September 1, 2015

Southern Californians Taylor Fritz and Claire Liu Capture 18s Singles Titles on Final Day of ASICS Easter Bowl

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By Steve Pratt

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 12, 2015) – Taylor Fritz learned a lot of lessons on his way to capturing the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl ITF Boys’ 18s singles title. Most important was that a match isn’t over until it’s officially over.

 

The top-seeded Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., resident Fritz, who came back from down a set and 0-5 to win a third-round match on Thursday, continued his high level of play on the final day of the tournament on Sunday as he beat No. 12-seeded Sam Riffice, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the title in the tournament played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

Fourteen-year-old Claire Liu, the No. 14-seed from Thousand Oaks, Calif., claimed the ITF Girls’ 18s trophy with an impressive 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, win over Katie Swan, the No. 2-seed from Wichita, Kan.

 

Fritz smiled when asked after the match if he was more determined to win following such an amazing comeback. “Of course,” he said. “After you have one of those it makes you more determined to win the whole thing.” He added: “It’s crazy to think how early in the tournament that was and I still had so many more matches to go. I just got better and better each match after that. And it woke me up because I had never been that far down before and came back.”

 

Just one week ago, Fritz was flying home from China after making the finals in the ITF Junior Masters. He was asked what lessons were learned during the week. “That I can play pretty well jet-lagged,” he said. “I learned I don’t have to always play my best tennis and can still win. As long as I can just keep fighting and keep my head in it. Sometime all you need is the heart to win the matches.”

 

Fritz and Riffice played some unbelievably high-level and entertaining points in front of a nice crowd on hand on a hot 90-degree day in the desert.

 

“I wanted to dictate more and play a little more offensively,” said Riffice, of Roseville, Calif. “Right off my serve he was pushing me back. He’s improved a lot since we played last. He wasn’t missing many serves and had a good first-serve percentage.”

 

Fritz added: “Sam and I play very similar. He moves better than I do but we both try to be aggressive. I was just able to take the first strike before he was and was a little more aggressive when I had to be.”

 

Fritz, who will likely move up a spot to No. 3 in the ITF world junior rankings, said he wasn’t sure if he was going to play the USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., on clay April 25-May 2 that he had originally planned to. He will travel to Spain and Italy for ITF Grade A junior events, before playing the French Open Juniors where he will be one of the top seeds.

 

Fritz said after playing great in China, his play slumped at the start of the week, but got progressively better, especially his serve. “Everything but the serve was working good (this week),” he said. “But today it was working better than it has so I can’t complain.”

 

Liu joins former Thousand Oaks residents Sam Querrey (2005) and Marcos Giron (2011) to have won 18s titles at the ASICS Easter Bowl, and became one the youngest to win the 18s in tournament history.

 

Liu said she lost focus and her level of play dipped after a solid first set which she won 6-2. But she was able to get an early break of serve and take a 3-0 lead in the third set.

 

“I think I played pretty well,” said Liu. “In the first and third set I played better than I did in the second. I just wasn’t there in the second and had a lot of unforced errors.”

 

She chose several critical points to come to the net and recorded several put-away volleys. “I tried to come in as much as I could and it seemed to help,” she said, adding, “It feels really good to win the Easter Bowl.”

 

Liu said this tournament was important to her as she is trying to earn enough ITF points to get into the main draw at the Junior French Open.

 

Like Fritz, Liu said she got better as the week went on. “After every match I did better,” she said. “At the beginning I was nervous and then as I started to get into it. I just started to play more relaxed as the tournament went on.”

 

Swan was the winner of the Tory Fretz/Jackie Cooper Sportsmanship award on Saturday, along with Boys’ 14s winner Adam Neff.

 

Swan was playing in her second straight ITF 18s final, falling to CiCi Bellis one year ago. “It was tough and a battle,” Swan said. “I didn’t serve as well as I could have. I’m disappointed with the result, but it was great to be in two straight finals.”

 

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

 

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Final Round)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) 6-2, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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No. 1 Fritz To Face No. 14 Riffice In Boys’ 18s Final; No. 2 Swan to Battle No. 12 Liu In Girls’ 18s Final

 

Easter Bowl

By Steve Pratt

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 11, 2015) – Both finalists in the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl ITF Girls’ 18s singles on Sunday will have some valuable experience to draw upon of playing on the final day of one of the nation’s top junior events.

 

Katie Swan, the No. 2-seed from Wichita, Kan., will take on 14-year-old Claire Liu at 10 a.m. on Sunday, on the final day of action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with both the boys’ and girls’ finals being streamed live on www.easterbowl.com and commentated by RadioTennis.com’s Ken Thomas with special guest Rosie Casals serving as the color commentator. Last year, Swan, 16, fell in the 18s final to good friend CiCi Bellis while the No. 12-seeded Liu, then just 13 years old, was playing in the final of the 16s and taken out by Katerina Stewart in three tight sets.

 

The two will meet for the second time in their careers on Sunday with Swan, originally from Bristol, Great Britain, getting the better of Liu in the first round of the US Open Juniors in early September in their only other meeting.

 

In the ITF Boys’ 18s final it will be top-seeded Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., going against No. 14 Sam Riffice of Roseville, Calif., in the 12 noon final, following the girls. Fritz beat No. 4-seed Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 7-6 (5), 6-0, while Riffice avenged a defeat just last week to No. 2-seeded William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., 6-2, 6-0.

 

The last time Fritz played rival Ponwith, he fell to him in the 2013 16s at the Kalamazoo USTA Hardcourt National Championships.  “I remember we played a lot in the 12s,” said Fritz, who said that the 12s may have been the last time he beat Ponwith. “It used to be I was all forehands and no backhands. I think I have worked on my backhand a lot in the past year and it’s gotten better. That’s what made the difference.”

 

Fritz, currently the No. 4-ranked junior in the world, has been taken to three sets in his previous two matches before Saturday and has been taking an ice bath after each match.

 

He said playing a prestigious event like the ASICS Easter Bowl and being so close to home was a no-brainer when he looked at his schedule. “It would be great and so nice to win this title,” he said. “Why not play here? I’m so close to home and I’m getting good matches here. It’s not like I’m getting the same practice at home.”

 

Fritz beat Riffice 6-2, 6-3 in their last meeting at the Tulsa ITF back in October. “He’s so much better than when I beat him last,” Fritz said, who added the difference in the first set and the second on Saturday was just winning the big points.

 

At the end of last year, Riffice became just the second junior player since Grigor Dimitrov to win both the Eddie Herr and Junior Orange Bowl 16s tournaments back to back.

 

He had a battle just one week ago against losing to eventual champion Blumberg in the Round of 16 at Carson.

 

“If I was going to let him play his game I knew he would dictate,” Riffice said. “Last week he was being a lot more aggressive and running me from side to side. Today, I came up with some really good shots.”

 

Riffice said he couldn’t sleep last night, and woke up at 4 a.m. “But I had a lot of energy this morning,” he said. “It’s amazing I’m in the final of the ASICS Easter Bowl. I didn’t think it was possible, but this is what I’ve been training for the whole year.”

 

Liu had lost to semifinal opponent Raveena Kingsley, the No. 4 seed currently training with the Dent Tennis Academy in Southern California, two previous times before her 6-4, 6-1 win on Saturday.

 

“The first one was in College Park, Md., where’s she’s from and the other was in Tulsa and indoors, so that helped her,” Liu said. “I’m playing a lot better. Winning my first ITF Pro Futures event has really helped my confidence.”

 

Just last month, Liu became the youngest champion to win a USTA’s Pro Circuit event since Russian Anna Kournikova in 1996.

 

In the other Girls’ 18s semifinal, it was Swan beating unseeded Kylie McKenzie of Anthem, Ariz., 6-2, 6-3.

 

In the ITF Girls’ 18s doubles final on Saturday, top-seeded Swan and Sonya Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., got past unseeded Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

 

In the ITF Boys’ 18s doubles final on Saturday, Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Ponwith beat Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, Fla.) and Riffice, 6-2, 6-3.

