Kozlov Continues Dominance Over Wiersholm; Hibi Captures Girls’ 18s At USTA International Spring Championships


By Steve Pratt

CARSON, Calif., (Sunday, April 7, 2013) – Stefan Kozlov’s dominance over Henrik Wiersholm continued on one of the biggest stages in junior tennis on Sunday in the final of the ninth annual USTA International Spring Championships.
The 15-year-old Kozlov from Pembroke Pines, Fla., dominated his USTA National Training Center practice partner and buddy, 16-year-old Wiersholm from Kirkland, Wash., beating him for the eighth consecutive time, 6-2, 6-3, at the Home Depot Center to capture the coveted Carson boys’ 18s singles title.
In the girls’ final, recently turned 17-year-old Mayo Hibi of Irvine, Calif., played flawless tennis to take out Jamie Loeb of Ossining, N.Y., 6-2, 6-1, to win the girls’ 18s championship.
Kozlov was a finalist here a year ago, falling to Mitchell Krueger on the final day. He controlled the play on Sunday and overcame a mental lapse up 3-0 in the second set to record the win.
“At 3-0, 30-love I kind of made some unforced errors and thought he might be able to get back in it,” Kozlov said. “He couldn’t find his rhythm. I tried to keep him off balance and to hit a lot of winners.”
Wiersholm said losing to someone over and over again can take its toll on a player. “The more I play him the more chances I’ll have, but it’s all mental now,” he said. “Once it gets to 8-0, 7-0, whatever, it just gets into your head. You can’t really perform how you want to. It’s like, ‘I’ve lost seven times to this guy, I can’t lose again.’ You just can’t focus on winning when you haven’t won before.”
He added: “There’s not much to say. The score kind of says it all. I don’t think it was my highest level, but part of that was him throwing me off my rhythm. That’s why he’s such a good player.”
Kozlov admitted there was pressure on him to do well after making the final last year. “I kind of had a little bit of pressure too because I thought he would just come out and start spraying balls, but he played a little bit different than I thought he would,” the No. 2-seeded Kozlov said. “He had more pressure than me today but I’m starting to get better at staying loose and dealing with it.”
Kozlov said he hopes to make it into the Top 12 of the International Tennis Federation junior rankings after winning the title, and that his goals are to eventually get into the Top 10 and do well at the remaining three junior Grand Slams, as well as play some USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Futures professional tournaments.
In the girls’ final, former Carson 16s finalist Hibi just couldn’t seem to miss in her win over University of North Carolina-bound Loeb. “I haven’t played a junior event in awhile so it’s good to get a win in my first one back,” said Hibi, currently ranked around No. 370 on the WTA Tour.
Hibi said working with former WTA pro Debbie Graham has upped her game.
“She’s been on the Tour and knows what it takes to get to that level,” Hibi said. “She knows what you need to beat the top players. She’s played players like Lindsay Davenport and I’m going to have to play players like that. She knows what I have to work on.”
Loeb said Hibi didn’t give her any free points. ”If I hit a better shot she came up with an even better one,” she said. “It was tough. She played a very good match. She missed one slice all day and got to a lot of my balls.”
It’s onto the USTS Spring Nationals at the Easter Bowl next week in the desert for all four players. “I think it’s good for me to get back out there tomorrow,” Loeb said. “I tend to spend too much time on my losses and dwell on it. So having a match tomorrow gives me a chance to forget about it. It’s not that I played horrible, Mayo just played that much better.”
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Boys’ 18 Singles (Final)
Stefan Kozlov (2), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash., 6-2, 6-3
Girls’ 18 Singles (Final)
Mayo Hibi, Irvine, Calif., def. Jamie Loeb (5), Ossining, N.Y., 6-2, 6-1

Connor Hance Who Played Agassi and Graf’s Son in Commercial Stuns Top Seed in at USTA International Spring Championships

By Steve Pratt
CARSON, Calif., (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) – Ever wonder what happened to the cute little boy who played Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s son in that 2004 Genworth Financial commercial co-starring Taylor Dent?

