May 28, 2016

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

By Steve Pratt

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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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