May 3, 2016

USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

 

USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings

(as of April 25)

(April 25, 2016) From the USTA: Bjorn Fratangelo took a commanding lead in the USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge Standings at the end of Week 2 by winning the $50,000 St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger in Savannah, Ga., putting him in a strong position to earn a main-draw wild card into the 2016 French Open. Fratangelo claimed 80 points from Savannah and 35 points by reaching the semifinals of the $100,000 Joey Gratton Sarasota Open in Sarasota, Fla., two weeks ago, totaling 115 points.

The men’s Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge concludes this week with the $50,000 USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla. Jared Donaldson, who is in second place after reaching the final in Savannah, is the only player who can overtake Fratangelo and must win the title in Tallahassee to earn the wild card (a title in Tallahassee is worth 80 points). 

The women’s wild card challenge kicked off last week with the $50,000 Hardee’s Pro Classic in Dothan, Ala. Taylor Townsend reached the final in Dothan, earning 48 points and taking the early lead. Jessica Pegula, who reached the quarterfinals, is in second place. The second week of the women’s wild card challenge will take place at the $50,000 Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Va., this week.

Tallahassee and Charlottesville will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. Action can also be followed on the USTA Pro Circuit app by searching “procircuit” in the app store.

USTA Player Development will award a French Open main-draw wild card to one American man and one American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points in a series of USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events this spring.

Ranking points from two out of the three men’s and women’s events will be used and combined to calculate the point total and determine the French Open wild card recipient. If a player competes in more than two events, only his or her two best tournaments will be counted in calculating the point total. In the event of a tie, the player with the best ATP or WTA singles ranking in the published rankings of Monday, May 2 (men), and Monday, May 9 (women), will be awarded the wild card. Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into Roland Garros are eligible for the wild card.

The standings, as of April 25, are as follows:

The USTA first used the wild card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. In 2014, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri received the wild cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline by reaching the Roland Garros third round. Last year, young Americans Frances Tiafoe and Louisa Chirico secured the wild cards.

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Jon Glover and Lori Riffice Join USTA Player Development as National Coaches, Player ID and Development

From the USTA:

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that Jon Glover and Lori Riffice have joined USTA Player Development as National Coaches, Player ID and Development, to help identify and develop junior boys and girls, respectively. Both coaches will be based out of the USTA National Campus in Orlando and will report to Director of Player ID and Development Kent Kinnear.

“Jon and Lori are both exceptional coaches with deep ties to the American Tennis Family, and we’re very fortunate to be adding both of them to our Player ID and Development department,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman. “It is critical that we give developing juniors, their personal coaches and parents from all over the country support from proven National Coaches who have the trust and respect of our great private sector coaches throughout the country. Jon and Lori have the expertise and character necessary to work collaboratively with the private sector in our collective Team USA mission to develop future world-class American players.”

Glover has more than 15 years of coaching experience and joins USTA Player Development from Legacy Youth Tennis & Education in Philadelphia, where he was the Director of Player Development since September 2009. He was a top junior player and went on to play four years at the University of Florida, where he was the team captain his junior and senior years and left the Gators with the fifth most wins in program history.

Riffice, a former top player at UC-Santa Barbara, has been an instructor in the private sector for the past 30 years, coaching at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club in Roseville, Calif., Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club in Santa Barbara, Calif., and at the Jose Caballeros Tennis Academy and Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Fla. Riffice’s son

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USTA Names Eight Top Junior Boys to Team USA National Junior Team

 

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that eight top junior boys qualified for the 2016 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2000 or 2001, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world. The girls’ team will be selected in May.

Players qualified for the team through a playoff, held this past weekend at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla. Players were invited for the playoff based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking.  

2016 Team USA National Junior Team – Boys

Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, Fla.; Coach: Eleazor Magallon)

Andrew Fenty (Washington, D.C.; Coach: Asaf Yamin)

Michael Heller (Weston, Fla.; Coach: Arthur Heller)

Jaycer Lyeons (San Antonio, Texas; Coach: Joe Lyeons)

Govind Nanda (Cerritos, Calif.; Coach: Vahe Assadourian)

Adam Neff (Bradenton, Fla.; Brandon Wagner)

Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, Ill.; Jack Sharpe)

Sangeet Sridhar (Glendale, Ariz.; Lou Belken)

(Full results from the playoff are listed below)

USTA Player Development will provide the National Junior Team with training opportunities and coaching and travel assistance to select ITF junior tournaments throughout the summer, beginning with the Delray Beach ITF junior event on April 28.

Alshon, the No. 2-rated player in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings, won the Boys’ 16s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in December and recently reached the Boys’ 16s singles quarterfinals at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament. Fenty, the son of former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, is the No. 12-ranked sophomore in the country by Tennis Recruiting Network, while Heller is its No. 5-ranked freshman nationally. Lyeons, also a Boys’ 16s quarterfinalist at the 2016 Easter Bowl, is rated the No. 1 freshman in America by Tennis Recruiting Network.

Nanda has risen more than 600 spots in the ITF world junior rankings for all players ages 18 and under in 2016, to No. 212, after winning an ITF singles title in Guatemala and reaching two additional ITF singles finals. Neff, who has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, was a Boys’ 16s singles quarterfinalist at the Easter Bowl and finalist at the USTA International Spring Championships this year. Nefve, meanwhile, defeated Neff for the USTA International Spring Championships Boys’ 16s singles title. Sridhar reached the Boys’ 16s semifinals at the prestigious Eddie Herr junior tournament in December.