Well Connor Hance, who turned 13 in November and lives just eight miles away, has put the acting and commercials on hiatus and has been making some noise on the junior tennis circuit of late, especially on Wednesday when he upset No. 1-seeded Ruadhan De Bruges of Australia, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the third round of the boys’ 16s at the eighth annual USTA International Spring Championships being played at the Home Depot Center.
“I started to play more aggressive and drive the ball more,” said Hance, of what he changed after dropping the first set. “And I started getting my first serve in. That was the difference.”
Both Hance’s parents are teaching professionals at the South Bay Tennis Center in Torrance. His father Ken and mother Courtney were both on hand to watch him record the shocking win. “I just kept saying to myself please keep the ball in play because I knew his opponent was tiring,” Courtney said. “And he did and it worked out for him. It’s pretty exciting.”
The qualifier Hance, who won the 2011 USTA Clay Court Nationals in the 12s, will next face No. 10 seed Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Connor’s sister Kenadi is a top-ranked 14s player who lost in the 16s on Tuesday. During his match, she said he gave up acting and really started focusing on his tennis several years ago when he lost out on the role of actor Steve Carell’s son in the 2007 feature film “Evan Almighty,” only because he didn’t look anything like Carell.
Another 13-year-old who was turning heads but in the girls’ 18s on Wednesday was Tornado Ali Black, who was given a wild card into the tournament and is currently ranked No. 141 in the ITF world rankings.
Black, who has a younger sister who is a top-ranked 12s player named Hurricane, is from Englewood, Colo., and won the Eddie Herr 16s back in December. She has already signed a pro contract with Octagon and is being coached by USTA coach Freddie Rodriguez who was on site Wednesday to watch her upset No. 13 seeded Kelsey Laurente of Miramar, Fla., 6-3, 6-1, in the second round.
Defending 18s champion Samantha Crawford, the No. 5 seed, was beaten in straight sets by Makenzie Craft of Frisco, Texas, 7-6 (4), 6-3. The unseeded Craft said she went two full months to start the year without hitting a ball as she was recovering from three torn ligaments in her left ankle.
“I beat Kyle McPhillips last year at Claremont, but I would say this is my biggest win,” Kraft said. “I was trying to stay focused. I really wasn’t thinking about what I was doing out there. Before the match I was just hoping to keep it close. Samantha obviously didn’t play her best. It might take three or four hours for it to set in.”
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Boys’ 18 Singles (Second Round)
Ernesto Escobedo West Covina, CA  def.  Lucas Gomez San Ysidro, CA  6-3, 6-4
Noah Rubin (3) Rockville Centre, NY  def.  Tommy Mylnikov Bradenton, FL  7-6(6), 6-0
Martin Redlicki Boca Raton, FL  def.  Deiton Baughman Carson, CA  2-6, 6-1, 7-6(2)
Henrik Wiersholm Kirkland, WA  def.  Jordan Daigle Lafayette, LA  7-6(4), 6-1
Austin Siegel (6) Tarrytown, NY  def.  Mohd Merzuki Bradenton, FL  4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Ronnie Schneider Bloomington, IN  def.  Paul Oosterbaan Kalamazoo, MI  6-1, 6-2
Mackenzie McDonald (4) Piedmont, CA  def.  Gage Brymer Irvine, CA  3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Luca Corinteli Alexandria, VA  def.  Pak Long Yeung Hong Kong,  4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Carter Lin Bradenton, FL  def.  Spencer Papa (2) Boca Raton, FL    Wo (inj)
Stefan Kozlov Pembroke Pines, FL  def.  Thomas Pura Pacific Palisades, CA  6-0, 6-2
Henry Craig Murrieta, CA  def.  Grant Solomon Dallas, TX  6-0, 6-1
Trey Strobel Bradenton, FL  def.  Chun Hun Wong  6-1, 6-4
Nikko Madregallejo Monrovia, CA  def.  Thai Kwiatkowski (7) Charlotte, NC  2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Alexios Halebian (5) Glendale, CA  def.  Alan Nunez Aguilera  6-0, 6-3
Mitchell Krueger (1) Aledo, TX  def.  Jack Murray Beverly Hills, MI  6-3, 6-4
John Richmond Pawleys Island, SC  def.  Jared Donaldson Cumberland, RI  7-6(5), 6-1
Boys’ 18 Doubles (Second Round)
Milen Ianakiev / Santiago Munoz  def.  Jack Murray /  Bayo Philips  6-4, 6-1
Brendan McClain / Thomas Pura  def.  Charles Boyce /  Ronnie Schneider  1-6, 6-4, 10-3
Carter Lin / Mohd Merzuki (8)  def.  Robbie Bellamy /  Gregory Garcia  7-5, 6-0
M. Mackenzie. McDonald / Trey Strobel (2)  def.  Maxx Lipman / John Richmond  6-4, 6-2
Alexios Halebian / Mitchell Krueger (1)  def.  Justin Butsch /  Michael Mmoh  6-4, 6-2
Thomas Colautti / Josh Hagar  def.  Eduardo Bringold /  Ivar Contreras  6-1, 6-3
Thai Kwiatkowski / Martin Redlicki (5)  def.  Jose Pablo Gil / Federico Ruiz Acevedo  6-3, 6-3
Lucas Gomez / Ricardo Medinilla (4)  def.  Ernesto Escobedo /  Javier Restrepo  1-6, 7-6(2), 10-2
Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
