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Day 4 Wrap-Up at the 2009 Easter Bowl - (04/15/2009)

A day after losing the top-seeded player in the first round of the boys’ 18s at the Easter Bowl Junior Spring Nationals, the top two girls’ players in the ITF 18s event moved on Wednesday. Lauren Embree and Kristie Ahn said they both overcame early-round jitters to advance to the quarterfinals.

         Embree, the top-seeded player and No. 10-ranked player in the ITF world rankings, beat fellow Floridian Mary Clayton, 6-3, 6-2. “She’s one of my best friends so it was hard,” said Embree, the former Easter Bowl 14s champion. “I don’t know why I was so nervous early on, but I settled down and finally started playing better. This is my fifth time playing here and my last so it would be great to go out a champion.” Embree will play next year for the University of Florida.

         The 16-year-old Ahn, who has won three USTA Pro Circuit Futures events, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Jessica Pegula, the No. 13 seed from Boca Raton, Fla. “I’ve tried not to look ahead in the draw,” Ahn said. “I’m just trying to relax and play my best.”

         In one of the days bigger upsets, unseeded Frederick Saba of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., beat the No. 7 seed Mitchell Frank of Annandale, Va., 6-0, 6-3.

         In the 16s, both top-seeded boys and girls advanced on.

Top-seeded Belinda Niu or Portland, Ore., got past Denise Starr of Boca Raton, Fla., 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. “I was so nervous today,” Niu said. “I think it’s just being No. 1 and having all th\e expectations on me.”

         Top-seeded Shane Vinsant of Keller, Texas, defeated Hunter Callahan, Lower Gwynedd, Pa., 6-4, 6-2

The No. 1, 2, 3, and 4 girls’ singles players in the 14s all won matches on Wednesday. Both top-seeded Julia Elbaba (No. 1, Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Jamie Loeb (No. 3, Ossining, N.Y.) play indoors 10 months of the year and had to adjust their games to the windy conditions. “It was tough,” Elbaba said. “Yesterday it was so windy I got pushed over just standing up. But I was able to relax and just pull through.”

Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind.,--sandwiched between the two New Yorkers at the No. 2 position--did the same after dropping her first set to Mariana Gould (No. 13, Boise, Idaho), rallying to win, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0. Austin dominated the majors in 2008, winning singles and doubles at the USTA National Hard Courts and Clay Courts. She then won 71 straight matches before losing in the quarterfinals of the Junior Orange Bowl. Success is nothing new to Austin, playing in her first Easter Bowl. She finished 2007 with a record of 96-8 record.

Daily results will be posted on (keyword Easter Bowl). The tournament IDs are: USTA Boys/Girls 14s-16s:  651790209

       Boys/Girls 18s:           651709309

Also, check out the tournament’s new web site at www.easterbowl.comand sign up for the tournament’s daily newsletter for the latest in results and schedules.


Boys’ 18s Singles (Second Round)

Evan King (4), Chicago, IL def. Dennis Novikov, Boca Raton, FL 6-2, 6-2

Jordan Cox (6), Duluth, GA def. Ryan Noble, Fayetteville, NC 7-6(5), 6-4

Matthew Kandath (8), Gansevoort, NY def. Jose Sierra-Short, Guaynabo, PR 6-4, 6-2

Sekou Coker Bangoura (15), Bradenton, FL def. Mico Santiago, Corvallis, OR 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

Daniel McCall, Santa Monica, CA def. Nathan Pasha, Atlanta, GA 7-5, 6-4

Johannes Vanoverbeek (10), Boca Raton, FL def. Shaun Bernstein, Plainview, NY 6-2, 6-3

Frederick Saba, Ft Lauderdale, FL def. Mitchell Frank (7), Annandale, VA 6-0, 6-3

Raymond Sarmiento, Fontana, CA def. Blake Davis, Austin, TX 6-2, 6-4

Daniel Kosakowski, Downey, CA def. Denis Lin (13), Thousand Oaks, CA 6-1, 6-3

James Seal (5), Chattanooga, TN def. Zachary Leslie, San Diego, CA 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

Junior Ore (9), Gaithersburg, MD def. Warren Hardie, Laguna Niguel, CA 6-1, 6-3

Harry Fowler (3), Houston, TX def. Daniel Hoffman, Atherton, CA 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-2

Lawrence Formentera, Colton, CA def. JT Sundling (12), Thousand Oaks, CA 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Clay Thompson, Venice, CA def. Garrett Brasseaux (11), Covington, LA 6-3, 6-2

Sean Berman (14), Irvine, CA def. Gabriel Flores, Guaynabo, PR 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Tennys Sandgren (2), Gallatin, TN def. Ken Mkrtchian, Reseda, CA 6-2, 6-2

Girls' 18 Singles (Round of 16)

Lauren Embree (1), Marco Island, FL def. Mary Clayton, Plantation, FL 6-3, 6-2

Beatrice Capra (3), Ellicott City, MD def. Brooke Bolender (14), Delray Beach, FL 6-3, 6-1

Ellen Tsay, Pleasanton, CA def. Gabrielle De Simone, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 6-2, 6-1

Kristie Ahn (2), U Saddle Riv, NJ def. Jessica Pegula (13), Boca Raton, FL 6-1, 6-3

Christina McHale (4), Englewood Cliffs, NJ def. Courtney Dolehide, Hinsdale, IL 6-3, 6-2

Shelby Rogers, Daniel Island, SC def. Danielle Lao, Arcadia, CA 7-5, 7-6(5)

Nicole Gibbs (8), Manhattan Beach, CA def. Sabrina Santamaria, Los Angeles, CA 6-1, 6-3

