2014/07/28

Logan Smith and Monica Robinson win titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. — (June 8, 2014) – Seventeen-year-old Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., and fifth-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., finished with impressive performances to win titles at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Robinson, who recently completed her first year of intercollegiate tennis at the University of Notre Dame where she posted a singles record of 24-10, took home the women’s singles championship with a 6-3, 6-0, victory over unseeded Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif.

“I’m honored. I’m really excited. It’s been great coming back to my hometown, playing in front of my parents and my coach,” Robinson said after her victory as she accepted her USTA gold ball for winning the national championship. “It’s been a lot of fun. This tournament has a great feeling.”

Smith, a 17-year-old from Carlsbad, Calif., captured the men’s singles title after defeating second-seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., 6-4, 6-3, in one-hour and 30 minutes.  Smith will travel to England later this month to play in the Wimbledon Boys’ Junior competition.

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After being awarded a USTA gold ball following his victory in the men’s final, Smith credited the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships for helping him tune up his game in preparation for his next tournament.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s special to come out here and take a title. It’s a big tournament with a great atmosphere. The crowd comes out and I had a lot of support today,” he said. “I got to work on my game a lot for the upcoming tournament at Wimbledon.  It definitely helps.”

For final draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

 

USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

Balboa Tennis Club

San Diego Calif.

Sunday’s Results

 

Men’s Singles

Championship

Logan Smith, Carlsbad def. Deiton Baughman (2), Carson, Calif., 6-4, 6-3

 

3rd/4th Place

Emmanuel Mensah (3), Imperial Beach, def. Robbie Bellamy (4), Pacific Palisades, Calif., walkover (injury)

 

Women’s Singles

Championship

Monica Robinson (5), Valley Center, def. Alexandra Valenstein, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-3, 6-0

 

3rd/4th Place

Felicity Maltby (4), Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Jana McCord (5), San Diego, 6-0, 6-2

 

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USTA National Open Hard Court Championships Set

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San Diego, Calif. — (June 7, 2014) – The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships will conclude on Sunday at the Balboa Tennis Club with the Women’s Singles final at 9 a.m. (PDT), followed by the Men’s Singles championship at 11 a.m. (PDT).

The Women’s Singles final will pit fifth-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., against 17-year-old Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif.  Robinson recently completed her freshmen year at the University of Notre Dame, where she posted a singles record of 24-10 for the women’s tennis team.

The unseeded Valenstein, who is completing her junior year at Laguna Hills High School, defeated fifth-seeded Jana McCord of San Diego, 6-0, 6-2, in her semifinal match, while Robinson eased past fourth-seeded Felicity Maltby of Sunnyvale, Calif., 6-1, 6-3, in the other women’s semifinal.

The Men’s Singles championship will feature second seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., versus unseeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif. In the men’s semifinals, Baughman need three sets before dispatching third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. Smith eliminated fourth-seeded Robbie Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-1, 7-5.

Smith, a 17-year-old who competes in USTA and International Tennis Federation junior events, played in this week’s tournament to get some match play before traveling to England, where he is scheduled to play in the Wimbledon Boys’ Junior competition later this month.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s pretty exciting. I played a great first set. The second set got a little bit close, but I was able to pull through,” Smith said after his semifinal win. “I’ve trained hard and I’m playing pretty well now.”

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free. For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

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Semifinals Set at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. — (June 6, 2014) – After an exciting day of quarterfinal singles action at the Balboa Tennis Club, Saturday’s semifinal pairings at the United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships are set.

The women’s semifinals will feature fourth-seeded Felicity Maltby of Sunnyvale, Calif. versus unseeded Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., and fifth-seeded Jana McCord of San Diego against fifth-seeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (PDT).

In the men’s semifinals, second seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., will face third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., while fourth-seeded Robbie Bellamy of Pacific Palisades, Calif., takes on unseeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif. Both men’s matches will be played at 11 a.m. (PDT).