Connor Hance Torrance, CA  def.  Ruadhan de Bruges (1) Cherrybrook,  4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Jake Devine Boca Raton, FL  def.  Yancy Dennis Reisterstown, MD  6-0, 6-2
Aidan Jiang Ojai, CA  def.  Christian Langmo (6) Boca Raton, FL  7-6(3), 6-4
Sameer Kumar Carmel, IN  def.  Jean Thirouin Houston, TX  6-3, 6-2
Robert Levine Bedford, NY  def.  Alexandru Gozun (4) Sarasota, FL  6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2
Roman Safiullin San Diego, CA  def.  William Blumberg Greenwich, CT  6-4, 6-1
Logan Smith Carlsbad, CA  def.  Tommy Paul Deerfield Beach, FL  6-3, 6-3
Francis Tiafoe College Park, MD  def.  German Aragon Chula Vista, CA  6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Second Round)
Tommy Paul / Aron Pierce (3)  def.  German Aragon / Riley Smith  1-6, 6-0, 10-0
Artemie Amari / Alex Rybakov (1)  def.  Oscar Janglin /  Stephen Madonia  6-1, 6-2
Carsten Fisher / Anudeep Kodali  def.  Aidan Jiang /  Fabian Schaefer (6)  4-6, 6-3, 10-5
Jake Devine / Nathan Ponwith  def.  Steven Chen / Michael Nguyen (8)  7-5, 6-2
Yancy Dennis / Francis Tiafoe  def.  Kial Kaiser /  Logan Smith (7)  7-5, 3-6, 10-7
Darius MacKenzie / Keivon Tabrizi  def.  Kevin Lam /  Ruadhan de Bruges (2)  6-2, 6-4
Augustus Ge / Jean Thirouin  def.  Nikolas Ramadan / Nikola Samardzic (5)  6-1, 6-2
Sameer Kumar / Christian Langmo (4)  def.  Kimo Barrere /  Garrett Mak  6-3, 6-2
Girls’ 18 Singles (Second Round)
Blair Shankle Comfort, TX  def.  Kendal Woodard Stockbridge, GA  6-2, 6-0
Christina Makarova (6) San Diego, CA  def.  Alexandra Morozova Plantation, FL  6-2, 6-1
Stephanie Nauta Bradenton, FL  def.  Desirae Krawczyk Rancho Mirage, CA  6-3, 6-2
Taylor Townsend (1) Stockbridge, GA  def.  Breaunna Addison Lake Worth, FL  6-3, 6-3
Mayo Hibi Irvine, CA  def.  Nadia Echeverria Alam Doral, FL  7-6(4), 2-0  Ret (inj)
Alexandra Kiick (7) Plantation, FL  def.  Jana McCord San Diego, CA  6-0, 6-1
Caroline Doyle San Francisco, CA  def.  Victoria Rodriguez Mercedes, TX  6-3, 6-4
June Lee West Windsor, NJ  def.  Catherine Harrison Germantown, TN  2-6, 7-5, 6-2
Chalena Scholl (3) Pompano Beach, FL  def.  Usue Arconada Rio Piedras, PR  6-1, 6-1
Mia King Cornelius, NC  def.  Rebecca Weissmann Loveland, CO  6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3
Alicia Blacker Englewood, CO  def.  Kelsey Laurente Miramar, FL  6-3, 6-1
Gabrielle Andrews (4) Pomona, CA  def.  Eden Silva Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  6-0, 6-0
Makenzie Craft Frisco, TX  def.  Samantha Crawford (5) Tamarac, FL  7-6(4), 6-3
Kyle McPhillips (2) Willoughby, OH  def.  Alyssa Smith Laguna Niguel, CA  2-6, 7-5, 6-0
Jennifer Brady (8) Boca Raton, FL  def.  Denise Starr Brooklyn, NY  7-5, 6-3
Belinda Bencic Bradenton, FL  def.  Brooke Austin Indianapolis, IN  6-4, 6-3
Girls’ 18 Doubles (Second Round)
Kristina Chasovskikh / Jacqueline Zuhse  def.  Caroline Doyle / Mia King  6-3, 2-6, 10-7
Stephanie Nauta / Chalena Scholl (2)  def.  Breaunna Addison / Catherine Harrison  6-2, 6-1
Kelsey Laurente / Alexandra Morozova (8)  def.  Mayci Jones /  Cassidy Spearman  6-2, 7-5
Jennifer Brady / Kendal Woodard (6)  def.  Dasha Ivanova /  Jamie Loeb  6-4, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick / Ayaka Okuno (3)  def.  Belinda Bencic /  eden silva  6-2, 6-2
Louisa Chirico / Blair Shankle  def.  Alicia Blacker /  Johnnise Renaud (7)  6-3, 2-6, 10-8
Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend (1)  def.  Christina Makarova /  Kimberly Yee  6-1, 6-1
Samantha Crawford / Josie Kuhlman (4)  def.  Usue Arconada / Marie Norris  6-2, 6-3
Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
Jessica Ho Wexford, PA  def.  Terri Fleming Alpharetta, GA  6-0, 6-0
Emma Higuchi Los Angeles, CA  def.  Mary Haffey (8) Naples, FL  6-1, 6-1
Raquel Pedraza Claremont, CA  def.  Meredith Xepoleas Huntington Beach, CA  3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
Kaitlyn McCarthy (5) Cary, NC  def.  Ellie Zogg Dallas, TX  6-3, 6-3
Dominique Schaefer Ventura, CA  def.  Emma Critser Mountain View, CA  6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Jada Hart Colton, CA  def.  Mira Ruder-Hook Denver, CO  6-4, 6-1
Nicole Frenkel (1) Winchester, MA  def.  Ndindi Ndunda Burke, VA  6-3, 7-6(9)
Andie Daniell Douglasville, GA  def.  Bianca Moldovan Livonia, MI  6-2, 7-6(3)
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Second Round)
Nicole Frenkel / Ndindi Ndunda (1) def. Adorabol Huckleby / Bianca Moldovan  6-4, 0-6, 10-6
Hadley Berg / Isabella Heidenreich  def.  Caroline Turner /  Ellie Zogg (5)  2-6, 7-6(2), 10-6
Yuki Asami / Ilana Oleynik  def.  Terri Fleming / Olivia Myers (4)  6-3, 6-1
Madison Tedford / Camila Wesbrooks (8)  def.  Amber Park / Meredith Xepoleas  7-5, 4-6, 13-11
Kenadi Hance / Alexis Pereira  def.  Stephanie Hazell / Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (6)  6-4, 6-4
Andie Daniell / Karina Traxler (3)  def.  Caroline Dolehide / Samantha Martinelli  6-3, 6-1
Kareena Manji / Kaitlyn McCarthy (7)  def.  Christine Maddox /  Annika Ringblom  6-2, 6-2
Natalie Da Silveira / Ena Shibahara  def.  Savannah Durkin /  Mary Haffey (2)  6-0, 2-6, 10-6

