Saturday, December 19, 2015

Aidan Mayo upsets ninth seed in Junior Orange Bowl

Aidan Mayo, serving in the Rio Del Oro Junior
Excellence Tournament in Sacramento in April,
will play for a berth in the boys 12 quarterfinals
in the Junior Orange Bowl. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Aidan Mayo of Roseville in the Sacramento area upset ninth-seeded Ashton Cross of Canada 6-4, 6-4 on Friday in the third round of the boys 12s in the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.
   Mayo, last year's consolation champion, is scheduled to meet seventh-seeded Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., today for a quarterfinal berth. Kittay dismissed qualifier Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., 6-2, 6-2.
   Mayo is the 12-year-old brother of Keenan Mayo, who reached the boys 16 doubles semifinals in last week's Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   Also advancing to the round of 16 in the Junior Orange Bowl was fourth-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area in the girls 14s.
   Volynets, last year's USTA girls 12 national champion, thrashed wild card Elli Mandlik of Boynton Beach, Fla., 6-2, 6-0.
   Volynets, whose parents emigrated from Ukraine 19 years ago, will face ninth-seeded Oana Corneanu of Romania today for a spot in the quarters. Corneanu defeated Himeno Sakatsume of Japan 6-4, 7-5.
   Stefan Leustian of Mather in the Sacramento region lost to Jung Won Park of South Korea 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round of the boys 14s.
   Past competitors in the Junior Orange Bowl include Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, Juan Martin Del Potro, Chris Evert, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters and Mary Joe Fernandez. 

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