 

You can catch all the action live on www.easterbowl.com. Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

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 (@asicseasterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Nathan Ponwith (4) (Scottsdale, AZ) 7-6 (5), 6-0

Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) def. William Blumberg (2) (Greenwich, CT) 6-2, 6-0

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sam Riffice (6) (Roseville, CA) 6-2, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) 6-4, 6-1

Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) 6-2, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Final Round)

Sonya Kenin (Pembroke Pines, FL) / Katie Swan (1) (Wichita, KS) def. Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 4-6, 6-4, 10-6

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Crawford and Martinelli Capture 16s Singles Titles At ASICS Easter Bowl

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Samantha Martinelli

By Steve Pratt

(April 10, 2015) INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – It was Sweet 16 day at the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl as both boys’ and girls’ 16s champions were crowned on the final day of play in the USTA Spring Nationals lower divisions.

 

Top-seeded Oliver Crawford of Spartanburg, S.C., had little trouble with No. 11 Brian Cernoch of North Bethesda, Md., 6-2, 6-1, to win the Boys’ 16s singles on Friday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Crawford extended his personal win streak to 12 straight over the past 12 days. Crawford, 15, also won the 16s singles at the USTA International Spring Championships last week in Carson, Calif.

 

Las Vegas-based 16-year-old Samantha Martinelli, the No. 2 seed originally from Denver, also needed just two sets to win the Girls’ 16s singles beating unseeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., 7-5, 6-3.

 

The final two days of the ASICS Easter Bowl are all about the ITF 18s as the Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles semifinals and doubles finals will be contested on Saturday with both singles finals taking place on Sunday.

 

Top-seeded Boys’ 18s player Taylor Fritz, who came back from an amazing deficit down a set and love-5 on Thursday to win, advanced to the semifinals with another three-set win, beating unseeded Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove, Calif., 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3. Fritz had to come back to do it as he was down a break of serve 1-3 in the third set before rallying for the win.

 

Fritz had his chance to put the Vanderbilt-bound Klinger away serving for the match at 5-4 and then again at 6-5, losing his serve both times as Klinger was able to force a third set.

 

Fritz will meet 15-year-old Nathan Ponwith of Anthem, Ariz., in one semifinal on Saturday not before 12 noon. In the other Boys’ 18s semifinal it will be No. 2-seeded William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., taking on No. 14 Sam Riffice of Roseville, Calif.

 

On the Girls’ 18s side No. 14-seed and 14-year-old Claire Liu meets No. 4 Raveena Kingsley and No. 2 Katie Swan is pitted against unseeded Kylie McKenzie.

 

McKenzie’s victory was the most impressive as she beat No. 3-seeded Sonya Kenin, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals on Friday. McKenzie is from the same hometown as last year’s 18s singles finalist Ponwith and both are being coached by former Arizona State men’s tennis coach Lou Belken.

 

“She was struggling with her serve and I think I returned pretty good against her,” McKenzie said of Kenin, winner of the Metropolia Orange Bowl at the end of 2014, beating last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl 18s winner CiCi Bellis along the way. “It’s always nice to get free points in tough matches,” McKenzie said.

 

McKenzie had previously beaten Kenin three years ago at the Clay Court Nationals in the 14s.

 

The Boys’ 16s champ Crawford has been training recently with the USTA in Boca Raton, Fla., and said he played with an injured lower back with pain shooting all the way down his leg.

 

He said he was aware that USTA Director of Coaching Jose Higueras and USTA Head of Men’s Tennis Jay Berger were watching the match. “It was a bit nerve-wracking when they first came around,” said Crawford, who is traveling here with his father while his mother and sister are in New York City on Spring Break.

 

“I played with a little bit more confidence today than last week’s final,” he added.

 

Martinelli also played in a final last Sunday, but not in the Carson ITF, instead choosing to play in a local USTA Intermountain Sectional event which she won.

Martinelli trains with the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas under the direction of Coach Tim Blenkiron. Martinelli is part of the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, a USTA NJTL program. She is also an elite member of Team Bryan and credits Blenkiron for her success. “He’s really amazing. We train up to four hours a day and he really has been able to help me, both on and off the court,” she said.

 

On Thursday, Martinelli also added an ASICS Easter Bowl 16s doubles title to her resume. Before her singles final, Martinelli picked up an advantage by something she did during warmups. “In the warmup I noticed (Subhash) was running around her backhand and hitting a forehand so my strategy was to hit to her backhand.”

When Ken Thomas on the www.easterbowl.com live stream noted in her post-match interview that that was a very smart thing to pick up on, Martinelli responded: “Oh, yeah. I always start the warm-up by hitting a ball up the middle to see which side they favor.”

You can catch all the action live on www.easterbowl.com. Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

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 (@asicseasterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3

Nathan Ponwith (4) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Hady Habib (7) (Bradenton, FL) 6-2, 6-4

Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) def. Mwendwa Mbithi (10) (Deerfield Beach, FL) 6-1, 7-5

William Blumberg (2) (Greenwich, CT) def. Catalin Mateas (8) (Braintree, MA) 7-6(3), 6-4

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale,

  1. AZ) 6-4, 6-4

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sam Riffice (6) (Roseville, CA) def. Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Emil Reinberg (5) (Atlanta, GA) 7-6, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Helen Altick (Monroe, LA) 6-1, 6-2

Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) def. Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL) 6-4, 6-4

Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) def. Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Kayla Day (9) (Santa Barbara, CA) 7-5, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Sonya Kenin (Pembroke Pines, FL) / Katie Swan (1) (Wichita, KS) def. Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) / Alexandra Sanford (8) (Westerville, OH) 7-6, 6-3

Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Usue Arconada (Rio Piedras, PR) / Francesca Di Lorenzo (2) (New Albany, OH) 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-8

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Final Round)

Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC) def. Brian Cernoch (11) (North Bethesda, MD) 6-2, 6-1

 

Boys’ 16 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

Brady Draheim (Omaha, NE) def. Conrad Russell (Palo Alto, CA) 6-2, 6-3

Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, FL) def. Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL) 6-3, 6-3

 

Boys’ 16 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, FL) def. Brady Draheim (Omaha, NE) 6-1, 6-0

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Playoff Final)

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) def. Abhijeet Joshi (6) (Millington, NJ) 6-3, 6-2

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Playoff)

Jason Lui (7) (Bellevue, WA) def. Sean Sculley (3) (Hilton Head Island, SC) 6-3, 6-4

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Final Round)

Samantha Martinelli (2) (Denver, CO) def. Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, VA) 7-5, 6-3

 

Girls’ 16 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) def. Nadia Gizdova (5) (Columbia, MD) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4

Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) def. Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH) 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7

 

Girls’ 16 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) def. Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) 1-6, 6-1, 10-6

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Playoff Final)

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA) def. Victoria Emma (12) (Naples, FL) Wo (inj)

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Playoff)

Hannah Lairmore (14) (Mobile, AL) def. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ) 6-3, 6-4

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Top-Seeded Taylor Fritz Pulls Off Amazing Comeback In Third Round of ASICS Easter Bowl

Easter Bowl

By Steve Pratt

(April 9, 2015) INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – It looked pretty certain for a short time during play at the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl on Thursday that the event might lose its top-seeded player in the ITF 18s for a second consecutive day.

 

Facing a 4-6, 0-5 deficit against 15-year-old qualifier Patrick Kypson from Greenville, N.C., the world’s No. 4-ranked ITF junior Taylor Fritz, 17, pulled off an amazing and improbable comeback to beat Kypson, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

 

“The first set and a half I was just playing awful,” said Fritz, 17, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who will play Cameron Klinger in the quarterfinals on Friday around 10:30 a.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. “He was playing into all my weaknesses, and he was playing me smart.”

