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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Winter National Day 5 G16

Q (8) Eryn Cayetano d. Eleana Yu 6-2; 6-2
Q (9) Valencia Xu d. JUSTINE DONDONAY 6-4; 6-3

Q Allura Zamarripa d. (11) Carmen Corley 6-4; 6-2

Quite a tournament for Z.  Defeated Lee, Wiersholm and today even Corley. Only could watch a game but thought C was more powerful. Should try to watch tomorrow.

Q (1) Gianna Pielet d. (10) Rosie Garcia Gross 6-4; 5-7; 6-4

CQ (13) Katja Wiersholm d. Eleana Yu Wo (ill)

QQ (13) Katja Wiersholm d. Bridget Stammel 6-7(4); 6-4; 1-0(7)

Impressive performance all around by those youngsters in G16 singles matches I managed to watch. This being no exception, mainly watched the match TB methinks.  Both just hit and moved so well.

QQ Madison Sieg d. Makayla Mills 6-4; 6-2
QQ Sonya Macavei d. Kiana Rizzolo 6-2; 7-5
QQ (17) India Houghton d. (5) Chidimma Okpara 2-6; 7-6(2); 1-0(10)
R4 (13) Katja Wiersholm d. EMILY DE OLIVEIRA 6-3; 5-7; 1-0(5)

R4 Bridget Stammel d. Reese Brantmeier 6-4; 6-0

Impressed with both. B served quite well. Hit very well, both. B could slice well, too. S once made a drop shot winner. Probably hit a tad sharper.

R4 Madison Sieg d. Leyden Games 3-6; 6-1; 1-0(8)

S was really fast. Again both hit so well. G is quite a smooth hitter. They hugged at net after mp!

R4 Makayla Mills d. (2) Julia Andreach 7-5; 6-4
R4 Sonya Macavei d. (17) Kaitlin Tan Wo (ill)
R4 Kiana Rizzolo d. Sydni Ratliff Wo (inj)
R4 (5) Chidimma Okpara d. (17) Jenna Thompson 3-6; 6-1; 1-0(1)
R4 (17) India Houghton d. rachele rimondini 6-4; 7-6(2))

SF (15) DONDONAY/Lee d. (12) Catanzarite/Mavor 1-6; 6-4; 6-4

Glare and glitch on the screen made the match impossible to watch.

SF (1) Corley/Pielet d. (4) Zamarripa/Zamarripa 6-3; 6-4

Glare became too much during the 2nd set, still persevered lol.
The sisters led 3-2 in the 1st(had some chances to surge further ahead) and 4-3 in the 2nd. Again poached lots, very active at net, yet committed a tad too many errors. Sometimes got overpowered(hence defensive lobs sailing long).
C/P were more solid, punished the sisters' net approaches at times, served well. And of course defended well, all those attacks by the sisters.

2017 Winter National Day 5 G18

Couldn't watch much today.

Q (17) Fiona Crawley d. (15) Dasha Kourkina 6-1; 2-6; 6-0

Only watched a bit, quite a win by C. When I watched C's offense did bother K.

Q (7) Anika Yarlagadda d. (16) Angelica Blake 7-5; 4-6; 6-3

Thought maybe de facto final. Only watched a game or so.

 Q (3) Sophia Graver d. Elizabeth Coleman 2-6; 6-2; 7-5

Watched the start of the 2nd set. C really moved well, to return G's sharp drives painting the corners. Just does everything well, including net play.

Q (1) Chelsea Kung d. (17) Clarissa Hand 7-5; 6-4

Watched the start of 1st set, and 2nd set a bit. K did well to counter H's variety, moved well. Countered with her drop shot once. Thought both moved well.

CQ (12) Josie Frazier d. (16) Angelica Blake Wo (inj)
CQ (17) Clarissa Hand d. Maggie Cubitt Wo (inj)
QQ (17) Connie Ma d. Neha Velaga 6-1; 6-2

QQ (12) Josie Frazier d. Yekaterina Alferova 6-4; 1-6; 1-0(7)

A seems like a solid player, doesn't lack power either.

QQ (6) Alana Wolfberg d. (8) Briana Crowley Wo (inj)
QQ Maggie Cubitt d. Tia Mukherjee Wo (inj)
R4 (17) Connie Ma d. (17) Jennifer Gadalov Wo (ill)
R4 Neha Velaga d. (5) Reilly Tran Wo (inj)
R4 (12) Josie Frazier d. (10) Melissa Sakar Wo (inj)
R4 Yekaterina Alferova d. (14) Emma Jackson 6-2; 6-2
R4 (6) Alana Wolfberg d. Jennamarie Gordon 6-2Wo (inj)

R4 (8) Briana Crowley d. (17) Nicole Hammond 6-3; 6-3

Watched a bit. H really is a good player.