2016 TEAM USA National Junior Team – Boys

Day 1 Results:

Keenan Mayo d. Drew Baird, 6-4, 6-3

Michael Heller d. Jaycer Lyeons, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1

Sangeet Sridhar d. Nathan Han, 6-2, 6-1

Adam Neff d. Trey Hilderbrand, 6-1, 6-2

Andrew Fenty d. Robert Hammond, 6-3, 6-1

Christian Alshon d. Brian Shi, 7-6(5), 6-3

Govind Nanda d. William Grant, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

Axel Nefve d. Tomas Kopczynski, 6-4, 6-1

Day 2 Results:

Michael Heller d. Drew Baird, 7-5, 7-6(4)

Christian Alshon d. Robert Hammond, 6-1, 6-0

Govind Nanda d. Tomas Kopczynski, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Sangeet Sridhar d. Adam Neff, 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

Jaycer Lyeons d. Keenan Mayo, 6-4, 7-6(5)

Trey Hilderbrand d. Nathan Han, 7-5, 6-2

Andrew Fenty d. Brian Shi, 6-2, 6-1

Axel Nefve d. William Grant, 6-1, 6-2

Sangeet Sridhar d. Trey Hilderbrand, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Adam Neff d. Nathan Han, 6-4, 6-3

Michael Heller d. Keenan Mayo, 7-6(4), 6-2

Christian Alshon d. Andrew Fenty, 6-1, 6-2

Brian Shi d. James Ignatowich (alternate), 6-3, 6-2

Govind Nanda d. Axel Nefve, 6-3, 7-5

Tomas Kopczynski d. William Grant, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)

Jaycer Lyeons d. Drew Baird, 6-2, 6-2

Day 3 Results:

Adam Neff d. Keenan Mayo, 6-4, 6-4

Andrew Fenty d. Trey Hilderbrand, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2

Axel Nefve d. Brian Shi, 6-3, 6-1

Jaycer Lyeons d. Tomas Kopczynski, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

William Grant d. Nathan Han, 6-3, 6-4

James Ignatowich d. Drew Baird, 6-4, 1-6, ret.

Michael Heller d. Christian Alshon, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Sangeet Sridhar d. Govind Nanda, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5

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USTA Launches Online Audition for Children to Audition to Perform at 2016 US Open

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2016 – The USTA today announced that it has launched a nationwide online audition as part of its 10th annual US Open anthem audition. A select number of submissions will be chosen to participate in a call-back that will be held in New York City on June 28, with those selected earning the chance to perform “America the Beautiful” live in Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2016 US Open.

For the second consecutive year, the audition age will be extended to children 14 years of age or younger to submit an online audition performance. Previously, the casting call was only open to those 12 and under. The USTA first launched an open casting call in 2006.

“We are gearing up for an electrifying US Open with many exciting features for our fans, and we look forward to this year’s talented anthem singers to add to the joy and fun we have traditionally enjoyed,” said Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, USTA. “There’s plenty to look forward to this summer, and the USTA is proud to once again welcome another group of anthem singers to one of the biggest stages in sports.”

To submit an audition, children 14 years of age or younger as of Sept. 11, 2016, must upload a recorded version of themselves performing all or a portion of “America the Beautiful” a cappella to usopen.org/anthemauditions by May 13. All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the music and entertainment industry.

A select number of contestants from the online submissions will be invited to participate in an in-person call-back audition in New York City on June 28. There, participants will be asked to perform all or a portion of “America the Beautiful” a cappella individually in front of the judges.

Winners selected from the call-back audition will perform “America the Beautiful” live during the night sessions at the 2016 US Open, which will be held Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

The USTA will make its final singer selections in early July. Those selected will receive a US Open gift bag and tickets to their performance session. For more information on the online audition, including the official rules, log on to www.USOpen.org/anthemauditions.

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USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships Entry Deadline Is April 24

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(April 20, 2016) La Jolla, Calif. – The deadline to enter the upcoming USTA National Women’s 50-90 Hard Court Championships is Sunday, April 24. The national senior tennis tournament will take place May 9-15 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037.

The women’s national championship will include both singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups. These events are national championships and will attract the best players from all over the country in each age group, making this field of competitors the strongest in the country in each age division.

Players interested in playing in the tournament can register for the event at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=170897

“We are expecting an outstanding field of competitors for this year’s championships,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “These senior players have a unique style of play that will make for a spectacular week of entertaining tennis.”

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 44th Annual Men’s Senior Championships will also take place the same week in conjunction with the women’s events, and will include both singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

The start times for each day of the championships are as follows:

Monday, May 9 — 9 a.m.
Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13 — 8 a.m.
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 — 9 a.m.
(All times are PDT)

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Draws will be posted at the Beach Club and will be available via LJBTC.com.

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April 17 Fed Cup Results

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(April 17, 2016) The final results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

France will host Czech Republic in the Fed Cup Final on 12-13 November. In the semifinals, France defeated Netherlands 3-2 in Trelaze, while Czech Republic overcame Switzerland by the same scoreline in Lucerne.

Belarus, Germany, Spain and USA all won their World Group play-offs and will join Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Switzerland in the 2017 World Group.

Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia and Ukraine all won their World Group II play-offs, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Italy, Romania and Russia, in 2017 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Canada, Poland and Serbia, will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2017.

The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June. The top two seeds in the 2017 World Group will be the 2016 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 60 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 36 64 64

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 36 76(6) 61

Lucie Hradecka/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI) 62 62

FRANCE defeated NETHERLANDS 3-2

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 62

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 62 64

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 64

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 63 64

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Kiki Bertens/Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 46 63 63

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS defeated RUSSIA 3-2

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 63 36 61

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 62 63

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 62 57 63

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 46 61 75

Darya Kasatkina/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova/Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 64 62

 

SPAIN defeated ITALY 4-0

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(4) 60

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – not played

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 11  ret.