 

Fritz never faced a match point and said after the match he could not recall ever facing such a big deficit and coming back to win. He said Kypson was effective moving him around a lot, and exposing a mild ankle injury Fritz has been recovering from.

 

“He was slicing a lot and mixing up his serve and not letting me get the feel, especially on the second serve,” Fritz said. “He was doing a lot of running and digging out a lot of balls. He could probably play like that all day, but I felt at some point his body would stop him from playing at that level, just because he’s younger.”

 

Fritz broke Kypson’s serve for 5-1, and again at 5-3 and rallied off seven straight games to take the second set for the amazing turnaround.

 

After the match, tournament chairman Lornie Kuhle asked Fritz if he knew who Harry Houdini was. Fritz responded with a yes, and Kuhle told him, “He was an escape artist. But he didn’t perform any better escapes than you did today.”

 

Fritz is still recovering from a long 15-hour flight from China to Los Angeles he took on Monday after competing in the ITF Junior Masters. “I came here from China so I don’t have extremely high expectations,” he said, adding, “Last night it hit me. At 9 o’clock I couldn’t stay awake. I woke up in the middle of the night and was extremely tired this morning.”

 

He added: “I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. At 6-4, 5-0, I haven’t come back like before. It kept me in it. It’s not too tough to keep it going for one game. If you win, you keep going and if you don’t that’s it. It’s just one game.”

 

Girls’ 18s wild-card Caty McNally, who upset the top-seeded Girls’ 18s player Usue Arconada on Wednesday, was taken out by the unseeded Helen Altick of Monroe, La., 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-1.

 

“Yeah, I was aware of her big win,” said Altick, who has played the ASICS Easter Bowl since she was 13. “Not many people have heard of me, but I’m looking forward to finishing out a great week here.”

 

No. 12-seeded Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., had a great win over No. 7 Ingrid Neel of Bradenton, Fla., 7-5, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals.

 

“I had lost to Ingrid before at a Grasscourts ITF event in three sets,” Liu said. “There are a lot of good players still left in the draw. If you make it to the quarters here, you know you’ve got to be good.”

 

In the Boys’ 16s final on Friday, it will be top-seeded Oliver Crawford against No. 11 Brian Cernoch of North Bethesda, Md. In the Girls’ 16s final on Friday, it will be Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., against Samantha Martinelli, the No. 2 seed from Denver.

 

You can catch all the action on Friday live on www.easterbowl.com. Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

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 (@asicseasterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) def. John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL) 6-1, 7-5

Nathan Ponwith (4) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Vasil Kirkov (16) (Tampa, FL) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Hady Habib (7) (Bradenton, FL) def. Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, OH) 6-3, 6-2

Mwendwa Mbithi (10) (Deerfield Beach, FL) def. Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) Wo (inj)

Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) def. Ulises Blanch (3) (Deerfield Beach, FL) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

Catalin Mateas (8) (Braintree, MA) def. Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, CA) 6-4, 6-1

William Blumberg (2) (Greenwich, CT) def. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (13) (London, Surrey) 6-2, 6-1

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Catalin Mateas (1) (Braintree, MA) 6-3, 6-2

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Zeke Clark (Tulsa, OK) / Nathan Perrone (7) (Bluffton, SC) 6-4, 6-4

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Emil Reinberg (5) (Atlanta, GA) def. Alex Ross (La Grange, IL) / Eric Rutledge (Fort Worth, TX) 6-3, 7-5

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sam Riffice (6) (Roseville, CA) def. Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam Caruana (2) (New Braunfels, TX) 7-6(0), 6-2

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Helen Altick (Monroe, LA) def. Caty McNally (Cincinnati, OH) 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-1

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL) 7-5, 6-1

Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) def. Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA) 6-0, 7-6(1)

Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL) def. Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 6-3, 6-0

Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) def. Francesca Dilorenzo (6) (New Albany, OH) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Sofia Sewing (14) (Doral, FL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Kayla Day (9) (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) 7-5, 6-3

Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Meible Chi (Weston, FL) 6-2, 6-1

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Sonya Kenin (Pembroke Pines, FL) / Katie Swan (1) (Wichita, KS) def. Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME) / Gabriella Pollner (6) (Boca Raton, FL) 7-6(4), 6-4

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) / Alexandra Sanford (8) (Westerville, OH) def. Jessica Failla (Ramona, CA) / Jada Hart (Colton, CA) 6-4, 6-1

Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Annette Goulak (Oak Park, CA) / Alaina Miller (Saratoga, CA) 6-1, 6-3

Usue Arconada (Rio Piedras, PR) / Francesca Dilorenzo (2) (New Albany, OH) def. Andie Daniell (Douglasville, GA) / Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) 6-3, 6-3

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC) def. Jason Lui (7) (Bellevue, WA) 6-1, 6-1

Brian Cernoch (11) (North Bethesda, MD) def. Sean Sculley (3) (Hilton Head Island, SC) 7-6(6), 6-3

 

Boys’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Bryce Pereira (San Gabriel, CA) / Ivan Thamma (San Diego, CA) def. Peter Conklin (Fairfield, CT) / Matthew Lord (Bloomfield, CT) 8-2

 

Boys’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)

Jackson Suh (Bellevue, WA) / Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) def. Robert Baylon (Buena Park, CA) / Andrew Ton (Milpitas, CA) 8-6

 

Boys’ 16 Singles Consolation (Third Round)

William Woodall (Washington, DC) def. Charles Deng (Temple City, CA) 7-6(5), 6-2

Conrad Russell (Palo Alto, CA) def. Ajai Shekhera (16) (Campbell, CA) Wo (inj)

Brady Draheim (Omaha, NE) def. Matthew Lord (5) (Bloomfield, CT) 6-2, 7-5

Paul Barretto (12) (Tiburon, CA) def. Mac Kiger (10) (Katonah, NY) 6-3, 6-2

Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL) def. Austen Huang (2) (Elk Grove, CA) Wo (ill)

Kevin Ma (San Ramon, CA) def. Sam Turchetta (14) (Pound Ridge, NY) Wo (ill)

Jackson Suh (15) (Bellevue, WA) def. Spencer Brown (Spartanburg, SC) 6-3, 6-2

Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, FL) def. Bryce Pereira (San Gabriel, CA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-5

 

Boys’ 16 Singles Consolation (Quarterfinal Round)

Conrad Russell (Palo Alto, CA) def. William Woodall (Washington, DC) 7-5, 7-6(5)

Brady Draheim (Omaha, NE) def. Paul Barretto (12) (Tiburon, CA) 6-3, 6-4

Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL) def. Kevin Ma (San Ramon, CA) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7

Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, FL) def. Jackson Suh (15) (Bellevue, WA) 6-3, 6-2

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Playoff Semifinal)

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) def. Daunte Harris (Lomita, CA) 6-2 Ret (inj)

Abhijeet Joshi (6) (Millington, NJ) def. Chambers Easterling (Spartanburg, SC) Wo (inj)

 

Girls’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Samantha Martinelli (Denver, CO) / Delaney Nothaft (4) (Tempe, AZ) def. Victoria Flores (Fort Dodge, IA) / Madeline Meredith (3) (Vestavia, AL) 8-4

 

Girls’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)

Cameron Corse (Baltimore, MD) / Nadia Gizdova (2) (Columbia, MD) def. Ally Bojczuk (Franklin, TN) / Madison Hwang (Frisco, TX) 8-5

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, VA) def. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Samantha Martinelli (2) (Denver, CO) def. Hannah Lairmore (14) (Mobile, AL) 6-2, 6-0

 

Girls’ 16 Singles Consolation (Third Round)

Hannah Zhao (8) (San Diego, CA) def. Meg Kowalski (15) (La Grange, IL) 6-2, 6-3

Nadia Gizdova (5) (Columbia, MD) def. Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla, CA) 4-6, 6-0, 10-7

Tatum Rice (Hot Springs, AR) def. Ann Li (Devon, PA) 6-2, 6-2

Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) def. Rachel Lim (11) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) 7-5, 7-5

Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Ally Bojczuk (7) (Franklin, TN) 6-3, 6-1

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH) def. Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, CA) 6-1, 6-3

Abigail Chiu (16) (Austin, TX) def. Delaney Nothaft (Tempe, AZ) 7-5, 6-3

Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) def. Janice Shin (9) (Houston, TX) 6-3, 6-4

 

Girls’ 16 Singles Consolation (Quarterfinal Round)

Nadia Gizdova (5) (Columbia, MD) def. Hannah Zhao (8) (San Diego, CA) 7-5, 6-4

Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) def. Tatum Rice (Hot Springs, AR) 2-6, 7-5, 10-1

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH) def. Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) 5-7, 6-2, 12-10

Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) def. Abigail Chiu (16) (Austin, TX) 6-3, 7-5

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Playoff Semifinal)

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA) def. Anna Brylin (Short Hills, NJ) 6-3, 2-6, 10-7

Victoria Emma (12) (Naples, FL) def. Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA) 6-1, 7-6(3)

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Wild-Card McNally Shocks Top-Seeded Arconada in Second Round of Girls’ 18s Singles Play at ASICS Easter Bowl

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By Steve Pratt

(April 8, 2015) INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The young and precocious shined brightest Wednesday at the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl.

 

Wild-card entry and 13-year-old Caty McNally of Cincinnati shocked top-seeded Usue Arconada of College Park, Md., 6-4, 7-5, in the second round of the ITF Girls’ 18s singles being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

Just one year ago, McNally was 12 and competing in the 14s at the ASICS Easter Bowl, losing in the quarterfinals and placing sixth overall. She then watched her brother John win the Boys’ 16s.

 

McNally said it probably would be a day or so for the upset to sink in. “I just beat the No. 6 girl in the world, so it feels pretty good,” she said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. Maybe it will tomorrow morning when I wake up.

 

“I’m just really happy,” she continued. “She’s a really good player. I just had to keep fighting and had to go for the win. I got a really good lead in the first set and she was a little tight.”

 

The finals of the USTA boys’ and girls’ 12s and 14s singles were completed on Wednesday with both 14s finals producing memorable matches. In the boys’ 14s final, 13-year-old No. 3-seed Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla., came back from down 1-6, 1-4, to beat No. 10-seeded Jaycer Calleros of San Antonio, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

 

“He was playing unbelievable in the first set, and you have to give him credit for the way he played,” Neff said. “I’m not sure what happened at 1-4 in the second. Something just clicked and I was able to get the victory. I just told myself to not miss. I just tried to change the game plan and grind and tried to not out-hit him. That ended up working.”

 

Incredibly, Neff broke his strings in five of his Wilson rackets during the match and had to borrow a racket from someone in the stands at one point. He was actually leading 2-1 in the third with the borrowed stick before his coach scrambled to have more rackets strung.

 

Neff said it was “extra special” to make his largest comeback in an ASICS Easter Bowl final the way he did.

 

Neff said he wasn’t aware of any other 14s winners in the iconic event, but said, “I’m thinking Andy Roddick won the 14s maybe.”

 

Past 14s winners at the ASICS Easter Bowl include: Gene Mayer (1969), John McEnroe (1973), Vince Spadea (1988) and Justin Gimelstob (1991). Roddick did win the 16s Easter Bowl title back in 1998.

 

The Girls’ 14s final went down to the very end as No. 14 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., came back from down 5-2 in the final set and saved two match points to beat top-seeded Alexa Noel of  Summit, N.J., 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4).

 

Osuigwe, who won the 12s at the Junior Orange Bowl in December, said at last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl she was up 5-2 in the third set only to lose in the 12s quarterfinals to eventual champion Kacie Harvey.

 

“It feels great to win the Easter Bowl,” said Osuigwe, 12, whose father is a trainer at the IMG Academy in Bradenton.

 

Hunter Heck, the No. 6-seed from New Brighton, Minn., beat Jameson Corsillo, No. 2 from Boca Raton, Fla., to win the Boys’ 12s singles, 6-3, 6-2.

 

“I had a lot of nerves before the match but it goes away once I start playing,” said Heck, a 12-year-old seventh-grader who plays for his local high school tennis team.

 

In the Girls’ 12s singles final, top-seeded Gabriella Price of Montebello, N.Y., took out unseeded Emma Jackson of La Grange Park, Ill., 6-1, 6-2.

 

“It feels amazing,” Price said after the match. “The best thing in the world.”

 

Price took advantage of several Jackson double faults in the match. “I wasn’t nervous,” she said. “I was more excited than nervous.”

 

Just last month, Price had her name in lights as she participated in an exhibition at the BNP Paribas World Tennis Day celebration at Madison Square Garden. She took on Coco Gauff before the Monica Seles-Gabriela Sabatini exhibition “(Today) was kind of the same as that,” she said. “Because they had my name up there.”

 

Price is currently working full-time in Florida with renowned coach Rick Macci in Florida.

 

You can catch all the action on Wednesday live on www.easterbowl.com. Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

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.

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Connor Hance (Torrance, CA) 6-2, 6-1

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Zeke Clark (15) (Tulsa, OK) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) def. Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, FL) 7-5, 6-0

John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL) def. Agustin Moreno 6-4, 6-2

Nathan Ponwith (4) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Chase Colton (Pompano Beach, FL) 6-2, 6-1

Vasil Kirkov (16) (Tampa, FL) def. Tyler Schick (Short Hills, NJ) 6-0, 6-2

Catalin Mateas (8) (Braintree, MA) def. Riley Smith (Long Beach, CA) 6-3, 6-1

Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, CA) def. Robert Levine (11) (Bedford, NY) Wo (inj)

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (13) (London, Surrey) def. Oliver Sec (New York, NY) 6-0, 6-2

William Blumberg (2) (Greenwich, CT) def. Alexander Keyser (Danville, CA) 6-0, 6-2

Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, OH) def. Anudeep Kodali (12) (Durham, NC) 6-2, 6-3

Hady Habib (7) (Bradenton, FL) def. Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) 6-7(2), 7-5, 6-2

Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Emil Reinberg (5) (Atlanta, GA) 6-1, 7-5

Mwendwa Mbithi (10) (Deerfield Beach, FL) def. Alex Ross (La Grange, IL) 6-3, 6-1

Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) def. Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD) 6-4, 6-3

Ulises Blanch (3) (Deerfield Beach, FL) def. Sami Kirberg (Ft Lauderdale, FL) 6-1, 6-1

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)

Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Catalin Mateas (1) (Braintree, MA) def. Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA) / Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, CA) 6-1, 6-3

Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Connor Hance (Torrance, CA) / Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, NY) 3-6, 6-2, 14-12

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ) def. John McNally (Cincinnati, OH) / Gianni Ross (La Grange, IL) 6-3, 6-4

Zeke Clark (Tulsa, OK) / Nathan Perrone (7) (Bluffton, SC) def. Pedro Fernandez del Valle (Wesley Chapel, FL) / Agustin Moreno 6-3, 6-4

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Emil Reinberg (5) (Atlanta, GA) def. Zac Brodney (Los Angeles, CA) / Pietro Rimondini (Boca Raton, FL) 7-5, 6-7(3), 12-10

Alex Ross (La Grange, IL) / Eric Rutledge (Fort Worth, TX) def. Mwendwa Mbithi (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (4)

(London, Surrey) 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-5

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sam Riffice (6) (Roseville, CA) def. Emanuel Llamas (El Paso, TX) / Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, FL) 6-0, 6-2

Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam Caruana (2) (New Braunfels, TX) def. Caleb Chakravarthi (Irvine, CA) / William Genesen (Tulsa, OK) 7-5, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)

Caty McNally (Cincinnati, OH) def. Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR) 6-4, 7-5

Helen Altick (Monroe, LA) def. Carson Branstine (Orange, CA) 7-6(1), 1-6, 4-2 Ret (inj)