R4 Tia Mukherjee d. Katherine Fleischman 6-2; 4-6; 1-0(6)
R4 Maggie Cubitt d. Ava Hrastar Wo (inj)

SF (3) Hand/Hand d. (6) Kourkina/Sorokko 2-6; 6-3; 6-3
SF (1) Allen/Corley d. Coleman/Jackson 6-3; 6-1

By the time the doubles started the glare was too much, so didn't bother to watch, too bad. Only watched the former match for about a game before going out to bird. Anyhow no surprise 3 veteran? teams making the semis. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Class of 2023 top 2 play Winter Nat

Reese Brantmeier and Eleana Yu, both from the MW.
Both still alive in singles, #1 in Consolation and #2 in MD.

Nor Cal keeps producing top elites

Bellis was just the start.
Gordon won slam doubles in her first try(NFC).

2018, Choy top 10 (Bellis, Gordon and Choy all chose Stanford)
2020, Volynets #1 (As I said Zamarripa doubles is excellent)
2021, Ma #1, Inoue #8
2022, Ovrootsky #3
2023, Nelson #3, Khune #4

2017 Costa Mesa Intercollegiate Open semis and finals result

Coach McInerney must be glad(was seen around the venue today!).

F (4) Cali Jankowski d. (3) Annette Goulak 4-6; 6-4; 10-8
SF (3) Annette Goulak d. (2) Summer Dvorak 6-3; 6-1
SF (4) Cali Jankowski d. (1) Emma Higuchi 2-6; 6-2; 11-9 

Women's Open Doubles
F (1) Goulak/Higuchi d. (3) Friedman/Oudin 6-1; 6-4 

Isn't O really good in doubles. Impressive.

SF (3) Friedman/Oudin d. (2) Dvorak/Van Alphen 6-2; 6-3
SF (1) Goulak/Higuchi d. McBride/McBride 6-3; 6-1

2017 Winter National Day 4 doubles

Girls' 18 Doubles
Q (6) Kourkina/Sorokko d. (2) Crowley/Tran 7-5; 6-4

Last match to finish. As I said I had to watch Nor Cal vs NY G16 doubles match to the end, so couldn't watch much. Tran, overhead practice needed haha. But as usual the Russian's defense was insane, hence the long points in the first place. C was very active at net, good choice(they were aggressive so it was a contrast of styles between those 2 teams), but K/S again just returned real well.

Q (3) Hand/Hand d. Frazier/Gadalov 6-4; 6-4

Watched a bit at first, first match to start methinks. The sisters were certainly the better doubles team. Lakewood winner. But F/G should be quite solid, hence an understandable tight score.

Q Coleman/Jackson d. (13) Pietrowicz/Yelamanchili 6-2; 6-1

These MW far are they planning to go here lol. Well, tomorrow will be their supreme test against the #1 seed and title favorite.

Q (1) Allen/Corley d. (8) Kung/Wolfberg 6-1; 6-1

Only could watch a bit.

Q (12) Catanzarite/Mavor d. (2) Huth/Okpara 6-2; 3-6; 10-6

Can't say, not sure I've seen either of them? I may've seen O play..

Q (15) DONDONAY/Lee d. (8) Broerman/Mills 6-0; 7-5

I think this is an upset.

Q (4) Zamarripa/Zamarripa d. (7) Andreach/Garcia Gross 6-7(5); 6-4; 12-10
Q (1) Corley/Pielet d. (6) Cayetano/Chan 6-1; 3-6; 11-9

#1 seed is not too impressive score-wise this tournament. But of course Cayetano is good(she was playing well when I watched at the start of the match).
De facto title match against the sisters tomorrow.

2017 Winter National Day 4 singles

16 (17) Fiona Crawley d. (17) Nicole Hammond 6-3; 6-4

H was quite good actually. C once applauded.

16 (15) Dasha Kourkina d. (6) Alana Wolfberg 7-6(3); 6-4

Upset. W can attack the sidelines at will(how she defeated Subhash at the National), but she isn't particularly a flat hitter. And K's defense was as usual, excellent. Hence the points were long.

16 (16) Angelica Blake d. Ava Hrastar 6-0; 7-6(5))

Disaster! Court 8 and the camera wasn't working again.