The biggest surprise of the tournament took place on Friday morning in a women’s quarterfinal match on Court No. 9, as Valenstein, a 17-year-old from Laguna Hills, Calif., shocked second-seeded Anna Anikanova of San Diego, 6-1, 6-0.

Valenstein, who is completing her junior year at Laguna Hills High School, used an aggressive baseline game to dominate the 30-year-old Anikanova, a former touring tennis professional who was once ranked as high as No. 840 in the world.

“Today I just wanted to execute my game plan and part of my game I’ve been working on like moving into the court and transitioning. I executed very well,” Valenstein said. “She (Anikanova) fought pretty hard in the first set. Once I got the lead, I just kind of ran with it.”

This is the first time Valenstein is competing in the USTA National Open Hard Court Championship and if she goes on to win the tournament, she will win her first USTA gold ball.

“If I won a gold ball, it would solidify where my game is going. I would love to play professional tennis obviously, keeping college tennis open,” she said. “A gold ball would give me…the success to keep me thinking I’m doing the right thing and keep improving my game.”

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free. For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.

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Deiton Baughman Moves into Quarterfinals of USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

San Diego, Calif. — (June 5, 2014) – Second-seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., wasted little time in advancing to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships as he dispatched unseeded Mario Becerra of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-0, 6-3, in a fourth-round match on Thursday afternoon.

The 18-year-old Baughman will take on fifth-seeded Kalman Boyd of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in his next match on Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) at the Balboa Tennis Club. The winner advances to Saturday’s singles semifinals.

Currently ranked 1029 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings, Baughman has been playing Futures events on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, where he won the doubles title at the $10,000 Vespan Tennis Futures tournament in Boynton Beach, Fla., in February.

Following a break in his playing schedule, Baughman entered this week’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships to get some matches in before heading to Mexico next week to play in International Tennis Federation (ITF) pro circuit events.  After a first-round bye this week, Baughman has won three consecutive matches without the loss of a set.

“I hadn’t been playing in about a month or so since my last Futures event. I wanted to knock some of the rust off and get some match play in,” Baughman said. “I played this tournament two years ago and I had a blast playing it last time, so I thought I would come back down here and enjoy it again.”

After winning a USTA silver and bronze ball during his days as a junior player, Baughman says winning a USTA gold ball on Sunday at the Balboa Tennis Club would be an opportunity to cross off another item on his personal bucket list.

In other men’s action, third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., cruised past Andranik Khachatryan of Burbank, Calif., 6-1, 6-2, in a fourth round match. Mensah, a native of Ghana, advances to Friday’s quarterfinals, where he is scheduled to face ninth-seeded Hunter Johnson of New Braunfels, Texas, at 10:30 a.m. (PDT).

In the women’s draw, former touring tennis professional Anna Anikanova eliminated unseeded Anna Ustinova of Sherman Oaks, Calif., 6-2, 7-5 in a third-round encounter to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Anikanova, a resident of the San Diego community of Pacific B each, will play unseeded Alexandra Valenstein of Laguna Hills, Calif., on Friday at 9 a.m. (PDT).

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free. For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.

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Anna Anikanova Advances at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

San Diego, Calif. — (June 4, 2014) – Former touring tennis professional Anna Anikanova used a solid baseline game and her experience to defeat 16-year-old Ashley Chao of San Diego, 6-2, 6-4, to move into the third round of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 30-year-old Anikanova, a native of Ukraine, competed on the International Tennis Federation Circuit and earned a career-high singles ranking of 840 in the world in late 2000.  Today, Anikanova is a resident of the San Diego community of Pacific Beach and is a mother of two children. She also operates her own tennis academy in San Diego’s North County.

In her second-round match against Chao, the second-seeded Anikanova established a commanding 4-1 lead in the second set and looked poised for an easy straight set victory. However, she began to tire and Chao capitalized on a service break to make the score 4-3 in Anikanova’s favor.

