Thursday, January 2, 2020

Shelton Siblings Reach 18 Singles Finals at Winter Nationals; Doubles Champions Crowned in 12s and 14s Divisions; Isner, Fritz Represent USA in Inaugural ATP Cup

The finals are set for Friday at the USTA 18s and 16s Winter Nationals in Lake Nona, with top seeds Logan Zapp and Sarah Hamner taking on two members of the Shelton family, Ben and Emma, for the gold balls. Both Hamner and Emma Shelton came from a set down to advance to the final, while Zapp and Ben Shelton came through in straight sets.

The 16s played both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds today to catch up from rain delays early in the week.

The girls 18s final is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with both 16s finals (on clay) at 9:30 a.m. The boys 18s final is scheduled at 11 a.m., presumably after the girls 18s final is complete. I have not watched any matches via the Playsight cameras at the National Campus but I plan to try to watch the singles finals tomorrow. A link to the live stream is available at the live scoring page, in the bottom right corner of each score box.
Thursday's singles semifinal results:

Boys 18s semifinals:
Logan Zapp[1] d Keshav Chopra[12] 6-2, 6-3
Ben Shelton[8] d. Benjamin Koch[4] 6-2, 6-1

Boys 16s semifinals:
Ethan Quinn[6] d. Michael Ross[17] 6-2, 6-4
Kurt Miller[5] d. Michael Zheng[3] 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Girls 18s semifinals:
Sarah Hamner[1] d. Katherine Hui 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Emma Shelton[17] d. Emma Staker[5] 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Girls 16s semifinals:
Lucinda Gatsiounis[17] d. Eileen Wang 7-6(8), 6-3
Katie Codd[2] d. Stephanie Yakoff[5] 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

The 12s and 14s completed their doubles tournaments today in Tucson, with three top-seeded team and one second-seeded team taking the gold balls. The final results are below:

Boys 12s doubles final:
Jagger Leach and Roman Sancilio[1] d. Dominick Mosejczuk and Ronan O’Dwyer[6] 6-0, 6-1

Boys 14s doubles final:
Carson Baker and Lucas Coriaty[1] d. Kane Kelley and Ivan Savkin[8] 7-6, 1-6, 6-2

Girls 12s doubles final:
Amy Lee and Mia Yamakita[1] d. Kenzie Nguyen and Claire Zhang[7] 7-6(4), 6-4

Girls 14s doubles final:
Sage Loudon and Susanna Maltby[2] d. Ava Bruno and Caroline McGinley[1] 6-2, 6-3

The results of today's singles semifinals:

Girls 12s semifinals:
Emerey Gross[12] d. Sabrina Lin[6] 6-1, 7-5
Elena Zhao[3] d. Maya Iyengar[5] 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Girls 14s semifinals:
Ava Bruno[10] d. Emily Novikov[17] 6-2, 7-6(5)
Susanna Maltby[3] d. Alexia Harmon[2] 6-3, 6-2

Boys 12s semifinals:
Gray Kelley[4] d. Tristan Dussault[17] 6-3, 7-6(9)
Roman Sancilio[2] d. Dominick Mosejczuk[3] 6-2, 6-0

Boys 14s semifinals:
Humza Noor[10] d. Callum Markowitz 6-3, 6-4
Daniel Kong[17] d. Zhengqing Ji 6-4, 6-2

(screenshot via ATP website)

The 2020 ATP season kicks off Friday(tonight in the US) in Australia with the new ATP Cup, a team competition. A 10-day event, which begins with group play in three Australian cities and ends in Sydney for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, it features 24 countries, including the United States. The US team consists of John Isner, Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram, and they will face off against Norway in tonight's first match. With so many countries in the mix at the start, there are some former collegians who are getting an opportunity to play on a big stage for the first time, including former UNLV standout Alex Cozbinov of Moldova, featured in this article and former Oklahoma star Aleksandre Bakshi of Georgia. A complete list of who is on all 24 teams is available at the tournament's website.