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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Jr. Orange Bowl; Campus Events; Digital Mags

December 22, 2011 09:19 AM
Florida's Black, Stewart Bagel Opponents to Reach Semis at Jr. Orange Bowl Tennis

By Michael Seff, sports editor, Palisadian Post

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Tornado Ali Black
Living up to her name and No. 1 seed, Tornado Ali Black continued her torrid run through the girls 14 & under field on Wednesday in the quarterfinals at the Junior Orange Bowl.

With a 6-0, 6-0 rout of No. 9 seed Marie Norris, Black barely broke a sweat in moving one step closer to a title. She is not, however, in uncharted territory, having won the Eddie Herr International Junior championship in the Under 16 division.

"I try to get the opponent tired," said Black, who was forced out of action in the second round last year with a hip injury. "I've been working a lot on my fitness and mental game to be tougher than anyone out there."

Black will be the favorite among a remaining quartet that includes No. 7 Ivana Jorovic of Serbia (6-1, 6-4 win over No. 3 Ana Konjuh), Chloe Ouellet-Pizer of Chapel Hill, N.C. (6-2, 6-3 over Ellie Halbauer), and No. 6 Katerina Stewart of Miami (6-0, 6-0 over Ye Qiuyu).

"The last two times I've played here I haven't done so well so I've been very motivated this time," Stewart said. "I'm pretty confident in my game right now."

In the boys U14 circuit, it was another day chock-full of intense action, as the semifinal round will feature four Top 10-seeded players, three of whom defeated other seeded foes. That includes Germany's Alexander Zverev, the No. 7 seed, who ousted No. 2 Cameron Klinger of San Jose, 6-1, 6-4.

"I played really solid today," said Zverev, who had to battle through three sets in Tuesday's round of 16. "I was down two match points in the second set yesterday, and to win such a match gives you confidence."

Joining Zverev in the semis will be No. 9 Seongchan Hong of Korea, who knocked off No. 16 Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C., 6-0, 6-4; No. 6 Alejandro Tabilo of Canada, who beat unseeded Socrates Tsoronis, 6-4, 6-4; and No. 4 Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, who needed three hard-fought sets to edge Washington's Henrik Wiersholm, the No. 5 seed, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4.

The finals are set in the boys 12 & under field, as both the quarterfinals and semifinals took place on Wednesday. Top-seeded Artem Dubrivnyy of Russia will square off with unseeded qualifier Albert Lim of the Phillipines tomorrow at Salvadore Park at 9 a.m.

Dubrivnyy beat No. 6 Ergi Kirkin in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-0, after winning 7-5, 7-5 over Juan Otegui in the quarters. Lim defeated No. 2 seed Alexander del Corral of Doral in the day's big upset, 6-2, 6-1, then won over No. 9 Noah Makarone by the same score in the semis.

And in the girls 12 & under, two of the three remaining No. 1 seeds fell, leaving only Catherine Bellis of Atherton, Calif., among seeded players. Bellis defeated fellow No. 1 seed Sofia Zhuk of Russia, 6-1, 6-0, while Riley McQuaid of Tustin, Calif., knocked off No. 1 seed Vanessa Wong, 6-4, 6-3.

Nicole Conrad of Tyler, Texas (6-4, 7-6(4) over Andreea Rosca) and Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif. (7-5, 6-2 over Ana Biskic) also advanced.

The boys and girls U14 semifinal matches will be played tomorrow at the University of Miami Tennis Center, along with the girls U12 semis.

Upcoming USTA Campus Showdowns, Campus Kids Days in Florida

USTA Campus Showdown logoThe new year will debut with multiple opportunities for Florida tennis players to test their skills against a wide variety of opponents during USTA Campus Showdowns, and to bring the kids to participate in and watch college matches during USTA Campus Kids Days.

Upcoming USTA Campus Showdowns (men's and women's):
Jan. 21, 2012 -- University of North Florida, Jacksonville; contact: audracohen@gmail.com

Upcoming USTA Campus Kids Days:
Jan. 28, 2012 -- Jacksonville University at University of Central Florida (men's), Orlando, 12:30 p.m.; contact: cberryhill@athletics.ucf.edu
Feb. 18, 2012 -- Florida Atlantic at University of North Florida (men's), Jacksonville, noon; contact: adam.schaechterle@unf.edu
Feb. 29, 2012 -- Lander at University of West Florida (men's), Pensacola, 3:30 p.m.; contact: dracine@uwf.edu

USTA Campus Showdowns are fun, competitive one-day events held on college campuses that are open to all -- college and high school players, juniors, adults, league players and weekend hackers. Singles and doubles are usually offered at the events, which give junior and college players opportunities for varied competition and a chance to see college campuses and college life. The events also help the host colleges build stronger ties between college programs and the local tennis community.

USTA Campus Kids Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis -- food and refreshments are provided, and fans are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as raffles, contests, racquet stenciling, autograph signings, clinics, etc.

For more information on individual events contact the organizer e-mails listed above.

USTA Florida, USTA Magazine Goes Digital in 2012; Tennis 15-30.com to Debut

December marked the last print issue of the national USTA Magazine. The regional USTA Florida Section magazine will also debut in 2012 as digital, and feature a combination of digital and print issues throughout the year. 

Prior to the 2012 Australian Open, the USTA in partnership with Tennis.com will launch Tennis 15-30.com, which during each Grand Slam event will feature five editions with e-mail alerts for USTA members. Then beginning in February, the bi-monthly edition will debut, to be distributed on the 15th and 30th of each month to USTA members.

Each month one issue will be dedicated to "on the court" coverage, while the other will focus on health and wellness. 

The USTA Florida Section magazine will debut next year with a January/February 2012 digital edition.

To keep up with the latest tennis news go to www.ustaflorida.com.






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