16 (7) Anika Yarlagadda d. Tia Mukherjee 6-1; 6-3

M moved well, not bad.

16 Elizabeth Coleman d. (5) Reilly Tran 6-3; 7-6(4))

Not a good day by T. Another talented two-handed fh attacker(National G16 singles Consolation winner, defeated Navarro), but a tad too many errors maybe. But C was really impressive. Her drives were really good, attacked quite well. Once applauded T's play. Despite her serve 'handicap'..
There were some line disputes.

16 (3) Sophia Graver d. (17) Jennifer Gadalov 6-2; 6-4

Graver must've played well. Hit through Gadalov's defense? Gadalov's gets are just insane lol.

16 (17) Clarissa Hand d. (14) Emma Jackson 6-0; 7-5

Started first so only watched the 1st set. They moved to court 2(court 12 had some problem?) later. H can vary depth and pace at will. Can 'toy' with the opponents with her variety. Alive in both MDs, no surprise of course.

16 (1) Chelsea Kung d. (10) Melissa Sakar 3-6; 6-4; 6-1

4Q (12) Josie Frazier d. Peyton Pesavento 6-3; 6-2

Pretty even.

4Q Yekaterina Alferova d. (9) Kolie Allen 6-3; 1-6; 1-0(9)
4Q Jennamarie Gordon d. Marcella Cruz 7-5; 2-6; 1-0(7)

2 upsets here.

4Q (8) Briana Crowley d. (17) Katherine Nguyen 6-3; 6-4

N was not bad at all, rather powerful.

4Q Katherine Fleischman d. Luba Vasilyuk Wo (pc)

4Q Maggie Cubitt d. Julia Adams 6-4; 6-0

A underserved well.

R3 Maja Pietrowicz d. (13) Ivana Corley 6-2; 6-2
R3 (17) Connie Ma d. Courtney Swift 7-6(3); 6-3
R3 Neha Velaga d. victoria hu 6-7(2); 6-0; 1-0(11)

Plenty of upsets this tournament. Velaga is rising rapidly per TRN.  Same class of 2020 as Hu.

R3 (12) Josie Frazier d. (17) Jessi Muljat 6-3; 4-1Ret (inj)

Did M's routine change or what. Return of serve reminded me of Hardebeck. Rather deliberate but played quite well methinks. Good movement by F.

R3 (9) Kolie Allen d. Anna Zhang 6-1; 4-6; 1-0(8)
R3 Yekaterina Alferova d. (11) Sophia Hatton 6-4; 3-6; 1-0(5)
R3 Marcella Cruz d. (17) Mackenzie Clark 4-6; 6-2; 1-0(9)
R3 Jennamarie Gordon d. Georgia Ryan 7-5; 6-3

R3 (8) Briana Crowley d. (17) Carly Briggs 6-3; 6-2

C even approached the net during singles. She seems to read the opponents' serve well?
B, solid as usual.

R3 (17) Katherine Nguyen d. Zoe Howard 6-2; 6-3
R3 Katherine Fleischman d. Emily Zhou Wo (ill)
R3 Luba Vasilyuk d. Nina Gulbransen 6-1; 6-0
R3 Julia Adams d. Kylie Duckworth 1-6; 6-3; 1-0(5)

R3 Maggie Cubitt d. (17) Tatum Burger 6-2; 6-1

Good match, B didn't play that bad actually. 

2017 Winter National Day 4 Match of the day

Zamarripas def. Andreach/Garcia Gross, what else!

Wasn't planning to watch much but the NYorkers played so well, hence I just had to watch it to the end. Such level and drama!
Did the sisters waste like 5 mps or what haha.
But so good. Their bh angled c/c half volleys, terrific. Net defense, lob..all good. Once after making a good defense at net, immediately feinted to prepare against passing, impressive.
 I see that they also improved on their singles rankings now. Are they twins? Class of 2021, another good Nor. Cal product. They're already quite tall.

Also were quite aggressive, approaching the net(another team that did it  was Crowley/Tran). But the NYorkers generally adapted well, especially A was passing at will. Aren't they individually good. Great defence, so could return lots of the opponent's attacks.  And they were having a fine time lol, smiling throughout the match(except the TB!).

After MP they both dropped the racquet, in a dramatic finish to a terrific match! Really enjoyed this.

