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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): USTA National Hard Court Champs, More

August 14, 2012 01:25 PM
Florida Jrs. Collect 4 Gold Balls, 8 Silver at USTA Hard Court Tennis Nationals
 
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The USTA Girls' 18 National Hard Court Championships all-Florida final, from left to right: champions Samantha Crawford and Alexandra Kiick, and runners-up Chalena Scholl and Sachia Vickery
Florida players cleaned up with four gold ball championships and eight silver ball runner-up efforts in singles and doubles during the USTA National Hard Court Championships in the boys’ and girls’ 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s divisions across the U.S. in early August.
 
The USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships in San Diego on Aug. 4-12, 2012, were all-Florida affairs in both singles and doubles
 
In the singles final, Bradenton’s Victoria Duval upset No. 3 seed Alexandra Kiick of Plantation 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Kiick did not go home empty handed, teaming with Tamarac’s Samantha Crawford as the top seeds in doubles, in the final defeating No. 2 seeds Chalena Scholl of Pompano Beach and Sachia Vickery of Miramar 7-6(5), 6-3.
 
With the win the 16-year-old Duval receives a wildcard into the main draw of the 2012 US Open women’s field. The 17-year-old Kiick for her runner-up effort will receive a wildcard into the 2012 US Open women’s qualifying field. Kiick and Crawford as the Kalamazoo doubles champions will receive a wildcard into the 2012 US Open women’s main draw doubles field.
 
"We were talking about it before the match, and if I play Serena [Williams at the US Open], I think I’m going to ask for her autograph after the match," Duval told TennisRecruiting.net. "It didn’t even go through my mind at all. But finally at 4-0 I finally started thinking, ‘Oh, my God, finish this one and you’re going to the Open. But I knew I just needed to stay focused"
 
Until this past spring, Duval was sidelined for nine months by knee and shin injuries. "Those were the toughest nine months for my tennis career so far," Duval told reporters at the event. "It helps you realize how you take tennis for granted."
 
Pembroke Pines’ Sophia Kenin was the winner of the USTA Girls’ 14s National Championships title in Peachtree City, Ga., on Aug. 4-9, in the final as the No. 5 seed upsetting No. 2 Raquel Pedraza of Claremont, Calif., 6-1, 6-4. Kenin almost made it a double at the event, in the doubles championship with partner and Dominique Vasile (Oakland, Mich.) as the No. 3 seeds losing to No. 9 seeds Hada Chang (Trophy Club, Tex.) and Sydney Riley (Dallas) 6-2, 6-1.
 
Miami’s Katerina Stewart, who this year won her second consecutive title at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, was runner-up as the No. 6 seed at the USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships in San Diego on Aug. 4-12, in the final falling to No. 2 seed Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas 6-2, 6-2.
 
"I had played Katerina at Easter Bowl and she beat me, so I came out here on my toes ready for a battle," Yee told Tennisrecruiting.net. "She played great, she’s a really great player, but I got lucky this time."
 
Two Floridians finished runner-up at the USTA Boys’ 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Aug. 3-12. No. 32 seed Alexandru Gozun of Sarasota fell 6-4, 6-1 in the singles final to No. 12 seed Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash.
 
Gozun said he was a bit nervous playing in his first national final. "But also, Henrik did a very good job of keeping everything away from me, away from my powerful game," Gozun said. "He just did a very good job today."
 
In the doubles final Bradenton’s Tommy Mylnikov, teaming with Jodi Arconada of Puerto Rico as the No. 5 seeds, lost 6-4, 6-4 to the top-seeded team of Aron Hiltzik (Wilmette, Ill.) and Paul Oosterbaan (Kalamazoo, Mich.).
 
Trey Strobel of Bradenton and partner Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont, Calif., were the doubles runners-up at the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, as the No. 3 seeds losing to No. 4-seeded Dennis Novikov (San Jose, Calif.) and Michael Redlicki (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) 7-6(3), 6-1.
 
 
3rd Annual Tampa Bay High School Tennis Championships in October
 
middleschool_enewsThe 3rd Annual Tampa Bay High School Tennis Championships will be held on Oct. 20-21, 2012 at the Harbour Island Athletic Club in Tampa, Fla.
 
The event is boys’ and girls’ singles, and draws will be limited to 20 players each, with first-round consolation. All main draw matches will have USTA chair umpires, and the semifinals and finals will have USTA chair and USTA line umpires.
 
Players must be competing in high school tennis for the 2013 season to be eligible. The entry fee is $40, and the entry deadline is Oct. 18, 2012.
 
For more information contact Lee Harang at Acesportsgroup@gmail.com or (941) 518-9082.
 
 
Florida’s Blake Among Announced 2012 US Open Wildcards
 
Blake24The USTA announced that 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, along with two-time US Open quarterfinalist James Blake and reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson have been awarded men’s singles main draw wildcard entries into the 2012 US Open Tennis Championships.
 
Other Americans receiving a wildcard include 2010 US Open boys’ singles champion Jack Sock, 2010 US Open boys’ singles finalist Denis Kudla, 2012 USTA Boys’ 18s singles champion Dennis Novikov, and current world No. 100 Rajeev Ram. France’s Guillaume Rufin will also receive a wildcard.
 
Blake, 32, of Tampa, reached the  quarterfinals of the 2005 US Open as a wildcard, upsetting Rafael Nadal before losing to Andre Agassi in a five-set thriller. Blake peaked at No. 4 in the world in 2006 and again reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 US Open and the final of the year-end Tennis Masters Cup. He has captured 10 ATP World Tour singles titles and holds a 21-12 career record (18-11 in singles) for the U.S. in Davis Cup, and was a member of the 2007 championship team.
 
The 2012 US Open will be played Aug. 27–Sept. 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn a record $1.9 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.9 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
 
Players receiving 2012 US Open qualifying wildcards are: 2009 US Open boys’ singles finalist Chase Buchanan (21, Columbus, Ohio), the 2012 NCAA doubles champion, who completed his senior year at Ohio State; 2012 USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships runner-up Alexios Halebian (18, Hollywood, Calif.); Christian Harrison (18, of Shreveport, La.), who reached the quarterfinals or better of five USTA Pro Circuit events this year, including the $50,000 Challenger in Lexington, Ky., and is the younger brother of U.S. Davis Cupper and Olympian Ryan Harrison; Bradley Klahn (21, Poway, Calif.), the 2010 NCAA men’s singles champion who just completed his senior year at Stanford; Daniel Kosakowski (20, Huntington Park, Calif.), who turned professional last year after his freshman year at UCLA; Mitchell Krueger (18, Fort Worth, Texas), who advanced to the boys’ singles semifinals at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year; and two former University of Tennessee All-Americans who both turned pro last summer -- Tennys Sandgren (21, Gallatin, Tenn.), who has won three USTA Pro Circuit titles this year; and 2011 NCAA men’s singles runner-up Rhyne Williams (21, Knoxville, Tenn.), who went 12-3 in singles in a string of ITF Circuit events in Europe this spring.
 
One additional US Open qualifying wildcard will be awarded to the winner of the 2012 US Open National Playoffs-Men’s Championship, taking place Aug. 17-20 in New Haven, Conn. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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