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Three finals on tap Saturday at Easter Bowl - (04/12/2008)
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- If anybody had ever seen Serena Williams play a junior tennis tournament at age 12, they would probably say Sachia Vickery played a lot like her. The unseeded, 12-year-old Vickery calls Williams – who never played junior tennis – her favorite player, and for good reason. At the age of eight, she was coached by Williams’ father Richard for one year and has met Serena several times.

“I like (Novak) Djokovic and (Jelena) Jankovic because she’s always smiling, but Serena’s my favorite,” said Vickery, who will play top-seeded Kyle McPhillips of Willoughby, Ohio, today in the final of the girls’ 14s at the USTA Easter Bowl Spring Nationals.

Vickery is from Miramar, Fla., outside Miami, but for the last two months has been training at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She beat No. 3 seed Julie Vrabel from Centreville, Va., 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, to advance to the final.
 
Vickery’s opponent in the final, McPhillips, is used to playing indoors, but the mid-90 degree desert temperatures haven’t bothered her so far. She lost in the final to Lauren Davis at the last national junior event, the Winter Nationals, and got her first and only singles gold ball at the 12s in 2005.
 
In the boys’ 14s final that will follow the singles, top-seeded Michael Rinaldi of Palm City, Fla., will play John Richmond, Pawleys Island, Fla.

Unseeded Lauren Embree of Marco Island, Fla., knows she’s going to have her hands full in today’s only other main-draw singles final on Saturday, the girls’ ITF 18s. Embree will play No. 1 Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga. “The last time we played she beat me pretty easily,” said Embree. “I’m going to have to play well to beat her.”
 
Oudin ended 15-year-old Christina McHale’s strong run to the semifinals, advancing to the girls’ 18s final, 6-4, 6-2. “I had my chances in the first set,” said McHale, the No. 15 seed from Englewood Cliffs, N.J. “She came out a little nervous and tight. I just wasn’t able to convert on my chances.”


EASTER BOWL USTA SPRING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rancho Las Palmas Resort, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Friday’s results:

Boys' 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Tennys Sandgren (3), Gallatin, TN def. Evan King (8), Chicago, IL 6-2 Ret (inj)
Chase Buchanan (4), New Albany, OH def. Alexander Domijan (12), Wesley Chapel, FL 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Alex Llompart (13), Carolina, PR def. Mateusz Kecki (11), Sacramento, CA 6-2, 6-0
Frank Carleton (16), Naples, FL def. Harry Fowler (10), Houston, TX 6-1, 6-1

Girls' 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Melanie Oudin (1), Marietta, GA def. Christina McHale (15), Englewood Cliffs, NJ 6-4, 6-2
Lauren Embree, Marco Island, FL def. Aeriel Ellis, Hayward, CA 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4

Boys' 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Michael Rinaldi (1), Palm City, FL def. Reo Asami (6), Irvine, CA 6-1, 6-3
John Richmond (5), Pawleys Island, SC def. Austin Smith, Cumming, GA 4-6, 7-6, 6-1

Girls' 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Sarah Lee (12), Los Angeles, CA def. Britney Sanders (6), Chino, CA 7-5, 6-3
Ellen Tsay (2), Pleasanton, CA def. Belinda Niu (13), Portland, OR 7-5, 6-0
Mary Anne MacFarlane (17), Ogden, UT def. Lorraine Guillermo, Walnut, CA 6-4, 7-5
Jennifer Kellner (8), Smithtown, NY def. Samantha Critser (4), Mountain View, CA 7-6, 3-6, 6-1

Girls' 14 Singles (Semifinal Round)
Kyle McPhillips (1), Willoughby, OH def. Ronit Yurovsky (13), New Kensington, PA 6-4, 6-1
Sachia Vickery, Miramar, FL def. Julie Vrabel (3), Centreville, VA 6-7, 6-3, 6-2

Boys' 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Joshua Tchan (6), Woodland Hills, CA def. Max Manthou, Kent, WA 6-1, 6-1
Clay Thompson (2), Venice, CA def. Zachary Leslie (7), San Diego, CA 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Jack Sock (8), Lincoln, NE def. Justin Shane (15), Falls Church, VA 6-3, 6-3
Mitchell Frank (14), Annandale, VA def. Spencer Newman, Miami, FL 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

Boys' 18 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)
Lin, Denis / McMorrow, Kyle def. Matthew Kandath / Max Stevens (6) 6-4, 7-5
Ahari, Cameron / Moss, Daniel def. Patrick Whitner / Spencer Wolf 6-1, 6-4
Nguyen, Daniel / JT Sundling def. John Lamble / Thai Tu 6-4, 7-6
Sekou Coker Bangoura / Patrick Daciek def. Alex Llompart / Jose Sierra-Short (8) 1-6, 6-0, 10-8

Girls' 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Featherston, Shinann / Lauren McHale (2) def. Kristie Ahn / Cierra Gaytan-Leach 1-6, 6-4, 10-7
Mallory Burdette / Sloane Stephens (1) def. Grace Min / Melanie Oudin (3) 6-1, 7-5

Boys' 14 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Andrew Korinek / Riechmann Michael (6) def. Alexander Van Cott / Ian Van Cott 6-1, 6-2
Michael Rinaldi / Trey Strobel (2) def. Mihir Kumar / Gordon Watson (3) 7-6, 7-5

Girls' 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)
Alexandra Clay / Whitney Kay (5) def. Allison Falkin / Stephanie Vlad 6-1, 6-3
Nikki Sanders / Britney Sanders (7) def. Mia Lancaster / Whitney Ritchie (9) 6-0, 6-1
Amelia Herring / Ellen Tsay (6) def. Sarah Lee / Sabrina Santamaria (4) 6-1, 6-3
Kate Fuller / Rachael Hart (8) def. Elizabeth Begley / Jennifer Kellner (2) 6-1, 7-5

Girls' 14 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Ashley Dai / Valerie Thong (4) def. Kasey Gardiner / Julie Vrabel (2) 6-3, 6-1
Julia Jones / Blair Shankle (3) def. Jacqueline Crawford / Kyle McPhillips (1) 7-5, 6-3

Boys' 16 Doubles (Quarterfinal Round)
Harry Seaborn / Michael Zhu (9) def. Evan Song / Robert Verzaal (9) 3-6, 7-6, 6-2
Warren Hardie / MacMaster Casey (8) def. Daniel Ho / Joshua Tchan (3) 7-5, 7-6
Clay Thompson / Nelson Vick (1) def. Nick Chappell / Justin Rossi (9) 6-3, 6-2
Marcos Giron / Thomas Pham (9) def. Gregory Andrews / Augie Bloom (5) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3


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