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Day 4 - USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships

April 10, 2008 10:48 AM

Day 4—Local National players slug it in their Delray Beach Sandlot

By Marlena Hall

Delray Beach, Fla., April 9, 2008 - From the 128 original players in the Sea Island presents USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach (April 6-12, 2008), merely half are left standing. Weighing in at 85 lbs and standing 4 ft. 10 inches tall, Adi Milstein's phenotype looked in"adi"quate sized up to her opponent, Corina Anghelescu (Weston, FL). But "the colossus of clout" was ruthless as she took Anghelescu to a three-set match with a final score of 3-6, 7-5 and 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth. Getting a pre-match iPod serenade from American Idol's season-six winner, Jordin Sparks, Milstein must have let the ballads belittle her characteristically brash play from the onset of her match. "I made too many errors in the first set, but in the second set I realized one just has to let the first set go", Milstein proselytized. Wholly, though, she credits her coach, Alejo Martinez from the Evert Academy, for helping her stay positive regardless and come this far in the backdraw. "I train about five hours every day and feel that I have more endurance out here than some of the other girls. I was trying to stay out there and move her around, hit drop shots, and just not make as many errors," she says. For maintaining mental strength and physical stamina in the third set, we'd like to award Miss Adi Milstein with the Day 4 Girls "Player of the Day". Mazel Tov, Milstein!  

When I asked my well-esteemed colleague, Bryan McConnell, Site Director at the Boca Swim & Racquet Center on his thoughts towards the Boys "Player of the Day" he shared an interesting story regarding Constantin Supper's (Boynton Beach, FL) match against Logan Smith (Carlsbad, CA), summed up by him as: "a match filled with adversity." Curious as to the degree of "adversity", I decided to phone Constantin and acquire further insight. In a disheartening tone, Constantin explained to me how he received a point penalty for his constant inquiring of the "suspicious whispering" going on in his match from a spectator in the crowd. Supper had difficulty ignoring the whispering and allowed it to frustrate him in the second set. He had never received a penalty prior to this National event as this is only his second National tournament. "It just seemed like everything was going wrong for me," Supper defended. "But after I lost the second set, I knew I had to play top level tennis to win." And in the smoldering third set, Supper cooked all the way through Smith in a 7-6 tiebreak—well done! For your ability to create advantage from adversity, we'd like to anoint you, Constantin Supper as our Day 4 Boys "Player of the Day!"

A USTA National Championship

Florida Player News:

Florida players are still going strong in the USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships.  In the Girls' 12 round of 16, Angel Deng (Safety Harbor, FL) def. Mariana Gould (9) (Boise, ID) 7-6; 6-4 and Alexandra Kiick (10) (Plantation, FL) def. Aryn Greene (6) (Alpharetta, GA) 7-5; 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. 

In the Boys' 12 round of 16,  Baker Newman (1) (Miami, FL) def. Aron Hiltzik (16) (Wilmette, IL) 6-3; 7-6, Grayson Goldin (3) (Bradenton, FL) def. Timothy Kane (14) (Hamburg, NY) 6-0; 6-0, Juan Padilla (15) (Key Biscayne, FL) def. Jacob Dunbar (6) (Medina, OH) 7-6; 6-2 and Elio Livi (12) (Miramar, FL) def. A.J. Catanzariti (8) (Pittsburgh, PA) 6-4; 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.  Go Florida players!

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