Konjuh and Djere Take Orange Bowl 18s Singles Titles

PLANTATION, Fla., Dec. 9, 2012 – After opening so many eyes in America, Ana Konjuh will return to her home in Croatia and finally close hers.


The 14-year old Konjuh defeated the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova, 6-3, 6-2, Sunday to capture the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Girls 18s singles title at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center.


Konjuh’s victory on the clay courts comes a week after she won the Girls 18s singles title at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. She joins American Lauren Davis (2010) as the only two girls to win both titles in the same year.


After a whirlwind two weeks in which Konjuh, the No. 7 seed, swatted and sliced her way to 12 straight singles victories, she said the first thing she’ll do upon returning to her home in the Croatian capital of Zagreb is, well, sleep.


“Sure, I have a lot of confidence, but I’m also tired. I have to relax a bit right now,” said Konjuh, the youngest Orange Bowl Girls 18s champion since 14-year old Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in 2007. “I played a lot of matches. I got tired a bit. Now I’m just going to go home, spend time with my family, practice and prepare for (the) Australian Open.”


Siniakova, meanwhile, will end the year at No. 2 in the ITF World Junior rankings after falling to Konjuh in the Eddie Herr semifinals and Sunday’s Orange Bowl final, when Konjuh, who turns 15 on Dec. 27, made a change in match strategy.


“I wanted to play different, but she also played different. She played a little more slice, so I couldn’t make something with that,” said Siniakova, the No. 2 seed. “We know each other, so, it was a little bit different than the last match.”


Serbia’s Laslo Djere also produced a similar result against a familiar opponent in the Orange Bowl Boys 18s singles final, taking down No. 12 Elias Ymer of Sweden, 6-4, 6-4. The two also met in the Eddie Herr semifinals, with Djere beating Ymer before falling in the Boys 18s title match.


“I finally managed to finish this match in the second set, unlike the week before,” the 17-year old Djere said. “It would be a bad feeling to lose two finals, so I gave my best to win this final, and it’s a great result. I’m very happy.”


Leading 5-4 in both the first and second set, the 10th-seeded Djere broke the 12th-seeded Ymer each time, closing out the match when Ymer sailed a forehand long on double match point.


“His down-the-line backhand was really good. He was stronger than me mentally,” Ymer, 16, said. “I don’t know. I couldn’t serve it out, 5-4, both sets. I think he played smarter than me.”


In the Girls 18s doubles final, Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Gabby Andrews (Pomona, Calif.) defeated Mexico’s Victoria Rodriguez and Marcela Zacarias, 6-4, 7-5. The title caps a year in which Townsend and Andrews also won doubles titles at the US Open and Australian Open.


“It means everything,” Andrews said. “Playing doubles with Taylor means a lot, because I know she’s not going to be playing a lot of juniors next year. Hopefully I’ll play some of the tournaments she’s going to play next year. But yeah, it’s amazing.”


The 16-year old Townsend will end 2012 as the International Tennis Federation’s No. 1-ranked junior girl in the world, the first American girl to do so since 1982, and will turn pro beginning in 2013. She left what was likely her final junior event carrying the signature bowl of oranges awarded to Orange Bowl champions.


“I’ve played Orange Bowl like four times, and I’ve never gotten a bowl of oranges,” Townsend said. “So, I’m happy.”


In the Boys 18s doubles final, Chile’s Christian Garin and Nicolas Jarry (Key Biscayne, Fla.) defeated Lithuania’s Lukas Mugevicius and Russia’s Alexander Vasilenko, 6-2, 7-6(3).


“Amazing,” Jarry said. “We haven’t lost a match playing – us two (together) – three tournaments in a row, so – very happy end to the season.”


The doubles title for Garin, of course, follows his Boys 18s singles title at Eddie Herr a week ago.


“This tournament, I felt so tired at first. The first matches were a little tough,” Garin said. “The last three weeks were really good. This tournament was so important for me. For next year, I will try to play better here and try to play the (singles) final. I hope to be back here.”

For final draws, visit http://orangebowltennis.org. Sunday’s complete results are listed below.


Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships


Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.










(10) Laslo Djere, SRB d. (12) Elias Ymer, SWE, 6-4, 6-4




(7) Ana Konjuh, CRO d. (2) Katerina Siniakova, CZE, 6-3, 6-2








Christian Garin, CHI/Nicolas Jarry, USA d. Lukas Mugevicius, LTU/Alexander Vasilenko, RUS, 6-2, 7-6(3)




Gabrielle Andrews/Taylor Townsend, USA d. (8) Victoria Rodriguez/Marcela Zacarias, MEX, 6-4, 7-5

Photos courtesy of the USTA


Taylor Townsend Clinches Year-End No. 1 Junior Ranking at Orange Bowl

PLANTATION, Fla., Dec. 7, 2012 – One top seed stumbled at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on Friday. Another found its footing on top of the world.


While 10th-seeded Laslo Djere of Serbia took down No. 1 Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-1, in the Orange Bowl Boys 18s draw quarterfinals at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), the top seed in the Girls 18s draw, grinded out a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(2) victory over No. 5 Carol Zhao of Canada.


With Townsend’s singles victory, and the doubles win of Great Britain’s Katy Dunne and Christina Makarova (San Diego) over Austria’s Barbara Haas and the Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova, the 16-year old Townsend solidified her year-end ITF No. 1 junior ranking, becoming the first American girl to hold that position since Gretchen Rush in 1982.


Only Siniakova, the current world No. 3, could have caught Townsend in the year-end rankings, by winning the singles and doubles titles.


“When I step out onto the court, I really just play tennis,” said Townsend, who will turn pro beginning in 2013. “I mean, if I just play well and do what I know I can do, everything else will take care of itself.”


Meanwhile, Djere moves on to the boys 18s semifinals, where he’ll meet No. 9 seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), who had little trouble with 6-foot-5 Deiton Baughman (Carson, Calif.) in Friday’s quarterfinals, seemingly breezing to a 6-2, 6-2 win.


“For sure, he’s got a great serve, and normally my game is to hit high and heavy and get the ball above the guy’s shoulders. But when the guy’s 6-5, his shoulders are a little bit higher than the rest of the people I’m playing,” Kwiatkowski said. “So, I had to figure out what to do, and I think before the match I had a good strategy with my coach, and I feel like that went pretty well.”


An American each advanced to Saturday’s Boys and Girls 16s finals. No. 12 seed Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla.) defeated Sameer Kumar (Carmel, Ind.), 6-0, 6-7, 6-2 in the semifinals, and Chloe Michele Ouellet-Pizer (Chapel Hill, N.C.) took down Germany’s Lisa Ponomar, 7-6(6), 7-5.


“I think this whole tournament I’ve competed really well. My second round, I was down, 5-4, and 30-all in the third set, so I was two points from losing. I just think I’ve played really clutch this tournament. I think on big points, before this, I’ve been rushing too much, so I’ve been trying to keep it longer on big points and not rush it,” Ouellet-Pizer said. “I can’t believe I’m in the finals. Either way, it’s a win-win, so I’m just going to play with no pressure and just see what happens.”


One of Paul’s coaches, meanwhile, is Timothy Neilly, the last American to win the Orange Bowl Boys 18s title, in 2004, who gave his student specific, if simple, advice.


“He just said, ‘Work the forehand cross-court,’” Paul said.


In doubles play, No. 7 Lamar Remy (Roslyn, N.Y.) and Alejandro Tabilo of Canada defeated Sumit Nagal of India and Dennis Uspensky (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.), 6-3, 6-3, for the Boys 16s title, while No. 2 Ponomar and Johnnise Renaud (North Miami, Fla.) defeated No. 6 Gloria Liang and Marie-Alexandre Leduc of Canada, 6-0, 6-1, for the Girls 16s title.


For updated draws and each day’s order of play, visit http://orangebowltennis.org.

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships


Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.










(10) Laslo Djere, SRB d. (1) Gianluigi Quinzi, ITA, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-1

(12) Elias Ymer, SWE d. (2) Frederico Ferreira Silva, POR, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1

(9) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, USA d. Deiton Baughman, USA, 6-2, 6-2

(8) Filippo Baldi, ITA d. (3) Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4






(4) Andrey Rublev, RUS d. (14) Dennis Uspensky, USA, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

(12) Tommy Paul, USA d. Sameer Kumar, USA, 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-2








(1) Taylor Townsend, USA d. (5) Carol Zhao, CAN, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(2)

(2) Katerina Siniakova, CZE d. Chalena Scholl, USA, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

(7) Ana Konjuh, CRO d. (4) Belinda Bencic, SUI, 6-4, 6-2

(6) Marcela Zacarias, MEX d. Natalia Vajdova, SVK, 6-3, 6-4






(8) Gloria Liang, CAN d. (5) Usue Maitane Arconada, USA, 6-2, 6-3

(16) Chloe Michele Ouellet-Pizer, USA d. Lisa Ponomar, GER, 7-6(6), 7-5










(1) Gianluigi Quinzi, Filippo Baldi, ITA d. (8) Anton Desyatnik/Aleksandr Ivanovich Spirin, RUS, 6-3, 2-6 (10-5)

Christian Garin, CHI/Nicolas Jarry, USA d. Skander Mansouri, TUN/Mazen Osama, EGY, 6-4, 6-4

Lukas Mugevicius, LTU/Alexander Vasilenko, RUS d. Deiton Baughman/Ronnie Schneider, USA, 3-6, 6-2 (10-6)

(2) Borna Coric, CRO/Elias Ymer, SWE d. Lucas Miedler, AUT d. Dominic Weidinger, AUT, 6-4, 6-3






(7) Lamar Remy, USA/Alejandro Tabilo, CAN d. (1) Sumit Nagal, IND/Dennis Uspensky, USA, 6-3, 6-3








Jennifer Brady/Jamie Loeb, USA d. Klaartje Liebens/Michelle Werbrouck, BEL, walkover

Katy Dunne, GBR/Christina Makarova, USA d. (4) Barbara Haas, AUT/Katerina Siniakova, CZE, 7-5, 1-6 (10-7)

Gabrielle Andrews/Taylor Townsend, USA d. Rebecca Peterson, SWE/Aldila Sutjiadi, INA, 6-2, 3-6 (11-9)

(8) Victoria Rodriguez/Marcela Zacarias, MEX d. Brooke Austin/Rasheeda McAdoo, USA, 6-4, 6-1






(2) Lisa Ponomar, GER/Johnnise Renaud, USA d. (6) Marie-Alexandre Leduc/Gloria Liang, CAN, 6-0, 6-1


Townsend photo courtesy of the USTA


No. 1 Junior Taylor Townsend Leads American Entires for Orange Bowl

From the USTA: (November 27, 2012) The USTA  announced on Wednesday that Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), the No. 1 junior girl in the world, will compete among many of the world’s top junior tennis players in the 66th Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, beginning Monday, December 3, at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla. Townsend was awarded a wild card entry.


