FROM PORT WASHINGTON TO PALM SPRINGS
Alessandra Pedergnana & Joanna Roth
Joanna's break out performance at the 2001 Eastern Sectional Closed Championships (Girls' 16) was fittingly at the Port Washington Tennis Academy where she has trained for the last four years. Joanna's trip to the finals of that event led her onto the Orange Bowl and the USTA Super National Winter Championships. She finished last year ranked No. 5 in the East and No. 91 Nationally in the 16s.
As she approaches her seventeen birthday, Joanna is playing her first Easter Bowl. She is unranked in the 18s and was not immediately accepted into the tournament. Joanna was "very excited" when she received the call that she was leaving her alternate status to enter the draw.4/7/02
First Round Doubles-Joanna and partner Sonia Ruzimovsky of Brooklyn, New York, faced Caitlin Collins and Whitney Deason, two highly ranked players. Though they lost, they took the second set to a tiebreaker before falling, 6-2,7-6(5).
Second Round Consolation-In her second round singles consolation match, Joanna lost to Judith DeVera, 6-1,6-1.
First Round FIC-Joanna achieved her first Easter Bowl win today when she eliminated Katharine Levitt of Alpharetta, Georgia, in the Consolations, 7-5,6-4. She will fill her Sunday with the second round FIC singles in the morning and doubles in the afternoon.
First Round Singles-Unfortunately, Joanna was stopped in the first round by Judith DeVera, 6-1,6-1. Judith is the No. 25 seed and is currently ranked No. 43 nationally. Joanna still has plenty of time on the court with Consolations and Doubles coming up.
Date of Birth: 9/3/1984
Hometown: Holliswood, New York
Seventeen year-old Alessandra began training at the Port Washington Tennis Academy ten years ago. She is currently ranked No. 169 nationally and No. 14 in the Eastern section as she enters her first full year in the 18s. (Alessandra finished last year No. 7 in the Eastern Girls' 16s and No. 93 Nationally.)
Alessandra was accepted into the Easter bowl based on her ranking from experience last year at the Franklin Winter Championships, the (November) National Open Championships , and the Winter & Hard Court Super Nationals. This is her first trip playing in Palm Springs.4/7/02
First Round Doubles-Alessandra partnered with Robin Carter of Gendham, New Jersey, for a match against Serena Fermin and Dianne Matias. Unfortunately, they pulled out due to an injury. (More on this to come).
First Round FIC-It was another close loss for Alessandra as she was stopped in the consolations by Kristyn Messmer of Lutherville, Maryland. She held on through three sets before succombing, 3-6,7-6(5),6-3. Alessandra will have some time to relax on Sunday before her afternoon doubles match.
First Round Singles-It was a tough one for Alessandra as she lost to Stephanie
Vallejos, 7-6(8),6-2. Stephanie is from Benicia, California and is currently unranked in the Girls' 18s. Alessandra is still alive in Consolation singles and First Round doubles.
|The Easter Bowl ended early for Alessandra Pedergnana and Joanna Roth, but I'm sure we will be hearing (and writing) more about these talented teens.|
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