September 2, 2015

Abigail Desiatnikov Wins USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals

Abigail Desiatnikov

San Diego, Calif. – (August 8, 2015) – Fourteen-year-old wild card entrant Abigail Desiatnikov overcame a furious second-set rally by 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., to win the singles title at USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals with a hard-fought 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory.

After dropping the opening game of the match on a breezy afternoon at the Barnes Tennis Center, Desiatnikov found her groove and won six straight games to take the first set in 31 minutes.

Desiatnikov, an Atlanta resident, continued her solid play from the baseline in the second set as she broke Osuigwe’s serve in the second and fourth games to establish a 4-1 lead. With the momentum clearly on her side, Desiatnikov appeared headed for a comfortable straight-set win.

However, Osuigwe had other ideas as she relaxed and cut down on unforced errors and began putting more balls in play. The 13-year-old Floridian won five of the next six games to take a 6-5 second-set lead.

As the crowd anticipated a third set, Desiatnikov broke Osuigwe’s serve in the 12th game to send the second set into a tiebreak at 6-6. Desiatnikov quickly took control of the tiebreak and built a 4-1 lead before clinching it 7-2 to win the championship.

“I got a little nervous, she (Osuigwe) began playing better, but all that matters is that I pull through at the end. I went for it in the tiebreaker,” Desiatnikov said. “It’s a great achievement. I’ve trained very hard.”

As a result of winning the Girls’ 16s singles title, Desiatnikov received a USTA gold ball and a wild card into the upcoming US Open Junior Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

In Girls’ 18s singles action, top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., and third-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., advanced to Sunday’s singles final after posting semifinal victories.

Black eased past 16th-seeded Sara Daavettila of Williamston, Mich., 6-1, 6-2, while Kenin edged fifth-seed Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md., 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Kenin and Black will meet in the Girls’ 18s singles championship at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

Later in the day, Black teamed with Ingrid Neel of Bradenton, Fla., for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jessie Aney of Rochester, Minn., and Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., to win the Girls’ 18s doubles championship.

Live audio play-by-play for the final day of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of Sunday’s Girls’ 18s singles final. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under competed for the title of National Champion, as well as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

Written by Fred Sidhu

 

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Saturday’s Results

Girls’ 16s
Singles
Championship
Abigail Desiatnikov, Atlanta, def. Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., 6-1, 7-6 (2)

Girls’ 18s
Singles
Semifinals
Tornado Alicia Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., 6-1, 6-2
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Girls’ 18s
Doubles
Championship
Tornado Alicia Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., and Ingrid Neel, Bradenton, Fla., def.  Jessie Aney (2), Rochester, Minn., and Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-3, 6-3

For Saturday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

 

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Girls’18s Top Seed Tornado Alicia Black Survives Quarterfinal Challenge at USTA Nationals

Tornado Alicia Black

Tornado Alicia Black

San Diego, Calif. – (August 7, 2015) – Fifteenth-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., upset top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3 in a thrilling semifinal of the USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Osuigwe needed two hours and 26-minutes to eliminate Subhash and advance to Saturday’s Girls’ 16s singles championship where she will face unseeded Abigail Desiatnikov of Atlanta.

Desiatnikov was extended to a third set in her semifinal match, but eventually prevailed over unseeded Marlee Zein of Sugar Land, Texas 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the 16s singles final, which is scheduled to be played not before 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Earlier this year, the top-seeded Subhash won the USTA International Spring Championships and reached the finals of the Easter Bowl and the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Despite her loss in today’s semifinals, Subhash did not finish the tournament without a title.

Later in the day, the talented 13 year old teamed with Ann Li of Devon, Pa., for a convincing 6-0, 6-2 victory over Anna Brylin of Short Hills, N.J., and Clarissa Hand of Moorestown, N.J., to capture the Girls’ 16s doubles championship.

In Girls’ 18s quarterfinal singles action, top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black faced her first serious test of the tournament after rolling through her first four opponents with the loss of only seven games. Black faced 17th-seeded Kylie McKenzie of Anthem, Ariz., last year’s Girls’ 16s singles champion.

After battling to win the first set in 48 minutes, Black appeared in control of the second set as she served for the match at 5-4. McKenzie, fighting to stay in the match, took advantage of a key double fault and broke Black to tie the set at 5-5.

However, Black came back to break McKenzie at love and take a 6-5 lead. As she served for the set again in the 12th game, Black fought off three break points before winning a tense 12-point game to close out the two-hour match 6-3, 7-5.

Black advances to a semifinal encounter against 16th-seeded Sara Daavettila of Williamston, Mich. On the bottom half of the Girls’ 18s draw, third-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., will play fifth-seeded Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md.

The Girls’ 18s semifinal between Black and Daavettila will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, followed by the Kenin versus Kingsley semifinal not before 11:30 a.m. The Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. (All times are PDT)

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

For Friday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Friday’s Results

Girls’ 18s
Singles

Quarterfinals
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., 6-3, 7-5
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Usue Arconada (2), Rio Piedras, P.R., 6-4; 6-4
Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., def. Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., 7-6 (4), 6-7 (0), 6-3
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Claire Liu (8), Thousand Oaks, Calif., 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Girls’ 16s
Singles

Semifinals
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3
Abigail Desiatnikov, Atlanta, def.  Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Girls’ 16s
Doubles

Championship
Ann Li (1), Devon, Pa., and Natasha Subhash, Fairfax, Va., def. Anna Brylin, Short Hills, N.J. (5), and Clarissa Hand, Moorestown, N.J., 6-0, 6-2

For Friday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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Upsets Mark Thursday Play at USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 6, 2015) – It was a day of upsets at the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center. Second-seeded Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was upset in an early morning match as she fell to unseeded Marlee Zein of Sugar Land, Texas, 7-5, 6-4 in the Girls’ 16s singles quarterfinals.