 

GERMANY defeated ROMANIA 4-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 62 63

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 67(5) 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 62 62

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 06 76(1) 63

Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu/Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 67(5) 76(4) [10-7]

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 4-0

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Madison Keys (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 64 62

Christina McHale (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 61 75

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 26 75 64

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA) – not played

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova/Arina Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 76(8)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 75 60

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 16 75 86

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 76(8) 64

Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 46 60 [10-5]

 

SLOVAKIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 46 63 61

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 46 64

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 75 62

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 62 60

Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova/Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) 63 06 [10-8]

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated POLAND 4-1

Venue: OSiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 63 64

Magdalena Frech (POL) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 46 60 62

Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 26 63 97

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Magdalena Frech (POL) 62 46 63

Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 62 76(1)

 

UKRAINE defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 61 64

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 63

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Fed Cup: U.S. defeats Australia 4-0 to Advance to World Group in 2017

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(April 17, 2016) The U.S. now moves back to competing in the World Group next year by beating Australia, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff on an outdoor clay court in Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In the first match of the day, world No. 36 CoCo Vandeweghe came from a set down to beat world No. 26 Samantha Stosur, 26, 75, 64, in two hours and 18 minutes to clinch the victory for the United States. The win was also the first in her Fed Cup singles career for Vandeweghe who now moves to 1-3. Vandeweghe also moved her lifetime record to 4-1 against Stosur.   The U.S. team is now 3-1 when Coco takes the court.  The Christina McHale-Daria Gavrilova match was not played.

“Well, I mean Sam’s a phenomenal player and I actually really enjoy playing against her because she is that phenomenal player,” said Vandeweghe.  “This is the first time we ever played on clay, so I mean, all the other surfaces were quicker, hardcourts or grass.  So I knew this would be more well suited for her game, she’d be more comfortable than I would be.  But you know, I still stuck to my game plan of trying to implement my game to her before she could definitely get me off balance and that’s pretty much what I try to do against her most of the time when we play.”

 

“Well that was the first Fed Cup singles win that I’ve ever had,” she said.  “The first time I ever played was in a final and I really didn’t rise to the occasion too well, I was – I think I was like 18 or something the first time I played and, you know, that was really disappointing for me as a player and also as a player representing the United States.  So, I mean I think it’s such a privilege to play for the United States and I think it’s always been my No.1 goal to play for my country and to make the Olympic team eventually more so than Grand Slams and stuff like that.  It was just the way I was raised.

 

In the dead doubles rubber, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe faced Daria Gavrilova and Arina Rodionova.  Daria and Arina were substituted for Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur.  In the end, Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe won the match, 61, 64, in one hour and 17 minutes.  With the victory Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe remain undefeated as a doubles team.  In Fed Cup, Mattek-Sands moved her doubles record to 5-0 record while Vandeweghe moved to 3-0.

 

“No the whole team is MVP, they all did their part, they all contributed,” said United Stated Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez.  “I always say the first match kind of gives you the momentum, I always say the first match is critical.  So Madison got us off to such a great start.  Hooray. And then Christina picked it up and played really, really well and fought so hard towards the end of the match, and then Coco today came back, a set and 2-love down, and you know, fought as well.  So it was an amazing effort to turn that match around and the doubles went great too.  So I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

The U.S. remains undefeated at 22-0 when leading after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. also improves to 10-12 all-time in Fed Cup ties played on the road, and holds an overall 146-36 record.  The victory also moves the Fed Cup teams record to 11-3 in matches played in Australia/New Zealand.

With the victory, the U.S. advances to the World Group in 2017. The 2017 Fed Cup draw will be made in mid-November after the World Group Finals.

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China-Bound Blumberg and Day Survive Rocky First Sets To Advance

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By Steve Pratt

CARSON, Calif. (March 31, 2016) – Carson is a long way from China, but it is where this week’s 12th Annual USTA International Spring Championship No. 2-seeded boy and girl are headed following the ITF-level Grade 1 tournament taking place at StubHub Center.

 

Both William Blumberg, 18, and Kayla Day, 16, will compete in the second annual 2016 ITF Junior Masters taking place at the Sichuan International Tennis Centre in Chengdu, China, April 8-10, based on their ITF world-ranking at the end of the year, instead of venturing two hours southeast to attend next week’s ASICS Easter Bowl in Indians Wells, Calif.

 

They both had tough first-set battles, with Blumberg coming back to beat Boca Raton’s USTA-trained Gianni Ross, originally from Illinois, 7-6 (6), 6-1. Day, who is from just up the coast in Santa Barbara, came back from a rough start to beat 15-year-old Ann Li of Devon, Pa., 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

 

Blumberg, a high school junior who is still deciding his university of choice for the fall of 2017, is playing his first tournament since the U.S. Open last year after recovering from mononucleosis. He experienced symptoms last year on his way to the Carson ISC title.

 

In the tight first set, Blumberg went up a break 4-3, then was broken but immediately broke right back. Serving for the set at 5-4, he was broken for 5-all and the set went into a tiebreaker. Blumberg battled back from down 2-5 in the tiebreaker to win the first set and then rolled in the second.

 

“That first set was big for me,” Blumberg said. “This is a comfortable place for me to play. My coaches and I have been working out a lot. I’m in shape and ready to go.”

 

Blumberg recalled being in Carson one year ago and suffering the effects of mono. “I just played through it,” he said. “I remember being exhausted; so dead tired. I remember playing Zeke Clark in the second round and I was up a set and I threw up. I was exhausted. And I had no idea what was going on. I just thought I was sick.”

 

He added: “When I’m sick it forces me to be more efficient with what I do, but sometimes it’s too tough for me.”

 

He received his diagnosis at the end of the summer, but still played in the U.S. Open junior tournament. “It’s the U.S. Open so I’m going to play,” he said. “But then I rested and haven’t played a tournament since. It’s OK. There’s no rush for me.”

 

Blumberg is ready to start setting up college trips, but wouldn’t divulge any top choices.

 

Day said her timing was off in her first-set loss to Li, 15, from Devon, Pa., who she had beaten in their only other meeting but two long years ago. “She definitely played well and my timing was off in the first set,” she said.

 

Day is currently being coached by USTA National Coach Henner Nehles in Boca Raton, Fla. Nehles is a former UNLV standout who continues to get the most out of all the players he coaches. “He brings so much intensity to every workout,” said, Day, who will be traveling with her Southern California coach Mike Gennette to China. “I’m really excited about every part of the trip, except the long flight to China.”

