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Easter Bowl Blog: Lauren Embree

April 14, 2008 02:53 PM

Seventeen-year-old Lauren Embree of Marco Island, Fla., is currently ranked sixth in the USTA girls' 18s and has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the country in the 14s, 16s and 18s divisions. The talented right-hander has won seven gold balls during her career, including two at the Easter Bowl, where she captured the girls' 14s singles title in 2005 and the girls' 16s doubles championship in 2006. Embree comes into the 2008 tournament on a high note, having reached the doubles final last week at the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif. She will be sharing her thoughts and experiences with USTA.com from Rancho Mirage, Calif., where she is competing in the girls' 18s division at the Easter Bowl.

Saturday, April 12:

Well, the Easter Bowl 2008 is over for me. The finals with Melanie Oudin lasted for a long, grueling 3 hours in 100 degree heat! Our first set lasted an hour and a half, and I won it in a tie break! (7-6(5)). She fought back to take the second 1-6. I got a little tired, just because the conditions were hot, and every point was a battle. Because it was so hot out, the heat rule was in affect so we got a 10-minute break when we split sets. The third set was very close and intense. I came up a little short and she took the championship set, 6-3. I was very happy with the way I played the whole tournament. Last time I played Melanie, last year I got killed, so I was glad I gave her a run for her money.

I’m so glad I came and participated in this event. It is my favorite tournament by far! The people, staff behind the Easter Bowl is very friendly and makes you want to come back each year! I just didn’t want to go home yet, I was having to much fun, even off the tennis court. I will definitely be back next year, hoping to do just as well! 

Lauren

 


Lauren Embree (David Kenas)

Friday, April 11:

So my journey is coming to an end here in Palm Springs. It's Friday night, and I am in the final tomorrow!

I had a tough three-setter today against Aerial Ellis. Coming into the match, I knew I was going to have to fight for every point and try and play my best. I ended up winning the first set, 6-3, and before I knew it, I was down, 5-2, in the second! I tried to fight back but fell short and lost the second set, 6-7 (5). The third set was a battle, but I came up with the win, 6-4.

Tomorrow I am playing Melanie Oudin. It is going to be a really tough match for me, but hopefully I will play well. I have had a great tournament, so I will be proud of myself, no matter what the outcome is.
   
This past week has been so much fun at the Easter Bowl. My experience here throughout the years just keeps getting better. The best part about it is all the different age groups at one place. Being in this environment is just so much to look forward to. All my friends that I don't get to see as much always come to this tournament, so it's definitely one of my favorites.

This past week has been a very memorable time. Hopefully I will be back next year to have as much fun as I did this year!
 
Lauren


Thursday, April 10:

Yesterday, I played my round-of-16 match against my friend, Courtney Dolhide. I knew it was going to be a tough match, considering she has had some pretty good wins, but I ended up with the win, 6-3, 6-0.
   
Today is another beautiful day in Palm Springs. I had my quarterfinal match against Ester Goldfield at 10 a.m. I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but then I pulled it together. I won my match, 6-0, 6-2. I feel like I have been playing really well throughout this tournament and hope to keep it up. For some reason, my best results are always at this tournament!

Unfortunately, my doubles partner, Jessica, and I went down yesterday against the No. 1 seeds, Mallory Burdette and Sloane Stevens, 6-4 6-4.  We all fought hard, so I can't really be upset about it. I  just love coming back to it every year to participate and see all the familiar faces.

Tonight, we went to the Yardhouse Restaurant right across the street at the river. All my friends and I love just going out to eat after a long day of tennis matches! Only a few more days left at the Easter Bowl! =[

Lauren


Tuesday, April 8:

Another wonderful day in Palm Springs! I am rooming with two of my closest friends, Jessica Alexander and Alexa Guarachi.

I won my match today against Alex Cercone, 2 and 2, and will play my third round tomorrow. My doubles partner, Jessica, and I won today, also, along with my other roommate Alexa.

The weather here is great. Despite the wind this afternoon during doubles, I couldn't ask for better conditions! I love coming to the Easter Bowl every year. It is one of my favorite tournaments.

Tonight we went down to the river to eat dinner and check out the player party. The variety of food was fantastic, along with the music they played. Alexa broke out some of her famous dance moves on the stage. It was fun to see every age group out there having fun! It is nice to have a little player party to bring all the players together for a great time! 
 
Tomorrow will hopefully be another successful day!

Lauren


Monday, April 7:

So today were the first-round matches for the girls' 18s Easter Bowl. My draw was not the best. I drew the second seed, Mallory Burdette, first round. I knew it would be a tough match for the both of us, and it could have gone either way. I ended up with the win, 7-6, 6-3.

My doubles partner, Jessica Alexander and I will play doubles tomorrow. My trip so far has been a great experience. The food is great here, along with all the friendly people in Palm Springs.

Yesterday was kinda a chill-out day, so Jess and I went to get our nails done! There is a great food/shopping mall right across from the Ranch Las Palmas country club, so it's really convenient for us to walk there.

Tomorrow I play a good friend of mine, Alex Cercone, so we will see how things turn out!!

Lauren

 

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