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Monday, December 9, 2013

Kenin Ousts No. 4 Seed in Orange Bowl Opening Round; Three Eddie Herr Champions Earn Victories in 16s Division

©Colette Lewis 2013--
Plantation, FL--

Fifteen-year-old Sofia Kenin has been posting impressive results this fall, reaching the quarterfinals at the ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed and last week's Eddie Herr, as well as reaching the final of the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational in Orlando.

She added another big win on Monday, defeating No. 4 seed Helen Ploskina of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Metropolia Orange Bowl at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center.

"I had a lot of confidence going into this tournament," said the Pembroke Pines, Florida resident. "I knew she was a really good player, crafty, and she kept on slicing, so I knew I had to be patient. Each time I won a point, it was a battle."

Kenin, who is closing in on the ITF Top 100, said she is learning to be comfortable when she takes the court with the world's top juniors.

"I feel like I can be at this level," Kenin said. "Before, I didn't really know if I could compete. But after how I did at Eddie Herr, it really boosted me up, and coming back here, it's really helping me."

Serbia's Ivana Jorovic, the No. 2 seed in the girls 18s, struggled in her opening match before defeating wild card Mia Horvit 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.  The 16-year-old Jorovic, who did not play the Eddie Herr, saved a break point at 2-3 in the third set and broke Horvit in her next two service games to survive.

Top boys seed Alexander Zverev was having all sorts of problems with his serve and was down a break in the second set of his match with Gabriel Hocevar of Brazil, who served for the set at 5-4. Hocevar never got a set point however, and his opportunity evaporated, as Zverev raised his level in the tiebreaker to post a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory.

No. 3 seed Tornado Alicia Black showed signs of cramping in the second set against Dzina Milovanovic of Serbia, and what looked like a routine win turned out less so, with her 5-2 lead in the set disappearing. But she broke and held to avoid a third set in the 80 degree temperatures, taking the match 6-2, 7-5.

Three Eddie Herr champions made the three-hour drive from Bradenton to Plantation yesterday afternoon and were back on the courts Tuesday morning, with little time to celebrate, rest, or adjust to a new playing surface.

Eddie Herr 16s champions Alfredo Perez and Abi Altick collected straight sets wins, with Perez beating Aleksandar Kovacevic
6-2, 6-0 and top seed Altick downing Svetlana Maslova of Russia 6-4, 6-3.  Eddie Herr girls 14s champion Sofia Sewing needed a bit more of an adjustment. The No. 6 seed, who received a wild card into the 16s, was blanked by Stefanie Hazell in the opening set, but came back for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

See the tournament website for the order of play and draws. Today's results are below:

Boys 18s Singles
No. 1 Alexander Zverev, GER d. Gabriel Vellinho Hocevar, BRA, 6-3, 7-6(5)
No. 2 Johan Sebastien Tatlot, FRA d. Catalin Mateas, USA, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 Michael Mmoh, USA d. Alejandro Tabilo, CAN, 6-3, 6-2
No. 7 Roman Safiullin, RUS d. Sora Fukuda, JPN, 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3
No. 9 Marcelo Zormann, BRA d. Alexander Sendegeya, GBR, 6-3, 6-0
No. 13 Francis Tiafoe, USA d. Rogelio Siller, MEX, 6-1, 6-1
Weiqiang Zheng, CHN d. No. 14 Benjamin Bonzi, FRA, 6-2, 6-4
No. 15 Nino Serdarusic, CRO d. Jordi Arconada, ARG, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 16 Francisco Bahamonde, ARG d. Alexander Knight, USA, 6-1, 6-0
Rafael Matos, BRA d. Spencer Papa, USA, 6-1, 6-2
Tommy Mylnikov, CAN d. A.J. Catanzariti, USA, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
Seong Chan Hong, KOR d. Luke Jacob Gamble, USA, 6-2, 6-0
Guy Orly Iradukunda, BDI d. Ku Keon Kang, KOR, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
Nicolae Frunza, ROU d. Taylor Fritz, USA, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Reilly Opelka, USA d. Djurabeck Karimov, UZB, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Danny Kerznerman, USA d. Julian Cash, GBR, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0, ret.
Nam Hoang Ly, VIE d. Tommy Paul, USA, 6-4, 7-6(7)
Maxime Janvier, FRA d. Dennis Uspensky, USA, 6-1, 6-4
Aron Hiltzik, USA d. Jan Zielinski, POL, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Girls 18s Singles
No. 2 Ivana Jorovic, SRB d. Mia Horvit, USA, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 3 Tornado Alicia Black, USA d. Dzina Milovanovic, SRB, 6-2, 7-5
Sofia Kenin, USA d. No. 4 Helen Ploskina, UKR, 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 Marie Bouzkova, CZE d. Marie Norris, USA, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 Ioana Ducu, ROU d. Michaela Gordon, USA, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 8 Johnnise Renaud, USA d. Ying Zhang, CHN, 6-2, 6-3
No. 10 Anastasiya Komardina, RUS d. Cassandra Vazquez, MEX, 6-4, 6-3
No. 13 Renata Zarazua, MEX d. Julia Grabher, AUT, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
No. 14 Fanny Stollar, HUN d. Rianna Valdes, USA, 7-5, 6-3
Siqi Cao, CHN d. No. 15 Dasha Ivanova, USA, 6-4, 6-3
No. 16 Isabelle Wallace, GBR d. Asiya Dair, KAZ, 7-5, 6-1
Katerina Stewart, USA d. Theresa Alison Van Zyl, RSA, 6-2, 6-3
Ilka Csoregi, ROU d. Usue Maitane Arconada, USA, 6-2, 6-4
Mira Ruder-Hook, USA d. Tereza Mihalikova, SVK, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Madison Bourguignon, USA d. Lana Rush, GBR, 6-1, 6-3
Gabriella Castaneda, USA d. Vasilisa Aponasenko, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
Emma Higuchi, USA d. Elena Gabriela Ruse, ROU, 6-1, 0-1, ret.