Zein will face another unseeded player, Abigail Desiatnikov of Atlanta, in the Girls’ 16s semifinals. Desiatnikov scored an upset of her own as she ousted sixth-seeded Clarissa Hand of Moorestown, N.J., 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a quarterfinal match.

In other Girls’ 16s quarterfinal action, 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., defeated tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a semifinal meeting against top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., a 6-2, 6-2 winner over 17th-seeded McCartney Kessler of Calhoun, Ga.

There was also a notable upset in the Girls’ 18s division as last year’s Girls’ 16s singles champion Kylie McKenzie of Anthem, Ariz., dispatched sixth-seeded Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, 6-3, 6-3 in a Round of 16 match.

The 17th-seeded McKenzie advances to the Girls’ 18s singles quarterfinals, where she will play top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., who overpowered 14th-seeded Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., 6-1, 6-2 in one-hour and 18 minutes.

Friday’s tournament schedule, which features the Girls’16s singles semifinals and the Girls’ 18s singles quarterfinals at the Barnes Tennis Center, is slated to get underway at 9 a.m.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions featured 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams. (All times are PDT.)

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Thursday’s Results

Girls’ 18s
Singles

Round of 16
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Kelly Chen (14), Cerritos, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Usue Arconada (2), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Jada Hart (17), Colton, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Kennedy Shaffer (17), Rossford, Ohio, 6-1, 6-3
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Kayla Day (9), Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4
Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., def. Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, 6-3, 6-3
Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., def.  Ena Shibahara (11), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 7-5
Claire Liu (8), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Taylor Russo (17), Deerfield Beach, Fla., 7-5, 6-4
Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., def. Brienne Minor (17), Mundelein, Ill., 6-1, 4-6, 7-6( 5)

Girls’ 16s
Singles

Quarterfinals
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def.  McCartney Kessler (17), Calhoun, Ga., 6-2, 6-2
Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas, def.  Victoria Flores (2), Fort Dodge, Iowa, 7-5, 6-4
Abigail Desiatnikov, Atlanta, def. Clarissa Hand (6), Moorestown, N.J., 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

For Thursday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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Hannah Zhao Upsets Third Seed Hannah Lairmore at USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 5, 2015) – Tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao pulled off the upset of the day at the USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals at the Barnes Tennis Center as the 15-year-old San Diegan ousted third-seeded Hannah Lairmore, a tall, hard-hitting left-hander from Mobile, Ala., 6-2, 6-2.

Zhao, the last local player remaining in the Girls’ 16s singles main draw, advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals, where she will meet 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., at 9 a.m.

“I just played my game and focused on every point.  She’s a lefty and hits with a lot of spin and a lot of great angles, so I just tried to anticipate the balls and move her around. That worked out pretty well today,” said Zhao following her straight-set victory.

“I knew I could beat most of the top players if I played well. I had a lot of confidence coming in. It feels like all the hard work has paid off,” Zhao added. “I’m just going to try to keep winning and try my best to get into the semis.”

In the Girls’ 18s Nationals, top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black continued her dominating play as she breezed past unseeded Katie Ta of Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 to advance to Thursday’s round of 16.

In other Girls’ 18s singles fourth-round action, third-seed Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., defeated Dasha Ivanova of Beaverton, Ore., 6-3, 6-4 and second-seeded Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R., got past 17th-seeded Camille Favero of Sacramento, Calif., 6-4, 6-1.

For Wednesday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Thursday’s schedule, which is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m., will feature the Girls’ 18s singles round of 16 and Girls’ 16s singles quarterfinals.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions featured 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.  (All times are PDT.)

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:

The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Wednesday’s Results

Girls’ 18s Singles
Fourth Round
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Alexandra Valenstein, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., def. Morgan Coppoc, Tulsa, Okla., 6-1, 6-0
Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., def. Alexandra Sanford (10), Westerville, Ohio, 6-1, 6-2
Usue Arconada (2), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Camille Favero (17), Sacramento, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Jada Hart (17) Colton, Calif., def. Mia Horvit (13), Palm City, Fla., 6-4, 6-2
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Karina Traxler (17), Rockwall, Texas, 6-2, 6-0
Kayla Day (9), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Makenna Jones (17), Greenville, S.C., 6-3, 6-3
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., 6-3, 6-4
Kennedy Shaffer (17), Rossford, Ohio, def. Rebecca Weissmann (12), Loveland, Colo., 6-3, 6-1
Claire Liu (8), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Kenya Jones, Memphis, Tenn., 6-3, 7-5
Taylor Russo (17), Deerfield Beach, Fla., def. Jessie Aney (15), Rochester, Minn., 6-2, 6-3
Ena Shibahara (11), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Kaitlyn McCarthy (17), Cary, N.C., 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., def. Janice Shin, Houston, 6-4, 7-5
Brienne Minor (17), Mundelein, Ill., def. Michaela Gordon (4), Saratoga, Calif., 6-2, 6-4
Kelly Chen (14), Cerritos, Calif., def. Meible Chi (17), Weston, Fla., 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Girls’ 16s Singles
Round of 16
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Sydney Jones (16), Carrollton, Texas, 6-3, 6-2
Victoria Flores (2), Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Isabella Lorenzini (17), Clarendon Hills, Ill., 6-0, 6-2
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, def. Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., 6-2, 6-2
Clarissa Hand (6), Moorestown, N.J., def. Rachel Lim (17), Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 6-3, 6-1
Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas, def. Carson Branstine (9), Orange, Calif., 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (9)
Abigail Desiatnikov, Atlanta, def. Rachel Eason (17), Union City, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Jennifer Gadalov (17), Los Angeles, 6-0, 6-1
McCartney Kessler (17), Calhoun, Ga., def. Caroline Dunleavy (12), Darien, Conn., 6-4, 6-4

For Wednesday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals

Tornado Alicia Black

Tornado Alicia Black

San Diego, Calif. – (August 4, 2015) – Top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., played a nearly-perfect match as she blanked unseeded Ashley Bongart of Bradenton, Fla., 6-0, 6-0 to advance to the fourth round of the USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Black, who is ranked No. 542 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings, has dominated her opponents this week, losing only three games in reaching the Girls’ 18s fourth round, where she will face unseeded Katie Ta of Mission Viejo, Calif., on Wednesday.

