Florida Tennis Jrs. Collect Titles at USTA National Hard Courts

August 11, 2014 04:48 PM
Tornado Alicia Black
Florida tennis junior players age 18-14 captured five national doubles titles, and recorded two singles runners-up and two doubles runners-up efforts last weekend during USTA National Junior Hard Court Championships across the U.S.

Sixteen-year-old Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., was the singles runner-up at the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships in San Diego, Calif., losing 6-3, 6-1 in the final to 15-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif.

Black took a 3-0 lead in the opening set but won only one more game at 0-3 in the second set. Last year's US Open girls' finalist, Black for finishing runner-up at the USTA Girls' 18s Hard Courts earns a wild card into the US Open women's qualifying draw later this month.

Bellis, who earned a US Open women's singles main draw wild card, in the semifinals outlasted No. 15 seed Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Coral Gables' Katerina Stewart won the Girls' 18s doubles with partner Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., beating Josie Kuhlman of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the process earning a wild card into the US Open women's doubles main draw.

At the USTA Boys' 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., No. 2-seeded Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and partner Noah Rubin of Rockville Centre, N.Y., upset top-seeded Collin Altamirano of Sacramento, Calif., and Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., 6-2, 6-2, earning a wild card into the US Open men's doubles main draw.
The all-Florida pairing of Adriana Reami (Miami) and Taylor Russo (Deerfield Beach) captured the title at the USTA Girls' 16s National Championships in San Diego. The No. 3 seeds in the final topped No. 4 seeds Victoria Flores of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Alexandra Sanford of Westerville, Ohio, 6-3, 7-5.

Boca Raton's Christian Alshon brought home the championship doubles hardware from the USTA Boys' 14s National Championships in San Antonio, Tex., teaming with Bradley Frye of Overland Park, Kan., as the top seeds. In the final they defeated unseeded Matthew Fenty of Washington, D.C., and Robert Maciag of Sterling, Va., 6-2, 6-3.

Another Boca Raton native, Nicole Conrad, won the doubles title at the USTA Girls' 14s National Championships in Peachtree City, Ga. Top seeded with Caty McNally of Cincinnati, the pair defeated No. 9 seeds Dasha Kourkina of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Michelle Sorokko of Douglaston, N.Y., 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 in the final. Redondo Beach, Fla., resident Taylor Johnson was runner-up in the Girls' 14 singles, as the No. 3 seed upset by the No. 6-seeded McNally 6-3, 6-2.

Nicholas Garcia of Hollywood, Fla., was the doubles runner-up with partner Zane Khan of San Antonio, Tex., at the USTA Boys' 12s National Championships in Little Rock, Ark., with the No. 6 seeds falling to the No. 4-seeded pairing of Faris Khan of San Antonio and Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The nation's top junior tennis players competed in eight USTA National Championships across America. In addition to the US Open main draw wild cards awarded to the 18s singles and doubles champions, the singles runners-up in the Boys' and Girls' 18s divisions are traditionally offered wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, while the Boys' and Girls' 16s champions earn wild card entries in to the US Open Junior Championships.
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