The Orange Bowl, the longest-running and largest junior tennis tournament in the world, will be held on clay, the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998, for the second straight year. The Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. Eleven of the world’s Top 20 girls and four of the world’s Top 20 boys are on this year’s 18-and-under acceptance lists.


“The Orange Bowl is one of the world’s marquee junior tournaments, and we’re once again excited to see many of the best junior tennis players in the world compete against one another right here in the United States,” said tournament director Lew Brewer, the USTA Player Development Director, Junior Competition.


Headlining the girls’ 18s field is the 16-year old Townsend, who in 2012 won the Australian Open junior singles title, junior doubles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and led the United States to the Junior Fed Cup championship. Also competing are No. 3 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, No. 6 Francoise Abanda of Canada, the 2012 Pan American champion and Wimbledon junior semifinalist, and No. 8 Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia.


The American contingent also includes 2011 Orange Bowl semifinalist Sachia Vickery (Hollywood, Fla.), 2012 International Spring Championship finalist Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and 2012 International Spring Championship winner Allie Kiick (Plantation, Fla.), the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.


The Boys’ 18s field is led by No. 3 Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy, a 2012 Wimbledon junior semifinalist, as well as Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal, a 2012 European Junior Championship finalist, and Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, a 2012 US Open junior semifinalist.


Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) leads the Americans in the Orange Bowl boys’ field, having won the title at the Pan American ITF Championships and competed on the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team in Spain this fall. Also included are Mackenzie McDonald (Berkeley, Calif.), the 2012 Easter Bowl champion and Australian Open junior semifinalist, and Spencer Papa (Edmond, Okla.), who has captured titles on clay in 2012 at the Banana Bowl in Brazil and Copa Milo in Chile.


The qualifying draw begins on Friday, November 30. The Orange Bowl returned to clay in 2011 for the first time since 1998, when it moved from the clay courts at Flamingo Park in Miami Beach to the hard courts of its previous location at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne.


Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game. Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 26 different nations. A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.


Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1986), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Nicole Vaidisova (2003) all won the event on hard courts.


For more information on the 2012 Orange Bowl, visit www.orangebowltennis.org.


U.S. Girls’ 18s – Main Draw

Taylor TOWNSEND, Stockbridge, Ga.

Sachia VICKERY, Hollywood, Fla.

Chalena SCHOLL, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Christina MAKAROVA, San Diego

Alexandra KIICK, Plantation, Fla.

Jennifer BRADY, Boca Raton, Fla.

Gabrielle ANDREWS, Pomona, Calif.

Jamie LOEB, Ossining, N.Y.

Alicia BLACK, Boca Raton, Fla.

Katrine Isabel STEFFENSEN, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Rasheeda MCADOO, Boca Raton, Fla.

Caroline DOYLE, San Francisco


U.S. Girls’ 18s – Qualifying Draw

Denise STARR, Staten Island, N.Y.

Dasha IVANOVA, Beaverton, Ore.

Louisa CHIRICO, Harrison, N.Y.

Camila FUENTES, El Paso, Texas

Alexandra MOROZOVA, Sunny Isles, Fla.

Maria SHISHKINA, Bradenton, Fla.

Nicole FRENKEL, Winchester, Mass.

Brooke AUSTIN, Indianapolis, Ind.

Rianna VALDES, Boca Raton, Fla.


Peggy PORTER, Dallas

Alexandra BOURGUIGNON, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Erin FAULKNER, Raleigh, N.C.


U.S. Boys’ 18s – Main Draw

Noah RUBIN, Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Mackenzie MCDONALD, Berkeley, Calif.

Spencer PAPA, Edmond, Okla.

Thai-Son KWIATKOWSKI, Charlotte, N.C.

Martin REDLICKI, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

Luca CORINTELI, Alexandra, Va.

Jared DONALDSON, Chepachet, R.I.


U.S. Boys’ 18s – Qualifying Draw

Daniel KERZNERMAN, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Michael MMOH, Temple Hills, Md.

Nicolas JARRY, Key Biscayne, Fla.

Farzin Danny AMIRI, Union City, Calif.

Drew HALBAUER, Boca Raton, Fla.

Justin BUTSCH, Bradenton, Fla.

Henry CRAIG, Murrieta, Calif.

Ronnie SCHNEIDER, Bloomington, Ind.

Dylan NUNEZ, Boca Raton, Fla.

Javier RESTREPO, Miami


Nicholas C. CRYSTAL, Waccabuc, N.Y.

Ciro RICCIARDI, Los Angeles

Grant SOLOMON, Dallas

William ALBANESE, Parkland, Fla.

A.J. CATANZARITI, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Deiton BAUGHMAN, Carson, Calif.

Christian LANGMO, Boca Raton, Fla.





U.S. Girls 16s – Main Draw

Ellie HALBAUER, Boca Raton, Fla.

Madison BOURGUIGNON, Boynton Beach, Fla.

Johnnise RENAUD, North Miami, Fla.

Usue ARCONADA, Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico

Kaitlyn MCCARTHY, Cary, N.C.

Marie NORRIS, Burdett, Kan.

Jessica HO, Wexford, Pa.


Ines VIAS, Germantown, Md.

Maddie POTHOFF, Tucson, Ariz.

Lauren PROCTOR, Tega Cay, S.C.

Ellyse HAMLIN, Fairfield, Conn.

Mira RUDER-HOOK, Denver

Jessica GOLOVIN, New York, N.Y.

Ndindi NDUNDA, Burke, Va.

Olivia SNEED, Prairie Village, Kan.

Michaela GORDON, Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Amber PARK, La Canada, Calif.

Hadley BERG, Greenbrae, Calif.

Sophie CHANG, Havre de Grace, Md.

Caroline TURNER, Dallas

Maria SMITH, Houston

Mary HAFFEY, Naples, Fla.

Gabrielle SMITH, Henderson, Nev.

Camila WESBROOKS, McKinney, Texas

Andie DANIELL, Douglasville, Ga.


U.S. Boys 16s – Main Draw

Henrik WIERSHOLM, Kirkland, Wash.

Jordi ARCONADA, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dennis USPENSKY, Atlantic Beach, N.Y.

Tommy PAUL, Coconut Creek, Fla.

Francis TIAFOE, College Park, Md.

Tohiki MATSUYA, Redmond, Wash.

Alex RYBAKOV, Coral Springs, Fla.

Alexandru GOZUN, Sarasota, Fla.

Sameer KUMAR, Carmel, Ind.

Nathan PONWITH, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jess JONES, Warner Robins, Ga.

Kyle SEELIG, Hatfield, Pa.

Josh SILVERSTEIN, Great Neck, N.Y.

Yancy DENNIS, Reisterstown, Md.

Eduardo NAVA, Woodland Hills, Calif.

Catalin MATEAS, Braintree, Mass.

Chase COLTON, Davie, Fla.

Martin JOYCE, Hinsdale, Ill.

Cameron KLINGER, San Jose, Calif.

Tate ALLWARDT, Boca Raton, Fla.

William BLUMBERG, Greenwich, Conn.

Stephen MADONIA, Lakeland, Fla.

Alex KNIGHT, Miami Shores, Fla.

Mwendwa MBITHI, Succasunna, N.J.

Logan SMITH, Carlsbad, Calif.

Alfredo PEREZ, Coral Gables, Fla.

Lamar REMY, Roslyn, N.Y.

Aron PIERCE, Houston

Jake STEFANIK, Coral Springs, Fla.

*An additional 38 American girls and 55 American boys will compete in 16s qualifying.


Kontaveit, Thiem Win Orange Bowl Titles

Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts during the boys junior’s final against Bjorn Fratangelo of the U.S. at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 5, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

After a week of thrilling competition, the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships boys’ and girls’ 18s singles finals were expected to feature tight, competitive matches involving two pairs of highly-seeded players. Both matches were repeats from last week’s Eddie Herr, and the players knew each other well. But neither their opponents nor multiple rain delays could stop Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit and Austria’s Dominic Thiem from respectively roaring their ways to the most prestigious junior titles of their careers at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.

After reaching the final on Saturday, the fifth-seeded Kontaveit spoke openly about wanting to garner some revenge on No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva, to whom Kontaveit lost 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals of last week’s Eddie Herr, a tournament which Putintseva ultimately won. She did exactly that on Sunday, coming out firing on all cylinders and banging out numerous winners from her forehand side, which clearly frustrated the fiery and vocal Putintseva.

