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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cruz Wins Women's Open at USTA National Indoor Championships; Jones Upsets Shibahara at Winter Nationals

Fifteen-year-old Marcella Cruz won a USTA gold ball in New York, where the National Open Indoor Championships are held each year.

The No. 15 seed, Cruz, from Marlboro New Jersey, defeated No. 4 seed Quinn Gleason, a senior at Notre Dame, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 this morning to win the women's open singles title.

The men's open singles title went to Shawn Hadavi, a junior at Columbia. Hadavi, the No. 2 seed, beat Iowa sophomore Josh Silverstein, seeded No. 14, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 in the final.

Oregon/St. John's alumnus Gustavo Loza and St. John's senior Vaidik Munshaw won the men's doubles championship. The No. 7 seeds beat No. 6 seeds Danile Grunberger, a Columbia sophomore, and Ethan Nittolo, a Buffalo freshman, 6-4, 6-2.

The women's doubles title was won by top seeds Taylor Ng and Katherine Yau of Dartmouth. The junior and senior combination defeated No. 5 seeds Rima Asatrian, a Columbia sophomore, and Kelly Williford, a Virginia Tech senior, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The mixed doubles title went to Bucknell senior Nick Bybel and Williford, the No. 7 seeds, who defeated Florida Tech alumnus Keith Kessler and high school senior Jessica Livianu, the No. 6 seeds, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

At the Winter Nationals, the semifinals are set in the 16s and 18s. In the boys 18s, defending champion and top seed William Genesen will face unseeded Mac Kiger and No. 10 seed Jason Lui will play No. 8 seed Austen Huang.

The top seed in the girls 18s was beaten today, with Alyvia Jones, the No. 12 seed, defeating Ena Shibahara 6-2, 6-3. Jones will play No. 16 seed Sydney Van Alphen, and Nicole Mossmer, a No. 17 seed, will play Jessica Failla, the ninth seed.

In the boys 16s, top seed Carson Haskins will face Harris Walker, a No. 17 seed, and No. 6 seed Christian Alshon will play Abhijeet Joshi, a No. 17 seed.

There are two unseeded players in the girls 16s semifinals. Top seed Sara Choy will meet Sedona Gallagher and No. 2 seed Hannah Zhao will face Naomi Cheong.

Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.

The quarterfinals are not yet complete at the 12s and 14s in Tucson. The TennisLink site for that tournament is here.


Brent said...

Colette - small change. I think it is Carson Haskins, not Connor. Happy New Year!