 

In the boys’ 16s semifinals it will be No. 2 Axel Nefve of Hinsdale, Ill., against No. 12 Eric Hahn of Fullerton, Calif., and No. 6 Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla., against No. 5 Vikash Singh of Hilton Head Island, S.C.

 

In the girls’ 16 semifinals it will be unseeded Eryn Cayetano of Corona, Calif., facing off against No. 14-seeded Jessi Muljat of Sacramento, Calif., while Hailey Baptiste of Takoma Park, Md., will face Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif.

 

All matches can be followed via Live Scoring through Tennis Ticker, the ITF’s official live scoring company at http://www.tennisticker.de/usa/usta-sb.html.

For more information on the tournament, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.

 

Results:

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD)  7-5, 6-2

Duarte Vale (Portugal)  def.  Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, FL)  1-6, 7-6(3), 6-1

Sam Riffice (Granite Bay, CA)  def.  Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA)  6-3, 6-1

Sebastian Arcila (Silver Spring, MD)  def.  Zeke Clark (Tulsa, OK)  6-0, 4-2  Ret (inj)

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Gianni Ross (Boca Raton, FL)  7-6(6), 6-1

Liam Caruana (Austin, Texas)  def.  Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA)  6-2, 7-6(2)

Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA)  def.  Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ)  6-2, 6-1

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Joshua Peck (Canada) 6-1, 6-0

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sebastian  Korda (Bradenton, FL)  6-1, 7-6(7)

Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, SC) / Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA)  def.  Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  6-4, 7-6(2)

Andres Andrade (Bradenton, FL) / Duarte Vale (Portugal)  def.  Sergio Hernandez (Colombia) / Juan Alejandro  Hernandez Serrano (Mexico)  6-4, 3-6, 10-7

Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD) / Sam Riffice (Granite Bay, CA)  def.  Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam  Caruana (Austin, Texas)  5-7, 7-5, 10-6

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, CA)  def.  Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, BC)  def.  Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK)  6-2, 7-6(3)

Meible Chi (Weston, FL)  def.  Sofia Sewing (Doral, FL)  6-2, 6-3

Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA)  def.  Elysia Bolton (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)  6-3, 6-1

Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA)  def.  Ann Li (Devon, PA)  4-6, 6-4, 6-1

Carson Branstine (Orange, CA)  def.  Jade Lewis (New Zealand)  4-6, 7-5, 6-0

Abigail Desiatnikov (Atlanta, GA)  def.  Maria Mateas (Braintree, MA)  2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL)  def.  Ellie Douglas (McKinney, TX)  6-3, 6-1

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH) / Kariann Pierre Louis (Miami, FL)  def.  Nadia Gizdova (Columbia, MD) / Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, FL)  6-3, 3-6, 10-7

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) / Raquel Pedraza (Claremont, CA)  def.  Kate Paulus (Boca Raton, FL) / Alana Smith (Fort Washington, MD)  6-4, 6-7(7), 10-7

Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton, FL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  def.  Elysia Bolton (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) / Chiara  Lommer (Skokie, IL)  6-3, 6-1

Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) / carson branstine (College Park, MD)  def.  Lea Ma (Dix Hills, NY) / Emma  Decoste (Stuart, FL)  6-2, 7-6(5)

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, IL)  def.  Jake Sands (Pacific Palisades, CA)  6-4, 6-3

Eric Hahn (Fullerton, CA)  def.  Matthew Segura (Los Angeles, CA)  7-6(6), 6-1

Adam Neff (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Tyler Zink (Bradenton, FL)  6-4, 7-6(4)

Vikash Singh (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Govind Nanda (Cerritos, CA)  6-3, 6-3

 

Boys’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

William Grant (Bronxville, NY) / Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, IL)  def.  Leighton Allen (Austin, TX) / Nicholas Garcia (Hollywood, FL)  6-2, 6-1

Eric Hahn (Fullerton, CA) / Maximilian Wild (Murrieta, CA)  def.  Jericho Grollman (Lake Mary, FL) / Benji  Jacobson (Bloomfield Hills, MI)  6-4, 6-3

Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, CA) / Jake Sands (Pacific Palisades, CA)  def.  Joseph Brailovsky (North Potomac, MD) / Brandon Perez (Staunton, VA)  7-5, 6-3

Adam Neff (Bradenton, FL) / Tyler Zink (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Patrick Maloney (Oyster Bay, NY) / Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY)  6-3, 7-5

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Eryn Cayetano (Corona, CA)  def.  Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  6-2, 6-2

Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA)  def.  Peyton Stearns (Mason, OH)  6-4, 6-4

Hailey Baptiste (Takoma Park, MD)  def.  Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA)  6-2, 6-3

Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, CA)  def.  Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA)  6-4, 4-6, 4-0  Ret (inj)

 

Girls’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Ali Despain (Murrells Inlet, SC) / Alexis Merrill (Fairfax, VA)  def.  Avery Aude (Woodland Hills, CA) / Elizabeth Goldsmith (Chula Vista, CA)  6-1, 6-4

Dasha Kourkina (Brooklyn, NY) / Michelle Sorokko (Little Neck, NY)  def.  Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA) / Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA)  7-6(5), 7-6(2)

Hailey Baptiste (Takoma Park, MD) / Mackenzie Clark (College Park, MD)  def.  Kacie Harvey (Braintree, MA) / Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA)  6-4, 2-6, 10-6

Addison Guevara (Keller, TX) / Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  def.  Julieanne Bou (Bayamon, PR) / MariaFernanda Campos (Laredo, TX)  1-6, 6-4, 10-6

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Top-Seeded Girl Anisimova Rallies, While Boys’ No. 1 Blanch Upset At USTA International Spring Championships

CARSON, Calif. (March 30, 2016) – The top-seeded girls’ 18s player at the 12th Annual USTA International Spring Championships survived a slow start to win in three sets, while the top-seeded boys’ 18s player wasn’t as fortunate, falling in three sets.

