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Florida Eddie Herr Champs; College Tennis Commitments

December 5, 2011 09:53 PM
Florida Juniors Collect 2011 Eddie Herr Tennis Titles

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Tornado Ali Black
Florida tennis juniors collected a number of titles last weekend upon the conclusion of the Eddie Herr International tournament, held at the IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Boca Raton 8th grader Tornado Ali Black won the girls' 16 title, with the 13 year old defeating Alyssa Smith of California 6-1, 6-2 in the final.

"I really wanted to win, I didn't want to be a finalist three years in a row," said Black, speaking to zootennis.com. "This year, I just wanted to win."

Another 8th grader won the girls' 14s title when Bradenton's 13 year old Mariya Shishkina, the 2009 12s champion, saved six match points in beating Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-3 in the final.

"I was putting a lot of pressure on her I guess, because I was saying 'C'mon' and 'Let's go,'" Shishkina told zootennis.com. "I was jumping like I wasn't tired. I didn't think about (being tired), I just was thinking you have to get through this match and after that I can have a whole three days off."

Shishkina also saved a match point in her semifinal win over No. 2 seed Naiktha Banes of Australia.

Dominic Thiem of Austria became the first two-time 18s winner in the history of the event, in the final beating countryman Patrick Ofner 6-1, 6-0.

In the girls' 18s final, Russia's Yulia Putintseva beat countrywoman Victoria Kan 6-3, 7-6(4).

Canadian Tommy Mylnikov, who trains at the Bollettieri Academy, won the boys' 16 final, beating qualifier Andrew Schafer of Hilton Head Island, S.C., 7-5, 6-2.

"The home crowd was helping me out," said Mylnikov, who has lived at the IMG Bollettieri Academy for six years, speaking to zootennis.com. "They got me pumped up when I was down, and it's a good help playing at my house."

Canadian and No. 16 seed Alejandro Tabilo won the boys' 14 title, defeating No. 9 seed Seongchan Hong of Korea 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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Florida Tennis Juniors Maynetto, Landert Commit to Colleges

Natalia Maynetto
Naples 18-year-old Natalia Maynetto has signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Alabama next year.

"I've been all about tennis," Maynetto told the Naples News. "It's absolutely been my goal to excel in college and make the next step."

Maynetto picked the Crimson Tide over South Florida, Florida State and North Carolina State. She played in the junior US Open this past fall.

"I'll play in some pro tournaments in the college off-season," she said, "but I really want to play in the SEC tournament. I'd love to win that one of my four years there. My goal is to keep improving. I want to use the facilities at the school to improve."

Naples High senior Alexandra Landert also announced a commitment to Seton Hall University. Landert is in her first year at Naples after relocating three years ago from Switzerland.

"It's my senior year, so I wanted to graduate from a school and get my high school diploma," said Landert, who has a Swiss father and American mother. "My mom is excited I'm going to graduate from Naples High."

Landert trains in Naples with former pro Jesse Witten.






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