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Friday, December 30, 2016

Top 14s Seed Pielet Falls in USTA Winter National Quarterfinals; Sparse Qualifying Field for Next Week's ITF Grade 1 in Costa Rica

After two No. 1 seeds were beaten on Thursday at the USTA Winter Nationals in Arizona, only one exited today, girls 14s top seed Gianna Pielet falling to No. 5 seed Jenna DeFalco in the quarterfinals 6-4, 6-1.  Pielet, who won the Eddie Herr 14s title earlier this month, had defeated DeFalco 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the USTA Nationals in August en route to the title.

The other No. 1 seeds in the 12s and 14s are still in the running for the gold balls handed out on Sunday in Tucson.  Today's quarterfinal results:

Vivian Ovrootsky[1] def. Liv Hovde[6] 6-0, 6-2
Nikita Vishwase[10] def. Karin Young[14] 6-3, 6-3
Tsehay Driscoll[3] def. Stephanie Yakoff[8] 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Matilyn Wang[2] def. Anushka Khune[13] 6-1, 7-5

Jenna DeFalco[5] def. Gianni Pielet[1] 6-4, 6-1
Kailey Evans[17] def. Misa Malkin[12] 6-2, 6-1
Kylie Collins[4] def. Allison Zipoli[17] 6-3, 6-2
Katja Wiersholm[17] def. Jennifer Kida[7] 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Jackson Armistead[1] def. Cole Stelse[6] 6-4, 6-3
Lucas Brown[3] def. Will Mayew[8] 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4
Hudson Rivera[17] def. Nicholas Herdoiza[16] 6-2, 6-4
Learner Tien[7] def. Cooper Williams[2] 6-2, 6-2

Maxwell McKennon[1] def. Dominik Jakovljevic[13] 6-1, 6-3
JJ Tracy[11] def. Noah Gampel 6-4, 6-2
Matthew Robinson[3] def. Filipe Costa[7] 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
Aryan Chaudhary[2] def. Peter Murphy[5] 7-5, 6-4

After both 18s No. 1 seeds and the No. 2 seed in the girls 18s went out in Thursday's third round, not much more could happen, but Kalamazoo 16s finalist Jenson Brooksby, seeded No. 16, did eliminate No. 3 seed Mason Beiler 6-2, 6-2.  There are no unseeded players in the boys 18s quarterfinals but two girls, Tatum Burger and Vivian Glozman, are among the final eight in the girls 18s.

In the 16s, top seeds Brandon Nakashima and Angelica Blake rolled on with straight-sets victories, with the 2, 3, and 4 seeds also moving on in the girls 16s. Three unseeded boys have made the quarterfinals: Aditya Gupta, Marcus McDaniel and Tyler Stice.  The unseeded quarterfinalist in the girls 16s is Anessa Lee.

Today's round of 16 results are below: 
Brandon Nakashima[1] def. Garrett Johns[17] 6-0, 6-1
Nathan Han[8] def. Alexander Kotzen[9] 6-1, 6-2
Aditya Gupta def. Karl Lee 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Marcus McDaniel def. Luke Vandecasteele[17] 7-6(5), 6-3
Siem Woldeab[5] def. Sam Kavarana[17] 6-3, 6-3
Tyler Stice def. Emilio Nava 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Andrew Zhang[17] def. Ryder Jackson[6] 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Cannon Kingsley[2] def. Harsh Parikh 6-1, 7-5

Trey Hilderbrand[17] def. Carson Haskins[17] 6-4, 6-4
Ryan Seggerman[6] def. Ivan Thamma[9] 6-4, 6-2
Jenson Brooksby[16] def. Mason Beiler[3] 6-2, 6-2
Matthew Lord[8] def. Bill Duo[12] 6-2, 6-3
Sebastian Mermersky[15] def. Jake Sands[17] 6-1, 7-5
Bennett Crane[17] def. Maxwell Freeman[4] 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Robert Maciag[7] def. Jared Pratt 6-4, 6-3
Richard Ciamarra[2] def. Mac Kiger[17] 7-6(3), 7-5

Angelica Blake[1] def. Skyler Grishuk[17] 6-1, 6-1
Audrey Boch-Collins[17] def. Katherine Lyman 6-1, 6-3
Sedona Gallagher[3] def. Addison Guevara[10] 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Anessa Lee def. Niluka Madurawe[7] 6-2, 6-1
Jayci Goldsmith[8] def. Reilly Tran[9] 6-3, 7-5
Dasha Kourkina[4] def. Josie Frazier[14] 6-0, 6-3
Nikki Redelijk[15] def. Rosie Garcia Gross 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-1 (obvious error)
Briana Crowley[2] def. Jillian Taggart[17] w/o inj.

Rena Lin[17] def. Mary Profit 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
Chelsea Kung[8] def. Rachel Eason[13] 6-4, 6-3
Elysia Bolton[4] def. Jessi Muljat 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Sara Choy[7] def. Anna Brylin[16] 6-1, 6-1
Abigail Forbes[6] def. Julia Lilien 6-1, 6-1
Tatum Burger def. Julia Deming 6-3, 7-6
Anika Yarlagadda[5] def. Elyse Lavender[14] w/o inj.
Vivian Glozman def. Alexa Ryngler 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)

Complete draws, including doubles, which are into the semifinals, are available at the TennisLink site.
The qualifying draws for the ITF Grade 1 Costa Rica Bowl are up, and they are a disappointment, especially on the girls side.  With only 13 girls signing up for the 32-player draw, the top three players in qualifying, including Peyton Stearns and Zoe Hitt of the US, will advance without playing a match.  The rest will have to win just one match to earn a place in the main draw.  The boys draw does have 28 entrants, with even the top four seeds at least needing to win one match to get into the main draw.  Joshua Bode and Zachary Garner of the US are seeded 1 and 3 in the qualifying draw.