November 29, 2015

Americans Blumberg and Kenin Win 18s Singles Titles At USTA International Spring Championships

William Blumberg Photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

William Blumberg Photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

CARSON, Calif., (Sunday, April 5, 2015) – Playing in his third ITF junior final this year, top-seeded William Blumberg used his experience to beat 15-year-old IMG Academy talent Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia on Sunday to win the Boys’ 18s singles title at the ITF Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships played at StubHub Center.


Sixteen-year-old Sonya Kenin from Pembroke Pines, Fla., also got the better of another IMG Academy prospect, as she needed three sets to beat fellow Florida resident Fanni Stollar, 16, of Hungary to capture the Girls’ 18s title, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-0.


Kenin held a 4-2 lead in the second-set tiebreaker, but couldn’t clinch it on two match points as Stollar played several huge points to stay alive, including a clutch down-the-line backhand winner down 5-6.


“She set the point up really good; it’s not like I just missed,” said Kenin, the No. 2 seed, who had another chance at the win up 7-6 but was unable to convert.


The fourth-seeded Stollar served tough to make it 8-7 and then Kenin served and hit a backhand wide to send it to a third set. Kenin didn’t think Stollar could keep up the high level of play and overpowered her to win the third set easily.


“I didn’t want to lose the whole match just because I had lost two match points,” said Kenin, visibly shaken and distraught heading into the third set. “It was really upsetting.”


Kenin will now try and pull off the double Carson and ASICS Easter Bowl 18s titles, something accomplished players Melanie Oudin (2007) and CiCi Bellis have done (2014) in recent years.


“I want to try and win the Easter Bowl,” said Kenin, who spoke to her mother by phone after the win. “She won’t even watch the live scores. She just sits there and won’t do anything. She gets too nervous.”


Stollar said she will return home to Budapest, Hungary, and begin training on red clay for the Junior French Open. “It wasn’t my day and my serve wasn’t on,” she said.


Blumberg played solidly and kept more balls in plan than his opponent, despite the windy conditions. For the past six months I’ve really been working on being way more aggressive and cutting off the angles on the forehand,” Blumberg said. “I did a good job of doing that yesterday against Nathan (Ponwith). I can be scrappy; I can play defense.”


Said Kecmanovic: “He made me miss a lot today. The conditions were OK. It was a good experience and I was glad I made it all the way to the final.”


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Boys’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

William Blumberg (1) (Greenwich, CT) def. Miomir Kecmanovic (2) (Boca Raton, FL)  6-2, 6-4


Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Sonya Kenin (2) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Fanni Stollar (4) (Bradenton, Fla.) 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-0

Written by Steve Pratt


Seeded Players Gordon, Kenin, Neel and Stollar Advance To 18s Semis At USTA International Spring Championships

CARSON, Calif., (Friday, April 3, 2015) – It was a long day on the courts for three of the four girls that moved on to the semifinals at the ITF Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships at StubHub Center on Friday.


It was especially long for Michaela Gordon and Sonya Kenin in the Girls’ 18s, who both needed three sets to advance in singles, and then later played in quarterfinal doubles matches with Gordon of Saratoga, Calif., advancing to both the singles semifinals and doubles final to be played on Saturday.


Gordon, the 15-year-old No. 3 seed in singles, beat No. 6 Katherine Sebov of Canada, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, and will face Kenin in one of Saturday’s semifinals. Kenin also needed three sets to take out local SoCal’s unseeded Emma Higuchi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, but later fell in her doubles quarterfinal.


In the other 18s semifinal it will be No. 7 Ingrid Neel of Bradenton, Fla., against her IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy rival and No. 4-seeded Fanni Stollar of Hungary.


The two have never faced each other in a tournament match. “We’ve never played each other but we train together a lot!” said Neel, 16, originally from Rochester, Minn. “It’ll be a little bit of both fun and tough. I’m going to try and have as much fun as I can and try to win. It will be a battle and I’m looking forward to it.”


Neel played great down the stretch to upset top-seeded Usue Arconada, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. Just two weeks ago, Neel surprised many with a huge win in the qualifying of the WTA Miami Open where she beat No. 7 seed and WTA No. 85 Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-1, 6-2.


“I’m so glad I was able to have that experience,” she said. “Miami was just so great, and I’m so glad I had a chance to do it so early in my career. With the pros and juniors there is just such a big difference. In the pros they just don’t give you a point and I’ve been trying to do concentrate on that here. Just act like a pro a little bit.”