Boys 16s Singles
No. 1 Yunseong Chung, KOR d. Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, ESP, 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Chan-Yeong Oh, KOR d. Emil Reinberg, USA, 6-2, 6-1
Eduardo Nava, USA d. No. 4 Ben Fatael, ISR, 6-0, 6-0
Daniel Soyfer, USA d. Jonathan Deautriell, USA, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas, GRE d. Maximiliano Rozas, CHI, 6-0, 6-2
No. 8 Soon Woo Kwon, KOR d. Lane Leschly, USA, 6-4, 6-1
No. 9 Robert Levine, USA d. William Tutecky, CAN, 7-5, 6-2
Alfredo Perez, USA d. A. Kovacevic, USA, 6-2, 6-0
No. 11 Harrison Scott, CAN d. Hady Habib, USA, 6-2, 6-0
No. 16 Sameer Kumar, USA d. Elijah Ogilvy, CAN, 6-2, 6-2
Andrew Heller, USA d. Francesco Alejando Cori Gamero, PER, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2
Chase Colton, USA d. Felix Fan, CAN, 6-4, 7-6(5)
Brian Tsao, USA d. Pavel Korenets, BLR, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Zeke Clark, USA d. Basil Khuma, IND, 6-4, 6-4
Igor Schattan, BRA d. William Genesen, USA, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Kalman Boyd, USA d. Rohman Linell Mitchell, USA, 6-2, 6-3
Nathan Perrone, USA d. Arshak Ghazaryan, ARM, 6-2, 6-4
Tyler Schick, USA d. Evan Zhu, USA, 6-2, 6-2
Casper Ruud, NOR d. Alex Del Corral, USA, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Alexander Lebedev, USA d. Mateo Francisco Maldonado Rodriguez, ECU, 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 Robert Levine, USA/Basil Khuma, IND
    d. Aljaz Jakob Kaplja, SLO/Filip Jakob Zupancic, SLO, 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 Ata Hergunvarim, TUR/Mert Zincirli, TUR
    d. Max Mendelsohn, USA/Salvador Mijares, VEN, 6-3, 6-7(0) [10-6]
No. 5 Dimitris Stavropoulos, GRE/Stefanos Tsitsipas, GRE
    d. Alex Del Corral, USA/Alfredo Perez, USA, 2-6, 6-4 [10-4]
No. 6 Agustin Moreno/Gerardo Penchyna Cardenas, MEX
    d. Rohman Linell Mitchell, USA/Nicolas Moreno de Alboran, ESP, 6-4, 6-4
No. 7 Sameer Kumar, USA/Kalman Boyd, USA
    d. Alexey Aleshchev, RUS/Arshak Ghazaryan, ARM, 6-2, 6-4
William Genesen, USA/Soon Woo Kwon, KOR d. No. 8 Elijah Ogilvy, CAN/Harrison Scott, CAN, 6-2, 6-3
Kyle Seelig, USA/Brian Tsoa, USA d. Felix Fan, CAN/Kyryll Kryvchun, CAN, 0-6, 6-2 [10-4]
Hady Habib, USA/Stephen Madonia, USA d. Pedro Munoz Veras, DOM/Jorge Nunez, MEX, 7-5, 6-2
Emil Reinberg, USA/Evan Zhu, USA d. Maximiliano Rozas, CHI/Igor Schattan, BRA, 6-2, 7-6(6)
Riki Oshima, JPN/Mate Valkusz, HUN
    d. Vincent Brando Lin, USA/Michael Lorenzini, USA, 3-6, 7-5 [12-10]
Matthew Gamble, USA/Tyler Schick, USA d. Aleksei Khomich, BLR/Pavel Korenets, BLR, 6-2, 6-1
Jonathan Deautriell, USA/Daniel Soyfer, USA
    d. Mateo Francisco Maldonado Rodriguez, ECU/Juan Segura, COL, walkover
Grayson Broadus, USA/Chase Colton, USA d. Sebastian Alarcon, BOL/Austin Hussey, USA, 6-3, 6-0
Zeke Clark, USA/Nathan Perrone, USA
    d. Franceesco Alejandro Cori Gamero, PER/Karl Adrian Ringdal Noerstenaes, NOR, 6-1, 6-0