Following her third-round victory, Black said last year’s loss in the singles final was tough for her, but she is ready this year and is motivated by the opportunity to win a wild card into the US Open women’s main draw, which is awarded to the winner of this year’s Girls’ 18s singles title.

Puerto Rico’s Usue Arconada, the Girls’ 18s second-seed, overcame a tough challenge in her third-round match, but eventually got past unseeded Mary Caroline Meredith of Vestavia, Ala., 6-2, 7-5 to advance to a fourth-round meeting against 17-seeded Camille Favero of Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday.

In the Girls’ 16s division, top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., moved into the Round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-4 fourth-round win over 17th-seeded Dalayna Hewitt of Pepper Pike, Ohio. On Wednesday, Subhash will play 16th-seeded Sydney Jones of Carrollton, Texas.

Tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego dropped the opening set of her Girls’ 16s fourth-round match, but came back to eliminate unseeded Anika Yarlagadda of West Bloomfield, Mich., 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.  Zhao, the only remaining local competitor in the singles main draw, will face third-seed Hannah Lairmore of Mobile, Ala., in her Round of 16 match.

For Tuesday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. – Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at USD, admission is free, but there is a nominal charge for on-campus parking. University parking regulations will be strictly enforced.
About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:

The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsGirls’ 18s Singles
Third Round
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Ashley Bongart, Bradenton, Fla., 6-0, 6-0
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Sarianna Kuuttila, Albuquerque, N.M., 6-1, 6-0
Michaela Gordon (4), Saratoga, Calif., def. Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., 6-4, 6-1
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla., 6-3, 6-2
Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., def. Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., 6-3, 6-3
Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., def. Jenna Friedel, Mill Valley, Calif., 6-1, 7-5
Alexandra Sanford (10), Westerville, Ohio, def. Chandler Carter, Dallas, 6-2, 6-3
Kelly Chen (14), Cerritos, Calif., def. Alyvia Jones, Midland, Mich., 6-3, 6-4
Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, Calif., 5-7, 6-0, 6-3

Girls’ 16s Singles
Fourth Round
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Dalayna Hewitt (17), Pepper Pike, Ohio, 6-2, 6-4
Victoria Flores (2), Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Mia Rabinowitz, Tenafly, N.J., 6-1, 6-0
Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., def. Jessi Muljat (17), Sacramento, Calif., 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, def. Anika Yarlagadda, West Bloomfield, Mich., 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Rachel Eason (17), Union City, Calif., def. Nicole Mossmer (4), La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas, def. Anna Brylin (8), Short Hills, N.J., 7-5, 6-4
Carson Branstine (9), Orange, Calif., def. Madeline Meredith (17), Vestavia, Ala., 6-2, 6-2
Abigail Desiatnikov, Atlanta, def. Victoria Emma (11) Naples, Fla., 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Clarissa Hand (6), Moorestown, N.J., def. Tatum Rice (17), Hot Springs, Ark., 6-4, 6-2
Rachel Lim (17), Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., def. Elena Van Linge, Menlo Park, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Taylor Bridges (17), Mesa, Ariz., 7-6 (5), 6-3
Jennifer Gadalov (17), Los Angeles, def. Elysia Bolton (5), Lake Forest, Ill., 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
Caroline Dunleavy (12), Darien, Conn., def. Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-3
McCartney Kessler (17), Calhoun, Ga., def. Taylor Johnson (7), Redondo Beach, Calif., 7-5, 6-3
Sydney Jones (16), Carrollton, Texas, def. Ann Li (17), Devon, Pa., 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

For Tuesday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

Written by Fred Sidhu

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Tornado Alicia Black Advances to Third Round of USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 3, 2015) – Top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., began her quest for the USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals singles title on an impressive note as she easily advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Maria Smith of Houston at the Barnes Tennis Center. Each seeded player in the draw received a first-round bye.

Black, who reached the singles final of last year’s USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals, will face Ashley Bongart of Bradenton, Fla., in Tuesday’s third round. Second-seeded Usue Arconada of Rio Piedras, P.R., also advanced to the Girls’ 18s third round as she eliminated Allison McCann of Amherst, Mass., 6-0, 6-1.

Unseeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., reached the Girl’s 18s third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Shannon Hanley of Kensington, Md.  Failla will take on seventh-seeded Ingrid Neel of Bradenton, Fla. in her next match on Tuesday.

In Girls’ 16s action, top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., was nearly upset in the third round, but recovered to score a come-from-behind 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2 victory over Maeve Koscielski of Indianapolis. Subhash will play 17th seeded Dalayna Hewitt of Pepper Pike, Ohio, in a fourth-round match on Tuesday.

A trio of local players put in strong performances in the Girls’ 16s third-round as fourth-seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego and unseeded Julia Deming of Fallbrook, Calif., all won straight-set matches to advance to Tuesday’s fourth round.

