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Day 5 Wrap-Up at the 2009 Easter Bowl - (04/16/2009)

Two former Easter Bowl champions squared off against each Thursday at the 42nd annual Easter Bowl Thursday with 2005 14s champion Lauren Embree outlasting last year’s 16s winner Ellen Tsay in the quarterfinals.

         The top-seeded Embree of Marco Island, Fla.,--a finalist in the 18s last year--knew she just had to stay patient against the controlled, slowed-down pace of the unseeded Tsay of Pleasanton, Calif. The match lasted 2 hours and 41 minutes and was enjoyed by a large crowd and played on the stadium court on a gorgeous day at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.

         Embree dropped the first set 6-3 but came back to win the next two, 6-2, 6-2. She next faces good friend Alexandra Cercone, the No. 9 seeded player from Seminole, Fla. Cercone beat Beatrice Capra, the No. 3 seeded player from Ellicott City, Md., 6-1, 6-4.

         “We’ve been playing each other since the 10s—a long time,” said Cercone, who lost to Embree in last year’s Easter Bowl second round. “It’s not that hard to play against her now since we’ve been doing it for so long.”

Embree had to adjust her game in her battle against Tsay. “She got a lot of balls back,” Embree said. “I was out there longer than I wanted to be.”

The battle for New Jersey is on today in the other semifinal of the 18s as second-seeded Kristie Ahn of Upper Saddle River, N.J., will meet No. 4 Christina McHale of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 

Ahn, currently ranked No. 323 in the world with three USTA pro circuit level titles to her credit, beat unseeded Shelby Rogers of Charleston, S.C., 6-1, 6-4, while McHale beat No. 8 Nicole Gibbs of Los Angeles, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

The semifinals will be held Friday at 1 p.m. (PST).

Another former Easter Bowl champion scored an upset in the boys’ 18s Round of 16. Lawrence Formentera of Colton, Calif., defeated No. 8 Matthew Kandath of Gansevoort, N.Y., 6-4, 6-2 to move on to today’s quarterfinal. “Maybe it’s something about playing in Southern California,” said Formentera, who two years ago won a classic 7-6 third-set tiebreaker in the 16s. “I was hurt all of last year and have spent a lot of time training in Florida. But I like being back in Southern California.”

Three Southern Californians will play in today’s quarterfinals in the boys’ 16s as No. 2 Marcos Giron (Thousand Oaks), No. 11 Billy Pecor (Ojai) and No. 7 Dennis Mkrtchian (Reseda) all won matches. Giron’s was the closest as he downed Boris Bogomolov of  Miami, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), in the match of the day.



Boys’ 18s Singles (Round of 16)

Lawrence Formentera, Colton, CA def. Matthew Kandath (8), Gansevoort, NY 6-4, 6-2

Harry Fowler (3), Houston, TX def. Daniel McCall, Santa Monica, CA 6-3, 6-3

Raymond Sarmiento, Fontana, CA def. Sekou Coker Bangoura (15), Bradenton, FL 7-5, 6-3

Evan King (4), Chicago, IL def. Sean Berman (14) Irvine, CA 6-4, 6-3

Frederick Saba, Ft. Lauderdale, FL def. Clay Thompson, Venice, CA 6-2, 6-2

Johannes Vanoverbeek (10), Boca Raton, FL def. James Seal (5), Chattanooga, TN 6-2, 6-3

Jordan Cox (6), Duluth, GA def. Junior Ore (9), Gaithersburg, MD 6-4, 7-6(1)

Tennys Sandgren (2), Gallatin, TN def. Daniel Kosakowski, Downey, CA 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Girls' 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Christina McHale (4), Englewood Cliffs, NJ def. Nicole Gibbs (8), Manhattan Beach, CA 6-0, 3-6, 6-2

Kristie Ahn (2), Upper Saddle River, NJ def. Shelby Rogers, Daniel Island, SC 6-1, 6-4

Alexandra Cercone (9), Seminole, FL def. Beatrice Capra (3), Ellicott City, MD 6-1, 6-4

Lauren Embree (1), Marco Island, FL def. Ellen Tsay, Pleasanton, CA 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Boys' 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Chase Curry, Wichita Falls, TX def. Keaton Cullimore, Sandy, UT 6-1, 6-3

Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, FL def. Terrell Celestine, Atlanta, GA 6-3, 6-3

Spencer Newman (4), Miami, FL def. Dane Webb (10), Richardson, TX 6-2, 6-3

Marcos Giron (2), Thousand Oaks, CA def. Boris Bogomolov, Miami, FL 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(2)

Billy Pecor (11), Ojai, CA def. Ace Matias, Torrance, CA 6-3, 6-2

Dennis Mkrtchian (7), Reseda, CA def. Kristofer Yee, Las Vegas, NV 6-4, 6-3

Shane Vinsant (1), Keller, TX def. Spencer Simon (14), Santa Barbara, CA 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Evan Song (3), Henderson, NV def. Bjorn Fratangelo (9), Pittsburgh, PA 6-4, 6-3

Girls' 16 Singles (Round of 16)

Shayne Austin, Oak Park, CA def. Megan Kurey, Alpharetta, GA 6-0, 6-0

Giuliana Olmos (4), Fremont, CA def. Tessa Lyons (16), Wallingford, PA 6-4, 6-2

Lorraine Guillermo (6), Walnut, CA def. Megan Heneghan, Tustin, CA 6-3, 6-2

Belinda Niu (1), Portland, OR def. Desirae Krawczyk (15), Rancho Mirage, CA 6-2, 6-1

Caroline Price (5), Duluth, GA def. Jasmine Minor, Mundelein, IL 6-2, 6-1

Kristen Dodge (7), Barrington, IL def. Ashley Dai (9), Temple City, CA 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Caitlyn Williams (8), Knoxville, TN def. Julie Vrabel, Centreville, VA 6-3, 6-2

Whitney Kay (2), Alpharetta, GA def. Lynda Xepoleas (14), Gold River, CA 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

Girls' 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Julia Elbaba (1), Oyster Bay, NY def. Jillian Rooney (8), Canton, MA 6-3, 6-0

Brooke Austin (2), Indianapolis, IN def. Hannah King (10), Dunwoody, GA 6-1, 6-2

Alyssa Smith (4), Laguna Niguel, CA def. Spencer Liang (6), Potomac, MD 2-6, 6-4, 6-3

Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, NV def. Jamie Loeb (3), Ossining, NY 6-3, 7-5

Boys' 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)

Trey Daniel (1), Leawood, KS def. Thomas Pura (5) Los Angeles, CA 6-3, 7-6(3)

M. Mackenzie McDonald (3), Piedmont, CA def. Mitchell Polnet, Churchville, PA 6-4, 6-1

Nikko Madregallejo (4), Duarte, CA def. Ronnie Schneider (6), Bloomington, IN 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Luca Corinteli, Alexandria, VA def. Spencer Papa, Edmond, OK 7-5, 6-3

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