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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Top Seeds Blanch, Anisimova Kick Off ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships Monday; Barton, Haas Win USTA Pro Circuit Events

Court 4--the Stadium Court--at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships

Qualifying for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships was completed today at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, with main draw play beginning with the 16s division at 8 a.m. on Monday morning.

Boys qualifying for the 18s main draw are Drew Baird, Sam Turchetta, Nicolas Mejia of Colombia, Arnav Dhingra, Matthew Gamble, Jacob Brumm, Kevin Ma and Matthew Story of Great Britain.  No. 7 Story is the only qualifying seed who made the main draw.

No lucky losers were needed, but two additional wild cards were awarded with Jenson Brooksby and Austen Huang added to the five named last week.

The girls qualifying for the 18s main draw are Ryan Peus, Alexandra Angyalosy(2), Sydney Van Alphen, Nadia Gizdova(4), Salma Ewing, Camille Favero, Margaryta Bilokin of Ukraine and Sara Choy.

Again there are no lucky losers in the main draw as of now, with Abigail Forbes, Emma Decoste and Jada Robinson awarded late wild cards.

All 32 of the 16s first round matches are scheduled for Monday, with the seeds getting byes, while the first round of the 18s are spread over two days.

Top seeds Ulises Blanch and William Blumberg are on Monday's schedule, with Blanch playing Tristan McCormick and Blumberg facing Robert Loeb.   Top girls seed Amanda Anisimova is also on Monday's schedule against Paris Corley.

The top seeds in the boys 16s are Govind Nanda and Axel Nefve; the top seeds in the girls 16s are Kacie Harvey and Marcella Cruz.

The complete draws and the order of play for Monday is available at the tournament website.  Live scoring will be available via Tennis Ticker.http://www.tennisticker.de/usa/usta-sb.html.

The USTA Pro Circuit events wrapped up today, with Matthew Barton of Australia taking the title at the $25,000 Futures event in Calabasas, California. Barton, the No. 2 seed, defeated top seed Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 7-6(6), 6-3.

Tope seeds Eric Quigley and Nick Meister won the doubles title, beating Laaksonen and Marek Michalicka of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-3, 10-3. Meister won last week's $25,000 Futures in Bakersfield with Adrien Puget; Meister and Quigley also won the Dallas Challenger back in February.

At the $25,000 women's tournament in Naples, Barbara Haas of Austria took the title, beating qualifier Elizaveta Ianchuk of Ukraine 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.  Valeria Solovyeva of Russia and Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine won the doubles title, with the No. 4 seeds defeating Sophie Chang and Quirine Lemoine of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-0 in the final.

There is no men's event in the US, or anywhere in North America for that matter, this week, but there is a $50,000 women's tournament in Osprey, Florida, with qualifying getting underway there today.

At the Miami Open, Steve Johnson, CoCo Vandeweghe and Nicole Gibbs all fell in their third round matches, with Madison Keys the only American advancing in today's action.  Jack Sock, Tim Smyczek and Serena Williams are the Americans on Monday's schedule.