But the rains came at 1-all in the second set, leading to a 90-minute delay which gave Putintseva time for rest and rejuvenation while stunting Kontaveit’s momentum. Upon returning to the court, Kontaveit double faulted twice and got broken to go down 1-2. From there, however, Kontaveit regained her form, immediately broke back, and then ripped off four straight games to take the match and the title, 6-2, 6-2. With the win, Kontaveit becomes the first Estonian to win an Orange Bowl title.

“I was much more aggressive and played really well today,” she said. “I really did attack every ball, and I think that’s what brought me success today. It’s so exciting to win this title, both for myself and for Estonia!”

Like Kontaveit and Putintseva, Austrians Dominic Thiem and Patrick Ofner were also facing off for the second consecutive week. Thiem dominated his countryman in the Eddie Herr final, winning 6-1, 6-0. But unlike Kontaveit, who was able to turn the tables from last week, the seventh-seeded Ofner remained unable to do anything against the more powerful Thiem on Sunday, as Thiem won again by the same 6-1, 6-0, score.

The boys’ final was likewise interrupted by rain in the first game of the second set, but the 40-minute delay did nothing to help Ofner, who was completely overmatched throughout. The win gave Thiem his 18th consecutive victory on the ITF World Junior Circuit, and his third consecutive title including the Yucatan Cup and last week’s Eddie Herr. But this was by far the biggest win of Thiem’s junior career, and came in his last junior event.

“I played very aggressively and made very few mistakes today, and that was the key,” Thiem said. “Everyone who plays tennis knows the Orange Bowl, and to win it is definitely big for my career.”

Thiem was attempting to capture both the singles and doubles titles on Sunday, but his attempt was thwarted by the British pairing of Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert, as the Brits defeated Thiem and Robin Kern of Germany 6-4, 6-3.

In the girls’ doubles final, Americans Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton, Fla., and Kendal Woodard of Stockbridge, Ga., were attempting to capture a lone title for the host country, but ultimately lost to the No. 2 seeded team of Russia’s Victoria Kan and Ganna Poznikhirenko of the Ukraine, 6-3, 7-6(3).

by Andrew Labovitz

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Girls 18s Singles – Final

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. (2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS), 6-2, 6-2

Boys’ 18s Singles – Final

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. (7) Patrick Ofner (AUT), 6-1, 6-0

Girls’ 18s Doubles – Final

(2) Victoria Kan (RUS) and Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR) def. Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Kendal Woodard (Stockbridge, Ga.), 6-3, 7-6(3)

Boys’ 18s Doubles – Final

(4) Liam Broady (GBR) and Joshua Ward-Hibbert (GBR) def. (1) Robin Kern (GER) and Dominic Thiem (AUT), 6-4, 6-3


Day 6 at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

Erin Routliffe of Canada and Hyeon Chung of South Korea made history at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on Saturday, becoming the first players from their respective countries to capture 16s singles at the prestigious tournament.  Moreover, the boys’ and girls’ 18s finals were set, and Sunday’s matches at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., will feature a pair of rematches from last week’s Eddie Herr.


Routliffe, a 6’2 native of Toronto, was seeking the biggest title of her career as she took to the court in the girls’ 16s final against Great Britain’s Katie Boulter, who was likewise seeking the first Orange Bowl girls’ singles title of any kind for her country.  Routliffe, who had already defeated the No. 1 seed earlier in the tournament, utilized a strong serve and solid forehand to defeat the second-seeded Boulter 6-4, 6-3, to secure the glass bowl of oranges given to the tournament champions.


“My focus this week has been great,” said Routliffe, who has just in the past month started training at Canada’s National Training Center.  “But this week I’ve been focusing on each and every point, and I think that’s made the biggest difference.  I knew that if I played my best I could win the whole thing, and I think I played pretty well!”


The boys’ 16s final likewise pitted two players looking to capture the first-ever Orange Bowl titles for their countries.  Adding to the drama was the fact that both Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Diego Pedraza of Colombia train together at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla.  After Pedraza jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, Chung battled back to force a tiebreak, but Pedraza was the stronger player and took the first set.  From there, however, Chung took control of the match, winning the second two sets handily and taking the title 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1.


“It feels great to win,” Chung offered, through his interpreter.  “Because I know Diego so well, there wasn’t any pressure.  It felt like any other match.”


The girls’ 18s semifinals featured two matches that had decidedly different outcomes, but the end result is a rematch of last week’s Eddie Herr quarterfinal.  On one court, No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Russia took on American wild card Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla.  Both players were very vocal throughout the match, and in the first set, it seemed as if both were more interested in finding out who could shout the loudest after winning a point than focusing on the tennis being played.  After Putintseva took the first set 7-5, Vickery stormed back to a 5-1 lead in the second set.  Vickery earned set points in a number of different games, but each time the more consistent Putintseva fought back as she won six straight games to take the match, 7-5, 7-5, and reach her first Orange Bowl final.


“When I went down 5-1, I told myself to play just like it was any other practice session, and I was able to fight back,” said Putintseva, the reigning Eddie Herr champion.  “It feels great to be in the Orange Bowl final; I’ve played this tournament so many times and have never reached the final, so I really hope I can keep this going for one more day!”


In tomorrow’s final, Putintseva will face No. 5 seed Anna Kontaveit of Estonia, whom Putintseva beat 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, in the Eddie Herr quarterfinals last week.  After a very topsy-turvy match, Kontaveit advanced on Saturday when top seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada retired due to a stomach injury in the third set with Kontaveit leading 0-6, 6-4, 4-2.  Bouchard tried valiantly to end the match in the second set, despite losing the first five games.  She won four straight to work her way back into the set, but Kontaveit was able to convert on her first set point and force a third.


“I couldn’t find my game at all in the first set, but really started playing better in the second set,” Kontaveit said.  “I couldn’t tell she was hurt and was really shocked when she retired at the end there.”


Asked about her ensuing rematch with Putintseva, Kontaveit replied, “I lost a tough match to her last week, so I’m really excited about getting the chance for revenge.”


Revenge could also be in order in the boys’ 18s final, which will pit Austrian compatriots Dominic Thiem against Patrick Ofner, who similarly met in last week’s Eddie Herr final.  On Saturday, the seventh-seeded Ofner needed every bit of grit and determination to eke out a tough three-set victory over Canada’s Filip Peliwo 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).  Peliwo served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but Ofner earned the break, forced the tiebreak and took control from there.


“It was a very tough, close match, and I’m very happy to have won,” he said.  “I was a little bit tired in the first set, but I kept fighting until the end.  I’m very happy that the Orange Bowl is now on clay, which is my favorite surface, and I’m happy to be in the final!”


The top-seeded Thiem had a bit of an easier time, and won his 17th consecutive ITF World Junior Circuit match by brilliantly working the ball around the court to defeat No. 12 seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, 7-6(3), 6-3.  Thiem has dropped just one set through his five matches thus far, and though he claims he’s a bit tired, shows no visible signs of fatigue.


“It’s getting really tough, but winning the Orange Bowl has always been a big goal of mine, and that’s keeping me going,” Thiem said.  “I knew it would be a tough match, but I think my self-confidence and the fact that I’ve won so many tournaments recently really helped me pull through today.”


On Sunday, Thiem will have the chance to pull off the rare double dip, as he’s reached the doubles final as well with partner Robin Kern of Germany.  The No. 1 seeds will face the No. 4 seeded team from Great Britain, Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert.


The girls’ 18s doubles final will feature the No. 2 seeds, Victoria Kan of Russia and Ganna Poznikhirenko of Ukraine, as they face the last remaining hopes for the U.S., in Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton, Fla., and Kendal Woodard of Stockbridge, Ga.


By Andrew Labovitz


Finals Sunday will start at 10 a.m.


Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Girls 18s Singles – Semifinals

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. (1) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN), 0-6, 6-4, 4-2, Ret.

(2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) def. (WC) Sachia Vickery (Miramar, Fla.), 7-5, 7-5


Boys’ 18s Singles – Semifinals

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. (12) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN), 7-6(3), 6-3

(7) Patrick Ofner (AUT) def. Filip Peliwo (CAN), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(5)


Girls’ 16s Singles – Final

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. (2) Katie Boulter (GBR), 6-4, 6-3


Boys’ 16s Singles – Final

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. (12) Diego Pedraza (COL), 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1


Girls’ 18s Doubles – Semifinals

Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Kendal Woodard (Stockbridge, Ga.) def. (6) Alexandra Kiick (Plantation, Fla.) and Carol Zhao (CAN), 6-4, 3-6, [18-16]

(2) Victoria Kan (RUS) and Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR) def. (8) Diana Bogoliy (RUS) and Christina Makarova (San Diego), 7-5, 6-4


Boys’ 16s Doubles – Semifinals

(1) Robin Kern (GER) and Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. Jannis Kahlke (GER) and Joseph Van Dooren (BEL), 7-6(5), 6-2

(4) Liam Broady (GBR) and Joshua Ward-Hibbert (GBR) def. (5) Julien Cagnina (BEL) and Jeroen Vanneste (BEL), 6-1, 6-2




Day 5 at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships


The skies unleashed heavy rains at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships for the first time in 2011, suspending play on Friday until approximately 4:45 p.m. But as the rain cleared and night fell over the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., drama not yet seen at this year’s tournament unfolded before the eyes of the dedicated fans in attendance. When the dust settled, only one American was left standing in the girls’ 18s draw, the 16s singles finals were set, and two 16s doubles champions were crowned.

Much of the drama centered on the final two Americans remaining in the girls’ 18s draws: Floridians Sachia Vickery of Miramar and Samantha Crawford of Tamarac. Playing on adjacent courts, both Vickery and Crawford lost their first sets to Russian opponents Varvara Flink and Yulia Putintseva, respectively. And each American stormed back to take the second set and force decisive third sets. But that’s where the paths diverged for the two compatriots.