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Chiara Lommer (skokie, IL) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL) def. Raquel Pedraza (Claremont, CA) 6-2, 7-5

Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) def. Christina Rosca (Princeton, NJ) 6-3, 6-1

Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA) def. Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) def. Michaela Gordon (5) (Saratoga, CA) Wo (inj)

Kayla Day (9) (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Andie Daniell (Douglasville, GA) 6-2, 6-3

Meible Chi (Weston, FL) def. Jessie Aney (Rochester, MN) 6-1, 6-3

Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) 6-1, 6-0

Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Alaina Miller (Saratoga, CA) 6-2, 7-5

Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL) def. Alexis Nelson (Saint Paul, MN) 6-2, 6-0

Francesca Dilorenzo (6) (New Albany, OH) def. Jessica Failla (Ramona, CA) 6-2, 6-3

Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) def. Jessica Ho (11) (Naples, FL) 6-2, 6-3

Sofia Sewing (14) (Doral, FL) def. Taylor Russo (Deerfield Beach, FL) 7-5, 6-1

Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Maddie Pothoff (Tucson, AZ) 6-3, 6-2

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)

Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines, FL) / Katie Swan (1) (Wichita, KS) def. Kenya Jones (Memphis, TN) / Ndindi Mwaruka 6-0, 6-3

Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME) / Gabriella Pollner (6) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Summer Dvorak (Laguna Beach, CA) / Gabrielle Schuck

(Colorado Springs, CO) 6-1, 7-6(7)

Jessica Failla (Ramona, CA) / Jada Hart (Colton, CA) def. Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC) / caty mcnally (Cincinnati, OH) 4-6, 6-4,

10-8

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) / Alexandra Sanford (8) (Westerville, OH) def. Meible Chi (Weston, FL) / Taylor Russo (Deerfield Beach, FL)

6-4, 7-6(6)

Annette Goulak (Oak Park, CA) / Alaina Miller (Saratoga, CA) def. Carson Branstine (Orange, CA) / Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) Wo

(inj)

Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA) / Melissa Lord

(Bloomfield, CT) 7-5, 6-1

Andie Daniell (Douglasville, GA) / Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) def. Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA) / Risa Nakagawa (Rancho Palos

Verdes, CA) 6-1, 6-3

Usue Arconada (Rio Piedras, PR) / Francesca Dilorenzo (2) (New Albany, OH) def. Jessie Aney (Rochester, MN) / Ingrid Neel (Bradenton,

  1. FL) 6-2, 6-2

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC) def. Paul Barretto (12) (Tiburon, CA) 6-3, 6-2

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) def. Matthew Lord (5) (Bloomfield, CT) 7-5, 6-0

Daunte Harris (Lomita, CA) def. Ajai Shekhera (16) (Campbell, CA) 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-2

Jason Lui (7) (Bellevue, WA) def. William Woodall (Washington, DC) 6-2, 6-3

Abhijeet Joshi (6) (Millington, NJ) def. Bryce Pereira (San Gabriel, CA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Sean Sculley (3) (Hilton Head Island, SC) def. Jackson Suh (15) (Bellevue, WA) 6-0, 6-3

Chambers Easterling (Spartanburg, SC) def. Sam Turchetta (14) (Pound Ridge, NY) 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3

Brian Cernoch (11) (North Bethesda, MD) def. Austen Huang (2) (Elk Grove, CA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC) def. Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) 6-0, 6-1

Jason Lui (7) (Bellevue, WA) def. Daunte Harris (Lomita, CA) 6-3, 6-1

Brian Cernoch (11) (North Bethesda, MD) def. Chambers Easterling (Spartanburg, SC) 3-1 Ret (inj)

Sean Sculley (3) (Hilton Head Island, SC) def. Abhijeet Joshi (6) (Millington, NJ), 6-1, 6-1

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ) def. Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1)

Anna Brylin (Short Hills, NJ) def. Tatum Rice (Hot Springs, AR) 6-3, 6-4

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA) def. Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla, CA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, VA) def. Hannah Zhao (8) (San Diego, CA) 6-1, 6-0

Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA) def. Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Hannah Lairmore (14) (Mobile, AL) def. Delaney Nothaft (Tempe, AZ) 6-0, 6-0

Victoria Emma (12) (Naples, FL) def. Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, CA) 6-4, 6-1

Samantha Martinelli (2) (Denver, CO) def. Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) 6-3, 7-6(5)

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ) def. Anna Brylin (Short Hills, NJ) 6-2, 6-3

Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, VA) def. Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

Hannah Lairmore (14) (Mobile, AL) def. Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3

Samantha Martinelli (2) (Denver, CO) def. Victoria Emma (12) (Naples, FL) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

 

Boys’ 14 Singles (Final Round)

Adam Neff (3) (Bradenton, FL) def. Jaycer Calleros (10) (San Antonio, TX) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

 

Boys’ 14 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

William Grant (14) (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Jenson Brooksby (8) (Carmichael, CA) 6-3, 6-1

Govind Nanda (1) (Redlands, CA) def. Daniel Baturyn (San Leandro, CA) 6-3, 6-2

 

Boys’ 14 Singles (Playoff Final)

Garrett Johns (Atlanta, GA) def. Cannon Kingsley (6) (Northport, NY) 7-6(5), 1-6, 10-7

 

Boys’ 14 Singles (Playoff)

Joshua Xu (5) (Chandler, AZ) def. Brandon Nakashima (2) (San Diego, CA) Wd (inj)

 

Girls’ 14 Singles (Final Round)

Whitney Osuigwe (14) (Bradenton, FL) def. Alexa Noel (1) (Summit, NJ) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6(4)

 

Girls’ 14 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas, NV) def. Chloe Beck (Watkinsville, GA) 6-1, 6-2

Abigail Forbes (3) (Raleigh, NC) def. Jillian Taggart (8) (Fair Oaks, CA) 7-5, 6-4

 

Girls’ 14 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas, NV) def. Abigail Forbes (3) (Raleigh, NC) 6-1, 6-4

 

Girls’ 14 Singles (Playoff Final)

Lea Ma (5) (Dix Hills, NY) def. Imani Graham (St Johns, FL) 6-2, 6-2

 

Girls’ 14 Singles (Playoff)

Kacie Harvey (6) (Braintree, MA) def. Katie Volynets (4) (Walnut Creek, CA) 6-4, 6-2

 

Boys’ 12 Singles (Final Round)

Hunter Heck (6) (New Brighton, MN) def. Jameson Corsillo (2) (Boca Raton, FL) 6-3, 6-2

Boys’ 12 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Hugo Hashimoto (4) (San Jose, CA) def. Dominick Cuchran (Bloomingdale, IL) 6-2, 7-6(2)

 

Boys’ 12 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

Hugo Hashimoto (4) (San Jose, CA) def. Tauheed Browning (Philadelphia, PA) 6-1, 7-5

Dominick Cuchran (Bloomingdale, IL) def. JC Roddick (5) (San Antonio, TX) 6-3, 6-3

Boys’ 12 Singles (Playoff Final)

Sam Feldman (3) (Brookline, MA) def. Benjamin Kittay (7) (Potomac, MD) 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-7

 

Boys’ 12 Singles (Playoff)

Aidan Mayo (1) (Roseville, CA) def. Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) Wo (inj)

 

Girls’ 12 Singles (Final Round)

Gabriella Price (1) (Montebello, NY) def. Emma Jackson (LA Grange Park, IL) 6-1, 6-2

 

Girls’ 12 Singles Consolation (Semifinal Round)

Skyler Grishuk (15) (Newport Beach, CA) def. Kenadee Semenik (4) (Las Vegas, NV) 6-1, 6-3

Bridget Stammel (13) (Dallas, TX) def. Jacque Dunyon (12) (South Ogden, UT) 6-7(5), 6-3, 11-9

 

Girls’ 12 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Skyler Grishuk (15) (Newport Beach, CA) def. Bridget Stammel (13) (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-0

 

Girls’ 12 Singles (Playoff Final)

Jennifer Kida (8) (Wilmington, CA) def. Muskan Mahajan (San Ramon, CA) 6-2, 6-0

 

Girls’ 12 Singles (Playoff)

Nina Gulbransen (3) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Savannah Broadus (2) (Carrollton, TX) 6-1, 6-2

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2014 ASICS Easter Bowl Runner-Up Katie Swan Opens Girls’ 18s Singles Play With a Win

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By Steve Pratt

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 7, 2015) – An Australian Open towel draped over her neck in her post-match interview, No. 2-seed in the ITF Girls’ 18s singles Katie Swan looked impressive in her 2015 ASICS Easter Bowl debut on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 13-year-old rising USTA prospect Amanda Anisomova of Hallandale Beach, Fla.

