©Colette Lewis 2010--
The spring storm that caused a three-hour delay Monday at the International Spring Championships left quickly and so did all seven of the boys 18s seeds who played their first round matches on Monday, among them the 2, 4, 5 and 7 seeds.
Wild card Spencer Newman defeated second seed Dennis Novikov 7-5, 6-3, and while the gusty winds didn't make for an especially pretty match, it was a very competitive one. Played on the feature court, court 4, the match drew a large number of spectators, who witnessed a change in momentum approximately every three games.
Newman took a 4-2 lead in the first set, with Novikov donating several backhand errors. Then Novikov took a 5-4 lead, serving for the first set. It was then Newman's turn to win three games in a row, taking the set when Novikov made yet another error on his backhand. Newman got an early break in the second set, but failed to hold it, and Novikov got back in the match when he held for 3-3. That would be the last game he would win, as Newman broke to take a 5-3 lead, then held at love to complete the victory.
Another wild card, Dan Kosakowski, a UCLA recruit from nearby Downey, Calif., also took out a seed, defeating No. 5 Alexis Carlos of Mexico 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. Carlos became increasingly frustrated by the tricky wind and when he was broken at love serving at 3-5 in the third set, the racquet that produced the forehand error didn't survive.
Gonzales Austin came back to defeat No. 4 seed Darian King of Barbados 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3; Bjorn Fratangelo downed No. 7 seed Diego Acosta of Ecuador 6-2, 6-3 , Chase Curry beat No. 10 seed Vitor Galvao of Brazil 6-3, 6-3, Dan McCall defeated No. 12 Gabriel Flores Ruiz of Puerto Rico 6-1, 6-3, and wild card Dennis Mkrtchian, last year's 16 champion, beat No. 14 seed Michael Zhu 6-1, 6-3.
Top seed Raymond Sarmiento will play his first round match on Tuesday, as will eight other boys 18s seeds.
In the girls 18s first round, five of the matches scheduled for Monday were postponed until Tuesday, including those involving No. 13 seed Rachel Kahan, No. 10 seed Rio Kitagawa, No. 2 seed Grace Min, No. 16 seed Julia Elbaba and unseeded Victoria Duval. The only seed to fall in the girls 18s was No. 4 Jessica Pegula, who retired trailing Gabrielle Andrews 6-4, 4-3.
I watched the second set of the Kyle McPhillips - Sabrina Santamaria match, which Santamaria won 6-4, 6-3. McPhillips was on the defensive most of the time, and both Santamaria's depth of shot and the wind gave McPhillips fits. She refused to give up her position on the baseline, but with Santamaria hitting so deep and the ball being pushed around by the wind, McPhillips was often unable to position herself correctly to strike the ball. Santamaria, a wild card who won the Claremont ITF tournament on Saturday, was the more confident player, and she looked more balanced and better prepared to strike the ball no matter where it landed.
In contrast to the boys 18s, all 16 seeds in the boys 16s division won their first round matches. Top seed Tyler Gardiner defeated Brandon Clark 6-4, 6-2 and No. 2 seed Anthony Tsodikov downed Brandon Chao 6-0, 6-0. Many of the girls 16s matches were still on court at 9 p.m. PDT.
For draws and results, see the tournament website.
Monday, April 5, 2010