Fifth-Seeded Smith Upset by Local In Girls’ 16s at USTA International Spring Championships

Kiah Generette


Following up a strong semifinal performance at this event one year ago, Long Beach’s Kiah Generette pulled off another big upset on Tuesday in the girls’ 16s division during the second day of the seventh annual USTA International Spring Championships.

Feeling right at home on the Home Depot Center courts she has played on so many times, Generette proved a very unwelcome host to Houston’s Maria Smith, the No. 5 seeded player, winning her second-round match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Smith won the USTA Winter Nationals 14s just four months ago.

The unseeded Generette will next face No. 12 seeded Dasha Ivanova, a 6-1, 6-3 victor against unseeded Mary Closs, in the third round of the 64-player draw ITF Grade 1 event.

Last year, Generette won four matches, including wins over three seeded players, before falling to eventual champion Alyssa Smith in the semifinals. On the way to the final four, she beat this year’s 16s top-seeded player Katrine Steffensen giving up just four games.

On Tuesday, Steffensen made her way into the Round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Alexis Rae Valenzuela, 6-1, 6-2.

There was another big upset in the girls’ 16s as No. 3 Julia O’Loughlin was beaten by Maia Magill, 6-1, 6-4.

In the boys’ 16s, top-seeded Luca Corinteli and No. 2 Spencer Papa both moved on easily, but No. 3 seeded George Goldhoff was eliminated by Deiton Baughman, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0).

Bjorn Fratangelo


The top-seeded player in the boys’ 18s advanced easily as Bjorn Fratangelo downed Ernesto Escobedo, 6-2, 6-4

“It was good to get out here and get my first win,” said the Pittsburgh native Fratangelo, the No. 17 ITF world-ranked junior. “The courts were a little fast so you’re always just eager to get out there and get that first win.”

In other 18s boys’ matches of note, No. 8-seeded Connor Farren survived a scare against Southern Californian Brendan McClain, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4) while another SoCal play, No. 3-seeded Alexios Halebian, advanced against Andrew Scholnick, 7-6 (5), 6-4

In the girls’ 18s, two former Carson champions and fellow Southern Californians were eliminated as Laguna Niguel’s Alyssa Smith fell to No. 5-seeded Ellen Allgurin of Sweden and Ranch Santa Fe’s Gabriella De Simone was forced to retire up 5-2 in the first due to injury against Mexico’s Alejandra Cisneros Gomez.

Written by Steve Pratt


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Note: All singles players from United States unless if noted.

Boys’ 18s First Round

Richard Del Nunzio  def.  Brendan Aguilar  6-2, 6-2

Edward Nguyen, Canada, def.  Alexander Petrone (16)  6-3, 6-3

Mitchell Krueger (6)  def.  Denis Nguyen  6-3, 6-1

Thomas Pura  def.  Stefan Menichella  4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Bjorn Fratangelo (1)  def.  Ernesto Escobedo  6-2, 6-4

Henry Craig  def.  Ricardo Medinilla, Mexico, 6-2, 7-5

Connor Farren (8)  def.  Brendan McClain  6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4)

Austin Smith  def.  Anthony Tsodikov  6-3, 6-1

Alexios Halebian (3)  def.  Andrew Scholnick  7-6(5), 6-4

Boys’ 16s Second Round

Nikko Madregallejo (6)  def.  Taylor Cramer  6-3, 6-1

Justin Butsch (8)  def.  Kenny Gea  6-3, 7-5

Luca Corinteli (1)  def.  Tyler Lu  6-3, 6-2

Deiton Baughman  def.  George Goldhoff (3)  3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(0)