 

The British-born Swan is currently living in Wichita, Kan., where her father works. Last year, the recently turned 16-year-old Swan surprised many last year by advancing all the way to the Girls’ 18s singles final at the ASICS Easter Bowl where she lost to her good friend CiCi Bellis in the final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

In January, Swan made it to the final of the Australian Open Junior tournament. And it’s a memory she won’t soon forget. “I couldn’t believe it I made the final,” Swan said after her match on Tuesday. “It was unbelievable and getting to play on Rod Laver Arena in the final made it the best tournament I’ve ever played.”

 

Currently world-ranked No. 13 in the ITF junior rankings, Swan said she is excited about her next three to four months. Following the ASICS Easter Bowl she has been invited to Northern California to train for a week with Bellis. She will then return to Kansas and get ready for the junior French Open and summer grass-court circuit, including Wimbledon. Her mother Nicki said she is planning on playing doubles with American Sonya Kenin at the French, and with Caroline Dolehide at Wimbledon. Swan and Kenin are the top-seeded 18s doubles team here this week.

 

On Tuesday, Swan played in front of a nice crowd in a match streamed live via the website www.easterbowl.com and watched in person by USTA Head of Women’s Tennis Ola Malmqvist and USTA national women’s coach Kathy Rinaldi.

 

“I heard that she’s young and she very good and aggressive,” said Swan of Anisomova. “My ranking is higher this year and people expect more of me so there is pressure on me. I just have to take one match at a time.”

 

Just two weeks ago, Swan won her first ITF $10,000 Futures title in Egypt, and advanced to the final in doubles where she suffered a strained abdominal muscle tear which led to her pulling out of the Carson International Spring Championships last week.

 

She said she’s ecstatic the injury didn’t keep her from the California tournament. “(Last year) was such a good tournament for me and I had such a great week. It was a really good experience and it’s such a nice place. I just love it here. It makes me happy just being here and I hope to do just as good this year as I did last year.”

 

The top-seeded player in the ITF Boys’ 18s Taylor Fritz opened play on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Taylor Dent-coached Caleb Chakravarthi of Irvine, Calif. On Monday, Fritz flew in from China where he made it to the final of the first ITF Junior Masters tournament. On Wednesday in the second round, Fritz takes on 2013 ASICS Easter Bowl champion Connor Hance at 1 p.m.

 

No. 2 seeded William Blumberg, last week’s Carson champion, had no problems handling 2013 Boys’ 16 Easter Bowl finalist and USC-bound Kalman Boyd, 6-1, 6-0. “That was a tough first-round draw,” Blumberg said. “It was a lot closer than the score indicated. It could have easily been 4 and 4, or 5 and 5.”

 

On Wednesday, the boys’ and girls’ 12s and 14s singles finals will be contested.

 

In the Boys’ 14s, it will be Jaycer Calleros, the No. 10 seed from San Antonio, against the No. 3-seeded Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla.

 

In the Girls’ 14 final, top-seeded Alexa Noel of Summit, N.J., will face No. 14 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla.

 

Noel beat No. 4-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Playing in her first ASICS Easter Bowl, Noel lost to Volynets in the quarterfinals of the National Clay Courts and Hardcourts previously, but was able to record her first win over her.

 

“The second set I kind of adjusted and calmed down and used my variety and the third set was the same,” Noel said. “She held the baseline pretty well.”

 

Noel gets pretty emotional on the court, but said she’s getting better at controlling it. Asked why she takes every point to heart, she said with a grin: “I like to win. Sometimes I’m too hard on myself. But I’m working at it.”

 

On Tuesday, winners were awarded top prizes in the following doubles divisions for the 12s and 14s.

 

Boys’ 14s doubles final: Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio) / Govind Nanda (2) (Redlands, Calif.) def. Leighton Allen (Austin, Texas) / Nathan Arimilli (7) (Austin, Texas) 8-1.

 

Girls’ 14 Doubles final: Sara Choy (Palo Alto, Caif.) / Jillian Taggart (4) (Fair Oaks, Calif.) def. Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas) / Sedona Gallagher (Henderson, Nev.) 8-5

 

Boys’ 12 Doubles final: Hunter Heck (New Brighton, Minn.) / Karl Lee (1) (Los Altos, Calif.) def. Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Martin Damm (Bradenton, Fla.) 8-3

 

Girls’ 12 Doubles final: Nina Gulbransen (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Jamilah Snells (8) (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) def. Jacque Dunyon (South Ogden, Utah) / Kenadee Semenik (6) (Las Vegas) 8-6

 

You can catch all the action on Wednesday live on www.easterbowl.com. Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

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.

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Caleb Chakravarthi (Irvine, CA) 7-5, 6-3

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, GA) 6-1, 2-1 Ret (inj)

Nathan Ponwith (4) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA) 6-4, 7-6(9)

Chase Colton (Pompano Beach, FL) def. Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, NY) 6-4, 6-4

Anudeep Kodali (12) (Durham, NC) def. Stephen Madonia (Bradenton, FL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) def. Johnathan Small (Zionsville, IN) 6-2, 6-0

Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD) def. Michael Genender (Los Angeles, CA) 6-4, 6-3

Ulises Blanch (3) (Deerfield Beach, FL) def. Ryan Marker (Rancho Mirage, CA) 6-4, 6-1

Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, CA) def. Ethan Young-Smith (Ventura, CA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

William Blumberg (2) (Greenwich, CT) def. Kalman Boyd (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 6-1, 6-0

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)

Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Catalin Mateas (1) (Braintree, MA) def. Alexander Keyser (Danville, CA) / Brenden Volk (Dix Hills, NY) 6-2, 6-2

Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA) / Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, CA) def. Jesse Levitin (Manhasset, NY) / Eric Wagner (Roslyn Hts, NY) 6-3, 4-6, 10-5

Connor Hance (Torrance, CA) / Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, NY) def. Chase Colton (Pompano Beach, FL) / Daniel Gealer (Los Angeles, CA) 7-6(3), 7-6(4)

Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC) def. Sameer Kumar (Carmel, IN) / Vincent Lin (8) (Schaumburg, IL) 1-6, 6-3, 10-8

Cameron Klinger (Elk Grove, CA) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Hady Habib (Bradenton, FL) / Anudeep Kodali (3) (Durham, NC) 7-5, 4-6, 13-11

John McNally (Cincinnati, OH) / Gianni Ross (La Grange, IL) def. Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, GA) / Abhin Sharma (Alpharetta, GA) 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-4

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sam Riffice (6) (Roseville, CA) def. William Howells (Plantation, FL) / Johnathan Small (Zionsville, IN) 6-3, 6-2

Emanuel Llamas (El Paso, TX) / Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, FL) def. Konrad Kozlowski (Irvine, CA) / Joshua Ortlip (Irvine, CA) 6-4, 7-5

Caleb Chakravarthi (Irvine, CA) / William Genesen (Tulsa, OK) def. Michal Matusiak (Arlington, TX) / Andre Saleh (Newport Beach, CA) 6-0, 6-3

Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam Caruana (2) (New Braunfels, TX) def. Tyler Schick (Short Hills, NJ) / Oliver Sec (New York, NY) 6-3, 6-3

Pedro Fernandez del Valle (Wesley Chapel, FL) / Agustin Moreno def. Sebastian Mermersky (Chevy Chase, MD) / Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD) 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-3

Zeke Clark (Tulsa, OK) / Nathan Perrone (7) (Bluffton, SC) def. Brian Tsao (Sparks Glencoe, MD) / Evan Zhu (Irvine, CA) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Emil Reinberg (5) (Atlanta, GA) def. Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA) / Riley Smith (Long Beach, CA) 2-6, 6-2, 10-4

Zac Brodney (Los Angeles, CA) / Pietro Rimondini (Boca Raton, FL) def. Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, NY) / Matthew Gamble (Webster, NY) 0-6, 7-6(3), 10-6

Alex Ross (La Grange, IL) / Eric Rutledge (Fort Worth, TX) def. John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL) / Sami Kirberg (Ft Lauderdale, FL) 6-7(6), 6-0, 10-4

Mwendwa Mbithi (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (4) (London, Surrey) def. Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, WI) / Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, OH) 6-2, 2-6, 10-6

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR) def. Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne, CA) 6-2, 6-4

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Mimi Levine (Santa Monica, CA) 6-1, 6-2

Chiara Lommer (Skokie, IL) def. Kenya Jones (Memphis, TN) 6-4, 7-6(1)

Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL) def. Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA) 6-2, 6-0

Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) def. Alexandra Sabe (Rye, NY) 6-0, 6-1

Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL) def. Abigail Desiatnikov (Atlanta, GA) 6-0, 6-1

Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL) 6-2, 6-3

Jessica Ho (11) (Naples, FL) def. Anna Dollar (Lancaster, PA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Maddie Pothoff (Tucson, AZ) def. Kenadi Hance (Torrance, CA) 6-2, 6-1

Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Jaclyn Switkes (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) 6-0, 6-0

Michaela Gordon (5) (Saratoga, CA) def. Zoe Spence (Chicago, IL) 6-2, 6-1

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) def. Gabrielle Schuck (Colorado Springs, CO) 6-1, 6-4

Andie Daniell (Douglasville, GA) def. Rebecca Weissmann (Loveland, CO) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)

Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines, FL) / Katie Swan (1) (Wichita, KS) def. Nicole Kalhorn (Colorado Springs, CO) / Karina Traxler (Rockwall,

  1. TX) 6-1, 7-5

Jessica Failla (Ramona, CA) / Jada Hart (Colton, CA) def. Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA) / Claire Liu (3) (Thousand Oaks, CA) 4-6, 6-3,

11-9

Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC) / caty mcnally (Cincinnati, OH) def. Anna Rogers (Stamford, CT) / Alexandra Sabe (Rye, NY) 6-3, 6-0

Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA) / Melissa Lord (Bloomfield, CT) def. Kelly Chen (Cerritos, CA) / Jessica Ho (4) (Naples, FL) 6-3, 6-2

Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA) / Risa Nakagawa (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Dominique Schaefer (Ventura, CA) / Sofia Sewing (5)

(Doral, FL) 6-1, 3-6, 10-7

Jessie Aney (Rochester, MN) / Ingrid Neel (Bradenton, FL) def. Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne, CA) / Chiara Lommer (skokie, IL) 4-6, 6-1,

10-7

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 32)

Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC) def. Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, FL) 6-4, 6-4

Paul Barretto (12) (Tiburon, CA) def. Alex Mascioli (Wayne, PA) 6-3, 6-0

Matthew Lord (5) (Bloomfield, CT) def. Andrew Ton (Milpitas, CA) 6-2, 6-4

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) def. Aleks Huryn (Alpharetta, GA) 6-2, 6-4

Daunte Harris (Lomita, CA) def. William Peters (4) (Duxbury, MA) 6-2, 6-2

Ajai Shekhera (16) (Campbell, CA) def. Jack Katzman (Seattle, WA) 6-4, 6-0

Sam Turchetta (14) (Pound Ridge, NY) def. Conrad Russell (Palo Alto, CA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Chambers Easterling (Spartanburg, SC) def. Jourdan Kast (Boca Raton, FL) 6-2, 6-4

Brian Cernoch (11) (North Bethesda, MD) def. Charles Deng (Temple City, CA) 6-2, 6-1

Austen Huang (2) (Elk Grove, CA) def. Athell Bennett (Valley Stream, NY) 6-2, 6-2

Jason Lui (7) (Bellevue, WA) def. Mayson Xue (San Ramon, CA) 6-3, 6-4

William Woodall (Washington, DC) def. Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL) 6-3, 6-4

Bryce Pereira (San Gabriel, CA) def. Matthew Rodriguez (9) (Highland Beach, FL) 6-3, 6-3

Abhijeet Joshi (6) (Millington, NJ) def. Luke Ross (Sewickley, PA) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(6)

Jackson Suh (15) (Bellevue, WA) def. Dylan Levitt (Las Vegas, NV) 6-2, 7-6(1)

Sean Sculley (3) (Hilton Head Island, SC) def. Brady Draheim (Omaha, NE) 6-2, 7-5

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 32)

Taylor Bridges (Mesa, AZ) def. Grace Joyce (1) (Newton, MA) 6-2, 6-1

Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ) def. Janice Shin (9) (Houston, TX) 6-4, 6-4

Anna Brylin (Short Hills, NJ) def. Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA) 6-3, 7-5

Tatum Rice (Hot Springs, AR) def. Abigail Chiu (16) (Austin, TX) 6-2, 6-3

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA) def. Jenna Moustafa (Los Angeles, CA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla, CA) def. Madeline Meredith (13) (Vestavia, AL) 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1

Victoria Emma (12) (Naples, FL) def. Jessica Aragon (Plano, TX) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3

Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, CA) def. McCartney Kessler (Calhoun, GA) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Meg Kowalski (15) (La Grange, IL) 7-6(5), 6-3

Samantha Martinelli (2) (Denver, CO) def. Ivana Corley (Albuquerque, NM) 6-3, 6-3

Hannah Zhao (8) (San Diego, CA) def. Stevie Kennedy (Bonita Springs, FL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Natasha Subhash (Fairfax, VA) def. Andjelija Bozovic (Burr Ridge, IL) 6-2, 6-2

Isabella Lorenzini (10) (Clarendon Hills, IL) def. Caroline Dunleavy (Darien, CT) 6-4, 7-5

Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA) def. Alexandra Belaya (Melbourne, FL) 6-4, 7-6(4)

Hannah Lairmore (14) (Mobile, AL) def. Rachel Eason (Union City, CA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Delaney Nothaft (Tempe, AZ) def. Maria Ross (17) (Lakewood Ranch, FL) 6-2, 6-4

 

Boys’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Jaycer Calleros (10) (San Antonio, TX) def. Joshua Xu (5) (Chandler, AZ) 6-2, 6-0

Adam Neff (3) (Bradenton, FL) def. Brandon Nakashima (2) (San Diego, CA) 6-3, 6-0

 

Boys’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio, TX) / Govind Nanda (2) (Redlands, CA) def. Leighton Allen (Austin, TX) / Nathan Arimilli (7) (Austin, TX) 8-1

 

Boys’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)

Robert Cash (New Albany, OH) / Anand Saluja (5) (Brookfield, WI) def. Ryder Jackson (Nicasio, CA) / Max Motlagh (Richardson, TX)

9-8(4)

 

Girls’ 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Whitney Osuigwe (14) (Bradenton, FL) def. Kacie Harvey (6) (Braintree, MA) 7-6(7), 6-2

Alexa Noel (1) (Summit, NJ) def. Katie Volynets (4) (Walnut Creek, CA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

 

Girls’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)

Sara Choy (Palo Alto, CA) / Jillian Taggart (4) (Fair Oaks, CA) def. Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas, NV) / Sedona Gallagher (Henderson, NV) 8-5

