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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Bowl Seeds, Draws Posted for 12s, 14s, 16s; Tiafoe Among US Winners at Miami Open

The seeds and draws have been posted for the Easter Bowl's 12s, 14s, and 16s divisions, with play beginning on Saturday for the 12s and 14s and Monday for the 16s (as well as the ITF B1). I'll be in Indian Wells covering the tournament beginning Saturday.  The top eight seeds are listed below.

Girls 16s:
1. Gianna Pielet
2. Valencia Xu
3. Karina Miller
4. Rosie Garcia Gross
5. Carmen Corley
6. Zoe Howard
7. Lana Mavor
8. Chidimma Okpara

Girls 14s:
1. Reese Brantmeier
2. Alexandra Torre
3. Eleana Yu
4. Priya Nelson
5. Daria Smetannikov
6. Elisabeth Jones
7. Sophie Williams
8. Bridget Stammel

Girls 12s:
1. Stephanie Yakoff
2. Clervie Ngounoue
3. Brooklyn Olson
4. Madeleine Jessup
5. Natalia Perez
6. Ariel Madatali
7. Grace Levelston
8. Elisabether Dunac

Boys 16s:
1. Keshav Chopra
2. Maxwell McKennon
3. Welsh Hotard
4. Harsh Parikh
5. JJ Tracy
6. Ishaan Ravichander
7. Jeremie Casabon
8. Logan Zapp

Boys 14s:
1. Samir Banerjee
2. Noelle Ampong
3. Max Fardanesh
4. Eli Gordon
5. John Kim
6. Evan Wen
7. Jiaxi Ma
8. Louis Cloud

 Boys 12s:
1. Nicholas Mangiapane
2. Rudy Quan
3. Andrew Salu
4. Andrew Delgado
5. Thomas Faurel
6. Adam Sun
7. Kaylan Bigun
8. Lucas Coriaty

Rain again washed out play at the $25,000 Futures in Calabasas California, with one first round singles match still not begun: JC Aragone vs Ulises Blanch.  The other 15 1st round singles matches were played on Tuesday. Weather conditions are expected to improve on Friday.  The Newport Beach ITF Grade 4 completed two rounds of singles on Wednesday, but did not play today, with the semifinals set for Friday.  Siem Woldeab will face Michael Sun in one boys semifinal, with Matthew Tsolakyan and Zachery Lim in the other. None are seeded.  In the girls semifinals, Maxi Duncan[13] meets Elivina Kalieva[15] and Julia Haynes plays qualifier Julia Deming.

2015 Kalamazoo 18s champion Frances Tiafoe defeated Nicolas Kicker of Argentina 6-3, 7-6(4) to close out Thursday's action at the Miami Open. Tiafoe will face No. 21 seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in the second round.  Steve Johnson was the only other American man to win today. 

Qualifier Alison Riske defeated No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-1 to win her fourth match in four days.  She will play fellow qualifier Yafan Wang of China in the third round.  Christina McHale defeated No. 25 seed Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 to advance to a third round meeting with No. 3 seed Gabine Muguruza of Spain, who got a walkover from Amanda Anisimova due to injury. No. 13 seed Sloane Stephens also advanced to the third round today, beating wild card Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 6-1, 6-3.