Saturday, December 8, 2018

Houghton falls short in Orange Bowl girls 16 final

   Fourth-seeded Madison Sieg of Greenwich, Conn., outlasted unseeded India Houghton of Belvedere Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 today in the Orange Bowl girls 16 final in Plantation, Fla.
   Sieg, the runner-up in last week's Eddie Herr International Championship on hard courts in Bradenton, Fla., broke serve in the final game of the final in the prestigious clay court tournament. Houghton survived two championship points in the game.
   Houghton had not dropped more than four games in a set in five matches before the final. Sieg had lost only one, having beaten unseeded Elise Wagle of Niskayuna, N.Y., by the bizarre score of 0-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the third round.
   The Orange Bowl was founded by Eddie Herr in 1947. It was played on clay until 1998, then on hard courts until 2011. It has been contested on clay again since then.
   Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18s include Chris Evert (1969-70), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995).
   Winners of the tournament on hard courts include Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000 and 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Houghton rolls into Orange Bowl girls 16 final

   Unseeded India Houghton of Belvedere Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area beat wild card Jaleesa Leslie of Apopka, Fla., 6-2, 6-4 today to reach the girls 16 final in the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   Houghton has not lost more than four games in a set in five matches in the prestigious clay-court tournament. She knocked off third-seeded Tara Malik of Secaucus, N.J., 6-2, 6-3 in the third round.
   Houghton is scheduled to face fourth-seeded Madison Sieg of Greenwich, Conn., on Saturday. Sieg topped eighth-seeded Yelizaveta Karlova of Kazakhstan 7-6 (2), 6-3.
   Sieg, the runner-up in last week's Eddie Herr International Championship on hard courts in Bradenton, Fla., has lost one set in five matches in the Orange Bowl. She beat unseeded Elise Wagle of Niskayuna, N.Y., by the bizarre score of 0-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the third round.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Houghton reaches girls 16 semis in Orange Bowl

   India Houghton isn't just winning in the Orange Bowl.
   She's dominating.
   Houghton, from Belvedere Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, routed Carson Tanguilig of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-3, 6-1 today in a matchup of unseeded players to reach the girls 16 semifinals in Plantation, Fla.
   In the boys 16 quarterfinals, second-seeded Alexander Bernard of Bonita Springs, Fla., eliminated 12th-seeded Aidan Mayo, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, 6-4, 6-2.
   The toughest of Houghton's four matches in the prestigious clay-court tournament came in the first round, a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kristen Borland of Canada. Houghton dismissed third-seeded Tara Malik of Secaucus, N.J., 6-2, 6-3 in the third round.
   Houghton is scheduled to play wild card Jaleesa Leslie of Apopka, Fla., on Friday. Leslie overwhelmed unseeded Lara Schneider of Mount Pleasant, S.C., 6-2, 6-1 after ousting second-seeded Jada Bui of Canada 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday.
   In the other semifinal, fourth-seeded Madison Sieg of Greenwich, Conn., will meet eighth-seeded Yelizaveta Karlova of Kazakhstan. Sieg reached the final of last week's Eddie Herr International Championship on hard courts in Bradenton, Fla.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Houghton, Mayo advance to Orange Bowl quarters

   India Houghton and Aidan Mayo today reached the girls and boys 16 quarterfinals, respectively, in the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   The unseeded Houghton, from Belvedere Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area, toppled No. 3 seed Tara Malik of Secaucus, N.J., 6-2, 6-3 in the prestigious clay-court tournament.
   Houghton will meet Carson Tanguilig, a wild card from Alpharetta, Ga., who dismissed Avery Durham of Hilton Head Island, S.C., 6-3, 6-1.
   The 12th-seeded Mayo, a Sacramento-area product who trains at the USTA Player Development Center in Carson, outlasted unseeded American Joshua Miller 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
   Mayo will face No. 2 seed Alexander Bernard, a resident of Bonita Springs, Fla., who eliminated unseeded Andrew Chang of Trophy Club, Texas, 6-3, 6-3.
   In the boys 16 doubles quarterfinals, unseeded Bohua Dong and Haoyuan Huang of China topped No. 4 seeds Spencer Brachman of Commack, N.Y., and Mayo 7-5, 7-6 (3).
   Also losing in doubles were unseeded Tomi Main of Seaside in the Monterey area and Jordyn McBride of Valencia in the Los Angeles region.
   Main and McBride fell to unseeded Ava Catanzarite of Franklin Park, Pa., and Allie Gretkowski of Mount Pleasant, S.C., 6-2, 6-2 after ousting No. 1 seeds Elaine Chervinsky and Madison Sieg in the second round on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Mayo, Houghton reach third round in Orange Bowl