Gordon, 15, won her first ITF junior title in January beating Kenin in three sets in the semifinals of the Grade 1 Costa Rica event. “There are so many good players here,” said Gordon, beaten in the first round at Carson by Arconada in 2013, and by Jessica Ho in the Round of 16 last year. “I’ve been playing aggressive and getting better as I go. (Sebov) played so good from the start. There was nothing I could do at the beginning.  I thought if she beats me this way, it’s fine. She was playing like a top 50 pro player. She was hitting winners everywhere.”


Gordon, traditionally known as a defensive player, says she added some offense to her game. “Now I’m starting to change my game so I have both offense and defense,” she said. “If I would have just defended today, there was no way. I’m starting to be more aggressive.”


Top-seeded Boys’ 18s player William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., didn’t need much time to dispatch unseeded and Notre Dame-bound Johnathan Small of Zionsville, Ind., 6-1, 6-0. He will face No. 5 Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., in one semifinal. Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, the No. 2 seed, takes on USC-bound Kalman Boyd of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the other semifinal.


In the Boys’ 16s final on Saturday, it will be No. 6 Oliver Crawford of Spartanburg, S.C., against No. 5 Andrew Fenty of Washington, D.C.


In the Girls’ 16s final, No. 4 Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa, meets No. 15 Natasha Subhash of Fairfax, Va.


To follow all the action this week at Carson, log onto for Ken Thomas’ commentary and interviews. To follow the live scores online, go to For a complete run down of scores and updated draws, log onto the website at


Boys’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

William Blumberg (1) (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Johnathan Small (Zionsville, IN)  6-1, 6-0

Kalman Boyd (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)  def.  Robert Levine (16) (Bedford, NY)  4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Miomir Kecmanovic (2) (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, WI)  7-6(3), 6-1

Nathan Ponwith (5) (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Alejandro Tabilo (4) (Etobicoke, Ontairo)  7-6(3), 6-1


Boys’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Benjamin Hannestad / Alejandro Tabilo (3) (Etobicoke, Ontario)  def.  Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam  Caruana (2) (New Braunfels, TX)  7-5, 6-4

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT) / Nathan Ponwith (1) (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Robert Levine (Bedford, NY) / Catalin Mateas (6) (Braintree, MA) 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5)


Girls’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Fanni Stollar (4)  def.  Kelly Chen (Cerritos, CA)  6-2, 7-5

Sonya Kenin (2) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR)  3-6, 6-0, 6-3

Michaela Gordon (3) (Saratoga, CA)  def.  Katherine Sebov (6) (Woodbridge, ON)  1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4


Girls’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA) / Raquel Pedraza (4) (Claremont, CA)  def.  Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) / Katherine Sebov (5) (Woodbridge, ON)  2-6, 6-0, 10-7

Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  def.  Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA) / Sonya Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  6-3, 6-4


Boys’ 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Oliver Crawford (6) (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Austen Huang (8) (Elk Grove, CA)  4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Andrew Fenty (5) (Washington, DC)  def.  Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)  3 6, 6 1, 6 2


Boys’ 16 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY) / Ryan Seggerman (Coronado, CA)  def.  Adam Sraberg (Los Angeles, CA) / Matthew  Tsolakyan (Glendale, CA)  2-6, 7-5, 10-6

Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD) / Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) / Maximilian  Wild (Carmel, IN)  6-2, 3-6, 10-3


Girls’ 16 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Natasha Subhash (15) (Fairfax, VA)  def.  Alexandra Belaya (2) (Melbourne, FL)  6-4, 6-2

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA)  def.  Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ)  6-3, 6-2


Girls’ 16 Doubles (Semifinal Round)

Alexandra Belaya (Melbourne, FL) / Emma Decoste (1) (Stuart, FL)  def.  Elysia Bolton (Lake Forest, IL) / Ann  Li (3) (Devon, PA)  4-6, 6-3, 13-11

Jessica Anzo (Temecula, CA) / Jenna Moustafa (8) (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ) / Alexa Noel (5) (Summit, NJ)  4-6, 6-1, 10-6

Written by Steve Pratt


Kalman Boyd Wins Battle of Future Pac-12 Rivals At USTA International Spring Championships

CARSON, Calif., (Thursday, April 2, 2015) – Any time Kalman Boyd sees Michael Genender’s name across from his on a draw sheet, he knows he’s in for a tough time. And it doesn’t have anything to do with Genender being left-handed.