Girls 16s Singles
No. 1 Helen Abigail Altick, USA d. Svetlana Maslova, RUS, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Lisa Ponomar, GER d. Ingrid Neel, USA, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
No. 5 Charlotte Robillard-Millette, CAN d. Christina Rosca, USA, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Sofia Sewing, USA d. Stephanie Hazell, USA, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 7 Meghan Kelley, USA d. Bridget Forster, USA, 6-2, 6-0
Kenya Williams, USA d. No. 9 Alexandra Miller-Krasilnikov, USA, 6-3, 6-0
No. 13 Sydney Riley, USA d. Natalia Barbery, BOL, 6-0, 6-1
No. 14 Hada Chang, USA d. Danna Funaro, USA, 6-1, 6-1
Valerie Quiceno, USA d. Caroline Morton, USA, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
Adriana Reami, USA d. Maria Mateas, USA, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Elene Tsokilauri, USA d. Alexandra Sabe, USA, 6-3, 6-1
Dominique Schaefer, USA d. Kariann Pierre-Louis, USA, 6-2, 6-0
Jada Hart, USA d. Amber Policare, USA, 6-0, 6-2
Rebecca Weissmann, USA d. Anna Sinclair Rogers, USA, 6-3, 6-2
Brienne Minor, USA d. ShiYu Xu, CHN, 6-3, 6-3
Alexa Bortles, USA d. Jeannie Nash, USA, 6-3, 6-0
Jaclyn O’Brien Switkes, USA d. Jade Lewis, NZL, 6-1, 6-0
Gabriella Pollner, USA d. Marjorie Antohi, USA, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Charlotte Robillard-Millette, CAN/Vanessa Wong, CAN
    d. No. 3 Jessica Livianu, USA/Alexandra Sabe, USA, 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 Hada Chang, USA/Sydney Riley, USA
    d. Maria Mateas, USA/Kariann Pierre-Louis, USA, 6-0, 6-1
Nadia Gizdova, USA/Christina Rosca, USA
    d. No. 5 Raveena Kinglsey, USA/Ines Karmen Vias, USA, 7-6(5), 7-5
Alexandra Angyalosy, USA/Amber Policare, USA
    d. No. 6 Katarina Kozarov, SRB/Ojasvinee Singh, IND, 7-5, 6-2 [10-6]
No. 7 Madison Appel, USA/Alexa Corcoleotes, USA
    d. Jeannie Nash, USA/Cassandra Perez, DOM, walkover
Jacqueline Urbinati, USA / Rebecca Weissmann, USA
    d. No. 8 Jade Lewis, NZL/Jade Robinson, USA, walkover
Danna Funaro, USA/Anna Sinclair Rogers, USA d. Natalia de Ugarte, BOL/Sofia Sewing, USA, 6-0, 6-4
Jada Hart, USA/Stephanie Hazell, USA d. Stacey Fung, CAN/Teona Velehorschi, CAN, 6-2, 5-7 [10-6]
Adriana Reami, USA/Taylor Russo/USA
    d. Diana Dehterevich, BLR/Hanna Yedzelkina, BLR, 6-3, 4-6 [10-7]
Brienne Minor, USA/Jaclyn O’Brien Switkes, USA d. Natalia Barbery, BOL/Camila Romero, ECU, 6-3, 6-2
Meghan Kelley, USA/Gabriella Pollner, USA d. Zlata Shuraeva, RUS/Alexandra Taylor, AUS, 6-1, 6-1
Janna Friedel, USA/Alexis Nelson, USA
    d. Luisa Fernanda Guerra Castilla, MEX/Tina Kreinis, CAN, 6-3, 6-2
Ingrid Neel, USA/Dominique Schaefer, USA
    d. Natasha Esschendal, ARU/Naomi Idelis Waters, USA, 6-1, 6-2
Nandini Das, IND/ShiYu Xu, CHN d. Bridget Forster, USA/Elene Tsokilauri, USA, 6-2, 6-7(9) [10-1]