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Monday, August 10, 2015

USTA National Champions; US Teams Take Silver and Bronze at World Junior Tennis Competition; Pedraza, Lee, Paulus Win ITF Tournaments

Congratulations to all the 2015 USTA National Champions, with results from the singles and doubles finals and the bronze ball matches listed below. Full draws can be found by clicking on the Division name, which will send you to the TennisLink site.  The Tennis Recruiting Network will have coverage of all eight tournaments this week, with my 16s and 18s recaps available there on Thursday and Friday. A few thoughts that occurred to me while I was compiling these results:

Frances Tiafoe(B18s) is the only No. 1 seed to have won a singles title.

Saud Alhogbani(B12s) is the only player to have won both the Clay Courts and the Nationals this year.

Katie Volynets(G12s and G14s) is the only player to have won Nationals titles in consecutive years.

None of the singles champions won a doubles title.

Abigail Desiatnikov and Patrick Kypson receive main draw wild cards for the US Open Junior Championships next month.

Sonya Kenin and Frances Tiafoe receive singles wild cards into the US Open main draw, as do the doubles teams of Tornado Alicia Black and Ingrid Neel and Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz.

Boys 12s
Saud Alhogbani(3) def. Benjamin Kittay(5) 6-3, 6-0
3rd place: Hugo Hashimoto(1) def. Gavin Young(15) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Kittay and Karl Lee(1) def. Alhogbani and Samuel Landau(9) 6-4, 6-4

Girls 12s
Nikki Yanez(17) def. Rachel Arbitman(5) 7-5, 7-6
3rd place: Emma Jackson(4) def. Sydni Ratliff(7) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Arbitman and Kenadee Semenik(1) def. Ellie Coleman and Ellie Pittman 6-4, 6-4

Boys 14s
Nathan Han(4) def. Ronan Jachuck(5) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
3rd place: Jacob Bullard(17) def. Evin McDonald(9) 6-3, 6-0

Jachuck and Nicholas Garcia(5) def. Jacob Bullard and Alan Yim(11) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Girls 14s
Katie Volynets(2) def. Naomi Cheong(11) 6-3, 6-1
3rd place: Lea Ma (4) def. Angelica Blake(5) 7-5, 3-1 Ret (ill)

Ma and Kacie Harvey(5) def. Christina Hand and Chidimma Okpara(4) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Boys 16s:
Patrick Kypson(3) def. Alexandre Rotsaert(4) 6-3, 6-3
3rd place: JJ Wolf(1) def. Kyrylo Tsygura(8) 6-2, 6-0

Bryce Pereira and Ivan Thamma(8) def. William Howells and Danny Thomas(7) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

Girls 16s:
Abigail Desiatnikov def. Whitney Osuigwe(15) 6-1, 7-6(2)
3rd place: Natasha Subhash(1) d. Marlee Zein 6-1, 6-2

Subhash and Ann Li(1) def. Anna Brylin and Clarissa Hand(5) 6-0, 6-2.

Girls 18s:
Sonya Kenin(3) def. Tornado Alicia Black(1) 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
3rd place: Raveena Kingsley(5) def. Sara Daavettila(16) walkover (inj)

Black and Ingrid Neel(1) def. Jessie Aney and Ena Shibahara(2) 6-3, 6-3

Boys 18s:
Frances Tiafoe(1) def. Stefan Kozlov(3) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4
3rd place: Taylor Fritz(2) def. Tommy Paul(4) walkover (ill)

Fritz and Reilly Opelka(2) def. Joshua Sheehy and Parker Wynn(6) 6-3, 6-4

At the ITF's 14-and-under World Junior Tennis finals, the United States girls took the silver medal, losing to defending champion Russia 2-1. Both Caty McNally and Hurricane Tyra Black lost their singles matches, clinching the win for Russia, led by Anastasia Potapova.

The US boys lost to Spain in the semifinals, but beat Canada 3-0 to finish in third place.  Korea won the boys title, coming from 1-0 down to win No. 1 singles and the deciding doubles match to beat Spain 2-1.

Complete results are available at the ITF junior website.

Eight Americans claimed titles on the ITF junior circuit last week.

At the ITF Grade 3 in Mexico, Raquel Pedraza, the No. 2 seed, beat Alexandra Sabe, the No. 7 seed, 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-2 in an all-American final.  Sabe and her partner, Daniela Morales Beckmann of Mexico, the No. 2 seeds, lost to top seeds Camila Romero of Ecuador and Phillis Vanenburg of the Netherlands 5-7, 6-2, 10-4 in the doubles final.

Jason Legall and Evan Zhu won the boys doubles title. The unseeded pair defeated No. 2 seeds Alafia Ayeni and Alan Rubio Fierros of Mexico 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6 in the final.

At the ITF Grade 5 in St. Lucia, 17-year-old Justin Lee won his first ITF title in just his second appearance in an ITF junior tournament main draw.  Lee, who won three qualifying matches, defeated four seeds in his five matches, with a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory over No. 3 seed Ryan Mueller of Guatemala sealing the title.

Fifteen-year-old Kate Paulus won the girls title in St. Lucia. The No. 3 seed defeated Kianah Motosono, the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 6-1 in another all-American final.  It was Paulus's second final and first title on the ITF junior circuit. Unseeded Dakota Fordham and Elizabeth Mandlik won the doubles title with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Motosono and Anaelle Roch of Guadeloupe.

In the boys doubles, Cole Lacap of Canada and Jack Pulliam won the title, with the No. 3 seeds beating the unseeded team of Mueller and Salvador Bolanos of El Salvador 7-6(6), 7-6(1) in the final.


Bobby B. said...

Congrats to all the players,parents and coaches who have helped in these achievements. It takes a village to help a player reach such heights of success. May they all continue to follow their dreams and set new goals for the future. And take it one day at a time.