Vickery served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but at 15-30 she vehemently disagreed with an umpire’s out call and subsequent confirmation of the ball mark. She proceeded to berate the official and was given a point penalty, as she’d already received a warning for muttering an audible obscenity earlier in the third set. Thus Flink was awarded the break to even the match at 5-all. Vickery immediately broke back and served for the match for a second time, but once again she was turned back by Flink, and the players headed to a third-set tiebreak. From there, however, Vickery raced out to an early lead, and at 6-4 in the breaker she converted on her first match point to claim a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), victory.

“After I dropped the first set, just like yesterday, I said to myself, ‘I’m not losing this match,’” Vickery said. “Even though I served for the match twice, I needed to just put it in the back of my mind, knowing that I couldn’t carry it on or I’d lose the breaker too.”

This marks Vickery’s first-ever semifinal in an ITF World Junior Circuit Grade A event, which will vastly improve her junior ranking as she attempts to achieve her goal of playing the Grand Slam junior events next year. But first, she’ll play the second-seeded Putintseva, who after dropping the second set to Crawford flashed great speed and incredible defense to take the third set and the match 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. The imposing Crawford controlled the match from the get-go, as almost every point ended with either a winner or an error from her racquet. But the errors were too many on this day, and she struggled with her first serve, helping Putintseva claim the victory.

The other girls’ semifinal will feature top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who continued her strong play this week as she posted a fairly routine 6-3, 6-2, victory over No. 7 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia. On Saturday, Bouchard will face No. 5 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who squeezed out a three-set win over No. 3 seed Indy De Vroome of the Netherlands, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3.

There was actually very little drama in the boys’ 18s quarterfinals, as all four victors won in dominant fashion. Latvian twin qualifiers Janis and Martins Podzus, who had hoped to meet in Sunday’s final, were both unable to advance on Friday. Janis was powerless against No. 7 seed Patrick Ofner of Austria, who continued his fine play that saw him reach the Eddie Herr final last week and won today 6-2, 6-0. Meanwhile, Martins lost to No. 12 seed Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1, 7-5. Nishioka will have a tough test on Saturday, as he’ll face top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, who won his 16th consecutive ITF World Junior Circuit match on Friday, destroying No. 10 seed Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium 6-1, 6-1. In order to force a rematch of last week’s Eddie Herr final, Ofner will need to beat Canadian Filip Peliwo, who recorded the draw’s only upset, taking down No. 6 seed Julien Cagnina of Belgium 6-1, 6-4.

Three Canadians went into Friday’s 16s semifinals looking to make history, as no Canadian has ever won a 16s title at the Orange Bowl (Carling Bassett won the girls’ 18s title in 1982). But both No. 4 seed Hugo Di Feo and No. 5 seed Brayden Shnur were denied their chance to reach Saturday’s boys’ final in tough three-set matches. Di Feo was beaten by No. 12 seed Diego Pedraza of Colombia 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, while Schnur lost to unseeded Hyeon Chung of South Korea 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4. Both Pedraza and Chung will be seeking the first-ever Orange Bowl singles titles of any kind for their respective countries.

Canada still has hope to capture its first 16s singles title, however, in the form of girls’ No. 13 seed Erin Routliffe, who looked very confident in the day’s opening match, defeating No. 14 seed Rasheeda McAdoo of Palmetto Bay, Fla., 6-2, 6-3. Routliffe will face No. 2 seed Katie Boulter of Great Britain in Saturday’s final, who will be seeking the first-ever Orange Bowl title for a British girl after defeating Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas, 7-6(4), 6-3. The wins by Routliffe and Boulter mean a non-American will capture the girls’ 16s title for the first time since 2005.

Routliffe scored a second victory on Friday as well, as she and Canadian partner Charlotte Petrick won the girls’ 16s doubles title, defeating Californians Hadley Berg and Mary Closs 6-4, 6-3. In the boys’ 16s doubles final, Brazilians Lucas Guitarrari and Marcelo Tebet Filho upset the No. 3 seeded team of Great Britain’s Alexander Sendegeya and Franz Sydow of the Netherlands 7-5, 7-5.

On Saturday, the girls’ 16s singles final will get underway at 11 a.m., along with the two boys’ 18s semifinals. The boys’ 16s final and the two girls’ 18s semifinals will follow.

By Andrew Labovitz

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Girls 18s Singles – Quarterfinals

(1) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) def. (7) Donna Vekic (CRO), 6-3, 6-2

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. (3) Indy De Vroome (NED), 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3

(WC) Sachia Vickery (Miramar, Fla.) def. Varvara Flink (RUS), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

(2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) def. Samantha Crawford (Tamarac, Fla.), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

Boys’ 18s Singles – Quarterfinals

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. (10) Kimmer Coppejans (BEL), 6-1, 6-1

(12) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) def. (Q) Martins Podzus (LAT), 6-1, 7-5

Filip Peliwo (CAN) def. (6) Julien Cagnina (BEL), 6-1, 6-4

(7) Patrick Ofner (AUT) def. (Q) Janis Podzus (LAT), 6-2, 6-0

Girls’ 16s Singles – Semifinals

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. (14) Rasheeda McAdoo (Palmetto Bay, Fla.), 6-2, 6-3

(2) Katie Boulter (GBR) def. Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas), 7-6(4), 6-3

Boys’ 16s Singles – Semifinals

(12) Diego Pedraza (COL) def. (4) Hugo Di Feo (CAN), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. (5) Brayden Schnur (CAN), 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4

Girls’ 16s Doubles – Final

(5) Charlotte Petrick (CAN) and Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Hadley Berg (Greenbrae, Calif.) and Mary Closs (Menlo Park, Calif.) 6-4, 6-3

Boys’ 16s Doubles – Final

Lucas Guitarrari (BRA) and Marcelo Tibet Filho (BRA) def. (3) Alexander Sendegeya (GBR) and Franz Sydow (NED), 7-5, 7-5



Day 4 at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

American boys have had a rough time adapting to the clay courts at the 2011 Orange Bowl, taking place at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.  Only two Americans reached the round of 16 in the boys’ 18s draw, and Americans were shut out entirely from the boys’ 16s quarterfinals.  But the American girls have taken up the slack, as two powered their way into the 18s quarterfinals on Thursday, while two more make up half of the semifinal field in the 16s draw.


Americans were guaranteed at least one girls’ 18s quarterfinalist on Thursday, as Floridians Samantha Crawford of Tamarac and Nadia Echeverria Alam of Doral faced off in a match that featured two of the bigger hitters in the tournament.  By her own admission, Crawford, the 2011 USTA International Spring Champion, is playing some of the best tennis of her budding career, and it showed on Thursday, as she banged out winners from both wings as well as from her booming serve.  Echeverria Alam, who’d spent more than seven hours on court over the last two days just to advance to the third round, was never able to gain footing in the match, as Crawford won going away, 6-3, 6-0.


“I was just trying to take it one point at a time,” said Crawford, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.  “I knew she’d been involved in a couple of three-set matches over the last two days, but I was just trying to focus and not think about that.”


Crawford will face her toughest test to date in tomorrow’s quarterfinals in the form of No. 2 seed and Eddie Herr champion Yulia Putintseva of Russia, who like Crawford, has yet to drop a set through three matches.


For a while, it looked as though Crawford might be the only American to advance, as Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., lost the first set to No. 6 seed Zuzanna Maciejewska of Poland 6-0.  But the 16-year-old Vickery displayed fortitude and poise beyond her years, and stormed back to defeat her imposing 6’4 opponent 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.  The other remaining American, No. 16 seed Taylor Townsend, who like Crawford trains full-time with the USTA in Boca Raton, lost to No. 3 seed and Wimbledon girls’ semifinalist Indy De Vroome of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-6(5).


Meanwhile, top seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada advanced with a relatively easy 6-3, 6-2, victory over No. 13 seed Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, while Kulichkova’s compatriot, Vavara Flink upset No. 4 seed Ilka Csoregi of Romania 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, in the draw’s lone three-set match.


The match of the day undoubtedly came from the boys’ 18s draw, as No. 13 seed Alexios Halebian of Glendale, Calif., faced off against Canada’s Filip Peliwo.  The two players faced each other twice in 2010, with Peliwo winning both matches, but this third edition was their tightest yet.  Halebian squandered a set point in the first-set tiebreak, before pulling out the next set in a second tiebreak.  Peliwo was the stronger player in the decisive third set, however, and emerged with a 7-6(7), 6-7(6), 6-3, victory.  The other remaining American, wild card Noah Rubin, whose presence in the third round was something of a surprise given his relative young age of 15, was unable to continue his magical run through the draw as he was beaten handily by No. 7 seed Patrick Ofner of Austria, 6-2, 6-1.


Elsewhere, Latvian twins Martins and Janis Podzus, both of whom were forced to qualify for the main draw, each reached the quarterfinals, extending their hopes of meeting in the final for at least one more day.  Janis pulled off the day’s biggest upset, defeating No. 2 seed and Wimbledon boys’ finalist Liam Broady of Great Britain 7-6(5), 6-4, while Martins was involved in one of the day’s longest matches, overcoming Germany’s Kevin Kaczynski (GER), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.  Meanwhile, top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria won his 15th consecutive ITF World Junior Tour match, beating No. 16 Hassan Ndayishimiye of Burundi 6-1, 6-4.