 

Girls’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)

Michelle Deng (Temple City, CA) / Rena Lin (Northridge, CA) def. Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA) / Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA) 8-4

 

Boys’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Hunter Heck (6) (New Brighton, MN) def. Aidan Mayo (1) (Roseville, CA) 7-5, 6-4

Jameson Corsillo (2) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) 7-6(2), 6-3

 

Boys’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Hunter Heck (New Brighton, MN) / Karl Lee (1) (Los Altos, CA) def. Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, FL) / Martin Damm (Bradenton, FL) 8-3

 

Boys’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)

Hugo Hashimoto (San Jose, CA) / Alex Lin (4) (Granite Bay, CA) def. Maxwell McKennon (Newport Beach, CA) / JJ Tracy (2) (Ann Arbor, MI) 8-4

 

Girls’ 12 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Gabriella Price (1) (Montebello, NY) def. Nina Gulbransen (3) (Boca Raton, FL) 6-3, 6-4

Emma Jackson (LA Grange Park, IL) def. Savannah Broadus (2) (Carrollton, TX) 6-4, 6-1

 

Girls’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)

Nina Gulbransen (Boca Raton, FL) / Jamilah Snells (8) (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) def. Jacque Dunyon (South Ogden, UT) / Kenadee Semenik (6) (Las Vegas, NV) 8-6

 

Girls’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)

Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY) / Maya Pitts (3) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Savannah Broadus (Carrollton, TX) / Katherine Petty (1)

(Dallas, TX) 8-1

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Q & A: Catching Up with Taylor Townsend at Roland Garros

 

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(June 5, 2013) PARIS – Being at Roland Garros is not all about running from Court Philippe Chatrier to Court Suzanne Lenglen for two weeks.

Out on the outside courts, die-hard tennis fans catch good doubles and junior action throughout the two weeks.

One U.S. junior has already enjoyed some success in making that tricky transition from the Juniors to the Pro Tour, notching up a win against the then-ranked 57, Lucie Hradecka, at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this year.

Ros Satar caught up with the No. 1 junior for 2012 Taylor Townsend after a solid second round win against Croatia’s Jana Fett.

Ros Satar for Tennis Panorama News: Great win today –a couple of breaks here and there but you really did edge it out?

Taylor Townsend: It was good, she came out playing really well, she was serving really well and in the beginning she really wasn’t missing a ball.

We exchanged some breaks and there were a few times where I could have served and gone up a break and a hold but she broke.

But it was a good match, I was really happy.

RS: What was it like out there – it started out quite cloudy but probably by the time that you were playing, it looked quite nice?

TT: It was actually very nice, it got a little bit cloudy and it was a little windy at times.

RS: Enough to whip up that clay into your eyes?

TT: Exactly – it actually got into my eyes a little bit but I am not complaining – I’m tough [smiling]

RS: Is it strange playing the juniors having made your pro debut at Indian Wells

TT: It’s not weird, because I played all last year and I’m still 17 so it’s not really weird but it’s definitely an adjustment that you have to make between going from the pros to the juniors.

It’s nice to see all my friends [going back to juniors].

RS: How did it feel to get that win in Indian Wells, to player ranked 57 at the time?

TT: It was amazing – like one of the best feelings ever, I felt on top of the world

I went crazy, after I did it, I just went nuts like I was a little kid.

I told myself one point at a time, one point at a time, I switched the score round and stuff.

But I was actually on a roll, I was playing really well so I [tried] not to think about it.

RS: What’s the transition like –the biggest challenge and the biggest benefit?

TT: The biggest challenge s definitely the mental thing.

It’s really easy to change your game because the speed of the ball isn’t the same

It’s really easy for you to let up a little bit and not really play to win like you would against the pros.

You can get away with not going for your shots as much and stuff like that, because even though you’re playing juniors, you’re still working on a specific thing.

But the benefits are you get to play matches, good matches that help you compete.

Basically it’s a good opportunity to continue what we’re working on.

If you change the way that you play and the way we’ve been practicing, then yeah that would be a downfall.

If we continue to work on the same line that we have been, with our strokes and playing to win and aggressive style of play, then it’s a huge benefit playing the juniors.

RS: So basically each time you’re playing in the juniors, you’re concentrating on one thing to improve, and when you go to the pros it’s really a question of putting that all together and going for it?

TT: Exactly

RS: What are the goals that you’ve set yourself this year?

TT: My goal is I wanted to reach at least into the top 200 or better by the end of the year and I really didn’t set a goal for juniors because honestly at the beginning of the year my coach was in Australia so I didn’t really know what my schedule was going to be.

But basically my pro [goal] I think very attainable because I’m at 333 already and we’re only half way done with the year.

I think I can do it.

RS: About the demon dirt – how is it going playing on clay?

TT: Actually I love it, because the clay here is so nice, they take such good care of the courts, it’s just so smooth.

The courts are just like candy underneath your feet, you just slide so gracefully – it’s so beautiful

RS: It’s like ice-skating?

TT: Yeah exactly!

RS: Is it very much a part of your season, the clay in Europe in particular?

TT: Yeah it is.

You go from the Australian Open, and then you have your clay court season, then you have your grass court season and then you go back to hard court.

You’re on hard court six months of the year if [not] more, it’s nice to have the change up and learning how to maneuver, move and how to play and how to work the clay and how to work the grass, it’s really nice.

It makes the season, it makes it different, it gives it a little bit of a unique character.

RS: What is your view of all the US women that have been in the draw?  You started with 15, down to 3 but two real headliners tomorrow – how does that make you feel?

TT: I’m proud, honestly – Serena(Williams), Sloane (Stephens), Venus (Williams), they’re all making me so proud to be an American.

They’re putting on such a good face on women’s tennis, it’s amazing.

The guys as well, they’re doing very well – John Isner, Sam Querrey, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, all of them are doing really well.

They’re great inspiration for me to just keep working hard [especially] seeing Serena mostly – you keep working hard and she’s in her prime, she’s in the later stage of her career, so it just gives me really great encouragement just to keep working hard.

RS: Are they all quite supportive of the juniors coming up, if you run across them at various tournaments?

TT: Yeah – they’re so nice.

We all hit together and they’re very helpful with giving advice and stuff like that.

It’s just a matter of if I get nervous to ask them a question or not [laughs]

RS: What is your schedule now for the rest of the year?

TT: You and I have the same question [laughs]

I know I’m going to Birmingham after this and then I’m going to play the juniors at Eastbourne and Roehampton and then Wimbledon and after that I have no idea.

RS: Are you going to play the juniors at the rest of the majors this year?

TT: Yeah just the majors really, because US Open most likely, I’m not really sure.

We’re just doing it just to play matches really, and stay competitive because if I wasn’t I would come over here and only play one or two tournaments and then be done.

RS: I guess playing the majors, you get a small taste of what it’s like to play that big an event?

TT: Yeah, Exactly.

RS: Are you doing any sight-seeing, any fun stuff whilst you are here?

TT: Hopefully – I mean this year I’m playing doubles so I’m not at the site all day

I’m not playing two matches so I think my dad really wants to go out, this is their first time out.

I don’t know what to do see because I didn’t go sight-seeing last year so we’re all going to experience this together.

But [definitely] the Eiffel Tower and Champs Élysées and some other stuff.

I’m just asking the ladies in the locker room, and they’re helping me a lot.

[RS writes down a load of suggestions]

At the time of writing, Taylor was into the third round of the Girls’ Singles Draw at Roland Garros.

On Tuesday evening in Paris, Townsend received the International Tennis Federation award for being the top junior girl for 2012 at the ITF World Champions Dinner.  Townsend was the Australian Open 2012 Girls Junior Champion. She is the first American junior girl to end the year at No. 1 since Gretchen Rush in 1982.

 

Karen Pestaina contributed to this interview and report.

 

Related article:

2012 Townsend and Andrews Take Junior Girls Title

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