Wednesday, January 1, 2020

NorCal players reach National Winter quarters in 16s

   Three Northern Californians, two boys and one girl, reached the 16-and-under singles quarterfinals of the USTA National Winter Championships on clay in Orlando, Fla.
   Advancing today were fifth-seeded Kurt Miller of Los Gatos in the San Jose area, sixth-seeded Ethan Quinn of Fresno and 10th-seeded Tomi Main of Seaside (near Monterey).
   Miller topped 14th-seeded Nathan Nguyen of McLean, Va., 5-7, 6-0, 6-3, and Quinn defeated 11th-seeded Maxwell Sheldon of Arlington Heights, Ill., 7-6 (2), 6-2. Main beat unseeded Abby Nugent of Springboro, Ohio, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
   Quinn, playing with Gabriele Brancatelli of Westhampton Beach, N.Y.,  and Main, teaming with Katie Codd of Carlsbad in the San Diego region, also advanced to the doubles semifinals on hardcourts. Both teams are unseeded.
   In boys 18 doubles on hardcourts in Orlando, third-seeded Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara in the Bay Area and Logan Zapp of Fleming Island, Fla., moved into the semifinals. Chaudhary and Zapp will play at Stanford and North Carolina, respectively.
   In girls 14 singles on hardcourts in Tucson, Ariz., 17th-seeded Emily Novikov of Campbell in the San Jose area dispatched eighth-seeded Nina Wiese of Flushing, N.Y., 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

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