 

On Day 3 of the ITF Level 1 tournament being played at StubHub Center in Carson, unseeded Jessica Livianu of Brooklyn, N.Y., got off to a quick 5-1 start and took the first set off No. 1 Amanda Anisimova of Hallandale Beach, Fla., 6-4. But the 14-year-old Anisimova rallied to take the match, 6-3, 6-2, during the second round of action.

 

Top-seeded boys’ 18s player Ulises Blanch of Deerfield Beach, Fla., also fell in his first set against unseeded Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., 6-4, pulled out the second 7-5, but was unable to complete the comeback as Kypson got hot late to win the last four games and the match, 6-4 in the third.

 

“He’s top 10 in the world and he’s very established,” said Kypson, 16, of the No. 9 ITF world-ranked Blanch. “I was fortunate to get a little bit lucky to get those break points I needed in the third set.”

 

A finalist in the 16s two years ago, Kypson said he served well the entire match and had his served broken only twice in his first career meeting again Blanch. Kypson reminded that there are still a lot of strong unseeded players in the tournament and upsets aren’t uncommon at an ITF event like this one. “At this level anybody can take out anyone on any given day,” he said. “You take it day by day and hope you survive.”

 

Anisimova survived the fast-playing hard-court surface, saying said she is used to playing on slower clay courts and hard courts. “I didn’t start out very well and was making a lot of mistakes and had to get adjusted to the fast courts,” said Anisimova, ranked No. 11 in the ITF world rankings.

 

She added she loves California, but has been surprised how cold the temperatures have been. Asked if she was going to play next week’s ASICS Easter Bowl in the Coachella Valley where temperatures are supposed to be warmer, she said she was not. “I’m just going to go back home and take the week off,” she said. “I have a lot of tournaments coming up so I’m going to go back and rest.”

 

Livianu couldn’t keep up her first-set level of play. “I was up 5-1 in the first and I was happy to close it out,” she said. “I didn’t get tight but I might have gotten tired in the third set. I thought back to what Billie Jean King always says: pressure is a privilege. I just wasn’t able to close her out.”

 

Carson ISC defending champion William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., also had a tight first set, falling to Sebastian Korda of Bradenton, Fla., before coming back to win, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The 6-foot-2 Korda, 15, is the son of former Top 10 world-ranked player Petr Korda of the Czech Republic, the last Czech player to win a Grand Slam singles title, the Australian Open in 1998.

 

Korda is coached by his father, and also trains with the USTA in Boca Raton, Fla., with coach Leo Azevedo, who is in Carson with him this week while his father will coach him at the ASICS Easter Bowl next week. Later in the day, Korda moved into the 18s doubles quarterfinals with partner Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, Fla.

 

In the Girls’ 16s, Eryn Cayetano of Corona, Calif., is the only remaining unseeded player and into Thursday’s quarterfinals. She trains with the RAMP Tennis Academy out of StubHub. In the Boys’ 16s, Matthew Segura of Los Angeles holds that same distinction as the last remaining unseeded player upset No. 3-seeded William Grant of Boca Raton, Fla., 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

 

All matches can be followed via Live Scoring through Tennis Ticker, the ITF’s official live scoring company at http://www.tennisticker.de/usa/usta-sb.html.

For more information on the tournament, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.

 

Results:

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL)  6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Joshua Peck (Armstrong, BC)  def.  Luke Hammond (White Plains, NY)  6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Liam Caruana (Austin, TX)  def.  Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH)  6-0, 6-2

Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA)  def.  Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, SC)  6-0, 6-1

Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Sean Hill (Berkeley, CA)  6-1, 6-0

Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA)  def.  Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD)  6-2, 6-2

Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Jenson Brooksby (Carmichael, CA)  6-1, 6-2

Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD)  def.  Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL)  6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Duarte Vale (White Plains, NY)  def.  Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)  3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Maxwell Mendelsohn (Little Rock, AR)  6-0, 6-3

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA)  def.  Andrew Fenty (Washington, DC)  6-4, 6-1

Sam Riffice (Granite Bay, CA)  def.  Juan Alejandro Hernandez Serrano (Clearwater, FL)  6-2, 6-0

Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.)  def.  Caleb Chakravarthi (Irvine, CA)  6-1, 6-3

Sebastian Arcila (Silver Spring, MD)  def.  Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY)  6-3, 6-2

Gianni Ross (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Connor Hance (Torrance, CA)  6-4, 6-1

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Sebastian Korda (Bradenton, FL)  5-7, 6-2, 6-1

 

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT) / Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Sebastian Arcila (Silver Spring, MD) / Danny  Thomas (Pickerington, OH)  3-6, 7-5, 10-6

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL) / Sebastian Korda (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA) / Joshua  Peck (Armstrong, BC)  6-1, 6-1

Andres Andrade (Bradenton, FL) / Duarte Vale (White Plains, NY)  def.  Ching Lam (White Plains, NY) / Ming  Sou (White Plains, NY)  4-6, 6-3, 10-6

sergio hernandez (Doral, FL) / Juan Alejandro Hernandez Serrano (Clearwater, FL)  def.  Gianni Ross (Boca Raton, FL) / Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, FL)  4-6, 6-1, 10-5

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Zummy Bauer (Suwanee, GA) / Morgan  Dill (Coral Gables, FL)  6-2, 6-3

Oliver Crawford (Portland, OR) / Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA)  def.  Alexander Donski (Philadelphia, PA) / Sebastian Mermersky (Washington, DC)  6-3, 6-3

Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD) / Sam Riffice (Granite Bay, CA)  def.  Arnav Dhingra (Darnestown, MD) / Nikolai  Parodi (Takoma Park, MD)  6-1, 6-3

Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam Caruana (Austin, TX)  def.  Luke Hammond (White Plains, NY) / Jason Legall (Palm Coast, FL)  6-2, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)

Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL)  def.  Jessica Livianu (Brooklyn, NY)  4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Ellie Douglas (McKinney, TX)  def.  Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA)  6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Camille Favero (Sacramento, CA)  6-3, 6-4

