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Thursday, April 9, 2015


Girls' 18 Singles (Round of 16)
Helen Altick (Monroe, LA) def. Caty McNally (Cincinnati, OH) 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-1

Started last so could concentrated from the 3rd set when all other matches were finished.
Helen played so well! Against Caty's huge drives, of course you need to win the service and service return game; and she did exactly that!  Of course not easy to pull it off, but she was aggressive to the end, hence could stop Caty's comeback(In contrast to SJ against Hewitt today, and Melissa against Caty; their passivity led to their defeats).

Returned Caty's serve aggressively, and maintained aggression during rallies. And of course, served very well too, so won both contests; which was crucial.
Caty has a huge game, and not only that, actually defends very well too. Also has variety. Just surpassed Scotty at TRN as #1, her future is bright.

Oh earlier chatted with Helen a bit!  :)
Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL) 7-5, 6-1

Couldn't see much, but Ingrid was very aggressive, from the get-go. Drove sharply and came up to the net; but not easy to return Claire's blistering drives, and Claire had variety too.
Raveena Kingsley (4) (Fulton, MD) def. Caroline Lampl (Bluemont, VA) 6-0, 7-6(1)

Couldn't really watch, but quite an effort from Caro in the 2nd I guess.
Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL) def. Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 6-3, 6-0

Same here, watched both aplenty, and they were playing doubles later, so passed this one.
Kylie McKenzie (Anthem, AZ) def. Francesca Dilorenzo (6) (New Albany, OH) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

I said Kylie's drives are world-class. Baseball practice, especially in the 3rd. FANTASTIC HITTING AND SERVING! Gotta luv her!  This win is a huge one, since Francesca forced Kelly Chen to 3rd in both occasions, winning the recent encounter. Francesca is just and excellent defender, and her serves were very good; Kylie had major difficulty in countering those.  Moreover, her bh could be quite punishing, so managed to win the 1st(granted didn't watch really in the 1st).

But...Kylie was just too good. Francesca was basically on the defensive the whole match, and Kylie's supreme hitting ability paid off in the end. It took quite a lot of shots to actually win points, Francesca's defense was that good, but in the end, the point was hers, winners included. MP was her serve.
Sofia Kenin (3) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Sofia Sewing (14) (Doral, FL) 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Couldn't really watch much, too bad. One thing; Sewing's fh is crazy good. Kenin was on the defensive a lot of times, and her condition didn't seem too good either. Arrived later at the end of the match, Kenin's defense was very good, and her bh was maybe the decider, Sewing couldn't handle those in the end, methink.
Kayla Day (9) (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA) 7-5, 6-3

Kayla just won the 1st set point so didn't watch, that's a massive win by Kayla, outgrinding Emma? No shit, lol.
Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) def. Meible Chi (Weston, FL) 6-2, 6-1

Couldn't really watch this much, but Meible could definitely hang with Katie in drive rallies.

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