Just when it looked like Chao would make a run to win the second set, Anikanova regrouped, raised the level of her game and went on to close out the match.  Anikanova will face unseeded Anna Ustinova of Sherman Oaks, Calif. in the Round of 16 on Thursday at 11 a.m. (PDT).

“I was just concentrating on practicing because I don’t get to practice that much. I was trying to practice my down the line forehand, my favorite shot,” Anikanova said. “I made a couple of mistakes at 4-1 in the second set and I was getting a little tired. I just picked it up a little. Otherwise it was a good match.”

Tennis is still a passion for Anikanova, the highest remaining seed in the women’s tournament. She enjoys playing an occasional local tournament because it provides a temporary get-away from her busy schedule.

In men’s action, third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., took control early in his third-round encounter and dominated unseeded Addison Appleby of La Jolla, Calif., 6-2, 6-2. The 25-year-old Mensah, a native of Ghana, is scheduled to play Andranik Khachatryan of Burbank, Calif., in the fourth round on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (PDT).

Second-seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., overcame two service breaks in the second set of his third-round match and went on to score a hard-fought, 6-3, 7-5, victory over unseeded Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo, Calif., to advance.

The 18-year-old Baughman, currently ranked 1029 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings, faces unseeded Mario Becerra of Pembroke Pines, Fla., in a fourth-round match scheduled for noon (PDT) on Thursday.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free. For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws offer consolation events.

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Emmanuel Mensah Advances at USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 3, 2014) – Third-seeded Emmanuel Mensah of Imperial Beach, Calif., reached the third-round of the United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships as he fended off unseeded Kimo Barrere of Poway, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in an entertaining match at the Balboa Tennis Club.

The 17-year-old Barrere, who plays an aggressive baseline game, matched the 25-year- old Mensah stroke for stroke at the beginning of the match on Court No. 8, but was eventually worn down by his older opponent.

“I have to give some credit to my opponent. He’s young and was hitting winners. I was just hanging in there, playing point by point and having fun,” said Mensah, a native of Ghana who came to the United States in 2001.

A local tennis teaching professional, Mensah is currently the number one ranked Men’s Open Singles player in San Diego and the number seven ranked player in Southern California. He describes himself as an all-court player who can serve and volley, chip and charge the net or stay and rally from the baseline.

Mensah, who played collegiate tennis for Western New Mexico University during the 2010-2011 season, is competing in the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships for the first time and is excited about the opportunity to win a gold ball.

“It’s a big tournament. There are a lot of good players. (Winning a gold ball) would be very close to winning a gold medal at the Olympics,” he said with a laugh. “I would be happy to win it. I’m going to have fun and take it match by match.”

Second-seeded Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 second-round victory over unseeded Paarth Dodhiawala of Chino Hills, Calif.  He is scheduled to play unseeded Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo, Calif., in a third-round match at noon on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Baughman, currently ranked 1029 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings, has played on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, winning a doubles title at the $10,000 Vespan Tennis Futures in Boynton Beach, Fla., in February.

In the women’s draw, top-seeded Trang Huynh of Westminster, Calif., withdrew from the tournament due to an injury. Huynh, the number one ranked Women’s Open Singles player in Southern California, received a first-round bye and was scheduled to play a second-round match against unseeded Cyndee Wilkinson of St. George, Utah, who now advances to the third round.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free.
For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:    http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws offer consolation events.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships was voted, “2011 Tournament of the Year” by the San Diego District Tennis Association. Past tournament champions include current American stars Jack Sock and Coco Vandeweghe and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.

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Local Francis Filipovich Advances at National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (June 2, 2014) Sixteen-year-old Francis Filipovich felt right at home at the Balboa Tennis Club as he easily advanced to the second round of the United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships with an impressive 6-1, 6-0, first-round victory over fellow San Diegan Gabriel Pamich.

Filipovich, a senior at Charter School of San Diego, began playing tennis at age six and became a member of the Balboa Tennis Club, the venue for this week’s national championship, when he was nine years old.