Spencer Papa (2)  def.  William Griffith  6-2, 6-2

Ciro Riccardi  def.  Nicholas Reyes (9)  6-2, 6-2

Stephen Watson (10)  def.  Adrian Ortiz, Mexico, 7-5, 6-2

Joseph Di Giulio (4)  def.  Oliver Landert  6-3, 6-4

Noah Rubin (14)  def.  Logan Smith  6-0, 6-4

Stefan Kozlov  def.  Gregory Garcia (11)  6-3, 6-2

Daniel Kerznerman (7)  def.  Jake De Vries  6-2, 6-1

Martin Redlicki (13)  def.  Yancy Dennis  6-0, 6-3

Javier Restrepo  def.  Masayoshi Ono, Japan,  6-2, 6-1

JC Aragone (12)  def.  Jake Klein  6-4, 6-2

Stefan Doehler  def.  Eduardo Nava  6-2, 6-0

William Chiu  def.  Aidan Talcott (15)  4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2

Girls’ 18s First Round

Kriszina Kapitany (14), Hungary,  def.  Katya Vasilyev  4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Naomi Totka, Hungary, def.  Jessica Wacnik  6-0, 2-6, 6-2

Taylor Townsend  def.  Peggy Porter  6-1, 6-0

Ellen Allgurin (5), Sweden, def.  Alyssa Smith  6-4, 6-4

Janet Liu  def.  Lauren Chypyha, Canada, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Rio Kitagawa (8), Japan, def.  Alexandra Morozova  6-2, 6-4

Mayo Hibi, Japan, def.  Sarah Lee  6-0, 6-3

Alejandra Cisneros Gomez, Mexico, def.  Gabriella De Simone (15)  5-2  Ret (inj)

Stephanie Nauta (9)  def.  Nicole Long  6-4, 6-2

Camila Fuentes  def.  Melissa Kopinski  6-1, 6-1

Kelsey Laurente  def.  Tamitha Nguyen, Philippines, 6-0, 6-2

Brooke Austin  def.  Giuliana Olmos, Mexico, 6-2, 6-2

Chalena Scholl  def.  Lorraine Guillermo  7-5, 6-0

Joanna Smith  def.  Rongrong Leenabanchong, Thailand,  6-2, 6-0

Girls’ 16s Second Round

Yuki Chiang  def.  Caroline Doyle (14)  6-0, 4-6, 6-2

Maia Magill  def.  Julia O’Loughlin (3)  6-1, 6-4

Kimberly Yee (9)  def.  Elizabeth Profit  6-3, 6-0

Cindy Nguyen  def.  Natalie Greer Da Silveira, Brazil, 7-5, 6-2

Alyza Benotto (15)  def.  Madison Clarke  6-4, 6-0

Sivan Krems (10)  def.  Kareena Manji  6-0, 6-0

Marie Norris (8)  def.  Hadley Berg  6-4, 6-3

Lauren Marker (13)  def.  Gabriella Umoquit  6-2, 6-2

Dasha Ivanova (12)  def.  Mary Closs  6-1, 6-3

Megan McCray  def.  Caroline Turner  6-2, 6-2

Jwany Sherif  def.  Francis Dean  7-5, 6-1

Nicolette Tran (4)  def.  Stephanie Hazell  6-3, 6-0

Shannon Hudson (11)  def.  Jada Hart  6-0, 6-1

Katrine Steffensen (1)  def.  Alexis Rae Valenzuela  6-1, 6-2

Kiah Generette  def.  Maria Smith (5)  4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Yuki Asami  def.  Kellyn Abbanat  6-0, 6-1



Boys’ 18s First Round

Anthony Delcore / Austin Smith  def.  Lucas Gomez /  Ricardo Medinilla  6-4, 6-2

Marcos Giron / Denis Nguyen  def.  Boris Arias /  Jorge Brian Panta Herreros (8)  6-3, 6-3

Everth Dzib Peraza / Alex Fennell  def.  Andrew Adams /  John Richmond  4-6, 7-6(5), 1-0(6)

Emmett Egger / Mac Styslinger (4)  def.  Patrik Fabian /  Justin To  6-7(4), 7-5, 1-0(6)

Mate Cutura / Mikhail Vaks  def.  Tyler Gardiner /  Thai Kwiatkowski  6-4, 6-0

William Kwok / Michael Rinaldi (7)  def.  Henry Craig /  Stefan Menichella  6-3, 6-4

Connor Farren / Dennis Novikov (3)  def.  Edgar Lopez / Michael Redlicki  3-6, 6-2, 1-0(2)

Edward Nguyen / Luis Patino (6)  def.  Brendan Aguilar /  Kristofer Yee  4-6, 6-0, 1-0(13)