Carson Branstine (Orange, CA)  def.  Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, FL)  6-4, 6-4

Maria Mateas (Braintree, MA)  def.  Sara Choy (Palo Alto, CA)  6-1, 6-0

Abigail Desiatnikov (Atlanta, GA)  def.  Margaryta Bilokin (New Canaan, CT)  0-6, 6-4, 7-5

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Raquel Pedraza (Claremont, CA)  6-4, 6-1

Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, CA)  def.  Layne Sleeth (Wesley Chapel, FL)  6-2, 6-1

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK)  def.  Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH)  6-4, 6-3

Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, BC)  def.  Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, OH)  6-3, 6-0

Sofia Sewing (Doral, FL)  def.  Helen Altick (Monroe, LA)  7-5, 6-3

Meible Chi (Weston, FL)  def.  Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ)  3-6, 7-5, 6-1

Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA)  def.  Melissa Plambeck (Bradenton, FL)  6-0, 6-1

Elysia Bolton (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)  def.  Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton, FL)  6-4, 6-2

Ann Li (Devon, PA)  def.  Chiraz Bechri (White Plains, NY)  6-3, 2-6, 6-4

Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA)  def.  Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  7-5, 6-1

 

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)

Nadia Gizdova (Columbia, MD) / Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA) / Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, OH)    Wo (ill)

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH) / Kariann Pierre Louis (Miami, FL)  def.  Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne, CA) / Mimi Levine (Santa Monica, CA)  6-2, 2-6, 12-10

Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton, FL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  def.  Victoria Emma (Naples, FL) / Maria Mateas (Braintree, MA)  6-1, 4-6, 10-8

Elysia Bolton (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) / Chiara Lommer (Skokie, IL)  def.  Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA) / Jessica Livianu (Brooklyn, NY)  7-6(4), 5-7, 10-1

Kate Paulus (Boca Raton, FL) / Alana Smith (Fort Washington, MD)  def.  Hannah Altick (Monroe, LA) / Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  6-2, 7-6(5)

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK) / Raquel Pedraza (Claremont, CA)  def.  Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA) / Jada Robinson (Kennesaw, GA)  6-4, 6-3

Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA) / Carson Branstine (College Park, MD)  def.  Chloe Beck (Watkinsville, GA) / Emma Navarro (Charleston, SC)  6-3, 6-4

Lea Ma (Dix Hills, NY) / Emma Decoste (Stuart, FL)  def.  Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL) / Ellie Douglas (McKinney, TX)  7-5, 6-1

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Govind Nanda (Cerritos, CA)  def.  Joshua Xu (Chandler, AZ)  6-4, 6-2

Vikash Singh (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Hunter Heck (New Brighton, MN)  6-2, 7-6(6)

Tyler Zink (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Maximilian Wild (Murrieta, CA)  6-3, 6-3

Adam Neff (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, CA)  7-5, 6-2

Eric Hahn (Fullerton, CA)  def.  Bradley Frye (Overland Park, KS)  6-3, 6-4

Matthew Segura (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  William Grant (Boca Raton, FL)  4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2

Jake Sands (Pacific Palisades, CA)  def.  Jaycer Lyeons (San Antonio, TX)  6-2, 6-1

Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, IL)  def.  Stevie Gould (Corte Madera, CA)  6-3, 7-6(0)

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Eryn Cayetano (Corona, CA)  def.  Alexis Merrill (Fairfax, VA)  6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  def.  Amy Huang (San Diego, CA)  4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA)  def.  Cameron Compall (Winnetka, IL)  6-2, 6-0

Peyton Stearns (Mason, OH)  def.  Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY)  6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Hailey Baptiste (Takoma Park, MD)  def.  Addison Guevara (Keller, TX)  6-2, 6-3

Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA)  def.  Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale, CA)  7-5, 6-4

Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA)  def.  Dasha Kourkina (Brooklyn, NY)  6-3, 6-3

Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, CA)  def.  Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ)  7-5, 6-1

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Carson Branstine Upsets Doubles Partner and Fellow Southern California Resident Taylor Johnson At USTA International Spring Championships

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By Steve Pratt

(March 29, 2016) CARSON, Calif.,  – Playing one of your best friends in singles is never easy, especially if you have to come back later in the day and play doubles with them.

 

But it’s what the unseeded Carson Branstine from the City of Orange, Calif., was faced with Tuesday on Day 2 at the 12th Annual USTA International Spring Championships, an ITF Level 1 tournament being played at StubHub Center in Carson.

 

Branstine handled it calmly and collectively, eliminating No. 8 seed Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, in singles, and coming back later in the day to team with Johnson to beat their first-round opponents needing a super-tiebreaker, 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.

 

“She’s such a good friend so it was hard,” said the unseeded Branstine, who had several match points she let get away in the second-set tiebreaker. “I was trying not to think about it. I got a little bit relaxed. She’s one of the best players out there and I knew she would keep fighting. In the second set I definitely fell off with my level of play.”

Earlier this year, Branstine qualified for a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures event in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and then fell to pro player Asia Muhammad in the first round of the main draw of her first pro event.

 

Just 15 years old and now part of a growing number of players entered in the Carson tournament who were born in the 2000s, Branstine just last week won the 18s singles at the ITF Grade 4 Newport Beach Bowl where she won five of seven three-set matches, including the final where she beat American Ann Li 7-6 (1) in the third.

 

The tournament was played at the Tennis Club at Newport Beach where she trains with the Grand Slam Tennis Institute.

 

Last month, Branstine was invited by the USTA to play in an exhibition match against fellow junior and another good friend Tyra Hurricane Black at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event was an opening match presented by HEAD Penn Racquet Sports as part of World Tennis Day and was a warm-up act for the annual BNP Paribas Showdown featuring Gael Monfils, and world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, as well as former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 21-time Major Champion Serena Williams.

 

“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” Branstine said. “I played in front of 8 or 10,000 people. It was pretty cool. I wasn’t that nervous because I figured they came to watch me.”

