Thursday, December 13, 2018

NorCal seeds advance in Junior Orange Bowl

   Northern California seeds Rudy Quan, Vivian Ovrootsky and Herrick Thomas Legaspi won in straight sets today in the second round of the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.
   Quan, from Roseville in the Sacramento area, is seeded first in the boys 12s. He has won gold balls this year in the Winter Nationals, Easter Bowl, Clay Courts and Hard Courts.
   Ovrootsky, from San Jose, is seeded fifth in the girls 14s, and Legaspi, from Sacramento, is seeded 17th in the boys 14s.
   Also advancing in straight sets were Ria Bhakta of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area in the girls 14s and Esther Vyrlan of Sacramento in the girls 12s. Bhakta will face second-seeded Elena Yu of Mason, Ohio.
   Losing were fifth-seeded Mitchell Lee of Oakland and Mason Nguyen of El Dorado Hills in the boys 12s, Madison Weekley of Alamo in the girls 14s and Alexis Nguyen of El Dorado Hills in the girls 12s.
   All draws consist of 128 players.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bay Area's Bhakta upsets seed in Junior Orange Bowl

   Ria Bhakta of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area surprised 17th-seeded Kateryna Lazarenko of Ukraine 6-1, 6-3 today in the first round of the girls 14s at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.
   Bhakta will meet Mexico's Claudia Sofia Martinez Solis, who defeated Valentina Silva of Brazil 6-3, 6-4 in the 128-player draw.
   Other Northern Californians advancing in singles were:
   --No. 5 seed Vivan Ovrootsky of San Jose and Madison Weekley of Alamo in the girls 14s.
   --No. 17 seed Herrick Thomas Legaspi of Sacramento in the boys 14s.
   --No. 1 seed Rudy Quan of Roseville, No. 5 seed Mitchell Lee of Oakland and Mason Nguyen of El Dorado Hills in the boys 12s.
   --Esther Vyrlan of Sacramento and Alexis Nguyen of El Dorado Hills in the girls 12s.
   No. 17 seed Kurt Miller of Los Gatos lost to Gianluca Ballotta of Peru 6-2, 6-2 in the boys 14s. Also falling was Avery Nguyen of El Dorado Hills in the girls 12s.
   Quan reached the semifinals of the Eddie Herr, his first international tournament, two weeks ago in Bradenton, Fla. He has won gold balls this year in the Winter Nationals, Easter Bowl, Clay Courts and Hard Courts.

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.
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