Bjorn Fratangelo / Alexios Halebian (1)  def.  Nicholas Naumann /  Mitchell Polnet  6-2, 6-1

Mitchell Krueger / Shane Vinsant (2)  def.  Morgan Mays / Juan Pablo Murra  6-3, 6-3

Marco Nunez / Alexander Petrone (5)  def.  Richard Del Nunzio / Trey Strobel  7-6(6), 6-4

Robert Livi / Andrew Ochotta  def.  Justin Agbayani / Ace Matias  7-5, 6-7(2), 1-0(7)

Kai-Wen Lai / Yoshihito Nishioka  def.  James Boyd /  Brendon Josephson    Wd (emerg)

Jeremy Efferding / Hunter Harrington  def.  Jack Busby / James Ireland  6-7(4), 6-4, 1-0(2)

David Doehring / Andrew Scholnick  def.  Karim Arem / Luis Garcia  7-6(4), 6-1


Boys’ 16s First Round

Ciro Riccardi / Alexander Solonin  def.  Taylor Cramer /  Luke Mountain  6-4, 6-0

Eduardo Nava / Henrik Wiersholm  def.  Masayoshi Ono / Logan Smith  1-6, 6-3, 10-5

JC Aragone / Drew Dawson (8)  def.  Oliver Landert / Nicholas Reyes    Wd (inj)

Nicholas Crystal / Javier Restrepo  def.  Strong Kirchheimer / Kevin Le  5-7, 6-0, 10-6

Steven Chen / Jay Leelavanich  def.  Darius MacKenzie / Jeremy Mintz  7-6(1), 6-3

German Aragon / Adrian Ortiz  def.  Aidan Talcott /  Stephen Watson (6)  6-0, 1-6, 12-10

Robbie Bellamy / Gregory Garcia (7)  def.  Deiton Baughman /  Mac Roy  7-5, 6-3

Kei Ezaka / Sterling Galli  def.  Angel Aguilar / Joshua Kim  6-4, 6-2

Dylan Brown / Alex Giannini  def.  Jake De Vries /  Kenny Gea  6-2, 7-6(3)

Stefan Doehler / Tyler Lu  def.  William Chiu / Ryan Rosen  7-5, 7-5

Martin Redlicki / Spencer Rhoads  def.  Jake Klein / Christopher Lees  6-2, 6-3


Girls’ 18s First Round

Giuliana Olmos / Marcela Zacarias  def.  Lauren Herring / Madison Keys (1)  7-5, 1-6, 1-0(8)

Brooke Austin / Skylar Morton (8)  def.  Lauren Chypyha / Naomi Totka  6-0, 6-2

Ashley Dai / Riko Shimizu  def.  Alexandra Morozova /  Kendal Woodard  3-6, 7-5, 1-0(8)

Makenzie Craft / Christina Makarova  def.  Jacqueline Crawford / Sarah Lee  4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5)

Julia Elbaba / Blair Shankle (4)  def.  Mia King /  Alyssa Smith  6-4, 6-7(4), 1-0(4)

Samantha Crawford / Alexandra Kiick  def.  HaYoung Ji /  Ki Ryang Kim  6-2, 4-6, 1-0(5)

Gabrielle Andrews / Taylor Townsend  def.  Janet Liu / Dorothy Tang  6-4, 6-4

Camila Fuentes / Georgina Sellyn  def.  Melissa Kopinski / Jessica Wacnik  7-5, 6-4

Nicole Long / Peggy Porter  def.  June Lee / Wendy Zhang  6-4, 6-3

Ellen Allgurin / Rio Kitagawa (3)  def.  Lorraine Guillermo / Joanna Smith  6-2, 6-3

Kyle McPhillips / Chanelle Van Nguyen (7)  def.  Zoe Katz /  Lauren Stratman  6-2, 1-6, 1-0(5)

Alejandra Cisneros Gomez / Kriszina Kapitany (6)  def.  Kenna Kilgo / Katya Vasilyev  7-5, 7-6(1)

Natalia Maynetto / Alanna Wolff  def.  Rongrong Leenabanchong /  Naomi Tran  6-4, 7-5

Jennifer Brady / Chalena Scholl  def.  Fausthyara Pietersz /  Johnnise Renaud  6-0, 6-4

Victoria Duval / Stephanie Nauta (2)  def.  Sophia Bott / Sarah Gealer  6-1, 6-2

Nadia Echeverria Alam / Kelsey Laurente (5)  def.  Analorena Belmar /  Skylar Kuykendall  6-1, 6-3


Girls’ 16s First Round

Fiorella Coria / Francis Dean  def.  Emily Cox /  Basia Kopecka  6-4, 6-2

Kaiulani Boyer / Kimberly Yee  def.  Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer / Alison Ho  7-5, 6-3

Dominique Dulski / Monica Robinson  def.  Andie Daniell / Kaitlyn McCarthy  4-6, 6-2, 1-0(2)

Kenadi Hance / Elizabeth Profit  def.  Ashley Chao /  Stephanie Hazell  6-1, 6-0

Kareena Manji / Jwany Sherif  def.  Kiah Generette / Alexis Rae Valenzuela  7-6(5), 6-2

Yuki Chiang / Alexis Pereira  def.  Madison Clarke / Caroline Turner  6-2, 6-1


Unseeded Giron Upsets No. 5-Seeded Novikov at USTA International Spring Championships

Marcos Giron


CARSON, Calif., (Monday, April 4, 2010) – Marcos Giron wasn’t happy when he saw the name Dennis Novikov above his on the boys’ 18s draw sheet before the start of the seventh annual USTA International Spring Championships. Novikov surely was equally distressed when he saw Giron’s name right below his.