For Monday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and up are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, Tuesday, Aug. 4 and Wednesday, Aug. 5.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.
Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Monday’s Results

Girls’ 18s Singles
Second Round
Tornado Ali Black (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Maria Smith, Houston, 6-1, 6-2
Usue Arconada (2), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Allison McCann, Amherst, Mass., 6-0, 6-1
Sofia Kenin (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Dominique Vasile, Bingham Farms, Mich., 6-3, 6-2
Michaela Gordon (4), Saratoga, Calif., def. Angelina Ye, Sycamore, Ill., 6-1, 6-2
Raveena Kingsley (5), Fulton, Md., def. Christie Wan, Rowland Heights, Calif., 6-4, 6-0
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1
Ingrid Neel (7), Bradenton, Fla., def. Jaci Cochrane, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 6-1, 6-1
Claire Liu (8), Thousand Oaks, Calif., def. Cameron Corse, Baltimore, Md., 7-5, 6-2
Kayla Day (9), Santa Barbara, Calif., def. Aishwarya Kona, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 6-0
Maria Mateas, Braintree, Mass., def. Nadia Gizdova, Columbia, Md., 7-6 (4), 6-1
Meible Chi (17), Weston, Fla., def. Tiffany Huber, West Bloomfield, Mich., 6-4, 6-2
Alyvia Jones, Midland, Mich., def. Abigail Chiu, Austin, Texas, 6-1, 6-3
Kelly Chen (14), Cerritos, Calif., def. Chloe Ouellet Pizer, Chapel Hill, N.C., 6-1, 6-1
Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, def. Ananya Dua, Murrysville, Pa., 7-6, 6-4
Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Bess Waldram (17), Portland, Ore., 6-2, 7-5
Ashley Bongart, Bradenton, Fla., def. Chloe Henderson, Las Vegas, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Marycaroline Meredith, Vestavia, Ala., def. Taylor Cosme, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6-1, 6-3
Camille Favero, (17), Sacramento, Calif., def. Alexandra Koniaev, Forest Hills, N.Y., 7-5, 6-0
Emily Maxfield, Murrieta, Calif., def. Allison Chuang, Albany, Calif., 7-5, 6-4
Mia Horvit (13), Palm City, Fla., def. Ann Selim, Irvine, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Madison Battaglia, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., def. Alexandra Letzt, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Jada Hart (17), Colton, Calif., def. Hada Chang, Trophy Club, Texas, 6-3, 6-0
Samantha Hampton, Vancouver, Wash., def. Nevada Apollo, Las Vegas, 6-4, 6-3
Sarianna Kuuttila, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, walkover (injury)
Karina Traxler (17), Rockwall, Texas, def. Samantha Smith, Henderson, Nev., 6-1, 6-1
Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Ill., def. Elene Tsokilauri, Newtown Square, Pa., 6-2, 6-3
Chiara Lommer, Skokie, Ill., def. Allison McKamey, Paducah, Ky., 6-1, 6-3
Makenna Jones (17), Greenville, S.C., def. Sydney Van Alphen, Laguna Beach, Calif., 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Ashley Lahey, Hawthorne, Calif., def. Maddie Pothoff, Tucson, Ariz., 6-0, 6-4
Stephanie Schrage, Millburn, N.J., def. Samantha Smith, Cary, N.C., 6-2, 6-3
Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., def. Christina Rosca (17), Princeton, N.J., 6-1, 6-4
Lexi Milunovich, New Canaan, Conn., def. Ashby Bland, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla., 6-0, 6-3
Rebecca Weissmann (12), Loveland, Colo., def. Michelle Linden, Barrington, Ill., 6-1, 6-1
Chloe Gullickson, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., def. Emerald Able, Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, ret. (injury)
Kennedy Shaffer (17), Rossford, Ohio, def. Mariko Iinuma, San Mateo, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Felicity Maltby, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Alexandra Abele, Cincinnati, 6-3, 6-1
Nami Otsuka, Norcross, Ga., def. Alexandra Pollack, Mequon, Wis., 6-3, 6-3
Kenya Jones, Memphis, Tenn., def. Elena Muller (17), Dallas, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Sydney Riley, Dallas, def. Irene Lu, Laurel, Md., 6-3, 7-5
Jessie Aney (15), Rochester, Minn., def. Kylie Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., 6-3, 7-5
Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., def. Kalani Soli, Carson, Calif., 6-3, 7-5
Taylor Russo (17), Deerfield Beach, Fla., def. Marjorie Antohi, El Paso, Texas, 7-5, 6-4
Hanna Chang, Fontana, Calif., def. Grace Lin, South San Francisco, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Erica Susi, Vero Beach, Fla., def. Grace Schaffer, Lenexa, Kan., 6-0, 6-1
Kaitlyn McCarthy (17), Cary, N.C., def. Mihaela Codreanu, Norristown, Pa., 6-2, 6-1
Jacqueline Pelletier, Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Michelle Bacalla, Skokie, Ill, 6-3, 6-2
Ena Shibahara (11), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Racquel Lyn, Houston, 6-3, 6-2
Morgan Coppoc, Tulsa, Okla., def. Alexis Franco, Largo, Fla., 6-4, 7-5
Katharine Fahey (17), Fair Haven, N.J., def. Tamijean Fumagalli, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Shannon Hanley, Kensington, Md., 6-4, 6-4
Mbalia Bangoura, Bradenton, Fla., def. Claire Reifeis, Indianapolis, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Janice Shin, Houston, def. Samantha Martinelli (17), Denver, 6-2, 6-4
Priya Niezgoda, Austin, Texas, def. Mackenzy Middlebrooks, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-4, 6-3
Sara Daavettila (16), Williamston, Mich., def. Emma Kurtz, Atlanta, 6-2, 6-1
Allie Sanford, Phoenix, def. Opala Dhingra, Darnestown, Md., 6-3, 6-1
Brienne Minor (17), Mundelein, Ill., def. Jessica Livianu, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., def. Regina Pitts, Los Angeles, 6-3, 6-1
Jenna Friedel, Mill Valley, Calif., def. Charlotte Madson, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 6-2
Kylie McKenzie (17), Anthem, Ariz., def. Helen Altick, Monroe, La., 6-1, 6-3
Chandler Carter, Dallas, def. Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Alexandra Sanford (10), Westerville, Ohio, def. Amanda Meyer, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-1, 6-4
Alexandra Valenstein, Laguna Hills, Calif., def. Meredith Roberts, Jackson, Miss., 6-3, 7-5
Alaina Miller (17), Saratoga, Calif., def. Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., 6-3, 6-3
Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla., def. Constance Branstine, Orange, Calif., 7-6 (5), 6-2