As the U.S. attempts to win the girls’ 16s title for a sixth consecutive year, hopes rest with No. 14 seed Rasheeda McAdoo of Palmetto Bay, Fla., and Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas.  With Bob McAdoo, her basketball Hall of Fame father watching off to the side, Rasheeda stormed back from an early 5-2 deficit to power her way past Lexi Boor of Westfield, N.J., 7-5, 6-2.  On the other half of the draw, Yee was forced to play from behind for the second straight day.  She lost the first set to Jessica Ho of Wexford, Pa., before finding her game and dominating the second and third sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.


“I guess I just have to get used to it, and see how the player plays,” Yee said.  “But once I’m losing, I tend to play a lot more freely.  So I just have to work my way into the match.  It’s really cool to be in the semifinals; honestly, I was just hoping to make it past the first round!”


In Friday’s semifinals, McAdoo will face No. 13 seed Erin Routliffe of Canada, who defeated San Francisco’s Caroline Doyle in a lengthy three-set match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.  Yee will take the court against No. 2 seed Katie Boulter of Great Britain, who beat No. 9 seed Josie Kuhlman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6-4, 7-6(5).


The boys’ 16s semifinals will feature two Canadians and could have featured a third in Eddie Herr 16s champion Tommy Mylkinov, but Mylkinov was beaten in straight sets by No. 12 seed Diego Pedraza of Colombia.  Pedraza will face No. 4 seed Hugo Di Feo of Canada, while Canadian Brayden Schnur, the No. 5 seed, will face South Korea’s Hyeon Chung.


In addition to the 16s semifinals, Friday’s play will also feature the 16s boys’ and girls’ doubles finals.  The fifth-seeded team of Canadians Erin Routliffe and Charlotte Petrick will face Californian partners Hadley Berg and Mary Closs in the girls’ final, while Brazilians Lucas Guitarrari and Marcelo Tibet Filho will face Alexander Sendegeya of Great Britain and Franz Sydow of the Netherlands in the boys’ final.

By Andrew Labovitz



Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Girls 18s Singles – Third Round

(1) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) def. (13) Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS), 6-3, 6-2

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) def. (12) Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR), 6-2, 6-2

(3) Indy De Vroome (NED) def. (16) Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), 6-4, 7-6(5)

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR), 7-5, 6-0

(WC) Sachia Vickery (Miramar, Fla.) def. (6) Zuzanna Maciejewska (POL), 0-6, 6-2, 6-2

Varvara Flink (RUS) def. (4) Ilka Csoregi (ROU), 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Samantha Crawford (Tamarac, Fla.) def. (WC) Nadia Echeverria Alam (Doral, Fla.), 6-3, 6-0

(2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) def. Anna Danilina (KAZ), 7-5, 6-3


Boys’ 18s Singles – Third Round

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. (16) Hassan Ndayishimiye (BDI), 6-1, 6-4

(10) Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) def. Borna Coric (CRO), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

(Q) Martins Podzus (LAT) def. Kevin Kaczynski (GER), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

(12) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) def. Kai-Wen Lai (TPE), 1-6, 6-0, 6-4

(6) Julien Cagnina (BEL) def. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE), 6-2, 6-4

Filip Peliwo (CAN) def. (13) Alexios Halebian (Glendale, Calif.), 7-6(7), 6-7(6), 6-3

(7) Patrick Ofner (AUT) def. (WC) Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 6-2, 6-1

(Q) Janis Podzus (LAT) def. (2) Liam Broady (GBR), 7-6(5), 6-4


Girls’ 16s Singles – Quarterfinals

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Caroline Doyle (San Francisco), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

(14) Rasheeda McAdoo (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) def. Lexi Borr (Westfield, N.J.), 7-5, 6-2

Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas) def. Jessica Ho (Wexford, Pa.), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2

(2) Katie Boulter (GBR) def. (9) Josie Kuhlman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.), 6-4, 7-6(4)


Boys’ 16s Singles – Quarterfinals

(12) Diego Pedraza (COL) def. Tommy Mylnikov (CAN), 7-6(5), 6-4

(4) Hugo Di Feo (CAN) def. (9) Daniel Windahl (SWE), 7-5, 6-3

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. (3) Fedor Andrienko (RUS), 7-6(6), 7-6(2)

(5) Brayden Schnur (CAN) def. (LL) Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (UKR), 6-1, 6-3


Girls’ 16s Doubles – Semifinals

(5) Charlotte Petrick (CAN) and Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) and Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas, 6-1, 7-6(4)

Hadley Berg (Greenbrae, Calif.) and Mary Closs (Menlo Park, Calif.) def. Josie Kuhlman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.), 6-4, 3-6, [10-7]


Boys’ 16s Doubles – Semifinals

(3) Alexander Sendegeya (GBR) and Franz Sydow (NED) def. Robbie Bellamy (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Gregory Garcia (Poway, Calif.), 7-6(5), 6-4

Lucas Guitarrari (BRA) and Marcelo Tibet Filho (BRA) def. Andres Cabezas (ECU) and Dennis Uspensky (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.), 6-1, 7-5


Day 3 at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships


When the USTA announced in April the decision that the Orange Bowl International Championships would be moved back to its clay court roots, it was done so with the belief that additional clay court training and competition would help develop better players in the long term.  However, with a few notable exceptions, the green clay was largely unkind to Americans on Wednesday at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.  While the girls’ 16s draw is still loaded with American players – six of the eight quarterfinalists hail from the U.S. – only six Americans, four girls and two boys, were able to reach the third round of the 18s draws, and the boys’ 16s quarterfinals will be played on Thursday without a single American in the draw.


The girls’ 18s second round was highlighted by a tight three-set match featuring two Floridians – Nadia Echeverria Alam of Doral and Maci Epstein of Windermere.  The girls proved to be very evenly matched, battling for more than three hours into a final set tiebreak, where Echeverria Alam emerged with a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4), victory.  Echeverria Alam squandered multiple match points on her serve late in the third set, but was able to rebound in the tiebreak.  Despite the grueling match, Echeverria Alam said she felt very fresh afterwards, even though she spent more than four hours on court Tuesday in her three-set first round match.


“I feel great, this is just like a practice session for me,” she said afterwards.  “Maci came out on fire in the first set; there wasn’t anything I could do.  But I picked up my play in the second set and even though I blew some match points, I was able to get to the tiebreak in the third set, and I’m always very confident once I get into a tiebreak.”


In a second battle of Floridians, wild card Sachia Vickery looked very strong in beating Stephanie Nauta of Bradenton, 7-5, 6-1, and two girls who train full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., No. 16 seed Taylor Townsend and Samantha Crawford, both advanced to the third round via straight set victories over Slovakian qualifier Petra Uberalova and Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova, respectively.


Two other Americans, No. 15 seed Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., and Christina Makarova of San Diego, dropped tough three-set matches on Wednesday.  Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick and last year’s 16s champion, played a strong first set against Russian Varvara Flink before losing 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Makarova lost to No. 12 seed Ganna Poznikhirenko of Ukraine, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1.


Otherwise, the seeds ruled the day in the girls’ 18s draws, with the top seven seeds all advancing with emphatic straight set wins, including top seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who thoroughly dominated Belgian Deborah Kerfs en route to a 6-0, 6-1, win.  No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva also advanced fairly easily, defeating Catherine Harrison of Germantown, Tenn., 6-3, 6-1, in a rematch of last week’s first round match at the Eddie Herr, also won by Putintseva.


The surprise of the boys’ 18s draw came via one of the youngest players in the competition, 15-year-old wild card Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, N.Y.  After needing three sets to upset the No. 9 seed in the first round, Rubin wasted very little effort in dispatching Vietnam’s Thien Nguyen Hoang 6-1, 6-1.  Rubin, who traveled to the Czech Republic on the U.S. World Junior Tennis team in 2010 and trained with the USTA in Spain earlier this year, credited those sessions with his comfort on the clay after the match.


“I really like playing on clay,” he said.  “I like how the ball plays a bit slower and sits up for me, so hopefully I can keep this going.”


In order to reach the quarterfinals, Rubin, the 2011 USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Court runner-up, will have to beat No. 7 seed Patrick Ofner of Austria, who is currently No. 15 in the ITF World Junior Rankings after reaching the final of the Eddie Herr last week.


The only other American to advance to the third round on Wednesday was 2011 USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Champion Alexios Halebian, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.  Halebian, who reached the semifinals at the 2010 Orange Bowl, struggled early against Russian Konstantin Gerlakh, but ultimately advanced with a 7-6, 6-3, victory.


Two Texans did not fare as well, as No. 4 seed Mitchell Krueger from Aledo lost to Latvian qualifier Martins Podzus 6-3, 7-5, while wild card Harrison Adams of New Braunfels lost to Canadian Filip Peliwo 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.


Top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria and No. 2 seed Liam Broady both advanced to the round of 16, though Thiem was made to work for his victory.  He was crushed in the first set by Lukas Mugevicius of Lithuania before rebounding with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, victory.  Broady looked very strong in his match, dominating the first set against Brazilian Bernardo Casares en route to a 6-1, 7-5, win.


Though six American girls have reached the quarterfinals of the girls’ 16s draw, top seed Johnnise Renaud of North Miami, Fla., was not among them, as she was beaten by No. 13 seed Erin Routliffe of Canada 6-4, 6-2, in the only matchup that featured two seeded players.  In all, only four seeds have reached the quarterfinals, including No. 14 seed Rasheeda McAdoo of Palmetto Bay, Fla., the daughter of basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo, who beat lucky loser Terri Fleming of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-0, 6-1.  McAdoo is arguably playing the best tennis among the quarterfinalists, and has now lost just eight games through her three matches.


In the draw’s lone three-set match on Wednesday, Caroline Doyle of San Francisco, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., came from a set down to beat Alyssa Smith of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.  Doyle and Smith also faced each other in last week in the 16s semifinals of the Eddie Herr, where Smith won in three sets.  Elsewhere, Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas lost the first five games of her match against lucky loser Maria Smith of Houston before roaring back, winning the next nine games en route to a 7-5, 6-2, victory.


