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Day 8 Wrap-Up at the 2009 Easter Bowl - (04/19/2009)

Evan King and Tennys Sandgren have played an awful lot of tennis over the past two weeks. King appeared the fresher of the two during their boys’ 18s ITF final on the final day of the 42nd annual Easter Bowl Junior National Championships Sunday at Rancho Las Palmas.

         King survived the near 100-degree heat to add another Easter Bowl title to his trophy case (he won the 14s in 2006) with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Sandgren. The 17-year-old Michigan-bound King was a finalist at last week’s International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif., where he also beat Sandgren in the semifinals in three sets.

         “He’ll be back,” said King, the No. 4 seed from Chicago of his good friend Sandrgen, the No. 2 seed from Gallatin, Tenn., and the No. 21-world ranked ITF player. “He’s just going to be a monster this summer starting at the Junior French Open.”

         The final lacked the drama that was expected between two of America’s  top junior players. It felt similar to last year’s final when Chase Buchanan beat Alex Llompart easily, 6-0, 6-1.

 “Just too much tennis,” said Sandgren, who also did well in doubles during the week with a semifinal showing. “The heat didn’t bother me. Evan played very well. I’m going to take a break—a week off.”

         Caroline Price, the No. 5 seed from Duluth, Ga., beat good friend and fellow Georgian Whitney Kay of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, for the girls’ 16s title. Price and Kay came back later in the day to win the doubles with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Lorraine Guillermo (Walnut, Calif.) and Desirae Krawczyk (Rancho Mirage). After the win, the pair jumped in the pool for a much-needed cooling off officially ending the tournament.

         Price is the daughter of former NBA star Mark Price who was not able to attend the tournament because he is currently the shooting coach for the Atlanta Hawks who are involved in the NBA Playoffs. “He gets to see me play a lot,” Price said. “Unfortunately he had to work this weekend.”

         The lefthanded Price is 5-foot-10 and a half, just a half-inch shorter than her father, who played with four NBA teams during his 12-year career. Price recently had a three-set win over Kay in the semifinals (7-5 in the third) at a USTA Southern Section designated tournament.

         In the boys’ 16s final, top-seeded Shane Visant of Keller, Texas, overpowered Marcos Giron of Thousand Oaks, Calif., 6-3, 6-0, to win a gold ball. Visant fell in the final of the last two events (ITF College Station, Texas, and ITF Carson) he played. He said he’s ready for a break. Asked how he played on a scale of 1 to 10, Visant responded, “eight or nine. It was good quality but I don’t think Marcos played as well as he could have.”

         Playing in his first super national final, Giron said he wasn’t nervous. “I have a couple of thirds,” he said. “I thought I was just went for too many shots I don’t normally go for.
He kept the ball deep. He just played better than me.”

 

SUNDAY’S SCORES

Boys' 18 Singles (Final Round)

Evan King (4), Chicago, IL def. Tennys Sandgren (2), Gallatin, TN 6-2, 6-2

Boys' 18 Doubles (Final Round)

Denis Kudla, Arlington, Va. / JT Sundling, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (3) def. Frederick Saba, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  / Jack Sock, Lincoln, Neb., 6-3, 6-7(2), 1-0(8)

Girls' 16 Singles (Final Round)

Caroline Price (5), Duluth, GA def. Whitney Kay (2), Alpharetta, GA 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Girls' 16 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Lynda Xepoleas (14), Gold River, CA def. Caitlyn Williams (8), Knoxville, TN 6-3, 6-2

Girls' 16 Singles (Playoff)

Giuliana Olmos (4), Fremont, CA def. Kristen Dodge (7), Barrington, IL 6-0, 7-6(5)

Boys' 16 Singles (Final Round)

Shane Vinsant (1), Keller, TX def. Marcos Giron (2), Thousand Oaks, CA 6-3, 6-0

Boys' 16 Singles Consolation (Final Round)

Evan Song (3), Henderson, NV def. Chase Curry, Wichita Falls, TX 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Boys' 16 Singles (Playoff)

Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, FL def. Spencer Newman (4), Miami, FL Wo (inj)

Girls' 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Whitney Kay, Alpharetta, Ga. / Caroline Price, Duluth, Ga. (1) def. Lorraine Guillermo, Walnut, Calif. / Desirae Krawczyk, Rancho Mirage (3) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Boys' 16 Doubles (Final Round)

Eric Johnson, San Jose, Calif. / Calvin Mark, Union City, Calif., def. Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, Fla. / Bjorn Fratangelo, Pittsburgh, Pa., (4) 6-1, 7-6(2)

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