Girls’ 16s Singles
Third Round
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Maeve Koscielski, Indianapolis, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2
Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., def. Cassie McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Nicole Mossmer (4), La Jolla, Calif., def. Alyssa Hahn, Richmond, Va., 6-2, 6-1
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, Calif., def. Margaret Owensby, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-0
Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., def. Carolyn Campana (17), Hillsborough, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Taylor Johnson (7), Redondo Beach, Calif., def. Miranda Deng, North Potomac, Md., 6-3, 6-1
Madeline Meredith (17), Vestavia, Ala., def. Britt Pursell, Oceanside, Calif., 6-2, 6-0

For Monday’s complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA 16s Girls’ National Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 2, 2015) – Top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., put on an impressive second-round performance as she used an aggressive baseline game to cruise past unseeded Jenna Moustafa of Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-1.

The 13-year-old Subhash, who earlier this year won the USTA International Spring Championships and reached the finals of the Easter Bowl and the USTA National Clay Court Championships, advances to Monday’s third round, where she will meet unseeded Maeve Koscielski of Indianapolis.

In the bottom half of the Girls’ 16s singles draw, second-seeded Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa defeated Anna Li of Wexford, Pa., 6-0, 7-5 in a second-round match. Flores will face unseeded Katie La France of Little Rock, Ark., in the third round.

Two local players were among the Girls’ 16s seeds who advanced to the third round. Fourth-seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., eliminated Valerie Ho of Silver Spring, Md., 6-2, 6-3 and tenth-seeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego got past Samantha Gillas New Braunfels, Texas, 7-5, 6-2.

Tornado Alicia Black, the top seed in the Girls’ 18s division, received a first-round bye and will play her second-round match on Monday against Maria Smith of Houston. Black, who reached the USTA Girls’ 18s singles final last year, is ranked No. 542 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings.

For Sunday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Monday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, from Monday, Aug. 3 and Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, from Monday, Aug. 3 through Wednesday, Aug. 5.

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Sunday’s Results

Girls’ 18s Singles
First Round
Maria Smith, Houston, def. Paris Corley, Grants, N.M., 7-5, 6-2
Katie Ta, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. Danielle Bauers, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-4, 6-0
Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, def. Meghan O’Malley, Austin, Texas, 6-3, 6-4
Abigail Chiu, Austin, Texas, def. Brittany Newton, Dallas, 6-0, 6-1
Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, def. Taylor Calton, Highland, Utah, 6-0, 6-4
Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Caitlyn Merzbacher, Eden Prairie, Minn., 6-4, 6-4
Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Ill, def. Ally McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Samantha Smith, Henderson, Nev., def. Chloe Goyette, Yakima, Wash., 6-3, 6-4
Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, def. Josephine Cao, Overland Park, Kan., 6-2, 6-3
Christie Wan, Rowland Heights, Calif., def. Daniela Ramras, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0
Marycaroline Meredith, Vestavia, Ala., def. Devon Jack, San Marino, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Emerald Able, Memphis, Tenn., def. Anna Short, Freeland, Mich., 6-3, 6-0
Michelle Linden, Barrington, Ill., def. Michelle Wang, Sammamish, Wash., 6-2, 6-3
Lexi Milunovich, New Canaan, Conn., def. Terra Sheldon, Bowling Green, Ky., 6-3, 6-2
Dasha Ivanova, Beaverton, Ore., def. Julieta Dalmau, Coral Gables, Fla., 6-1, 6-0
Samantha Smith, Cary, N.C., def. Caroline Monahan, Chevy Chase, Md., 6-1, 6-0
Dominique Vasile, Bingham Farms, Mich., def. Morgan Cooley, Boise, Idaho, 6-3, 6-1
Irene Lu, Laurel, Md., def. Cammy Frei, Winnetka, Ill., 6-2, 6-3
Kenya Jones, Memphis, Tenn., def. Lexi Keberle, West Bend, Wis., 6-2, 6-1
Nami Otsuka, Norcross, Ga., def. Stephanie Nguyen, San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Corse, Baltimore, Md., def. Kateri Martin, Darien, Conn., 6-1, 6-1
Felicity Maltby, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Hunter Bleser, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-4, 6-4
Mariko Iinuma, San Mateo, Calif., def. Katherine Hughes, Haddonfield, N.J., 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Alexis Franco, Largo, Fla., def. Elizabeth Porter, Dallas, 6-1, 6-2
Racquel Lyn, Houston, Texas, def. Kate Ketels, Kalamazoo, Mich., 6-2, 6-3
Hanna Chang, Fontana, Calif., def. Peyton Pesavento, Advance, N.C., 6-4, 6-4
Marjorie Antohi, El Paso, Texas, def. Samantha Memije, Monroeville, Pa., 7-5, 6-2
Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., def. Josie Legarza, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Kylie Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., def. Susanne Boyden, Raleigh, N.C., 6-3, 6-1
Emma Kurtz, Atlanta, def. Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Mackenzy Middlebrooks, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Caroline Williams, Baltimore, Md., 6-2, 6-2
Janice Shin, Houston, def. Sarah Dreyfuss, North Miami Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-0
Jaci Cochrane, Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Claire Sullivan, Memphis, Tenn., 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Mallory Gilmer, Woodstock, Ga., 6-0, 6-3
Tamijean Fumagalli, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Tristen Bryant, Kailua, Hawaii, 6-1, 6-0
Chandler Carter, Dallas, def. Sarah Hu, Oakland, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Helen Altick, Monroe, La., def. Emily Zheng, Fremont, Calif., 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0
Jenna Friedel, Mill Valley, Calif., def. Katherine Cao, Overland Park, Kan., 6-3, 6-1
Angelina Ye, Sycamore, Ill., def. Heather Mixon, New Iberia, La., 6-3, 6-3
Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., def. Mariam Salakaia, Falls Church, Va., 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Livianu, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. Anna Bright, Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-4
Tiffany Huber, West Bloomfield, Mich., def. Seriana Saltzen, Cameron Park, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Nadia Gizdova, Columbia, Md., def. Caroline Morton, Dubuque, Iowa, 6-4, 6-1
Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, def. Taylor Calton, Highland, Utah, 6-0, 6-4
Constance Branstine, Orange, Calif., def. Jaylee Yasunaga, Wailuku, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-2
Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Caitlyn Merzbacher, Eden Prairie, Minn., 6-4, 6-4
Amanda Meyer, Delray Beach, Fla., def. Sarah Hall, West Orange, N.J., 6-2, 6-0