After recording the day’s biggest upset on Tuesday in the boys’ 16s draw, Jared Donaldson of Cumberland, R.I., was unable to recapture the magic against Eddie Herr 16s champion Tommy Mylnikov of Canada, as Mylkinov stormed to a 6-0, 6-2, victory.  Meanwhile, Korean Hyeon Chung, who upset No. 7 seed Stefan Kozlov on Tuesday, took out American Joseph Di Giulio of Newport Beach, Calif., 6-2, 6-1, while Ukrainian lucky loser Vadym Kalyuzhnyy continued his incredible run through the draw, taking out No. 2 seed Franz Sydow of the Netherlands, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.


The boys’ and girls’ 16s quarterfinalists will take to the court on Thursday at 10 a.m., with the boys’ and girls’ 18s third round matches to follow.

By Andrew Labovitz


Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Girls 18s Singles – Second Round

(1) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) def. Deborah Kerfs (BEL), 6-0, 6-1

(13) Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) def. Mai El Kamash (EGY), 6-1, 6-2

(12) Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR) def. Christina Makarova (San Diego), 7-5, 6-7(1), 6-1

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) def. Kendal Woodard (Stockbridge, Ga.), 7-6(1), 6-4

(3) Indy De Vroome (NED) def. (Q) Stefania Hristov (ROU), 6-3, 6-2

(16) Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.) def. (Q) Petra Uberalova (SVK), 6-4, 6-3

Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR) def. (WC) Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 5-1, Ret.

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. (WC) Anne-Liz Jeukeng (Kansas City, Mo.), 6-2, 6-3

(6) Zuzanna Maciejewska (POL) def. Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), 6-1, 6-2

(WC) Sachia Vickery (Miramar, Fla.) def. Stephanie Nauta (Bradenton, Fla.), 7-5, 6-1

Varvara Flink (RUS) def. (15) Alexandra Kiick (Plantation, Fla.), 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

(4) Ilka Csoregi (ROU) def. Karin Kennel (SUI), 6-4, 6-1

(WC) Nadia Echeverria Alam (Doral, Fla.) def. (Q) Maci Epstein (Windermere, Fla.), 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)

Samantha Crawford (Tamarac, Fla.) def. Viktoriya Tomova (BUL), 7-5, 6-3

Anna Danilina (KAZ) def. Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, Fla.), 7-6(1), 6-3

(2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) def. Catherine Harrison (Germantown, Tenn.), 6-3, 6-1


Boys’ 18s Singles – Second Round

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. Lukas Mugevicius (LTU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

(16) Hassan Ndayishimiye (BDI) def. Connor Farren (Hillsborough, Calif.), 6-3, 6-3

(10) Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) def. Jordan Angus (GBR), 6-3, 6-3

Borna Coric (CRO) def. (8) Xin Gao (CHN), 6-1, 6-1

(Q) Martins Podzus (LAT) def. (4) Mitchell Krueger (Aledo, Texas), 6-3, 7-5

Kevin Kaczynski (GER) def. (Q) Mateo Martinez (ARG), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

(12) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) def. Jeroen Vanneste (BEL), 6-2, 6-2

Kai-Wen Lai (TPE) def. (5) Kyle Edmund (GBR), 4-3, Ret.

(6) Julien Cagnina (BEL) def. Evan Hoyt (GBR), 6-3, 6-3

Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) def. (11) Pedja Krstin (SRB), 6-7(10), 7-5, 7-6(3)

(13) Alexios Halebian (Glendale, Calif.) def. Konstantin Gerlakh (RUS), 7-6(4), 6-3

Filip Peliwo (CAN) def. (WC) Harrison Adams (New Braunfels, Texas), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

(7) Patrick Ofner (AUT) def. Jorge Panta Herreros (PER), 6-3, 6-2

(WC) Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) def. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE), 6-1, 6-1

(Q) Janis Podzus (LAT) def. (15) Stefan Vinti (ROU), 7-6(6), 6-3

(2) Liam Broady (GBR) def. Bernardo Casares (BRA), 6-1, 7-5


Girls’ 16s Singles – Third Round

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. (1) Johnnise Renaud (North Miami, Fla.), 6-4, 6-2

Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) def. Alyssa Smith (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

(14) Rasheeda McAdoo (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) def. (LL) Terri Fleming (Alpharetta, Ga.), 6-0, 6-1

Lexi Borr (Westfield, N.J.) def. (6) Madison Bourguignon (Issaquah, Wash.), 6-1, 7-6(10)

Jessica Ho (Wexford, Pa.) def. (5) Alexandra Morozova (Plantation, Fla.), 6-2, 6-3

Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas) def. (LL) Maria Smith (Houston), 7-5, 6-2

(9) Josie Kuhlman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) def. (WC) Cassandra Vazquez (Houston), 7-5, 6-4

(2) Katie Boulter (GBR) def. Shannon Hudson (Virginia Beach, Va.), 6-4, 6-4


Boys’ 16s Singles – Third Round

Tommy Mylnikov (CAN) def. (WC) Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.), 6-0, 6-2

(12) Diego Pedraza (COL) def. (Q) Shane Monroe (Ventnor City, N.J.), 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

(4) Hugo Di Feo (CAN) def. Andrei Stefan Apostol (ROU), 6-3, 6-1

(9) Daniel Windahl (SWE) def. (6) Aleksandr Spirin (RUS), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. (WC) Joseph DiGiulio (Newport Beach, Calif.), 6-2, 6-1

(3) Fedor Andrienko (RUS) def. (14) Lucas Miedler (AUT), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

(5) Brayden Schnur (CAN) def. (10) Patrick Ciorcila (ROU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

(LL) Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (UKR) def. (2) Franz Sydow (NED), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4


Upsets in the 16s on Day 2 of the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

While a number of seeded players exited the 2011 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in quick fashion on Monday, the top players in the boys’ and girls’ 18s draws advanced with very few exceptions on Tuesday as the first round of play came to a close.  However, the boys’ and girls’ 16s draws provided drama in droves at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center, including an upset of a top-seeded player.


Two Floridians provided three-set upsets in the girls’ 18s draw on Tuesday, as Bradenton’s Stephanie Nauta came from a set down to beat No. 9 seed Kathinka Von Deichmann of Liechtenstein 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, and wild card Nadia Echeverria Alam of Doral beat No. 8 seed Ellen Allgurin of Sweden 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, in one of the longest matches of the day.  Echeverria Alam insisted after the match that she maintained a high level of play despite the lopsided second set score, but that Allgurin picked up her game.  It showed in the third set, as Echeverria Alam was forced to withstand multiple break points at 4-all in a game that featured more than 10 deuce points, before breaking Allgurin to win the match one game later.


The two lone American seeds also advanced on Thursday under very different circumstances.  No. 15 seed and 2010 16s champion Allie Kiick, a Plantation native and the daughter of former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick, struggled in the second set against Romanian qualifier Ioana Ducu before emerging with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, victory.  Conversely, No. 16 seed Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., waited on court for her opponent for nearly 20 minutes before a lucky loser was given the go-ahead in the form of close friend Mia King of Hendersonville, N.C.  King and Townsend both train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., but Townsend was the better player on this day and advanced with a 6-2, 6-2, victory.


The top two seeds in the girls’ 18s advanced with little issue.  Top-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard won the first nine games of her match against reining USTA Girls’ 16s National Champion Peggy Porter of Dallas en route to a 6-0, 7-5, win, while No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Russia dominated Austrian Barbara Haas 6-3, 6-4.  On Wednesday, Putintseva will face Catherine Harrison of Germantown, Tenn., whom Putintseva beat one week ago in the first round of the Eddie Herr en route to the title.


In the boys’ 18s draw, while No. 1 seed and Eddie Herr champion Dominic Thiem of Austria continued his dominant play over the last month, defeating Briton Luke Bambridge 7-5, 6-1, No. 2 seed and Wimbledon boys’ finalist Liam Broady of Great Britain struggled early against German Jannis Kahlke before restoring order with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, victory.


The two seeded Americans, No. 4 seed Mitchell Krueger of Aledo, Texas, and No. 13 seed Alexios Halebian of Glendale, Calif., each advanced with a straight set victory; Krueger, the French Open boys’ doubles finalist, beat Israeli Or Ram-Harel 6-3, 6-3, while Halebian, the reigning USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court champion, beat Belgian Joseph Van Dooren 6-1, 7-5.  But by and large, Tuesday was unkind to a number of other Americans, including California wild cards Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont and J.C. Aragone of Yorba Linda, as well as qualifier Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, N.C., all of whom suffered brutal three-set defeats.


Both No. 1 seeds in the boys’ and girls’ 16s draws faced serious challenges in Tuesday’s second round, with opposite results.  Anton Desyatnik of Russia squared off against wild card Jared Donaldson of Cumberland, R.I., and after losing the first set, looked to be in total control halfway through the third, reaching match point on a number of occasions.  But Donaldson, who trains full-time in Argentina, saved each and every one before ultimately securing a 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5, upset.  Donaldson is just one of three Americans to reach the round of 16, along with wild card Joseph Di Giulio of Newport Beach, Calif., and qualifier Shane Monroe of Ventnor City, N.J.