“Lefties don’t really bother me, it’s just that he really bothers me,” said the 17-year-old Boyd from Rancho Santa Fe, who beat his Southern California rival on Thursday, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals in the Boys’ 18s singles at the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships being playing at StubHub Center. ‘He doesn’t hit it in my strike zone, and he gets everything. He’s such a good player and we always have a good match.”


The future Pac-12 rivals could be seeing more of each other down the road as Boyd will play for USC next Fall, while Genender of Los Angeles has chosen Stanford. In the two previous times they’ve face each other, Boyd has eked out wins. The first was a final of a sectional event with Boyd winning 6-4 in the third. Last summer at the USTA Hardcourt Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., Boyd was down a set and 5-2 and faced match points before rallying for a 7-5, 6-2 early-round victory.


Boyd’s decision to play for USC was an easy one. His grandfather Bob Boyd was the USC men’s basketball for 13 seasons from 1967 to 1979. He passed away in January at the age of 84.


“My dad and my uncle and my cousin, a lot of people in my family all went to USC,” said Boyd, who was watched by USC men’s coach Peter Smith during the first set. “Since I was eight years old I’ve been watching USC on TV. It’s really a dream come true for me.”


Boyd Left Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine and now trains exclusively with Chris Groh, the former coach of Tommy Haas and former Stanford star and current ATP pro Bradley Klahn, who is injured but was on-site Thursday checking out the action.


Revenge has been on the mind of another Southern California product all week as unseeded Emma Higuchi, 17, has avenged two huge losses over the past two days. And she made amazing comebacks in both to do so. Higuchi, who trains full-time with the USTA at Training Center – West in Carson where the tournament is taking place, eliminated No. 8-seeded Caroline Dolehide of Hinsdale, Ill., 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4), to advance to the quarterfinals.


Higuchi was down a set and 4-1 in the match against Dolehide before rallying back to win. On Wednesday, she was down 4-1 in the third against her friend Claire Liu, coming back to win.


“I was thinking you’ve done it once, you can do it again,” Higuchi said. “I think my mentality was just don’t let her get to five games.”


Higuchi was up 5-4 and then 6-5 in the third set, but Dolehide served two strong service games to tied it at 5-all, and then send it to a deciding tiebreaker. Higuchi got down 3-0 before winning six straight points to take command and finally the set at 7-4.


Dolehide had her way with Higuchi the last time the two met winning 2 and 1 at the Eddie Herr on clay. “But I was thinking this is hardcourts so maybe I have a chance,” she said.


Higuchi next plays No. 2-seeded Sonya Kenin in the quarterfinals. She recalled four years ago being up 4-1 in the third set against Kenin at the Clay Court Nationals, only to lose the match.


Both top-seeded players in the 18s moved on to the quarterfinals. Girls’ No. 1 Usue Arconada will face Ingrid Neel, the No. 7-seeded player from Bradenton, Fla., who took out fellow Floridian Taylor Russo of Deerfield Beach, 6-1, 7-5.


A day after upsetting the No. 1 player in the Girls’ 16s, 12-year-old Alexa Noel pulled off another surprising win as she upset No. 5-seeded Nicole Conard of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-1, 5-7, 6-3.


Noel was with coach Kyle Bailey and trains at Centercourt Academy in Gillete, N.J.


“I haven’t played any of the girls I’ve beaten,” said Noel, who is into the semifinals. “They aren’t good at just one thing. They hit heavy and keep it in play.”


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Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Robert Levine (16) (Bedford, NY)  def.  John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL)  6-0, 6-0

William Blumberg (1) (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Sam Riffice (Roseville, CA)  6-4, 7-6(4)

Alejandro Tabilo (4) (Etobicoke, Ontairo) def.  Mwendwa Mbithi (14) (Deerfield Beach, FL)  6-2, 6-4

Miomir Kecmanovic (2) (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Liam Caruana (13) (New Braunfels, TX)  6-3, 7-6(2)

Nathan Ponwith (5) (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Sangeet Sridhar (Glendale, AZ)  6-3, 6-0

Kalman Boyd (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)  def.  Michael Genender (Los Angeles, CA)  7-6(2), 6-4

Johnathan Small (Zionsville, IN)  def.  John McNally (Cincinnati, OH)  4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, WI)  def.  Emil Reinberg (6) (Atlanta, GA)  6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3