Girls’ 16s Singles
Second Round
Natasha Subhash (1), Fairfax, Va., def. Jenna Moustafa, Los Angeles, 6-1, 6-1
Maeve Koscielski, Indianapolis, def. Lena Sweiss, Phoenix, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Dalayna Hewitt (17), Pepper Pike, Ohio, def. Alexandra Belaya, Melbourne, Fla., 6-3, 6-1
Sophia Reddy, Eden Prairie, Minn., def. Madison Tattini, Lexington, Ill., 6-1, 6-1
Sydney Jones (16), Carrollton, Texas, def. Tatum Burger, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 6-4, 6-2
Alessandra Bianco, Chicago, def. Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 6-1
Riley McQuaid (17), Tustin, Calif., def. Jayci Goldsmith, Dripping Springs, Texas, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Somer Henry, Franklin, Tenn., def. Ana Elhom, Potomac, Md., 6-2, 6-1
Anna Brylin (8), Short Hills, N.J., def. Chloe Hamlin, Blountville, Tenn., 6-3, 6-4
Lilian Burchell, Ruxton, Md., def. Alexis Almy, Southborough, Mass., 6-1, 6-0
Lahari Yelamanchili, Burr Ridge, Ill., def. Ally Bojczuk (14), Franklin, Tenn., 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)
Victoria Flores (2), Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Anna Li, Wexford, Pa., 6-0, 7-5
Loren Haukova, Elmsford, N.Y., def. Madeline Almeida, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 6-3, 6-0
Clarissa Hand (6), Moorestown, N.J., def. Luba Vasilyuk, Frisco, Texas, 6-2, 6-2
Nicole Mossmer (4), La Jolla, Calif., def. Valerie Ho, Silver Spring, Md., 6-2, 6-3
Anastasia Goncharova, Evanston, Ill, def. Rena Lin, Northridge, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Carson Branstine (9), Orange, Calif., def. Nicole Krykanov, Virginia Beach, Va., 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Marlee Zein, Sugar Land, Texas def. Cali Jankowski, Carlsbad, Calif., 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Hannah Zhao (10), San Diego, def. Samantha Gillas, New Braunfels, Texas, 7-5, 6-2
Elysia Bolton (5), Lake Forest, Ill, def. Ivana Corley, Albuquerque, N.M., 7-5, 6-3
Jennifer Gadalov (17), Los Angeles, def. Jessica Aragon, Plano, Texas, 6-2, 6-2
Dasha Kourkina, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. Rachel Cross, Charlottesville, Va., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1
Whitney Osuigwe (15), Bradenton, Fla., def. Lea Owens, Olney, Md., 7-6 (5), 6-0
Taylor Bridges (17), Mesa, Ariz., def. Ashley Yeah, Los Gatos, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Marcella Cruz, Marlboro, N.J., def. Kylie Moulin, Lithia, Fla., 6-4, 6-2
Carolyn Campana (17), Hillsborough, Calif., def. Sophia Graver, Allenwood, N.J., 6-2, 6-2
Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., def. Sarah Wilcox, Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2, 6-3
Hannah Lairmore (3), Mobile, Ala., def. Peri Sheinin, East Greenwich, R.I., 6-2, 6-3
Jessi Muljat (17), Sacramento, Calif., def. Julia Haynes, San Diego, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Stephanie Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Sasha Cayward, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
Ann Li (17), Devon, Pa., def. Kolie Allen, Lombard, Ill., 6-3, 6-1
Molly Sandberg, Hudson, Ohio, def. Sophia Hatton, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
Taylor Johnson (7), Redondo Beach, Calif., def. Lindsay Song, Birmingham, Ala., 6-3, 6-4
Miranda Deng, North Potomac, Md., def. Kacey Moore, Wellington, Fla., 6-1, 6-3
McCartney Kessler (17,) Calhoun, Ga., def. Shailla Alda, New Braunfels, Texas, 6-0, 6-3
Caroline Dunleavy (12), Darien, Conn., def. Abbie Mulbarger, Woodbridge, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Cassie McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., def. Anshika Singh, Greenwood Village, Colo., 6-2, 6-3
Diana Wong, Hilo, Hawaii, def. Vivian Cheng, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

 

Written by Fred Sidhu

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Saturday’s Results – USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals

 

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 1, 2015) – After receiving first-round byes in Saturday’s first round, all 32 seeds in the Girls’ 16s division of the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18 National Championships will play their opening-round matches on Sunday at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Top-seeded Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va., will face unseeded Jenna Moustafa of Los Angeles in a second-round match.  Second-seeded Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is set to take on Anna Li of Wexford, Pa., in her opening match.

In other second-round action scheduled on Sunday, fourth-seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., will play Valerie Ho of Silver Spring, Md., while San Diego’s Hannah Zhao, the No. 10 seed, goes up against Samantha Gillas of New Braunfels, Texas.

Opening day of the tournament was highlighted by the spirited play of three local players in the first round of the Girls’ 16s division. Cali Jankowski of Carlsbad, Calif., Britt Pursell of Oceanside, Calif., and San Diego’s Julia Haynes all captured first-round victories to advance to Sunday’s second round.