On the other hand, Americans comprise an astounding 14 of the 16 girls to reach the third round in the girls’ 16s draws, including top-seed Johnnise Renaud of North Miami, Fla.  Renaud came out sluggish against Austrian qualifier Karoline Kurz, but roared back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.  Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas pulled off the draw’s biggest upset, coming from a set down to defeat No. 3 seed Valeria Bhunu of Zimbabwe 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, while lucky loser Terri Fleming of Alpharetta, Ga., recorded perhaps the most surprising result, beat No. 4 seed Maria Limanskaya of Russia 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.  A third upset came via 2011 USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships finalist Alyssa Smith of Laguna Niguel, Fla., who took down No. 8 seed Anna Maria Heil of Austria 6-2, 6-1.


Elsewhere, No. 14 seed Rasheeda McAdoo, the daughter of basketball Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo, wasted little time in beating wild card Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 6-2, 6-0, and in a matchup of two girls who train full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., reigning girls’ 16s Easter Bowl champion Caroline Doyle beat Tornado Ali Black, who won the girls’ 16s title at the Eddie Herr last week, 7-5, 6-2.


Play will resume on Wednesday with the second round of the boys’ and girls’ 18s draws as well as the third round of the boys’ and girls’ 16s draws.

By Andrew Labovitz

Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Girls 18s Singles – First Round

(1) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) def. (WC) Peggy Porter (Dallas), 6-0, 7-5

(12) Ganna Poznikhirenko (UKR) def. Blair Shankle (Comfort, Texas), 6-3, 6-2

(Q) Stefania Hristov (ROU) def. Ferny Angeles Paz (PER), 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

(Q) Petra Uberalova (SVK) def. Victoria Rodriguez (MEX), 6-4, 6-2

(16) Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.) def. (LL) Mia King (Hendersonville, N.C.), 6-2, 6-2

Elizaveta Ianchuk (UKR) def. (10) Victoria Kan (RUS), 6-4, 6-3

(WC) Danielle Collins (St. Petersburg, Fla.) def. Clementina Riobueno de Paola (VEN), 6-4, 6-3

(5) Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. Kelsey Laurente (Miramar, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

(6) Zuzanna Maciejewska (POL) def. (Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI), 6-3, 6-0

Stephanie Nauta (Bradenton, Fla.) def. (9) Kathinka Von Deichmann (LIE), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

(15) Alexandra Kiick (Plantation, Fla.) def. (Q) Ioana Ducu (ROU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Varvara Flink (RUS) def. (Q) Lynn Chi (Weston, Fla.), 7-6(4), 6-1

(WC) Nadia Echeverria Alam (Doral, Fla.) def. (8) Ellen Allgurin (SWE), 7-5, 1-6, 6-4

(Q) Maci Epstein (Windermere, Fla.) def. (Q) Elena Maltseva 6-2, 6-0

Catherine Harrison (Germantown, Tenn.) def. Olga Ianchuk (UKR), 6-3, 6-4

(2) Yulia Putintseva (RUS) def. Barbara Haas (AUT), 6-3, 6-4


Boys’ 18s Singles – First Round

(1) Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. Luke Bambridge (GBR), 7-5, 6-1

(16) Hassan Ndayishimiye (BDI) def. (Q) John Harrison Richmond (Pawley’s Island, S.C.), 6-0, 6-4

Borna Coric (CRO) def. Edward Nguyen (CAN), 6-2, 6-2

(4) Mitchell Krueger (Aledo, Texas) def. Or Ram-Harel (ISR), 6-3, 6-3

(Q) Martins Podzus (LAT) def. (Q) Vasco Mensurado (POR), 6-0, 7-5

(Q) Mateo Martinez (ARG) def. Joshua Ward-Hibbert (GBR), 6-3, 7-5

Kevin Kaczynski (GER) def. (14) Marco Aurelio Nunez (MEX), 7-5, 6-1

(5) Kyle Edmund (GBR) def. Trey Strobel (Bradenton, Fla.), 6-2, 7-5

Evan Hoyt (GBR) def. (Q) Mazen Osama (EGY), 6-2, 6-2

(13) Alexios Halebian (Glendale, Calif.) def. (Q) Joseph Van Dooren (BEL), 6-1, 7-5

(7) Patrick Ofner (AUT) def. (WC) Mackenzie McDonald (Piedmont, Calif.), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Jorge Panta Herreros (PER) def. Jonathan Cornish (GBR), 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) def. (Q) Thai Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

(Q) Janis Podzus (LAT) def. (WC) J.C. Aragone (Yorba Linda, Calif.), 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-4

Bernardo Casares (BRA) def. (LL) Diogo Rocha (POR), 6-3, 6-4

(2) Liam Broady (GBR) def. Jannis Kahlke (GER), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4


Girls’ 16s Singles – Second Round

(1) Johnnise Renaud (North Miami, Fla.) def. (Q) Karoline Kurz (AUT), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Keisha Clousing (Wheaton, Ill.), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) def. (WC) Tornado Ali Black (Boca Raton, Fla.), 7-5, 6-2

Alyssa Smith (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) def. (8) Anna Maria Heil (AUT), 6-2, 6-1

(LL) Terri Fleming (Alpharetta, Ga.) def. (4) Maria Limanskaya (RUS), 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

(14) Rasheeda McAdoo (Palmetto Bay, Fla.) def. (WC) Kaitlyn McCarthy (Cary, N.C.), 6-2, 6-0

Lexi Borr (Westfield, N.J.) def. (Q) Anna Sokiran (RUS), 6-0, 6-0

(6) Madison Bourguignon (Issaquah, Wash.) def. Marie Norris (Burdett, Kan.), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

(5) Alexandra Morozova (Plantation, Fla.) def. Elizabeth Profit (La Habra, Calif.), 6-1, 6-0

Jessica Ho (Wexford, Pa.) def. (WC) Maia Magill (Studio City, Calif.), 6-1, 6-4

(LL) Maria Smith (Houston) def. (WC) Alexandra Miller-Krasilnikov (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-2, 6-3

Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas) def. (3) Valeria Bhunu 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

(WC) Cassandra Vazquez (Houston) def. Jessica Simpson (RSA), 7-5, 6-4

(9) Josie Kuhlman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) def. Dasha Ivanova (Beaverton, Ore.), 6-2, 6-3

Shannon Hudson (Virginia Beach, Va.) def. Mariana Gould (Boise, Idaho), 6-1, 7-5

(2) Katie Boulter (GBR) def. Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.), 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3


Boys’ 16s Singles – Second Round

(WC) Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.) def. (1) Anton Desyatnik (RUS), 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5

Tommy Mylnikov (CAN) def. Gregory Garcia (Poway, Calif.), 6-3, 6-2

(12) Diego Pedraza (COL) def. Lamar Remy (Roslyn, N.Y.), 6-1, 6-2

(Q) Shane Monroe (Ventnor City, N.J.) def. (Q) Chase Perez-Blanco (Miami), 6-4, 6-3

(4) Hugo Di Feo (CAN) def. (LL) Alexandru Gozun (Sarasota, Fla.), 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(0)

Andrei Stefan Apostol (ROU) def. (13) Alexander Sendegeya (GBR), 6-4, 6-1

(9) Daniel Windahl (SWE) def. Weigiang Zheng (CHN), 6-4, 6-0

(6) Aleksandr Spirin (RUS) def. (WC) McClaine Roy (San Antonio), 6-4, 6-2

Hyeon Chung (KOR) def. (7) Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(4)

(WC) Joseph DiGiulio (Newport Beach, Calif.) def. Nicolas Jarry (CHI), 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3

(14) Lucas Miedler (AUT) def. (WC) Tommy Paul (Greenville, N.C.), 6-3, 6-2

(3) Fedor Andrienko (RUS) def. (Q) Baker Newman (Miami), 7-6(5), 6-4

(5) Brayden Schnur (CAN) def. (Q) Lucas Meirelles Guitarrari (BRA), 6-4, 6-3

(10) Patrick Ciorcila (ROU) def. (WC) Justin Butsch (Miami Beach, Fla.), 7-6(5), 6-4

(LL) Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (UKR) def. (15) Julian Zlobinsky (Greenvale, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-2

(2) Franz Sydow (NED) def. Grant Solomon (Dallas), 6-4, 7-6(2)


Day One at Orange Bowl Sees US Juniors Post Positive Results


For the past 13 years, the world’s best junior tennis players have annually gathered at the purple hard courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., to compete in the prestigious Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.  But this year, the USTA opted to shift the event – now in its 65th year – back to its roots, moving the event to green clay courts for the first time since 1998.  Though clay is sometimes considered to be the least preferred surface of Americans professionals, a number of American juniors recorded quality wins on the event’s opening day at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.


The Americans were led by wild card Harrison Adams, a 17-year-old from New Braunfels, Texas, who recorded the day’s biggest upset, taking down No. 3 seed and 2011 Wimbledon boys’ quarterfinalist Robin Kern of Germany, 6-0, 6-7(6), 6-2.  Adams, who recently spent a week training with top American Ryan Harrison, credited those practice sessions for his service returns today, as he was repeatedly able to return Kern’s massive serves.  Adams fared much better on his own service games, as he did not face a single break point en route to the victory.


“I wanted to get off to a good start against such a great player,” said Adams, “but I played well and made a lot of returns to make him play, which I think surprised him.  And I was serving really well today, which was obviously a big key.”


Another American upset came via one of the youngest competitors in the boys’ 18s draw, as wild card Noah Rubin, a 15-year-old from Rockville Centre, N.Y., stunned No. 9 seed Karim Hossam of Egypt 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.  Rubin reached the final of the USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships in July, and appeared very comfortable on the clay court surface.  Rubin advanced despite having to deal with multiple cramps in the third set, but was buoyed by the fact that his opponent was likewise struggling with an injured leg.  Moreover, Rubin was very confident despite his relative youth.


“I like being one of the younger players,” he said afterwards.  “I feel like it completely takes the pressure off me and places it squarely on my opponents.”