Boys’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Robert Levine (Bedford, NY) / Catalin Mateas (6) (Braintree, MA)  def.  Miomir Kecmanovic (Boca Raton, FL) / Bjorn Thomson (4)  4-6, 6-3, 10-8

William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT) / Nathan Ponwith (1) (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA) / Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  7-5, 6-3

Benjamin Hannestad / Alejandro Tabilo (3) (Etobicoke, Ontario) def.  Hady Habib (Bradenton, FL) / Anudeep Kodali (5) (Durham, NC)  6-7(3), 6-2, 10-4

Ulises Blanch (Deerfield Beach, FL) / Liam Caruana (2) (New Braunfels, TX)  def.  Michael Genender (Los Angeles, CA) / Emil Reinberg (7) (Atlanta, GA)  6-4, 5-7, 10-7


Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL)  3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

Katherine Sebov (6) (Woodbridge, ON)  def.  Kayla Day (9) (Santa Barbara, CA)  6-3, 6-2

Fanni Stollar (4)  def.  Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  6-2, 6-2

Michaela Gordon (3) (Saratoga, CA)  def.  Victoria Emma (Naples, FL)  6-0, 6-0

Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Taylor Russo (Deerfield Beach, FL)  6-1, 7-5

Sofia Kenin (2) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Maria Mateas (15) (Braintree, MA)  6-4, 6-3

Kelly Chen (Cerritos, CA)  def.  Francesca Dilorenzo (5) (New Albany, OH)  6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3

Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR)  def.  Sofia Sewing (16) (Doral, FL)  7-6(0), 6-4


Girls’ 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Michaela Gordon (Saratoga, CA) / Raquel Pedraza (4) (Claremont, CA)  def.  Anna Dollar (Lancaster, PA) / Veronica  Miroshnichenko (Aventura, FL)  7-5, 6-2

Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA) / Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Helen Altick (Monroe, LA) / Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA)  6-2, 7-6(4)

Alexis Nelson (Saint Paul, MN) / Savannah Slaysman (Phoenix, AZ)  def.  Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) / Katherine  Sebov (5) (Woodbridge, ON)  2-6, 6-2, 10-7

Caroline Dolehide (Hinsdale, IL) / Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  def.  Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME) / Gabriella Pollner (7) (Boca Raton, FL)  6-2, 6-3


Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Andrew Fenty (5) (Washington, DC)  def.  Brian Cernoch (4) (North Bethesda, MD)  7-5, 6-3

Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)  def.  Keenan Mayo (Roseville, CA)  7-6(4), 6-4

Austen Huang (8) (Elk Grove, CA)  def.  Ryan Seggerman (Coronado, CA)  6-4, 6-3

Oliver Crawford (6) (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  Kevin Ma (14) (San Ramon, CA)  6-2, 6-1


Boys’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Danny Thomas (Pickerington, OH) / Maximilian Wild (Carmel, IN)  def.  Andrew Fenty (Washington, DC) / William Woodall (4) (Washington, DC)  7-5, 6-4

Brian Cernoch (North Bethesda, MD) / Oliver Crawford (1) (Spartanburg, SC)  def.  William Grant (Santa Barbara, CA) / Govind  Nanda (6) (Redlands, CA)  6-3, 6-3

Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY) / Ryan Seggerman (Coronado, CA)  def.  Cody Lin (Thousand Oaks, CA) / Kento Perera (7) (Santa Barbara, CA)  6-2, 7-5, 10-4

Adam Sraberg (Los Angeles, CA) / Matthew Tsolakyan (Glendale, CA)  def.  Robert Baylon (Buena Park, CA) / Jack  Pulliam (2) (Manhattan Beach, CA)  7-5, 7-5


Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)                                                          

Natasha Subhash (15) (Fairfax, VA)  def.  Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA)  6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3

Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ)  def.  Nicole Conard (5) (Boca Raton, FL)  6-1, 5-7, 6-3

Victoria Flores (4) (Fort Dodge, IA)  def.  Sydney Jones (11) (Carrollton, TX)  6-2, 6-2

Alexandra Belaya (2) (Melbourne, FL)  def.  Elysia Bolton (7) (Lake Forest, IL)  7-5(5), 6-3


Girls’ 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)

Elysia Bolton (Lake Forest, IL) / Ann Li (3) (Devon, PA)  def.  Jessica Aragon (Plano, TX) / Sydney  Jones (7) (Carrollton, TX)  6-3, 6-4