Alexandra Cercone (9), Seminole, FL def. Pamela Montez (5), La Quinta, CA 1-6, 6-0, 6-4

Girls’ 16s (Third Round)

Kristen Dodge (7), Barrington, IL def. Nicole Robinson, West Palm Beach, FL 6-1, 6-2

Megan Kurey, Alpharetta, GA def. Molly O'Koniewski (13), Hilton Head Island, SC 7-5, 6-3

Whitney Kay (2), Alpharetta, GA def. Shelby Talcott, Seal Cliff, NY 6-0, 6-4

Shayne Austin, Oak Park, CA def. Kristine Kouyoumjian, Torrance, CA 6-2, 6-2

Ashley Dai (9), Temple City, CA def. Leyla Erkan, Hilton Head Island, SC 7-5, 6-2

Lorraine Guillermo (6), Walnut, CA def. Riko Shimizu, Ojai, CA 6-2, 6-1

Julie Vrabel, Centreville, VA def. Krista Hardebeck (10), Santa Ana, CA 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(7)

Tessa Lyons (16), Wallingford, PA def. Reeree Li, Waxhaw, NC 6-4, 6-1

Lynda Xepoleas (14), Gold River, CA def. Kirsten Lewis, Odenville, AL 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Jasmine Minor, Mundelein, IL def. Amanda Muliawan (11), Wyckoff, NJ 6-0, 6-2

Caitlyn Williams (8), Knoxville, TN def. Ellie Yates, Ridgeland, MS 6-0, 7-5

Caroline Price (5), Duluth, GA def. Joanna Smith, Laguna Niguel, CA 6-1, 7-6

Megan Heneghan, Tustin, CA def. Alecia Kauss (12), Overland Park, KS 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Giuliana Olmos (4), Fremont, CA def. Kaitlin Ray, Little Rock, AR 0-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

Belinda Niu (1), Portland, OR def. Denise Starr, Boca Raton, FL 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Desirae Krawczyk (15), Rancho Mirage, CA def. Katie Goepel, Chatham, NJ 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Boys’ 16s (Third Round)

Marcos Giron (2), Thousand Oaks, CA def. Andrew Korinek, Mansfield, TX 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Spencer Simon (14), Santa Barbara, CA def. Jeffrey Offerdahl, Austin, TX 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Spencer Newman (4), Miami, FL def. Jeff Vongman, Las Vegas, NV 6-1, 6-3

Evan Song (3), Henderson, NV def. John Richmond, Pawleys Island, SC 6-4, 7-6(6)

Keaton Cullimore, Sandy, UT def. Daniel Faierman, Del Mar, CA 6-2, 6-2

Dane Webb (10), Richardson, TX def. Michael Zhu, Princeton, NJ 6-2, 6-3

Terrell Celestine, Atlanta, GA def. Hunter Harrington, Spartanburg, SC 6-4, 6-3

Shane Vinsant (1), Keller, TX def. Hunter Callahan, Lower Gwynedd, PA 6-4, 6-2

Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, FL def. Jackson Withrow (6), Omaha, NE 6-0, 6-3

Kristofer Yee, Las Vegas, NV def. Eric Johnson (15), San Jose, CA 7-5, 6-3

Bjorn Fratangelo (9), Pittsburgh, PA def. Jason Tahir, Rochester, NY 6-0, 6-0

Dennis Mkrtchian (7), Reseda, CA def. Reo Asami, Irvine, CA 7-6, 6-4

Chase Curry, Wichita Falls, TX def. Alexander Steinroeder, Concord, MA 6-0, 6-2

Ace Matias, Torrance, CA def. Asika Isoh (5) Cambria Heights, NY 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Billy Pecor (11), Ojai, CA def. Anthony Tsodikov, San Francisco, CA 6-2, 6-0

Boris Bogomolov, Miami, FL def. Shaun Chaudhuri, Pleasanton, CA 7-5, 7-6(4)

Boys' 14 Singles (Fourth Round)

Luca Corinteli, Alexandria, VA def. Ryan Smith, Weston, FL 6-3, 6-1

Nikko Madregallejo (4), Duarte, CA def. Christian Garay, Columbus, GA 6-4, 7-6(4)

Mackenzie McDonald (3), Piedmont, CA def. Ognjen Samardzic (13), Bradenton, FL 6-1, 7-6(2)

Thomas Pura (5), Los Angeles, CA def. Justin Butsch (12), Miami Beach, FL 6-4, 7-6(5)

Trey Daniel (1), Leawood, KS def. Jack Murray (10), Birmingham, MI 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Ronnie Schneider (6), Bloomington, IN def. Joshua Goodman, Weston, FL 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Mitchell Polnet, Churchville, PA def. Stefan Menichella, Irvine, CA 6-1, 6-2

Spencer Papa, Edmond, OK, def. Roy Lederman, Miami, FL., 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Girls' 14 Singles (Fourth Round)

Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, NV def. Iris Lin, South San Francisco, CA 6-1, 6-2

Alyssa Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, CA def. Ki Ryang Kim, Torrance, CA 6-1, 6-4

Jillian Rooney (8), Canton, MA def. Taylor Davidson, Statesville, NC 7-6(1), 7-6(7)

Hannah King (10), Dunwoody, GA def. Katrine Steffensen, Scarsdale, NY 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Spencer Liang (6), Potomac, MD def. Savannah Ware, Thousand Oaks, CA 6-1, 6-3

Jamie Loeb (3), Ossining, NY def. Alyza Benotto Wood, Ojai, CA 6-2, 7-6(4)

Julia Elbaba (1), Oyster Bay, NY def. Peggy Porter, Dallas, TX 6-1, 6-2

Brooke Austin (2), Indianapolis, IN def. Mariana Gould (13), Boise, ID 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-0

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