Playing in front of his future college coach Billy Martin of UCLA, the unseeded, 17-year-old Giron took down the No. 5-seeded Novikov, 6-4, 7-5, on Monday during the first day of main-draw play at the Home Depot Center.


It was the seventh consecutive win for Giron, who was coming off six big wins at the ITF Grade 4 tournament at Claremont last weekend, including the tournament final where he beat David Doehring in straight sets.


Giron, of nearby Thousand Oaks, Calif., led the No. 37th ITF world-ranked Novikov 4-0 in the second set before the Boca Raton resident roared back to take a 5-4 lead finally beginning to adjust to the windy conditions.


“Hopefully I’ll keep it going,” Giron said. “He just really stepped up his game and I was finally able to play better down 4-5.”


On playing in front of Martin, Giron said “I was excited to see him here. I always seem to play better when he’s watching. I was happy to see him.”


In the boys’ 16s, top-seeded Luca Corinteli got through to the second round with no problems as he beat Dylan Brown, 6-1, 6-2. No. 2-seeded Spencer Papa also had an easy time against Christopher Lees, 6-4, 6-2


In a highly anticipated matchup between two of the world’s top players at their age, Stefan Kozlov, 13, defeated 14-year-old Henrik Wiersholm 6-2, 6-2, in a boys’ 16s match. Kozlov beat Wiersholm in the semifinals of the Winter National 14s and also beat him in the finals of the Aegon Teen Tennis tournament in England just a few weeks later.


In the girls’ 18s, top-seeded Victoria Duval beat Ha-Young Ji of Korea, 6-1, 7-5, in her first-round match. In the girls’ 16s, top-seeded Katrine Steffensen downed Conner Calabro, 6-4, 6-1


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

By Steve Pratt



Note: All players from United States unless if noted.

Boys’ 18s

Shane Vinsant (4) def. Hunter Harrington 6-2, 7-6(2)

Kai-Wen Lai, Taipei, def. John Richmond 6-1, 6-4

Dennis Mkrtchian def. Anthony Delcore 6-4, 6-4

Trey Strobel def. Luis Garcia, Panama, 6-3, 6-0

David Doehring def. Edgar Lopez, Mexico, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Mitchell Polnet def. Jorge Brian Panta Herreros (9), Peru, 6-0, 7-5

Michael Redlicki def. Justin To, Hong Kong, 6-2, 6-1

Mate Cutura, Croatia, def. Karim Arem 6-0, 6-0

Lucas Gomez, Mexico, def. William Kwok (14) 4-0 Ret (inj)

Mac Styslinger (10) def. Alex Fennell 6-1, 6-4

Tyler Gardiner def. Boris Arias, Bolivia, 6-1, 7-6(5)

Emmett Egger (11) def. Andrew Ochotta, Canada, 6-2, 6-1

Jack Busby, Great Britain, def. Spencer Simon 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-6(2)

Gregory Scott def. Juan Pablo Murra (15), Mexico, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(7)

Nikola Milojevic (2), Serbia, def. Andrew Adams 6-4, 6-4

Marlu Van Vuuren, South Africa, def. Robert Livi 6-3, 6-2

Marcos Giron def. Dennis Novikov (5) 6-4, 7-5

Thai Kwiatkowski def. Morgan Mays 6-3, 6-3

Patrik Fabian (13), Slovakia, def. Rickey Baylon 6-2, 6-1

Jermey Efferding def. Michael Rinaldi, (12) 6-4, 6-2

Yoshihito Nishioka, Japan, def. Austin Siegel 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

Mikhail Vaks, Russia, def. Jordan Daigle 6-3, 6-4

Marco Nunez (7), Mexico, def. Nicholas Naumann 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Boys’ 16s

Yancy Dennis def. Bryan Chen 6-0, 6-1

Eduardo Nava def. Nikolas Ramadan 7-6(1), 6-4

Stefan Kozlov def. Henrik Wiersholm 6-2, 6-2

Gregory Garcia (11) def. Aidan Jiang 6-0, 6-3

Noah Rubin (14) def. Kentaro Mizushima, Japan, 6-3, 6-1

Oliver Landert def. Steven Chen 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Justin Butsch (8) def. Joshua Yablon 7-5, 7-5