Marcella Cruz (Marlboro, NJ) / Alexa Noel (5) (Summit, NJ)  def.  Madison Hwang (Frisco, TX) / McCartney  Kessler (4) (Calhoun, GA)  6-1, 3-6, 10-4

Jessica Anzo (Temecula, CA) / Jenna Moustafa (8) (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Victoria Flores (Fort Dodge, IA) / Maria  Ross (2) (Lakewood Ranch, FL)  7-6(3), 4-6, 10-4

Alexandra Belaya (Melbourne, FL) / Emma Decoste (1) (Stuart, FL)  def.  Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, NC) / Luba  Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  6-3, 6-1

Written by Steve Pratt


Friendly Encounters Highlight Day 2 At USTA International Spring Championships

Photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

Photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

(March 31, 2015) CARSON, Calif., – Kayla Day felt right at home on Tuesday on the USTA Training Center – West courts she trains on year-round, beating training partner and good friend Ashley Lahey as the first round was completed in the Girls’ 18s singles on Day 2 of the ITF Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships.


“I love this tournament and it’s so well run; plus it’s where I train,” said the 15-year-old No. 9-seeded Day, who grew up a two-hour drive from Carson in Santa Barbara. She advanced to the second round with the 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Lahey and next faces Chiara Lommer in the second round. “Training with the USTA has been great, and they treat me so well.”


At Carson, Day trains with USTA National coaches Adam Peterson, Leo Azevedo and Chris Tontz, but her personal hitting coach Aaron Webster also watched her match on Tuesday.


Day is currently ranked No. 63 in the ITF world junior rankings, and is excited about the possibility of qualifying for the main draw at the summer slams, including the French Open and Wimbledon. “I’ve never been,” she said. “If I do get it in it would be the most amazing thing ever.”


Top-seeded Usue Arconada, who trains at the Junior Champions Tennis Center in College Park, Md., is up two spots this week in the new ITF junior world rankings to No. 6 in the world. She opened up first-round play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Riley McQuaid of Tustin.


Although he was taken out in the first round by his training partner and fellow Indiana resident Jonathan Small, the 18s No. 7-ranked player Sameer Kumar has always had a special affinity for playing in Southern California. But it was on his official visit to Stanford University last year that sold him on the Northern California school and helped make his decision to play the next four years for the Cardinal an easy one.


Small, a qualifier from Zionsville, Ind., sat against a wall with good friend Kumar, from Carmel, Ind., and discussed everything else except the match after Small’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, victory. The two train with the same coach Brian Smith.


Kumar will join Southern California’s Michael Genender and a strong recruiting class for Stanford’s first-year coach former ATP World Tour pro and ex-Stanford All-American Paul Goldstein next fall.


Later in the day, Kumar and doubles partner Vincent Lin escaped with a third-set super tiebreaker win. Kumar beat Lin in the second round last year in Carson before falling to top-seeded Francis Tiafoe in three sets. In 2013, Kumar won the 16s at the ASICS Easter Bowl.


On the court on Tuesday for the second straight day was former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle’s daughter McKenzie, who fell in her first-round doubles match. On Monday, the Paradise Valley, Ariz., player lost to Lommer of Skokie, Ill., in her singles match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.


Two rounds have been completed after two days in the boys’ and girls’ 16s. On Tuesday, the top-seed in the boys’ 16s was eliminated as Keenan Mayo beat No. 1 Jack Pulliman, 6-2, 6-1.


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First-Round Singles Scores

Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Ulises Blanch (3) (Deerfield Beach, FL)  def.  Sami Kirberg (Ft Lauderdale, FL)  4-6, 6-3, 6-3

William Blumberg (1) (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL)  6-4, 6-4

Gianni Ross (La Grange, IL)  def.  Bjorn Thomson (15)  6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Daniel Bennett  def.  Jason Legall (Palm Coast, FL)  6-2, 6-2

Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, NY)  def.  Bryan Husin (Riverside, CA)  6-2, 6-1

Miomir Kecmanovic (2) (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA)  6-4, 6-3

Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, GA)  def.  Aexis Canter (10)  7-5, 6-0

Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, WI)  def.  Agustin Moreno  7-5, 6-0

Michael Genender (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Denis Shapovalov (8)  6-4, 6-2

Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, FL)  def.  Piers Foley  7-5, 7-5

Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA)  def.  Anudeep Kodali (Durham, NC)  6-3, 6-2

Sam Riffice (Roseville, CA)  def.  Pablo Sanchez Rivera  6-0, 6-0

Nathan Ponwith (5) (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Sebastian Mermersky (Chevy Chase, MD)  6-1, 6-2

Benjamin Hannestad (12)  def.  Evan Zhu (Irvine, CA)  2-6, 7-6(9), 6-3

Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Hady Habib (9) (Bradenton, FL)  2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Liam Caruana (13) (New Braunfels, TX)  def.  Alexey Nesterov (Ojai, CA)  6-2, 6-3

Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Kyryll Kryvchun (West Vancouver, BC)  6-3, 6-1

John McNally (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Jack Van Slyke (Toronto, ON)  2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, SC)  def.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (London, Surrey)  3-6, 7-6(3)

John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Pedro Fernandez del Valle (Wesley Chapel, FL)  6-0, 6-3


Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)

Ryan Seggerman (Coronado, CA)  def.  Austin Di Giulio (Newport Beach, CA)  6-2, 6-2

Diego Nava (Woodland Hills, CA)  def.  Neil Tengbumroong (West Covina, CA)  6-0, 6-1

Christopher Steele (Mesa, AZ)  def.  Danilo Milic (Los Angeles, CA)  6-1, 6-1

Govind Nanda (Redlands, CA)  def.  Maximilian Wild (Carmel, IN)  6-3, 6-4

Adam Neff (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Blake Croyder (Marietta, GA)  6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Omni Kumar (Irvine, CA)  def.  Arjith Jayaraman (Gold River, CA)  6-2, 6-3

Andrew Whitehouse (Westlake Village, CA)  def.  Naara Shin (Downey, CA)  6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Keenan Mayo (Roseville, CA)  def.  Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL)  6-2, 6-4

Ethan Prost (Peoria, AZ)  def.  Rishab Sardana (Union City, CA)  6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)  def.  Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio, TX)  6-4, 7-6(3)

Eric Hahn (Fullerton, CA)  def.  Nevin Arimilli (Austin, TX)  6-4, 6-1

Karapet Vardanyan (Granada Hills, CA)  def.  Carsyn Smith (Scottsdale, AZ)  6-0, 6-3

Adam Sraberg (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Joshua Xu (Chandler, AZ)  7-6(6), 6-4

Adam Oscislawski (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Daniel Lin (Northridge, CA)  6-0, 6-2

William Woodall (Washington, DC)  def.  Arnav Dhingra (Darnestown, MD)  6-1, 6-0

Benjamin Gollin (Redlands, CA)  def.  Jacob Bullard (Brevard, NC)  7-6(4), 7-6(5)


Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)

Jessica Hinojosa Gomez  def.  Stephanie Hazell (Irvine, CA)  7-6(1), 6-4

Jenna Friedel (Mill Valley, CA)  def.  Gabriella Pollner (Boca Raton, FL)  7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL)  def.  Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME)  6-0, 6-2

Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Helen Altick (Monroe, LA)  6-3, 6-3

Caty McNally (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Alexandra Sanford (10) (Westerville, OH)  6-3, 7-5

Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Meible Chi (Weston, FL)  6-1, 7-6(5)

Sonya Kenin (2) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Mimi Levine (Santa Monica, CA)  6-0, 6-1

Dominique Schaefer (Ventura, CA)  def.  Anna Dollar (Lancaster, PA)  6-4, 6-3

Ulyana Shirokova (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Alexa Corcoleotes (Hillsborough, CA)  6-3, 7-5

Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR)  def.  Riley McQuaid (Tustin, CA)  6-1, 6-1

Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL)  def.  Mia Horvit (13) (Palm City, FL)  6-2, 6-4

Chiara Lommer (Skokie, IL)  def.  McKenzie Majerle (Paradise Valley, AZ)  4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, NY)  def.  Sabrina Faybyshev (Marlboro, NJ)  6-1, 6-1

Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK)  def.  Alexandra Sabe (Rye, NY)  3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Ndindi Ndunda (Burke, VA)  def.  Tereza Koplova (Bradenton, FL)  6-3, 6-4

Maria Mateas (15) (Braintree, MA)  def.  Andrea Kevakian (Glendale, CA)  6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0

Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Ally Miller Krasilnikov (Delray Beach, FL)  6-2, 6-2

