Tuesday, December 6, 2016

NorCal's Madurawe stuns seed in Orange Bowl 16s

Niluka Madurawe, shown last year, crushed
15th-seeded Willa Breunich in the first round
of the Orange Bowl. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Niluka Madurawe, a lucky loser from Sunnyvale in the San Francisco Bay Area, shocked 15th-seeded Willa Breunich of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 6-1, 6-0 on Monday in the first round of the Orange Bowl girls 16s in Plantation, Fla.
   Breunich reached the doubles quarterfinals of the Eddie Herr International Championships last week in Bradenton, Fla.
   Also coasting in the Orange Bowl were 13th-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville in the boys 18s, Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael in the boys 16s, and Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the girls 16s.
   Roseville and Carmichael are suburbs of Sacramento, and Walnut Creek is in the San Francisco Bay Area.
   Volynets will face wild card and 13th seed Victoria Hu of Boca Raton, Fla., in a rematch of the Eddie Herr final, won by Volynets 6-3, 6-2.
   Brooksby will take on third-seeded Anton Matusevich, a Briton who won the Eddie Herr 16s.
   In the opening round of girls 16 doubles, Volynets and Melissa Sakar of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., upset eighth-seeded Najah Dawson of Sarasota, Fla., and Klanah Motosono of Peru 6-0, 6-3.
   The Orange Bowl, one of the top junior tournaments in the world, was founded by Eddie Herr in 1947. It was played on clay until 1998, then on hardcourts 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 hardcourts include Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000 and 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005).
   

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