JC Aragone (12) def. Drew Dawson 6-0, 6-2

William Griffith def. Kei Ezaka, Japan, 6-1, 6-3

Spencer Papa (2) def. Christopher Lees 6-4, 6-2

Luca Corinteli (1) def. Dylan Brown 6-1, 6-2

William Chiu def. Ryan Rosen 7-5, 6-0

Daniel Kerznerman (7) def. Riley Smith 6-3, 6-0

Deiton Baughman def. Strong Kirchheimer 6-2, 6-3

Javier Restrepo def. Robbie Bellamy, (16) 7-6(2), 6-2

Masayoshi Ono, Japan, def. Alex Giannini 6-2, 7-5

Jake De Vries def. Luke Mountain 6-0, 6-0

Tyler Lu def.  Nicholas Crystal 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2

Jake Klein def. Teague Hamilton 6-3, 7-6(4)

Taylor Cramer def. Spencer Rhoads 6-2, 6-3

Nikko Madregallejo (6)  def. Jay Leelavanich 6-3, 6-1

George Goldhoff (3) def. Joshua Kim 6-0, 6-1

Martin Redlicki (13) def. Grant Riechmann 6-1, 7-5

Girls’ 18s

Christina Makarova (4) def. Desirae Krawczyk 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

Lauren Herring (6) def. Mia King 6-4, 6-2

Grace Min (2) def. Alanna Wolff 6-4, 6-2

Ashley Dai (13) def. Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-1, 6-1

Catherine Harrison def. Wendy Zhang, Canada, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Marcela Zacarias (12), Mexico, def. Riko Shimizu 6-1, 6-0

Skylar Morton def. Luicelena Perez Motolongo, Venezuela, 6-1, 6-1

Sabrina Santamaria def. Monica Turewicz (7) 6-1, 6-3

Natalia Maynetto def. Georgina Sellyn, Great Britain, 7-6(4), 6-1

Madison Keys (3) def. Skylar Kuykendall 6-4, 6-0

Nadia Echeverria Alam def.  Analorena Belmar, Mexico, 6-3, 6-0

Gabrielle Andrews def. Jennifer Brady (16) 6-3, 6-3

Victoria Duval (1) def. Ha-Young Ji, Korea, 6-1, 7-5

June Lee def. Makenzie Craft 6-2, 6-3

Kyle McPhillips def. Hannah King (11) 6-2, 6-2

Alexandra Kiick def. Blair Shankle 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2

Samantha Crawford def. Julia Elbaba (10) 6-0, 6-2

Johnnise Renaud def. Fausthyara Pietersz 6-4, 6-4

Girls’ 16s

Kareena Manji def. Camille Deleon 7-5, 6-1

Caroline Doyle (14) def. Andie Daniell 6-4, 6-4

Julia O’Loughlin (3) def. Margo Pletcher 6-2, 6-1

Alyza Benotto (15) def. Taylor LeFridge 6-2, 6-2

Madison Clarke def. Emily Cox 6-2, 6-3

Cindy Nguyen def. Cassidy Spearman 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)

Natalie Da Silveira, Brazil, def. Adi Milstein, (2) 7-6(2), 6-4

Alexis Rae Valenzuela def. Andrea Kevakian 6-2, 6-2

Nicolette Tran (4) def. Victoria Robertson 6-0, 6-0

Stephanie Hazell def. Constance Branstine 6-3, 6-4

Yuki Chiang def. Jessica Ho 6-1, 6-2

Hadley Berg def. Elizabeth Mulville 7-5, 6-2

Shannon Hudson (11) def. Alexis Pereira 6-4, 6-3

Jada Hart def. Ashley Chao 6-3, 6-3

Kellyn Abbanat def. Rebecca Ho 6-2, 6-4

Katrine Steffensen (1) def. Conner Calabro 6-4, 6-1

Kimberly Yee (9) def. Kenadi Hance 6-2, 6-1

Kiah Generette def. Monica Robinson 6-4, 6-2

Sivan Krems (10) def. Amber Park 6-2, 6-0

Francis Dean def. Mayci Jones (16) 6-2 Ret (inj)

Yuki Asami def. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (6)  6-2, 3-6, 6-2

Elizabeth Profit def. Kaitlyn McCarthy 6-2, 6-2

Caroline Turner def. Basia Kopecka 6-0, 6-4

Mary Closs def. Dominique Dulski 6-3, 6-1

Megan McCray def. Brooke Withrow, (7) 6-0, 6-1

Dasha Ivanova (12) def. Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer 6-3, 6-3

Lauren Marker (13) def. Maral Tavitian 6-2, 6-4

Gabriella Umoquit def. Alexandra Solovyev 6-1, 6-4

Maia Magill def. Minami Lam 6-1, 6-3

Marie Norris (8) def. Kaiulani Boyer 6-2, 6-2

Maria Smith (5) def. Alison Ho 6-1, 6-1

Jwany Sherif def. Fiorella Coria, Argentina, 6-2, 6-0