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Florida Briefs: Volusia Jr. Team Tennis; HCTA/Komen Tourney; US Open Wildcard Playoff

August 19, 2010 09:18 AM
The 14-and-under Advanced champions
Topspin from Daytona Beach
Volusia County USTA Jr. Team Tennis 'Topspin' Advance to National Chp.; Hosting Fundraiser

USTA Florida hosted the Jr. Team Tennis Summer Sectional Tournament the first weekend in August in Daytona Beach, where 66 teams and approximately 400 junior tennis players faced off at the Florida Tennis Center with national championship berths on the line. Volusia County's "Topspin" team competed in the 14-and-under Advanced flight, winning their division to advance to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals Championships in October.

The team was a mix of Volusia and Flagler county USTA Jr. Team tennis players, including Abigail E. Coates, Christina Lucas, Meghan Zimmer, Seth Creel, Henry Lao and Noah Paschal. The Topspin squad was coached by Andrew M. Bacha.

"It took years of participation in the USTA Jr. Team Tennis league for this team to win a section championship and advance to nationals," said team player Meghan Zimmer. "Players consistently participated in the local season of play as well as the USTA Jr. Team Middle School program over the past five years."

Over the weekend of competition the team lost just one match, winning 280 games with a comfortable first-place lead. They played over 16 sets and match tiebreakers to advance to national championship. 

Fundraising efforts are now in place to help the team pay for the travel, hotel and meals at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Nationals Championships, held in Surprise, Ariz., in October. A local community event will by hosted by the team members and parents. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Liz Coates at Lizelko@aol.com.

3rd Annual HCTA/Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure 

Hillsborough County's biggest charity tennis tournament is back and better than ever in 2010! The 3rd Annual Hillsborough County Tennis Association/Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure/Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (Force) Doubles Ladies Tennis Tournament is set for Oct. 16-17, 2010 with a Tournament Party event at each site.

Tournament matches will start Saturday morning continuing on Sunday. Proceeds from the women's multi-level doubles tennis tournament will go to Florida Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), supporting breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment. A portion of the proceeds will go to HCTA Scholarship and their Inner City Community Base Tennis Programs.

"Last year, with help from area clubs and tennis players, over 150 wonderful women tennis players, and our many sponsors, raised more than $20,000 to fight breast cancer," says Tournament Director Marisol Casablanca. "This year we aim to do even better." 

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, clay court tennis matches are slated to start at the two host clubs: Emerald Greens (West Hillsborough) and Hunter's Green (North Tampa) Golf & Country Club. Play will be in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 levels. Each tournament site will host a Tournament Event Party and a Saturday luncheon. On Sunday afternoon the championship rounds will be held at Hunter's Green. Winners from each site at each level will play championship matches starting at 4 p.m.

To register, visit the HCTA online at www.tampatennis.org

Semifinals Set at US Open Wild Card Playoff in Boca Raton

The semifinals are set to do battle today at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., to determine the final U.S. men's and women's singles main draw wildcards to the 2010 US Open. 

In opening-day elimination play in the eight-man and eight woman fields on Wednesdy, the top three men's seeds advanced when No. 1 Tim Smyczek defeated No. 8 Chase Buchanan 7-5, 6-1, No. 2 seed and Bradenton resident Ryan Harrison defeated No. 7 Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4, and No. 3 Greg Ouellette defeated No. 6 Austin Krajicek 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. No. 5 seed Alex Domijan had the lone upset, upending No. 4 Andrea Collarini 7-5, 6-2.

Ormond Beach's Ouellette, a former Florida Gator, was granted entry into the playoff when Jarmere Jenkins withdrew with an injury.

"I wasn't expecting to play here, but I guess my endurance was good enough," the 24-year-old Ouellette told USTA.com.

There were two upsets on the women's side when No. 6 Krista Hardebeck surprised No. 3 Julia Boserup 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 5 Nicole Gibbs topped No. 4 seed and Jupiter resident Irina Falconi 7-6(2), 6-3. Also into the semifinals were No. 1 Madison Brengle who defeated No. 8 Jessica Pegula 6-2, 6-2, and No. 2 Beatrice Capra who defeated No. 7 Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-2.

Thursday' semifinals will be Smyczek vs. Domijan and Harrison vs. Ouellette on the men's side, and for the women Brengle vs. Gibbs and Capra vs. Hardebeck.

Americans Christina McHale and Ryan Sweeting won similar events in April to earn main draw wildcards to the 2010 French Open, while Harrison and Coco Vandeweghe won playoffs last December to earn main draw wildcards into the 2010 Australian Open.






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