened its’ new Stadium 2 – part of a site expansion that included a new entrance off of Washington Avenue, a 19,000 square foot shade structure, additional practice courts, and three marquee restaurants – with the McEnroe Challenge for Charity presented by Esurance. The event on Saturday, March 1 christened the new facility, and also raised $80,000 for local charities.
In addition, the tournament app, which was introduced this year for iPhone and Android platforms, was downloaded more than 46,000 times and recorded almost eight million screen views over the course of the event.
Fans interested in the 2015 edition of the tournament (March 9-22), can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, March 19 when Classic Series ticket packages go on sale to the public. The Classic Series package includes all 21 sessions of tennis in the Main Stadium and offers the best seat locations and value. The newly opened Stadium 2 will also offer Classic Series packages.
Italian and World No. 21 Flavia Pennetta captured her first BNP Paribas Open title by defeating World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 6-1 in the final. On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic captured his third BNP Paribas Open title (2008, 2011, 2014), overcoming Roger Federer, a four-time former BNP Paribas Open champion (2004-2006, 2012), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final.
In doubles, the World No. 1 team of Bob and Mike Bryan captured their second consecutive BNP Paribas Open title. The Southern California native’s defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-4, 6-3. On the women’s side, No. 1 seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng defeated the No. 5 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza 7-6 (5), 6-2.
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BNP Paribas Open – Saturday’s Results, Sunday’s Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 6,169,040.00 (ATP)
USD 5,946,740.00 (WTA)
3-16 MARCH 2014

RESULTS – MARCH 15, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Semifinals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [12] J Isner (USA) 75 67(2) 61
[7] R Federer (SUI) d [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 61

Men’s
Doubles – Finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 64 63

Women’s
Doubles – Finals
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) d [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) 76(5) 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – SINGLES FINAL – [20] F Pennetta (ITA) vs [2] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – SINGLES FINAL – [7] R Federer (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

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Djokovic dominates Benneteau and Isner Edges Gulbis for BNP Paribas Open Rematch

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By Kevin Ware

[2] Novak Djokovic defeats Julien Benneteau 6-1 6-3

Benneteau played solid tennis to make it through to the quarters, but the odds were stacked against him in this match-up. With a head-to-head record of 1-5, and that one victory coming back in 2006, chances were slim that he’d be able to mount a sufficient challenge to the current World No. 2.

As expected, the first set was over in just 28 minutes and featured two breaks of the Benneteau serve. This wasn’t surprising with a first serve percentage 54%, and a second serve win percentage is 17%. As his struggles on serve mounted, Benneteau pressed on his groundstrokes, which only made matters worse.

In the end, Benneteau’s 10 winners to 32 unforced errors tell the final tale of this match. He served poorly and, as a result, had to go for too much in his shots against Djokovic. For his part, Djokovic played a clean and straightforward match. He hit 17 winners to 12 unforced errors, won 93% of his first serves, 6 of 8 net approaches, and 4 of 15 break points against the Frenchman.

This was a comprehensive win by all measures. It was also a more consistent performance from Djokovic, who has had issues with keeping his focus after jumping out to early leads.  It was something he touched on in his post-match remarks.

“I felt like I was very focused on the court from the start, and it’s what I was looking for.  First few matches I played good tennis but I had some ups and downs. Today was very stable from the first to the last point.”

When asked about the possibility of playing Isner in the semifinals, his two previous losses to Big John in Masters Series readily came to mind.

“I played John here a few years ago and I remember that match.  7-6 in the third, and also lost to him very close one in Cincinnati last year.”

“It’s very challenging because he doesn’t miss his serve too much, so you have to kind of be able to hold your composure, you know, from the first to the last point and be ready to play three tiebreaks.  That’s all.”

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John Isner

[12] John Isner defeats [20] Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4) 7-6(3)

A John Isner win in two tiebreak sets is expected. An Isner win over Ernest Gulbis in two tiebreak sets by pressuring his opponent’s ground game is not. But that’s what happened in their BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal match.

Both players held serve through the first set leading up to the tiebreak. Leading 3-2 in the tiebreaker, Gulbis found himself on the losing end of a protracted rally with Isner. Rattled by the losing exchange, he gave up the next point on his serve after the change of ends. That’s all Isner needed to close out the first set tiebreak 7-4.

Isner surprisingly stumbled at the start of the second set by dropping his first service game at love, giving up the crucial early break. When asked about it after the match, he admitted to a little bit of a “checkout” after winning the first set. “I did.  I didn’t play a great service game at all to start the second set.”

But to his credit, Isner kept his head down and worked to slowly chip away at Gulbis’ game (and confidence) before getting the break back when his Latvian opponent failed miserably to serve out the set at 5-4. After that, a second set tiebreak and eventual win was all but assured.

It was a surprisingly nervy performance from the rising Gulbis: a player with a ton of talent and bravado to match. Isner only hit 13 aces in the match, so he wasn’t aced off the court. He had chances to get into Isner’s service games when he got the ball back in play, but failed to win the key points in rallies.

Isner sensed Gulbis’ issues while also noting how his own game loosened up after dropping that first game. “I had chances to pull back even in that second set prior to that 5-4 game too, but I just stayed with it.”

“Once the second set started to get going, I started to see the ball better and I started to make more progress on his serve.  At the same time, he got ‑ in my opinion, I think he got a little bit looser, as well, started making some more mistakes.”

With this win, Isner is projected to re-renter the Top 10. It also marks his fifth appearance in an ATP Masters Series semifinal.

Men’s Semifinals

[7[ Roger Federer versus [28] Alexandr Dolgopolov
H2H: Federer leads 1-0 (Ret)

[2] Novak Djokovic versus [12] John Isner
H2H: Djokovic leads 4-2

Kevin Ware is in Indian Wells covering theBNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

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BNP Paribas Open – Friday’s Results, Saturday’s Schedule Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 6,169,040.00 (ATP)
USD 5,946,740.00 (WTA)
3-16 MARCH 2014

RESULTS – MARCH 14, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d J Benneteau (FRA) 61 63
[12] J Isner (USA) d [20] E Gulbis (LAT) 76(4) 76(3)

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 64 61

Women’s
Singles – Semifinals
[20] F Pennetta (ITA) d [1] N Li (CHN) 76(5) 63
[2] A Radwanska (POL) d [6] S Halep (ROU) 63 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) d [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) 36 76(5) 10-2

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [7] R Federer (SUI)
ATP – [12] J Isner (USA) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
WTA – DOUBLES FINAL – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND)

Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – DOUBLES FINAL – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

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