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Friday, March 8, 2019

Wrapping Up USTA National Spring Team Championships; Brady Reaches Third Round at BNP Paribas Open; Teens Mandlik, Krueger Advance at Carson $15K

The sixth edition of the USTA National Spring Team Championships is in the books, and I have the recap of the Firecrackers(girls) and Patriots(boys) titles at the Tennis Recruiting Network. This is a difficult tournament to cover until the final, with action on 48 courts simultaneously, but the participants all seem to enjoy being a part of a team, which is a rare opportunity in junior tennis. A photo gallery of all 24 players competing in the two finals will be coming in the next few days.

The early rounds of the BNP Paribas Open continued today in Indian Wells, with wild card Jennifer Brady advancing to the round of 32 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over No. 19 seed Caroline Garcia of France. It's Brady's third win over Garcia already in 2019. Next up for the former UCLA star is No. 12 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. With a few matches still remaining tonight, Brady is the only American woman to win today, with Lauren Davis, Amanda Anisimova, No. 4 seed Sloane Stephens and Bernarda Pera dropping their second round matches today. Wild card Jessica Pegula and qualifier Christina McHale won first round matches late last night.  The women's draw is available here.

In men's first round action, Steve Johnson defeated Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-3 and Jared Donaldson won his first match since last August, beating qualifier Tatsumo Ito of Japan 6-3, 7-5. The men's draw is here.

At the $15,000 World Tennis Tour event in Carson California, three Americans and one Canadian have advanced to Saturday's semifinals after both the second round and the quarterfinals were played today.  Fourteen-year-old qualifier Robin Montgomery, playing in her first pro-level tournament, defeated top seed Sophie Chang 7-6(6), 6-3 in the second round, but lost to 18-year-old Carson Branstine of Canada 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Branstine, who switched from representing US to Canada a few years ago, has recently signed to play at USC this fall, where her sister Constance is a junior on the team.  Branstine will face 14-year-old qualifier Ashlyn Krueger, who, like Montgomery, is playing in her first pro tournament. Krueger defeated No. 8 seed Tori Kinard in the second round and wild card Natasha Subhash, a Virginia recruit, 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Former Georgia Tech star Rasheeda McAdoo, seeded No. 5, advanced over former Michigan standout Sarah Lee 6-2, 6-1 and will face 17-year-old Elli Mandlik, who beat No. 2 seed Hanna Chang 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

At the $25,000+H women's event in Mexico, qualifier Maria Sanchez(USC) defeated Whitney Osuigwe 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the semifinals, where she'll take on No. 3 seed Astra Sharma(Vanderbilt) of Australia. Sharma took out qualifier Usue Arconada 6-4, 6-1.

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