Indian Wells Tennis Garden

March 23 - 30, 2024

Mar 31, 2023

18U And 16U Singles Championship Preview: Top Junior Talents Ready For Saturday Title Showdowns

Friday, March 31, 2023 - Alanis Hamilton plays against Leena Friedman in the 16U semifinal match on Day 6 of the the 2023 Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Jonathan Moore/Desert Champions)

Friday’s FILA Easter Bowl action in Indian Wells featured 18U and 16U semifinal play with championship spots on the line. See who advanced and is set to battle in Saturday’s Championship matches.

Boys 16U: No. 4 Ian Bracks vs. No. 9 Braeden Gelletich
No one at the 2023 FILA Easter Bowl has enjoyed the pristine courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden more than No. 9 seed Braeden Gelletich, who enters Saturday’s 16U Boys Championship match fresh off a dominant 6-2, 6-0 semifinal victory. The New York native has made a dream run to the finals without dropping a set, and will face his toughest test of the tournament in the final as he goes up against No. 4 seed Ian Bracks of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Girls 16U: No. 3 Alanis Hamilton vs. No. 8 Claire An
Friday’s Girls’ 16U semifinals featured two high octane three-set matches, and it was No. 8 seed Claire An and No. 3 seed Alanis Hamilton left standing as the two final competitors in the draw. Saturday’s final will feature two hard-hitting young players in a match that is sure to be a tightly contested battle. The No. 3 seed Hamilton will ride into the match with serious confidence after coming from behind on Friday to upset reigning USTA Winter Champion Leena Friedman, but An will be a tough out as the finalist has won her last four matches by going the distance in three sets.

Boys 18U: No. 7 Emon van Loben Sels vs. No. 5 Cassius Chinlund
The Boys’ 18U championship will be an all-California showdown as Sacramento native Emon van Loben Sels meets Los Angeles’ Cassius Chinlund. This battle between seeded stars will be one of the many great matches to watch in Indian Wells on Saturday as the UCLA early enrollee van Loben Sels takes on one of Southern California’s bright young talents in Chinlund. Van Loben Sels has an Easter Bowl doubles title to his name (202116U) and will be hungry to pick up singles’ silverware as well.

Girls 18U: No. 1 Valerie Glozman vs. No. 5 Aspen Schuman
The only No. 1 seed to make it to the higher age division championship matches, Washington’s Valerie Glozman is just one match away from yet another FILA Easter Bowl title. One year removed from her 16U title in Indian Wells, Glozman has breezed through the 18U draw so far without dropping a set. Menlo Park’s Aspen Schuman will represent a significant test for the surging Glozman as she tries to go back-to-back in the desert.

The Girls’ singles championship matches will commence at 10am followed by the Boys’ title showdowns at noon. Championship Court streaming can be accessed here.