 

The boys Newport Beach winner wasn’t as fortunate in his first-round match on Tuesday as Keenan Mayo of Roseville, Calif., fell to Alafia Ayeni of San Diego, 6-3, 6-2.

 

Late Monday night, No. 7-seeded 18s player Zeke Clark from Tulsa, Okla., finished up his first round close to 10 p.m. with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Brian Shi of Jericho, N.Y.

 

Clark is currently a senior at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa and trains at the Trent Tucker Tennis Academy. He is set to play on scholarship next fall at the University of Illinois.

 

“These are two tournaments you look forward to all year, Carson and the ASICS Easter Bowl,” said Clark, who played in the main draw juniors at the Australian Open in January. “Having that experience, you want to do that again. Hopefully I can do that and do well here and get my ranking up there to get into the French Open and Wimbledon. If I don’t, then I’ll play qualies.”

 

Clark is currently ranked No. 66 in the world ITF rankings. “A few good weeks and maybe we can make that happen,” he added.

 

In the Girls’ 16s, Eryn Cayetano of Corona, Calif., who trains with the RAMP Tennis Academy at StubHub, felt right at home with her huge 6-4, 6-1, upset over top-seeded Kacie Harvey in the second round.

 

All matches can be followed via Live Scoring through Tennis Ticker, the ITF’s official live scoring company at http://www.tennisticker.de/usa/usta-sb.html.

For more information on the tournament, log onto the website at www.usta.com/isc.

 

Complete first-round singles results from Monday and Tuesday:

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL)  def.  Tristan McCormick (Berwyn, PA)  4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Nicolas Mejia (Aventura, FL)  7-6(5, 6-2

Luke Hammond (White Plains, NY)  def.  Arnav Dhingra (Darnestown, MD)  6-3, 6-4

Joshua Peck (Armstrong, BC)  def.  Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)  7-6(3), 6-2

Liam Caruana (Austin, TX)  def.  Trey Hilderbrand (San Antonio, TX)  6-3, 6-3

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH)  def.  Sangeet Sridhar (Glendale, AZ)  6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, SC)  def.  Drew Baird (Holly Springs, NC)  6-1, 6-3

Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, CA)  def.  Harrison Brown (Hilton Head Island, SC)  6-1, 6-1

Nathan Ponwith (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Jason Legall (Palm Coast, FL)  6-4, 6-1

Sean Hill (Berkeley, CA)  def.  Sebastian Mermersky (Washington, DC)  6-3, 6-4

Alafia Ayeni (San Diego, CA)  def.  Keenan Mayo (Roseville, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD)  def.  Andres Andrade (Bradenton, FL)  6-0, 3-6, 6-3

Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Ching Lam (White Plains, NY)  7-5, 6-2

Jenson Brooksby (Carmichael, CA)  def.  Gui Gomes (Newport Beach, CA)  2-6, 6-3, 3-0

Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, MD)  def.  Jorge Nunez (Kissimmee, FL)  6-4, 6-4

Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL)  def.  Mac Kiger (Katonah, NY)  6-3, 6-4

Duarte Vale (White Plains, NY)  def.  Sean Sculley (Hilton Head Island, SC)  2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Jacob Brumm (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)  def.  Alexander Donski (Philadelphia, PA)  1-6, 6-4, 6-2

Maxwell Mendelsohn (Little Rock, AR)  def.  Mwendwa Mbithi (Deerfield Beach, FL)  6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Ray Ho (White Plains, NY)  6-2, 6-2

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA)  def.  Morgan Dill (Coral Gables, FL)  7-6(3), 6-1

Andrew Fenty (Washington, DC)  def.  Ming Sou (White Plains, NY)  6-3, 6-1

Juan Alejandro Hernandez Serrano (Clearwater, FL)  def.  Austen Huang (Elk Grove, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Sam Riffice (Granite Bay, CA)  def.  Jake Van Emburgh (Belleair Beach, FL)  6-3, 6-3

Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.)  def.  Brian Shi (Jericho, NY)  6-4, 6-2

Caleb Chakravarthi (Irvine, CA)  def.  Jorge Ortegon (Cedar Creek, TX)  7 6(2), 6-3, 6-4

Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY)  def.  Matthew Story (White Plains, NY)  7-5, 6-3

Sebastian Arcila (Silver Spring, MD)  def.  Matthew Gamble (Webster, NY)  6-1, 6-2

Connor Hance (Torrance, CA)  def.  Carlos Divar (White Plains, NY)  6-3, 7-6(6)

Gianni Ross (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Kevin Ma (San Ramon, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Sebastian Korda (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Sergio Hernandez (Doral, FL)  6-4, 6-2

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Robert Loeb (Hilton Head, SC)  6-1, 6-1

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL)  def.  Paris Corley (Grants, NM)  6-4, 6-1

Jessica Livianu (Brooklyn, NY)  def.  Nidhi Surpaneni (White Plains, NY)  6-3, 6-2

Hanna Chang (Fontana, CA)  def.  Kamilla Kokeladze (Plantation, FL)  6-2, 6-3

Ellie Douglas (McKinney, TX)  def.  Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ)  6-3, 1-6, 6-2

Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Mimi Levine (Santa Monica, CA)  6-1, 6-1

Camille Favero (Sacramento, CA)  def.  Nicole  Lynn Anderson (College Park, MD)  6-1, 6-3

Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Alana Smith (Fort Washington, MD)  6-2, 7-6(3)

Carson Branstine (Orange, CA)  def.  Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, CA)  6-3, 6-7(7), 6-3

Maria Mateas (Braintree, MA)  def.  Malkia Menguene (Washington, DC)  6-3, 6-4

Sara Choy (Palo Alto, CA)  def.  Alexandra Angyalosy (Boca Raton, FL)  6-4, 6-1

Margaryta Bilokin (New Canaan, CT)  def.  Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas, NV)  6-1, 6-4