Two Americans likewise recorded upsets of seeded players in the girls’ 18s draw, including 16-year-old Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton, Fla., who came from a set down to knock off No. 14 seed Carol Zhao of Canada 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.  Brady has posted a number of quality results on clay already this year, reaching the final at two ITF World Junior events in Florida in May, including a victory in Delray Beach without dropping a single set.


Samantha Crawford, a 16-year-old from Tamarac, Fla., and arguably the draw’s most physically imposing player at 6’2, also recorded an upset, steamrolling past No. 11 Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar 6-0, 6-3.  Crawford, who won the USTA International Spring Championships in April and trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., ruthlessly attacked the ball as she routinely bludgeoned winners via both her serve and groundstrokes past Razafimahatratra.


Other American girls winning on the opening day of play included wild card Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Calif., who is playing in just her fourth junior event of 2011 after spending much of the year competing in professional events, and Kendal Woodard of Stockbridge, Ga., who at No. 657 in the ITF World Junior Rankings faced Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, currently ranked nearly 600 slots higher at No. 69.  Woodard displayed both skill and poise that belied her ranking, beating Siniakova 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8).


The day’s marquis match pitted No. 3 seed Indy De Vroome of the Netherlands, a Wimbledon girls’ semifinalist, against wild card Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, Calif., the 2010 Easter Bowl champion who carries a professional ranking of No. 430 on the WTA.  Though Hardebeck came into the match with far more professional experience, De Vroome proved to be exceedingly comfortable on the clay surface, and advanced with a 7-5, 6-3, victory.


Tuesday’s schedule will complete the first round of both the boys’ and girls’ 18s draws, and will feature the top two seeds of both draws, including both champions of last week’s Eddie Herr: top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria and No. 2 seed Yulia Putintseva of Russia.  Tuesday will also feature the second round of both the boys’ and girls’ 16s draws.

By Andrew Labovitz


Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship

Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.

Monday, December 05, 2011


Girls 18s Singles – First Round

Deborah Kerfs (BEL) def. (WC) Hayley Carter (Columbia, S.C.), 0-6, 4-2, Ret.

Mai El Kamash (EGY) def. Ayaka Okuno (JPN), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

(13) Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) def. Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

Christina Makarova (San Diego) def. Abbie Myers (AUS), 7-6(3), 6-2

Kendal Woodard (Stockbridge, Ga.) def. Katerina Siniakova (CZE), 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8)

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) def. Megane Bianco (SUI), 6-0, 6-1

(3) Indy De Vroome (NED) def. (WC) Krista Hardebeck (Santa Ana, Calif.), 7-5, 6-3

(WC) Anne-Liz Jeukeng (Kansas City, Mo.) def. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Julia Elbaba (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) def. Katy Dunne (GBR), 7-5, 6-0

(WC) Sachia Vickery (Miramar, Fla.) def. Diana Bogoliy (UKR), 6-0, 7-5

Karin Kennel (SUI) def. Mayar Sherif (EGY), 6-3, 7-5

(4) Ilka Csoregi (ROU) def. (WC) Breaunna Addison (Boca Raton, Fla.) 6-4, 6-2

Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) def. Kyle McPhillips (Willoughby, Ohio), 6-2, 6-0

Samantha Crawford (Tamarac, Fla.) def. (11) Zarah Razafimahatratra (MAD), 6-0, 6-3

Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, Fla.) def. (14) Carol Zhao (CAN), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Anna Danilina (KAZ) def. Alejandra Cisneros (MEX), 6-3, 6-1


Boys’ 18s Singles – First Round

Lukas Mugevicius (LTU) def. Danil Zelenkov (MKD), 7-5, 6-2

Connor Farren (Hillsborough, Calif.) def. Vlad Victor Cornea (ROU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

(10) Kimmer Coppejans (BEL) def. (WC) Austin Siegel (Tarrytown, N.Y.), 6-0, 6-1

Jordan Angus (GBR) def. Pedro Guimaraes (BRA), 3-6, 6-0, 6-2

(8) Xin Gao (CHN) def. William Kwok (Bradenton, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

(12) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) def. (WC) Spencer Papa (Edmond, Okla.), 6-2, 6-2

Jeroen Vanneste (BEL) def. Krittin Koaykul (THA), 6-4, 6-1

Kai-Wen Lai (TPE) def. Daniel Santos (PER), 6-3, 6-0

(6) Julien Cagnina (BEL) def. (WC) Roy Lederman (Golden Beach, Fla.), 6-2, 6-3

Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) def. Tendai Tapfuma (ZIM), 7-5, 7-6(1)

(11) Pedja Krstin (SRB) def. (WC) Ronnie Schneider (Bloomington, Ind.), 6-2, 6-4

Konstantin Gerlakh (RUS) def. Sam Hutt (GBR), 6-0, 6-4

Filip Peliwo (CAN) def. Rishabdev Raman (IND), 6-1, 6-1

(WC) Harrison Adams (New Braunfels, Texas) def. (3) Robin Kern (GER), 6-0, 6-7(6), 6-2

(WC) Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) def. (9) Karim Hossam (EGY), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

(15) Stefan Vinti (ROU) def. Luis Pilatuna (MEX), 6-4, 6-1


Girls’ 16s Singles – First Round

(Q) Karoline Kurz (AUT) def. Fiona Codino (FRA), 6-2, 6-0

Keisha Clousing (Wheaton, Ill.) def. (Q) Olivia Hauger (Tulsa, Okla.), 6-1, 6-3

(13) Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Yuki Chiang (Ojai, Calif.), 6-1, 6-0

Caroline Doyle (San Francisco) def. (11) Jacqueline Cabaj Awad (SWE), 6-2, 6-1

(WC) Tornado Ali Black (Boca Raton, Fla.) def. (Q) Alexandra Bourguignon (Issaquah, Wash.), 6-3, 6-2

Alyssa Smith (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) def. (LL) Andie Daniell (Douglasville, Ga.), 6-4, 6-4

(LL) Terri Fleming (Alpharetta, Ga.) def. Gabrielle Smith (Henderson, Nev.), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

(WC) Kaitlyn McCarthy (Cary, N.C.) def. (LL) Emma Burgess (Huntsville, Ala.), 6-4, 6-1

(Q) Anna Sokiran (RUS) def. (WC) Nicole Frenkel (Winchester, Mass.), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

(5) Alexandra Morozova (Plantation, Fla.) def. (LL) Sonja Balic (AUS), 6-3, 7-5

(WC) Alexandra Miller-Krasilnikov (Boca Raton, Fla.) def. (16) Jessica Cortes (MEX), 6-3, 6-1

(LL) Maria Smith (Houston) def. Shaan Phagura (Castro Valley, Calif.), 6-2, 6-1

Kimberly Yee (Las Vegas) def. (LL) Ariana Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y.), 6-1, 6-2

(WC) Cassandra Vazquez (Houston) def. (LL) Juli Raventos (CRC), 6-1, 6-2

Dasha Ivanova (Beaverton, Ore.) def. Manca Pislak (SLO), 6-4, 7-5

(9) Josie Kuhlman (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) def. (Q) Bennett Dunn (Plantation, Fla.), 6-4, 6-3

Mariana Gould (Boise, Idaho) def. (Q) Alizee Michaud (FRA), 6-3, 6-4

Jamie Loeb (Ossining, N.Y.) def. (Q) Cassie Pough (Miami), 6-0, 6-2


Boys’ 16s Singles – First Round

(1) Anton Desyatnik (RUS) def. Anton Khyzhkin (UKR) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)

(WC) Jared Donaldson (Cumberland, R.I.) def. (Q) Anton Redvanov (UKR), 6-4, 6-4

Tommy Mylnikov (CAN) def. (16) Maksim Yorsh (BLR), 6-4, 6-4

Lamar Remy (Roslyn, N.Y.) def. Sebastian Ofner (AUT), 6-0, 6-0

(Q) Shane Monroe (Ventnor City, N.J.) def. Yifan Dang (CHN), 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0

(Q) Chase Perez-Blanco (Miami) def. (8) Carter Lin (Bradenton, Fla.), 7-6(3), 6-0

(4) Hugo Di Feo (CAN) def. Yale Goldberg (Beachwood, Ohio), 6-1, 6-4

(LL) Alexandru Gozun (Sarasota, Fla.) def. (WC) Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Andrei Stefan Apostol (ROU) def. Dennis Uspensky (Atlantic Beach, N.Y.), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

Weigiang Zheng (CHN) def. (LL) A.J. Catanzariti (Pittsburgh), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Aleksandr Spirin (RUS) def. (LL) Justin Fields (New York City), 6-4, 7-5

Nicolas Jarry (CHI) def. (11) Jordi Arconada (ARG), 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2

(14) Lucas Miedler (AUT) def. (Q) Runhao Hua (CHN), 6-1, 6-2

(WC) Tommy Paul (Greenville, N.C.) def. (LL) Diego Nunez Felix (MEX), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

(Q) Baker Newman (Miami) def. Daniel Shebshayevich (Tamarac, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

(5) Brayden Schnur (CAN) def. Martin Redlicki (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), 6-2, 6-4

(Q) Lucas Meirelles Guitarrari (BRA) def. Andres Cabezas (ECU), 6-4, 6-2

(10) Patrick Ciorcila (ROU) def. (Q) Nicholas Crystal (Waccabuc, N.Y.), 6-3, 6-2

(15) Julian Zlobinsky (Greenvale, N.Y.) def. (LL) Logan Smith (Spring, Texas), 7-5, 6-2

(LL) Vadym Kalyuzhnyy (UKR) def. Gustav Hansson (SWE), 6-3, 7-5

(2) Franz Sydow (NED) def. (Q) Marcelo Tebet Filho (BRA), 6-3, 6-0