Wednesday, December 23, 2015

U.S. goes 0 for 8 in prestigious junior tourneys

   The recent Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl weren't exactly encouraging for the United States.
   The U.S. failed to win any of the eight singles titles in the prestigious Florida tournaments. Argentina took three crowns, Ukraine two, and Serbia, Canada and China one each.
   The Orange Bowl consisted of boys and girls 18 and 16 singles and doubles on clay in Plantation, Fla. The Junior Orange Bowl was comprised of boys and girls 14 and 12 singles only on clay and hardcourts in Coral Gables, Fla.
   Only two Americans, both girls from the West, reached a singles final. Sixth-seeded Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif., lost in the 18s, and ninth-seeded Naomi Cheong of Las Vegas fell in the 14s.
   At least Americans won one doubles crown as unseeded McCartney Kessler of Calhoun, Ga., and Emma Kurtz of Atlanta prevailed in the girls 16s.
   The only other U.S. finalist was Brian Shi of Jericho, N.Y. He and Nicaise Muamba of Canada lost in boys 16 doubles as the second seeds.
ORANGE BOWL
In Plantation, Fla.
Boys finals
18 singles
   Miomir Kecmanovic (9), Serbia, def. Stefanos Tsitsipas (3), Greece, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5).
18 doubles
   Yuta Shimizu and Yunosuke Tanaka, Japan, def. Ergi Kirkin, Turkey, and Alexei Popyrin, Australia, 7-5, 7-6 (2).
16 singles
   Sebastian Baez (9), Argentina, def. Karl Friberg (3), Sweden, 6-2, 6-1.
16 doubles
   Sebastian Baez, Argentina, and Miguel Fernando Pereira (3), Chile, def. Nicaise Muamba, Canada, and Brian Shi (2), Jericho, N.Y., 6-2, 6-3.
Girls finals
18 singles
   Bianca Andreescu (9), Canada, def. Kayla Day (6), Santa Barbara, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
18 doubles
   Pranjala Yadlapalli, India, and Tamara Zidansek (5), Slovenia, def. Eleni Christofi, Greece, and Anastasia Detiuc, Moldova, 6-2, 6-2.
16 singles
   Maria Carle (2), Argentina, def. Gabriela Tatarus, Romania, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
16 doubles
   McCartney Kessler, Calhoun, Ga., and Emma Kurtz, Atlanta, def. Ania Hertel, Poland, and Mihaela Marculescu (4), Romania, 6-3, 4-6 [10-6].
JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL
In Coral Gables, Fla.
Singles finals
Boys 14
   Thiago Tirante (1), Argentina, def. Anton Matusevich (17), Great Britain, 6-2, 6-2.
Boys 12
   Xiaofei Wang (1), China, def. Jewon Jeon (8), South Korea, 6-1, 6-2.
Girls 14
   Marta Kostyuk (5), Ukraine, def. Naomi Cheong (9), Las Vegas, 6-3, 6-4.
Girls 12
   Daria Lopatetska (7), Ukraine, def. Noa Krznaric (1), Croatia, 7-5, 6-0.

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