2011 USTA Girls' 16 & 18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego
August 5-14, 2011
August 10, 2011
There is no doubt it's been a long summer of tennis
and I am amazed so many players still have the physical strength to keep
going. Claycourts to Team Championships to Nationals without a break is
too much and it appears that the players who are holding tough out there
are the ones that didn't try to keep up with the USTA
Fourth-seeded Spencer Liang had quite a challenge from No. 11 Olivia Sneed. The match drew one of the largest crowds of the day as the two played long games for nearly four hours before Spencer took it 4-6,-7-5,6-4. It was much easier for Spencer's opponent in the next round, No. 14 Dasha Ivanova. She beat Amy Zhu (17-32), 6-2,6-2.
In the bottom half of the draw, there were all straight set matches, with Elizabeth Profit (17-32) , Peggy Porter (3), Emma Alderman and Katrine Steffensen (2) all advancing. Three of the quarterfinalists in Girls' 16s singles are also into the semifinal round in the doubles. Third-seeded Dasha Ivanova and partner Mia King will face off against Yuki Chiang and Alexis Periera, while Alyssa Smith and Lauren Marker (4) will face second-seeded Mariana Gould and Spencer Liang in the semis on Thursday.
The Girls' 18 Nationals was full of long, tough matches that two of the seeds did not make it through. Hayley Carter continued her great run with a win over No. 13 Brooke Austin. It was the first three-setter the South Carolina teen had faced in the tournament. Hannah King didn't need to go the distance to take out fellow Georgian No. 15 Whitney Kay, but it was a close 6-4,6-4.
Top-seeded Lauren Davis picked up the first set against Lynn Chi (above) without a problem, then almost lost the second before finally taking it in a tiebreaker. Incoming UCLA freshman Robin Anderson and San Diego's Christina Makarova played for an hour and a half before Robin took the first set 6-4, but her win in the second wasn't quite so close. Victoria Duval (16) was pushed by unseeded Kendal Woodard, getting through it at 5-7,6-4,6-0. It also took three sets for Sachia Vickery (5), Ellen Tsay and Kyle McPhillips to advance to the round of 16.
Just as in the 16s, the Girls' 18s has players in contention to win both singles and doubles. Madison Keys and partner Samantha Crawford, seeded two, squeezed by Victoria Duval and Stephanie Nauta (9-16), 6-2,2-6,1-0(11/9) to earn their place in the quarterfinals. Joining them in that round is eighth-seeded Kyle McPhillips and Chanelle Van Nguyen, who won a three hour match against Julia Elbaba and Kelsey Laurente.
The final players who remain in both singles and
doubles are not only playing as a team, but were named Wednesday's Babalot Players of the
Day. Robin Anderson and Ellen Tsay were recognized for their outstanding
play and sportsmanship in both singles and doubles.
As much as I've been enjoying the Siggi's Yogurt and Luna Bars at the tournament, it looks like we will all be able to get back to the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley on Thursday in time to sit down at a table for dinner!
P.S. I'm putting up photos of players everyday on our Facebook page. Be sure to check out the album labeled Players and tag yourself!Marcia@MarciaFrost.com.
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