   Aidan Mayo and India Houghton reached the third round of singles and Tomi Main helped pull off a big upset in doubles today, all in the 16s, at the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   The 12th-seeded Mayo, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, beat Samir Banerjee of Basking Ridge, N.J., 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the prestigious clay-court tournament.
   Mayo, who trains at the USTA Player Development Center in Carson, will meet unseeded American Joshua Miller.
   Third-seeded Pablo Llamas Ruiz of Spain outplayed Max Fardanesh of Albany in the San Francisco Bay Area 6-3, 6-3.
   Mayo also advanced to the doubles quarterfinals with Spencer Brachman of Commack, N.Y. Seeded fourth, they eliminated Fardanesh and Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., 6-4, 6-3.
   The unseeded Houghton, from Belvedere Tiburon in the Bay Area, routed Whitney King of Grosse Ile, Mich., 6-0, 6-2 to set up a match against third-seeded Tara Malik of Secaucus, N.J.
   Elise Wagle of Niskayuna, N.Y., downed Main, from Seaside in the Monterey area, 6-4, 6-3.
   Main and Jordyn McBride of Valencia in the Los Angeles region ousted top-seeded Elaine Chervinsky of Boca Raton, Fla., and Madison Sieg of Greenwich, Conn., 6-4, 6-2 to reach the doubles quarterfinals.
   Ava Catanzarite of Franklin Park, Pa., and Allie Gretkowski of Mount Pleasant, S.C., surprised seventh-seeded Leena Bennetto of Canada and Houghton 6-4, 6-4.
   Main and McBride are scheduled to play Catanzarite and Gretkowski on Wednesday.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Mayo, Fardanesh win openers in Orange Bowl 16s

   No. 12 seed Aidan Mayo, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, and unseeded Max Fardanesh of Albany in the San Francisco Bay Area won their first-round matches in the boys 16s today at the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   The 15-year-old Mayo, who trains at the USTA Player Development Center in Carson, defeated qualifier Samuel Paquette of Canada 6-4, 6-4 in the clay-court tournament.
   Fardanesh, a doubles finalist in last week's Eddie Herr International Championship in Bradenton, Fla., beat Diego Navarro of Mexico 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Fardanesh is scheduled to face No. 3 seed Pablo Llamas Ruiz of Spain on Tuesday.
   Luke Casper of Santa Cruz lost to wild card Mark Lajal of Estonia 6-4, 7-6 (5) on Sunday. Casper also fell in the first round of doubles with Esteban Penagos of Colombia.
   In the second round of doubles, No. 4 seeds Spencer Brachman of Commack, N.Y., and Mayo will meet Fardanesh and Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J.
   In girls 16 singles, unseeded India Houghton of Belvedere Tiburon in the Bay Area defeated qualifier Kristen Borland of Canada 6-3, 6-4. Tomi Main of Seaside in the Monterey area surprised No. 16 seed Gabriella Broadfoot, a 14-year-old South African, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Sunday.
   No. 7 doubles seeds Leena Bennetto of Canada and Houghton advanced in straight sets, as did unseeded Main and Jordyn McBride of Valencia in the Los Angeles area. Main and McBride will take on No. 1 seeds Elaine Chervinsky of Boca Raton, Fla., and Madison Sieg of Greenwich, Conn.
   No Northern Californians are entered in boys or girls 18 singles or doubles.
   The Orange Bowl was founded by Eddie Herr in 1947. It has played on clay until 1998, then on hard courts until 2011. It was been contested on clay again since then.
   Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18s include Chris Evert (1969-70), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995).
   Winners of the tournament on hard courts include Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000 and 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005).

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Greenwald's streak in National 40 Hard Courts ends

Stuart "Ross" Duncan of Laguna Beach poses after winning the
USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships in the San Diego
suburb of La Jolla. Photo courtesy of JFS Communications
   Jeff Greenwald's reign in the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships ended today.
   Second-seeded Stuart "Ross" Duncan of Laguna Beach beat Greenwald, the top seed and two-time defending champion from San Anselmo in the San Francisco Bay Area, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for the title in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
   Duncan, 42, led 4-1 in the third set. Greenwald, 52, broke serve to cut the lead to 4-3, but Duncan broke back in the next game and held serve for the match.
   Two years ago, Duncan lost a tough three-setter to Greenwald in the semifinals that took over three hours.
   "It totally came to my mind," Duncan said. "In that match, I was up 4-1 in the third, and I lost the match. I said, 'Oh my gosh, this is deja vu.' Fortunately, things went my way in those last two games, and I was able to pull it out."
   Top-seeded Hiromi Sasano of San Diego overcame second-seeded Amanda Parson Siegel of Henderson, Nev., 6-2, 7-5 on Saturday for the women's singles title.
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