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Monday, January 2, 2023

USTA 18s and 16s Winter Nationals Finals Set for Tuesday; Rain Continues to Disrupt 12s and 14s in Tucson; Malibu $25K Qualifying Underway; USA Advances to United Cup City Finals

The finals are set for Tuesday at the USTA 18s and 16s Winter Nationals at the USTA Campus in Lake Nona Florida. Seven of the eight semifinals today were decided in straight sets, with the only match to go the distance in the Boys 18s. 

No. 16 seed Waleed Qadir defeated unseeded Kase Schinnerer 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the Boys 18s final, where he'll play No. 10 seed James Lian. Lian beat unseeded Brandon Carpico 7-5, 6-1.

The No. 16 seed in the Girls 18s will also be competing for a gold ball Tuesday, with Alanis Hamilton advancing to the final with a 6-1, 6-2 win over unseeded Ariel Madatali. Hamilton will face No. 5 seed Tianmei Wang, who beat No. 17 seed Gayathri Krishnan 6-2, 6-2.

In the 16s, Maximus Dussault defeated Carel Ngounoue 6-4, 6-0 to reach the final, where he'll play Keaton Hance. Hance defeated No. 13 seed Mitchell Sheldon 6-1, 6-1. 

No. 3 seed Leena Friedman will face No. 6 seed Sophia Holod after Friedman beat unseeded Summer Chandler 6-2, 6-1 and Holod defeated No. 16 seed Christina Lyutova 6-4, 6-0.

All four finals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday and can be viewed via Playsight. The 16s are playing on Har-Tru courts, the 18s on hard courts.

The only player in both the singles and doubles finals is Hamilton. The matchups for the doubles finals, scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m:

Andre Alcantara and Xavier Calvelo[8] vs Aniketh Poruri and Winston Lee[13]

Xander Barber and Nicholas Mangiapane[13] vs Christian Gonzalez and Jack Ingram[11]

Amy Lee and Alba Martinez[12] vs Vessa Turley and Georgia Cranford

Esha Velaga and Alice Xu[10] vs Alanis Hamilton and Kayla Chung[6]

More rain fell today in Tucson, delaying the singles quarterfinals in the 12s and 14s divisions, but they are playing now, so they should be able to finish that round tonight. I assume the semifinals and finals will be played Tuesday, the day the tournament is scheduled to finish, with the weather expected to improve after morning showers. Below are the quarterfinal results:

Ellery Mendell[14] d. Anna Bugaienko[6] 6-1, 6-1
Nancy Lee[7] d. Nadia Valdez 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) 
Carrie-Anne Hoo[9] d. Emily Golovanov[8] 6-2, 6-3
Ireland O'Brien[5] d. Sydney Barnhart[10] 6-4, 6-1

Caroline Shao[1] d. Emerson White[17] 6-3, 6-2
Grace Hong[3] d. Camilla Kostik[14] 6-3, 6-4
Allison Wang[4] d. Anshu Matham[10] 6-2, 7-5
Michelle Lee[9] d. Raya Kotseva[2] 1-6, 6-0, 10-6

Lixing Jiang[1] d. Navneet Raghuram[8] 6-3, 6-4
Vihaan Reddy[4] d. David Wu[5] 6-4, 7-5
Colin McPeek[3] d. Jacob Hewitt[7] 6-0, 6-1
Kollin Nguyen-Ngo[17] d. Anish Poojari[12] 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2 

Tabb Tuck[1] d. Eli Kaminski[8] 6-1, 6-2
Zesen Wang[4] d. Tristan Ascenzo[17] 6-1, 6-1
Dylan Meineke[3] d. Daniel Gardality[12] 7-5, 2-6, 10-5 
Carter Jauffret[7] d. Diego Custodio[2] 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

Rain has also caused some issues at the first day of qualifying at the men's and women's $25,000 SoCal Pro Series tournaments in Malibu. Two of the women's first round qualifying matches and three of the men's first round qualifying matches were not finished. More rain is in the forecast for later in the week, so nine women's and eight men's first round matches are scheduled for Tuesday, as well as the remainder of the qualifying matches.

Two-time Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda is the top men's seed, with former UCLA Bruin Govind Nanda, who lost to Svajda in the 2019 Kalamazoo final, the No. 2 seed. Nanda has drawn the current Kalamazoo champion, Learner Tien as his first round opponent and they play tomorrow.

2015 NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb(North Carolina) is the top women's seed, with former USC star Danielle Lao seeded No. 2. Both Loeb and Lao play collegiate freshman, with Loeb drawing University of Texas newcomer Nicole Khirin of Israel and Lao drawing wild card Christine Lutkemeyer of UCLA. Reigning Wimbledon girls champion Liv Hovde is the No. 8 seed and will face Lia Karantancheva of Bulgaria Tuesday. 

The United States has advanced to the United Cup City Final in Sydney, after Taylor Fritz and Madison Keys earned victories over Germany Monday and Jessica Pegula clinched the win just now, with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Laura Siegemund. They will play Great Britain in the Sydney final, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. The current scenarios for the other cities/groups can be found here.