©Colette Lewis 2010--
Rancho Las Palmas, CA--
After a morning shower set back start times by two hours, and a rain shower in the afternoon caused another brief delay, the start of the girls 18s competition at the Easter Bowl was pushed back to the early evening, and was completed under the lights.
Top seed Lauren Davis completed her first round match in the rapidly declining temperatures accompanying the fading daylight, beating Katie Goeppel 6-4, 6-4, but No. 2 seed Grace Min was not as fortunate. One of the last matches to take the courts at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club, Min and Lorraine Guillermo started on Court 4 but later moved to Court 3 for better lighting. That change and a score dispute didn't bother Guillermo at all, as the 16-year-old from Walnut, Calif. came away with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
There was a long delay midway through the match.
"We finished the first set, and I was up 1-0, but she thought we had just finished the first set," said Guillermo. "After a while, she realized that I was right, so we ended up at 6-3, 1-0."
Guillermo gave credit to her backhand as the key to her win, while also saying, "I served pretty well in the beginning, so that put me up."
Next up for Guillermo is International Spring Champion Krista Hardebeck, who won her sixth match in the past six days with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Leyla Erkan.
In addition to Min, two other seeds lost in the opening round of girls 18 play: No. 10 seed Denise Starr, who fell to Catherine Harrison 6-3, 6-2, and No. 15 seed Hai-Li Kong, who lost to Emina Bektas 6-3, 7-6(3).
The girls 18s draw lost No. 7 seed Sachia Vickery to illness, so the much-anticipated match between she and Victoria Duval was not played. Duval played alternate Jordan Brewer instead, winning 6-4, 6-1.
In the boys 16s, top seeds Nolan Paige and 2009 14s Easter Bowl champion Mackenzie McDonald won handily, but there were two surprising early exits. International Spring Champion winner Jordan Daigle and finalist Thai Kwiatkowski were both defeated, with Daigle losing to Erik Nordahl, a No. 17 seed, 6-1, 6-2, and Kwiatkowski falling to unseeded Jose Gracia 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.
Top seed Kyle McPhillips and No. 2 seed Brooke Austin easily advanced to the second round of the girls 16s championships.
In the 14s, which are a day ahead of the 16s, boys top seed Daniel Kerznerman and No. 2 seed Noah Rubin are through to the round of 32. Girls top seeds Gabrielle Andrews and Katrine Steffensen are also safely into Tuesday's third round.
The boys 18s will begin on Tuesday, with the marquee match featuring top seed Raymond Sarmiento against USTA Spring National champion Bjorn Fratangelo. Last year it was Sarmiento who had drawn the No. 1 seed, Denis Kudla, whom he went on to defeat in a third-set tiebreaker. This year the shoe is on the other foot, with Sarmiento now the player facing the dangerous floater.
For complete results and draws, see the TennisLink site for the USTA and ITF events.
Also, on Tuesday night at 6:30, Wayne Bryan will be presenting a program for all players and their parents and coaches entitled "The Journey Through Junior, College and Pro Tennis." For more details on the talk, sponsored by Prince, see the Easter Bowl website.
Monday, April 12, 2010