The Girls’ 18s will begin their first round on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. (PDT). All 32 seeds, including top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black, received first-round byes and will play second-round matches on Monday.

For Saturday’s complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and are competing for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s singles final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 and the Girls’ 18s singles championship will be played on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Sunday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, from Sunday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, from Sunday, Aug. 2 through Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and USD, admission is free, but there is a nominal charge for on-campus parking. University parking regulations will be strictly enforced.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit.  Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.
Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Saturday’s Results

Girls’ 16s Singles
First Round
Maeve Koscielski, Indianapolis, def. Anna Smith, Venetia, Pa., 6-2, 6-3
Jenna Moustafa, Los Angeles, def. Trisha Sundaram, Chesterfield, Mo., 6-0, 6-2
Alexandra Belaya, Melbourne, Fla., def. Niluka Madurawe, Sunnyvale, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Tatum Burger, Steamboat Springs, Colo., def. Melisha Dogra, Lake Oswego, Ore., 6-4, 6-4
Sophia Reddy, Eden Prairie, Minn., def. Shelly Yaloz, Little Neck, N.Y., 6-2, 6-1
Kolie Allen, Lombard, Ill., def. Jacquie Tan, Elk Grove, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Alessandra Bianco, Chicago, def. Audrey Boch Collins, Las Vegas, Nev., 6-1, 6-1
Sophia Hatton, Syracuse, N.Y., def. Sarah Adams, New Braunfels, Texas 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
Miranda Deng, North Potomac, Md., def. Danielle Willson, Newport Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Lindsay Song, Birmingham, Ala., def. Marybeth Hurley, Novi, Mich., 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Shailla Alda, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Julia Lilien, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-2, 6-1
Diana Wong, Hilo, Hawaii, def. Stevie Kennedy, Bonita Springs, Fla., 7-5, 6-3
Abbie Mulbarger, Woodbridge, Calif., def. Maya Das, Potomac, Md., 6-2, 6-3
Sophia Graver, Allenwood, N.J., def. Ava Thielman, Shelby Township, Mich., 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Marcella Cruz, Marlboro, N.J., def. Carol Elizabeth Kerman, Atlanta, 6-4, 6-0
Julia Deming, Fallbrook, Calif., def. Lauren Gish, Mooresville, N.C., 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Julia Haynes, San Diego, def. Emily Dunbar, Medina, Ohio, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Cassie McKenzie, La Canada Flintridge, Calif., def. Delaney Nothaft, Tempe, Ariz., 6-3, 6-3
Peri Sheinin, East Greenwich, R.I., def. Paulina Ferrari, San Diego, 6-3, 6-4
Thea Rice, Hot Springs, Ark., def. Maria Santilli, Irwin, Pa., 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2
Samantha Gillas, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Kristina Fernandez, Coral Gables, Fla., 6-0, 6-3
Stephanie Taylor, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Amanda Cyr, Cary, N.C., 6-4, 6-2
Jadie Acidera, Anaheim, Calif., def. Zoey Nelson, Goodyear, Ariz., 6-0, 6-3
Dasha Kourkina, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. Zoe Taylor, Long Grove, Ill, 6-1, 6-3
Jessica Aragon, Plano, Texas, def. Kylie Mullaney, Edina, Minn., 6-1, 6-1
Katreina Corpuz, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, def. Elizabeth Tedford, Dallas, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 (3)
Ivana Corley, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Abigail Markel, Charlotte, N.C., 6-2, 6-1
Anika Yarlagadda, West Bloomfield, Mich., def. Margo Gerke, Leawood, Kan. 6-1, 6-0
Nina Sorkin, Glen Allen, Va., def. Alee Clayton, Huntsville, Ala., 6-2, 7-5
Lea Owens, Olney, Md., def. Emily Kim, Plano, Texas, 6-3, 6-3
Ashley Yeah, Los Gatos, Calif., def. Kaitlin Ruether, Rockledge, Fla., 6-3, 6-1
Anna Li, Wexford, Pa., def. Hermehr Singh, Redlands, Calif., 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Katie LaFrance, Little Rock, Ark., def. Jeryn Jack, Tulsa, Okla., 6-1, 6-1
Mia Rabinowitz, Tenafly, N.J., def. Andjelija Bozovic, Burr Ridge, Ill, 6-2, 6-4
Peyton Lee, Marietta, Ga., def. Natasha Gonzalez, (Houston, 7-6 (2), 6-1
Lahari Yelamanchili, Burr Ridge, Ill, def. Viv Daniel., Seattle, 6-1, 6-0
Alexandra Angyalosy, Boca Raton, Fla., def. Martina Bocchi, Los Angeles, 6-4, 6-1
Kristin Kerrigan, Austin, Texas, def. Tiffany Pyritz, Wake Forest, N.C., 6-1, 6-3
Lilian Burchell, Ruxton, Md., def. Margaret White, Birmingham, Ala., 6-0, 6-1
Chloe Hamlin, Blountville, Tenn., def. Sara Alajbegovic, Las Vegas, 6-0, 6-0
Ana Elhom, Potomac, Md., def. Nathalie Rodilosso, Rye, N.Y., 6-2, 6-3
Jayci Goldsmith, Dripping Springs, Texas, def. Taylor Lau, Honolulu, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Cali Jankowski, Carlsbad, Calif., def. Jessica Tsukiji, San Jose, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Nicole Krykanov, Virginia Beach, Va., def. Katherine Earnhardt, Concord, N.C., 6-3, 6-2
Rena Lin, Northridge, Calif., def. Elvena Gevargiz, Las Vegas, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Hailey Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., def. Sarah Campbell, Sudbury, Mass., 6-4, 6-2
Britt Pursell, Oceanside, Calif., def. Lauren Gillinov, Moreland Hills, Ohio, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
Valerie Ho, Silver Spring, Md., def. Jordyn King, Norristown, Pa., 6-2, 6-4
Alyssa Hahn, Richmond, Va., def. Amber Shen, Broomfield, Colo., 6-3, 6-0
Danielle Quevedo, Tyler, Texas, def. Julia Newman, Natick, Mass., 6-3, 6-3
Mira Gladstone, Port Orange, Fla., def. Jamie Schroer, Tucson, Ariz., 6-3, 6-3
Sara Choy, Palo Alto, Calif., def. Hanna Giddings, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 6-3
Jessica Anzo, Temecula, Calif., def. Adrienne Haynes, Asheville, N.C., 6-1, 6-1
Caroline Pozo, Wildwood, Mo., def. Lizzie Baker, Washington, D.C. 6-2, 6-4
Cheyenne Lilienthal, Land O Lakes, Fla., def. Danielle Burich, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-0, 6-2
Luba Vasilyuk, Frisco, Texas, def. Sabrina Ramras, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-3, 6-4
Shuchen Lin, Irvine, Calif., def. Tina Li, Wexford, Pa., 6-4, 6-0
Ashley Lessen, Old Westbury, N.Y., def. Nicole Roc, Chicago, 7-5, 7-5
Rylee Braeden, Houston, def. Isabella Lambert, Wayzata, Minn., 6-4, 6-1
Ellis Brown, Greensboro, N.C., def. Katherine Nguyen, Fountain Valley, Calif., 7-6 (3), 6-2
Emilee Duong, Placentia, Calif., def. Christina Sisti, Mount Vernon, N.Y., 6-2, 6-2
Anya Lamoreaux, Mesa, Ariz., def. Eren Sagun, Urbandale, Iowa, 6-2, 6-0
Callie Creath, Austin, Texas, def. Jasmine Rich, Salt Lake City, Utah, 6-3, 6-2
Loren Haukova, Elmsford, N.Y., def. Alexa Meyer, San Diego, 6-0, 6-1