Abigail Desiatnikov (Atlanta, GA)  def.  Zoe Spence (Chicago, IL)  6-0, 6-4

Raquel Pedraza (Claremont, CA)  def.  Kelly Chen (Cerritos, CA)  6-4, 6-3

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA)  6-3, 7-6(6)

Layne Sleeth (Wesley Chapel, FL)  def.  Nicole Conard (Boca Raton, FL)  6-4, 6-1

Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, CA)  def.  Chiara Lommer (Skokie, IL)  7 5, 6 2

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK)  def.  Safiya Carrington (South Hadley, MA)  7-6(3), 7-6(2), 6-3

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH)  def.  Nicole Mossmer (La Jolla, CA)  6-3, 6-4

Rosie Johanson (Abbotsford, BC)  def.  Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, NC)  6-2, 7-5

Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, OH)  def.  Ashley Lahey (Hawthorne, CA)  5-7, 6-3, 7-5

Helen Altick (Monroe, LA)  def.  Maria Kozyreva (Granite Bay, CA)  6-2, 6-4

Sofia Sewing (Doral, FL)  def.  Sabina Dadaciu (Stuart, FL)  7-5, 6-4

Meible Chi (Weston, FL)  def.  Kariann Pierre Louis (Miami, FL)  6-4, 6-2

Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ)  def.  Emma Decoste (Stuart, FL)  5-7, 6-2, 6-1

Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA)  def.  Vanessa Wong (White Plains, NY)  6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Melissa Plambeck (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Jimena Rodriguez Benito (Miami, FL)  3-6, 7-5, 6-1

Elysia Bolton (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)  def.  Nadia Gizdova (Columbia, MD)  4-6, 6-2, 6-1

Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Ryan Peus (Palos Verdes Estates, CA)  5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Ann Li (Devon, PA)  def.  Victoria Emma (Naples, FL)  6-1, 6-3

Chiraz Bechri (White Plains, NY)  def.  Jada Robinson (Reisterstown, MD)  6-2, 6-3

Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  def.  Amanda Meyer (Delray Beach, FL)  6-2, 6-1

Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA)  def.  Sydney Van Alphen (Laguna Beach, CA)  6-1, 6-1

 

Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)

Jacob Bullard (Calabasas, CA)  def. Brandon Perez (Staunton, VA)  6-3, 7-6(2)

Leighton Allen (Austin, TX)  def. Holden Smith (Spring City, PA)  6-0, 6-0

Hunter Heck (New Brighton, MN)  def. William Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY)  6-1, 6-1

Benjamin Keyser (Vienna, VA)  def. Naevin Anukornchaikul (Irvine, CA)  7-5, 6-2

Evin McDonald (Bethesda, MD)  def. Aidan Mayo (Roseville, CA)  6-2, 7-6(7)

Austin Di Giulio (Newport Beach, CA)  def. Nicholas Garcia (Hollywood, FL)  6-1, 3-6, 6-0

Stefan Dostanic (Irvine, CA)  def. Zane Khan (San Antonio, TX)  7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2

Anders Gibbons (Mercer Island, WA)  def. Jericho Grollman (Lake Mary, FL)  6-4, 6-2

Joseph Brailovsky (North Potomac, MD)  def. Omni Kumar (Irvine, CA)  6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Aditya Gupta (Irvine, CA)  def. Jeffrey Fradkin (New York, NY)  7-5, 6-1

Matthew Segura (Los Angeles, CA)  def. Jonah Wilson (Gilbert, AZ)  7-5, 6-0

Emilio Nava (Woodland Hills, CA)  def. Karapet Vardanyan (Granada Hills, CA)  3-6, 7-(9), 6-4

Alan Yim (Bellevue, WA)  def. Patrick Maloney (Oyster Bay, NY)  6-1, 6-4

Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, AZ) def.  Brandon Wong (Mercer Island, WA)  6-3, 6-4

Stevie Gould (Corte Madera, CA)  def. Alexander Petrov (Irvine, CA)  6-2, 6-4

Dustin Kua (Valencia, CA)  def. Kyler Jirasook (Walnut, CA)  6-0, 6-1

 

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)

Eryn Cayetano (Corona, CA)  def.  Zlata Bobyr (San Diego, CA)  0-6, 6-2, 6-2

Alexis Merrill (Fairfax, VA)  def.  Elizabeth Goldsmith (Chula Vista, CA)  7-5, 7-6(4)

Shelly Yaloz (Little Neck, NY)  def. Victoria Hu (Northborough, MA)  6-4, 6-4

Amy Huang (San Diego, CA)  def.  Mae Fmar Canete (Los Angeles, CA)  6-3, 7-5

Alycia Parks (Port Saint Lucie, FL)  def.  Alina Menshykova (Ojai, CA)  6-2, 6-1

Maxi Duncan (Costa Mesa, CA)  def.  Annika Bassey (Malibu, CA)  7-6(7), 6-2

Gabriella Price (Montebello, NY)  def.  Christine Inah Canete (Los Angeles, CA)  6-2, 6-2

Anna Campana (Hillsborough, CA)  def.  Avery Aude (Woodland Hills, CA)  6-4, 6-1

Emily Dush (Chula Vista, CA)  def.  Odessa Stork (Carpinteria, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Saki Oyama (Ojai, CA)  def.  Katya Hersh (Carpentersville, IL)  6-2, 6-2

Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA)  def.  Scout Mathews (Ojai, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Olivia McIntosh Adams (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Lauren Lemonds (Indianapolis, IN)  6-1, 6-4

Ali Despain (Murrells Inlet, SC)  def.  Mackenzie Clark (College Park, MD)  2-6, 6-0, 6-3

Dominique Stone (North Hollywood, CA)  def.  Casey Chen (Alameda, CA)  7-6(5), 6-2

Jacquie Tan (Elk Grove, CA)  def.  Casie Wooten (Torrance, CA)  7-6(3), 6-4

MariaFernanda Campos (Laredo, TX)  def.  Tara Malik (Secaucus, NJ)  7-5, 6-3

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