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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Four All-American Quarterfinals on Tap Sunday in Junior Orange Bowl 14s; Two All-USA Quarterfinals in 12s Division

©Colette Lewis 2021--
Coral Gables FL--

I made my way out to Key Biscayne's Crandon Park today, to get my first look at the boys 14s and girls 12s, as they played their fourth round matches. Both divisions will also play their quarterfinal matches there on Sunday, before moving to the Biltmore Tennis Center for the semifinals on Monday and the finals on Tuesday. 

Just two of the boys 14s matches went to three sets, with a full third set resuming today after two days of match tiebreakers due to the rain delays from the first day of the tournament.  Top seed Max Exsted defeated Carel Ngounoue, a No. 9 seed, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the only match of the eight featuring two Americans. Exsted went from 2-3 down to 2-0 up in the second set, but then Ngounoue had his surge, winning six of the next eight games to force a third set before Exsted took control of the match and closed it out.

Exsted will face No. 6 seed Calvin Baierl in an all-USA quarterfinal Sunday, after Baierl avenged his first round Eddie Herr loss to Roben Gavani of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-3.

The other two Americans remaining in the boys 14s also face off Sunday after both won tight two-setters today. No. 8 seed Maximus Dussault defeated No. 9 seed Alaa Trifi of Tunisia 6-2, 7-6(1) and No. 3 seed Darwin Blanch beat unseeded Alvaro Jimenez Roman of Spain 6-4, 7-6(3).

Seven of the eight main draw matches in the boys 14s finished before a rain shower halted play around 2 p.m., with only No. 2 seed Timofey Derepasko of Russia and unseeded Nicolas Arseneault of Canada still on court, midway through the third set. Derepasko, the Eddie Herr champion, came through after play resumed, taking a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 decision.

B14s Quarterfinals:
Maxwell Exsted[1](USA) v Calvin Baierl[6](USA)
Thijs Boogaard[9](NED) v Alejandro Arcila[5](COL)
Maximus Dussault[8](USA) v Darwin Blanch[3](USA)
Valentin Garay(ARG) v Timofey Derepasko[2](RUS)

The match of the day in the girls 12s was between top seed Christina Lyutova and No. 9 seed Sydney Barnhart battling for three hours before Lyutova came up with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. 

The all-US quarterfinal in the girls 12s will pit No. 4 seed Anita Tu against No. 8 seed Zaire Clarke. Tu defeated Anna Bugaienko, a No. 9 seed, in a contentious contest 7-6(7), 6-1, while Clarke had no trouble with Sumomo Yoshino of Japan, a No. 9 seed, beating her 6-2, 6-1.

G12s Quarterfinals:
Christina Lyutova[1](USA) v Ye Sung Choo(KOR)
Anita Tu[4](USA) v Zaire Clarke[8](USA)
Julieta Pareja[6](USA) v Lia Belebova[3](MDA)
Nancy Lee[9](USA) v Yui Komada[17](JPN)

The girls 14s quarterfinals at Biltmore Tennis Center Sunday morning will feature two all-USA encounters. Top seed Iva Jovic rolled past the last qualifier in any of the four divisions, Sabrina Lin, 6-1, 6-0 to set up a meeting with No. 5 seed Claire An. An defeated unseeded Eden Mayorkes of Israel 6-4, 7-6(3).

No. 4 seed Shannon Lam, who had lost only five games in her first three matches, lost more than that in the first set against Sydney Jara, the No. 9 seed, but Lam came through 7-6(4), 6-4. She will face No. 7 seed Katie Rolls, who beat yet another American, No. 9 seed Claire Zhang 7-5, 6-1. 

The upset of the day was Canadian Emma Dong's 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 3 seed Eva Oxford, who was a finalist at the Eddie Herr, while No. 17 seed Nina Costalas defeated No. 8 seed Neus Torner Sensano of Spain 7-5, 6-3.

G14s Quarterfinals:
Eva Jovic[1](USA) v Claire An[5](USA)
Emma Dong[9](CAN) v Nina Costalas[17](USA)
Katie Rolls[7](USA) v Shannon Lam[4](USA)
Hannah Klugman[6](GBR) v Rositsa Dencheva[2](BUL)

The boys 12s had the most competitive day overall, with three of their eight matches going to three sets, including No. 5 seed Jordan Lee's 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Tanishk Konduri, a No. 9 seed, in one of the three all-USA round of 16 matches.

Navneet Raghuram had breezed through his first three matches, but the No. 2 seed had all he could handle from Mark Mrcela, a No. 17 seed, setting up a match with Lee when he battled past Mrcela 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

Top seed Teodor Davidov defeated Tam Sin Hang of Hong Kong, a No. 9 seed, 6-4, 6-4 and will play another No. 9 seed, Juan Miguel Bolivar of Colombia. Bolivar beat No. 7 seed Vihaan Reddy 6-2, 0-6, 6-4. Davidov was the subject of a feature today in the Miami Herald, written by Harvey Fialkov.

No. 17 seed Felipe Mamede of Brazil defeated No. 4 seed Colin McPeek 6-2, 6-4 and will play No. 8 seed Jerrid Gaines, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Daniel Patsula, a No. 9 seed. 

B12s Quarterfinals:
Teodor Davidov[1](USA) v Juan Miguel Bolivar[9](COL)
Felipe Mamede[17](BRA) v Jerrid Gaines[8](USA)
Mark Ceban[9](GBR) v Svit Suljic[3](SLO)
Jordan Lee[5](USA) v Navneet Raghuram[2](USA)

Complete draws can be found at the USTA's PlayTennis site. The forecast for Sunday includes a 50% chance of rain, so the 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. for the quarterfinals could change.