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061

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Tornado Black Named Girls’ 18s Top Seed at USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals

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San Diego, Calif. – (July 30, 2015) – Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., has been named the Girls’ 18s singles top-seed in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s Nationals, which will be played Aug. 1-9, at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92107.

Black is currently ranked No. 456 in the Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings. Last month at Wimbledon, the 17-year-old reached the quarterfinals in the Girls’ Singles competition. In last year’s 18s Nationals, Black advanced to the singles final, where she fell to Catherine Bellis.

The top singles seed in the Girls’ 16s division is Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va. Among her results in Girls’ 16s singles competition this year, the 13-year-old Subhash captured the USTA International Spring Championships and reached the finals of the Easter Bowl and the USTA National Clay Court Championships.

Two local competitors are among seeded players in the Girls’ 16s division. Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., is seeded fourth and San Diego’s Hannah Zhao is seeded No. 11.

For the full list of all 32 seeded players in each division as well as complete draws, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=154061.

“Our tournament field is set and it’s going to be an exciting nine days of great national junior tennis action,” said Co-Tournament Director Ellen Ehlers. “The tennis competition is going to be at a very high level and we invite the public to come and enjoy the matches.”

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Barnes Tennis Center. The guest speaker will be Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA.

Live audio play-by-play of the final two days of the tournament will be available on RadioTennis.com. The broadcast will include coverage of the Girls’ 16s singles final on Saturday, Aug. 8 and Girls’ 18s singles final on Sunday, Aug. 9. Ken Thomas of RadioTennis.com will provide the commentary.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well  as a Wild Card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a Wild Card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday, Aug. 8. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 2 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 9. Both divisions will feature 192-player singles draws and doubles draws with 96 teams.

Starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Saturday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. – Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8
9:30 a.m. –  Sunday, Aug. 9
(All times are PDT)

Early-round matches will also be played at secondary sites at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115, from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Tuesday, Aug. 4 and University of San Diego’s Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, from Sunday, Aug. 2 through Wednesday, Aug. 5.

By Fred Sidhu

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Genesen, Chen Win USTA Winter National Championships and Earn Wild Cards into Future USTA Pro Circuit Events

(January 6, 2015) The USTA announced on Tuesday that top young juniors William Genesen (17, Tulsa, Okla.) and Kelly Chen (15, Cerritos, Calif.) won the USTA Winter National Championships Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles titles last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., each earning wild card entries into future USTA Pro Circuit events.

 

Eighth-seeded Genesen, rated as a Top-20 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TennisRecruiting.net, defeated unseeded Alafia Ayeni (15, San Diego), 6-4, 6-1, to win the Boys’ 18s title. No. 2-seeded Chen, who won a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 women’s event in 2014, becoming the youngest USTA Pro Circuit women’s champion in 10 years, beat No. 10 Mia Horvit (17, Palm City, Fla.), 6-3, 7-6(3).

 

The Winter National Championships consisted of 128 singles players / 64 doubles teams in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions. They were played on outdoor hard courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park (18s and 16s) and the Jim Refkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. (14s and 12s).

 

JJ Wolf (Cincinnati) and Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, Okla.) took the Boys’ and Girls’ 16s singles titles. No. 2-seeded Wolf defeated No. 3 Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wisc.), 7-6(1), 6-2, while Coppoc beat Chiara Lommer (Skokie, Ill.), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

 

Govind Nanda (Redlands, Calif.) and Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the Boys’ and Girls’ 14s singles titles. Nanda defeated Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio), who also won the Boys’ 14s doubles title, with Kevin Zhu (Pearland, Texas), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, while Jankowski overcame Sara Choy (San Francisco), 6-4, 6-4.

 

Niroop Vallabhaneni (Scottsdale, Ariz.) beat Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-1, 6-4, to take home the Boys’ 12s singles crown, while Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) won the Girls’ 12s title by defeating Mae Canete (Los Angeles), 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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