Monday’s first-round win proved to be a significant victory for Filipovich who had never advanced past the opening round in three previous appearances at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships.

“It feels really good to make it past the first round. I just played my game and went for my shots,” said Filipovich, who admitted he suffered from first-round jitters. “Everyone was cheering for me, so that gave me an extra boost. I didn’t want to let them down.”

Filipovich has grown up on the courts of the Balboa Tennis Club; practicing, training and playing matches and tournaments which have helped him sharpen his tennis game over the years. He aspires to play NCAA Division I tennis and next year has plans to play International Tennis Federation tournaments in Europe.

When asked what playing tennis meant to him, Filipovich answered, “Every day is new and there is always something to work on. I love when the hard work pays off. It’s always something to look forward to.”

Filipovich always wanted to win a first-round match at this national event to see how far he could get. He will get that opportunity when he faces ninth-seeded Milen Ianakiev of San Diego in Tuesday’s second round.

Former touring tennis professional Brian Battistone of Las Vegas, the top seed in the men’s singles draw, withdrew from the tournament on Monday.  After receiving a first-round bye, Battistone was scheduled to face unseeded Daunte Harris of Lomita, Calif., in a second round match. Harris advances to the third round with a walkover.

The USTA National Open Hard Court Championships offer singles and doubles draws in men’s and women’s divisions as well as mixed doubles. Matches begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) each day of the tournament. The event concludes Sunday, June 8, with the women’s singles final, followed by the men’s singles final.

For draws of all divisions and complete scores and results, please go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138230

Admission for spectators is free and open to the public. On-site parking at the Balboa Tennis Club is free.

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.  All draws will have consolation events.

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Spinosa and Santamaria Headline USTA National Open Hard Court Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (May 31, 2013) – The United States Tennis Association National Open Hard Court Championships are set to begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, June 3 at the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, Calif., 92104. The week-long national tennis event will conclude with the finals on Sunday, June 9.

One of the many highlights in this year’s tournament, which features some of the top open players in the country, is the return of defending men’s singles champion Clarke Spinosa of Claremont, Calif. He is the top-seed in this year’s men’s singles draw.

Spinosa recently completed his junior year at the University of San Diego, where he was co-captain of the USD men’s collegiate tennis team and helped lead the Toreros to the 2nd round of the NCAA Championships. In last year’s USTA National Open Hard Court Championships, Spinosa got past Campbell Johnson of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, in the men’s singles final.

The top seed in the women’s draw is Sabrina Santamaria of Los Angeles, who just finished her sophomore year at the University of Southern California, where she teamed with Kaitlyn Christian of Orange, Calif. to win the NCAA Doubles Championship this past Monday. Santamaria finished this year with a 31-5 singles record for the Trojans and is ranked No. 2 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Rankings.

Gabriella DeSimone of Ranch Santa Fe, Calif., the tournament’s 2012 women’s singles champion, will be unable to defend her title due to scheduling conflicts. However, she will team with Steven Forman of Del Mar, Calif. to play in the Mixed Doubles competition.

“It’s going to be a fantastic week of tennis. With this being an Open tournament, there are junior players, college players, teaching professionals and even senior players competing in the same event,” said Tournament Director Colleen Clery Ferrell. “I invite fans to come to the Balboa Tennis Club and watch some great tennis next week.”

Starting time for each day of the tournament will be 9 a.m. (PDT) Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 9. Admission for spectators to the week-long tournament is free and open to the public. On-site parking is free. Lunch can be purchased at Babycakes Balboa Park, a California casual café located at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Players will compete in Men’s Singles and Doubles, Women’s Singles and Doubles as well as Mixed Doubles. Consolation events in all divisions will also be offered. For complete tournament draws, go to:
http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=125688

The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball.

Former tournament champions include ATP touring professional Jack Sock and University of Southern California players Zoe Scandalis and Gabriella DeSimone, as well as former WTA touring professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.

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