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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Top Two Seeds Breeze in Girls 18s, But Both Exit in Boys 18s at Plaza Cup

©Colette Lewis 2009--
Coral Gables, FL--

No. 1 seed Jackie Kasler and No. 2 seed Maria Belaya had no trouble in their opening two rounds of the USTA National Level 3 Plaza Cup Saturday on the green clay of Salvadore Park. But in the boys 18s, neither No. 1 seed Mark Schanerman nor No. 2 seed John Yetimoglu could survive past their opening matches.

In Saturday's ideal playing condition, Kasler, of Gulf Breeze Florida, lost only one game in her first two matches, while Melbourne Florida's Belaya lost seven. Third seed Bianca Sanon fell to unseeded Mary Clayton in an All-Florida battle in the second round, but with four seeds making the quarterfinals, the girls results were downright expected compared to the boys, where the final eight includes only two seeded players--No. 3 Andrew Butz and No. 4 Raleigh Smith.

Sixteen-year-old Zachary Katz of Boca Raton, Florida came back for a 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 win over N. Miami Beach's Schanerman in the second round, while 15-year-old Jeremy Efferding of Lake Worth was one of the many younger players advancing, taking down Miami's Yetimoglu 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. The 16-year-old Butz, of Vero Beach, survived a tiebreaker in lieu of a third set in the first round against John Cappabianca, and his quarterfinal opponent will be unseeded 15-year-old Spencer Newman of Miami. Unseeded Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also 15, took out Alexander Teppert , a fifth seed, in the first round and will meet Katz in the quarterfinals. The fourth seeded Smith meets unseeded Michael Alford in the fourth quarterfinal.

None of the girls 18s second round matches went to a tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, although the first round had its share of dramatic matches. In Sunday's quarterfinals, Kasler will play unseeded Sarah McLean of Miami; Plantation's Clayton, younger sister of Chris, Alex and Missy, takes on unseeded Sabrina Kierberg of Ft. Lauderdale; Belaya faces Kelsey Laurente of Miramar, who has lost only two games in her first two matches, and No. 4 seed Julia Sabacinski of Plantation will play No. 5 seed Brittany Dubins of N. Miami Beach.

For results in the other age divisions, visit the TennisLink site.