Katherine Sebov (6) (Woodbridge, ON)  def.  Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Seira Shimizu (Ojai, CA)  def.  Alana Smith (Fort Washington, MD)  6-4, 6-1


Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)

Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA)  def.  Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, CA)  6-3, 7-5

Jessica Anzo (Temecula, CA)  def.  Madison Gallegos (Aurora, CO)  6-2, 6-2

Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ)  def.  Madeline Almeida (El Dorado Hills, CA)  6-2, 6-0

Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  def.  Jadie Acidera (Anaheim, CA)  6-3, 7-5

Lauren Lemonds (Indianapolis, IN)  def.  Tammy Van (Garden Grove, CA)  6-0, 6-1

Ann Li (Devon, PA)  def.  Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA)  7-5, 6-2

Malkia Menguene (College Park, MD)  def.  Sabrina Ramras (Paradise Valley, AZ)  5-7, 7-5, 6-4

Katie Chang (Rsm, CA)  def.  Jessica Aragon (Plano, TX)  1-6, 6-3, 6-3

Emilee Duong (Placentia, CA)  def.  Mackenzie Worsnop (Newport Beach, CA)  6-3, 6-4

Jenna Moustafa (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Elena Van Linge (Menlo Park, CA)  6-4, 7-5

Jennifer Gadalov (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Kacie Harvey (Braintree, MA)  7-5, 6-1

Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH)  def.  Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA)  6-1, 6-2

Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA)  def.  Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, NC)  6-3, 6-3

Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale, CA)  def.  Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA)  7-6(5), 6-3

Patria Aziz (Glendale, CA)  def.  Shuchen Lin (Irvine, CA)  6-2, 6-1

Rachel Eason (Union City, CA)  def.  Mackenzie Clark (College Park, MD)  6-0, 6-3

Written by Steve Pratt




Caroline Dolehide Opens With Straight-Sets Win At USTA International Spring Championships

March 30, 2015ISC, Carson CA

(March 30, 2015) CARSON, Calif., – One year ago, Caroline Dolehide didn’t have an International Tennis Federation junior ranking high enough to earn entry into the main draw of the Girls’ 18s singles at the Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships, which started main draw play on Monday at StubHub Center.


Dolehide instead needed a USTA wild card and wasn’t able to do much with it, falling to No. 7-seeded Michaela Gordon in the first round last year in three sets.


But a lot has changed for the 16-year-old high school sophomore from Hinsdale, Ill., since last year, including a US Open semifinal appearance last fall that suddenly put her on the map and made her a future young American to watch.


And watched she was on Monday during her 6-0, 6-2 win over Meaghan Kelley. Numerous collegiate coaches were on-site to check out some of the nation’s top junior tennis talent, including schools like Michigan, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine and USC.


“I saw Michigan, and some others. Yeah, I saw them all,” said Dolehide, whose sister Courtney played at UCLA. “I haven’t really given it much thought or visited anywhere, but I have time.”


It didn’t look like Dolehide got off to a slow start looking at her 6-0 score, but she admitted it took her awhile to get used to the elements, as she trains indoors in Illinois.


“It was really windy today and was so that tough to get used to,” she said.


Although she made it to the semifinals in the 16s in 2013 losing to Claire Liu, and advanced to the 18s doubles final in Carson last year, she said the US Open performance is what got her noticed. “I played some Pro Circuit events to start the year and didn’t do so well, but now that the summer is coming I’ll be playing more ITF juniors and going to play the junior Grand Slams this summer.


“I’ve come a long way in one year.”


The top-seed in the boys’ 18s, 17-year-old William Blumberg, from Greenwich, Conn., beat Vasil Kirkov, 6-4, 6-4, in his first-round match.


“I was expecting it to be tough,” Blumberg said. “I’ve practiced with Vasil before and knew he was a tough player. He’s a little smaller so he can’t overpower you, but he’s scrappy and he fights for every point.”


Blumberg is the highest ranking ITF world-ranked player in the boys’ draw at No. 15 after a finalist appearance at the Grade A Campeonato Internacional in Porto Alegre in Brazil. “It’s tough for me being here one year older,” he said. “I felt nervous and tentative and wasn’t going for my shots.”


The entire first-round in the boys’ and girls’ singles was completed with the top eights seeds receiving byes into the second round. Winning on day 1 was former French Open champion Michael Chang’s niece, Katie Chang. She came back to beat Jessica Aragon, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the Girls’ 16s.


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By Steve Pratt