(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.