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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Tennis Recruiting Network's Recaps of Winter National 12s and 14s; Malik Falls, but 12 Americans Advance at Grade 1 Coffee Bowl; Brady Defeats Sharapova in Brisbane

The Tennis Recruiting Network is supplying recaps of last week's USTA Winter National Championships, with the article on the 12s, from yesterday, here. There were two articles today on the girls and boys 14s finals. Sonny Dearth mentions that girls singles and doubles champion Susanna Maltby comes from a tennis family, but I'll add even more to her pedigree. Her mother Tracey Donnelly grew up here in Kalamazoo and is the daughter of Bud and Carol Donnelly, who have been indispensable volunteers at the USTA boys 18 and 16 Nationals here for decades. Tracey and her sister Diane, who played collegiately at Northwestern and won the 1987 NCAA doubles title with Katrina Adams, also worked as executives for Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis league, and are the reason the tennis legend established a scholarship program for young tennis players with diabetes.


There are still a couple of boys singles matches tonight that will conclude the second round at the ITF Grade 1 Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica, but top seeds Dali Blanch and Mexico's Julia Garcia are through to the round of 16.  No. 2 girls seed Tara Malik lost today to Tanisha Kashyap of India 6-4, 6-0. Unseeded Alexia Harmon, who lost to Maltby in the semifinals of the Winter Nationals 14s last week, beat No. 6 seed Amelie Van Impe of Belgium 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the round of 16. US boys remaining are Blanch, Benjamin Kittay[8], Jack Anthrop[12], Bruno Kuzuhara and wild card JC Roddick. Qualifier Timothy Phung is playing No. 2 seed Natan Rodrigues of Brazil tonight.

In addition to Harmon, the other US girls in the round of 16 are Sofia Camila Rojas[8], Rebecca Lynn[11], Nevena Carton, Jaedan Brown, Minorka Miranda and Alexis Blokhina. Brown defeated No. 3 seed Lauren Anzalotta of Puerto Rico in the first round Monday.

Scores are updated throughout the day at the tournament's website.

Jennifer Brady, who qualified for this week's WTA premier event in Brisbane this week, is knocking on the door of the Top 50 after defeating wild card Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) in the first round. The former UCLA star will face WTA No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the second round Thursday. For more on Brady's win along with video highlights, see this from the WTA website.

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