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Winter National Day 3 Doubles

16 (4) Zamarripa/Zamarripa d. Stammel/Wiersholm 6-2; 4-6; 10-4

Had a peek and was impressed with the level. Thought the Z sisters could be a contender against a heavy favorite in Corley/Pielet. Very nice net skills as usual. Not sure I saw Stammel before but she played quite well, hence the tight score. W I already wrote about during now defunct? USTA Irvine, etc.

Girls' 18 Doubles
16 (2) Crowley/Tran d. (10) Alferova/Carney 7-5; 5-7; 10-5

A/C were really good. Didn't really lose the net duel. C served and passed well. Had to become proactive at net, A/C were that good.

16 (6) Kourkina/Sorokko d. Alicea/Rukosuev 6-3; 6-2
16 Frazier/Gadalov d. (7) DiLaura/Zhang 6-3; 6-4

16 (13) Pietrowicz/Yelamanchili d. (5) Graham/Yarlagadda 6-4; 6-3

Yet another upset...!

16 Coleman/Jackson d. Graver/Muljat 6-2; 6-4

HUGE upset. Huge. Only watched a bit but thought G/M would win, what a shocker. These MW enfant

16 (8) Kung/Wolfberg d. (11) Letto/Pesavento 7-6(5); 6-4

Too bad the webcam wasn't working, wanted to watch this.

16 (1) Allen/Corley d. (15) Cubitt/Vasilyuk 7-6(4)); 6-1

What was that weak and rather late racquet throwing, Luba haha. A/C too good. A's condition didn't seem too good today, but still poached a lot.

Who won between the Hands and G/H by the way? The sisters were getting overpowered, but couldn't watch that much.

2017 Winter National Day 3 singles

R2 AnneMarie Hiser d. Katya Hersh 6-1; 5-7; 10-5

So this is Hiser. Quite good, was impressed.

32 (17) Nicole Hammond d. Yekaterina Alferova 6-2; 6-2

 32 (17) Fiona Crawley d. (9) Kolie Allen 3-6; 6-2; 6-2

C seemed to have gotten better? Quite powerful(well she was aggressive enough, before), and could attack quite sharply. Had no problem producing sufficient width. Of course a huge win. Couldn't watch much but thought the match HQ. A once applauded C's nice play.

32 (6) Alana Wolfberg d. (17) Jessi Muljat 6-3; 6-2
32 (15) Dasha Kourkina d. Peyton Pesavento 6-3; 6-0

32 Ava Hrastar d. Lahari Yelamanchili 0-6; 7-5; 6-4

Y really hits well, even serves well. That really was not an easy win by H. Doesn't lack variety, and she can produce angles and width enough, on both wings.

32 (16) Angelica Blake d. victoria hu 6-1; 6-2

Too bad couldn't watch this.

32 (7) Anika Yarlagadda d. (17) Connie Ma 6-3; 6-2

32 Tia Mukherjee d. (13) Ivana Corley 6-1; 7-5


32 Elizabeth Coleman d. (17) Tatum Burger 6-1; 7-5

Huge upset.

32 (5) Reilly Tran d. Kylie Duckworth 6-3; 6-0
32 (17) Jennifer Gadalov d. Luba Vasilyuk 6-2; 6-2
32 (3) Sophia Graver d. Emily Zhou 6-2; 6-3

32 (14) Emma Jackson d. Zoe Howard 6-0; 6-3

Another upset?

32 (17) Clarissa Hand d. (8) Briana Crowley 6-4; 6-2

Watched a bit.

32 (10) Melissa Sakar d. Georgia Ryan 6-2; 6-1

32 (1) Chelsea Kung d. (17) Mackenzie Clark 6-2; 6-2

Impressed with C's game. Drives were erratic but her net approaches were pure gold. Excellent execution.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

On 2017 Winter National G18

Not many top players are playing, so I'd say the field is quite open. The youngest players alive are Connie Ma, Ellie Coleman and Emma Jackson, class of 2021.
Class of 2020, Crawley, Tran, Hu, Hrastar ..
Allen, Graver, Corley and Hand are from class of 2018.
Kung won last year? Blake won G16 National this year. Methinks Wolfberg has a chance to win it all(she defeated Subhash at the National), but we'll see.

Doubles, hard to see Allen/Corley losing(National semifinalist, defeating Osuigwe/McNally and winning a set from eventual winner Johnson/Liu).
Wanted to check out Hiser, too bad they withdrew in doubles.

2017 Winter National Day 2 G18

64 (17) Nicole Hammond d. Maggie Cubitt 6-7(4); 6-2; 6-3

Eh? Not sure I've seen H before.

64 (9) Kolie Allen d. Lindsay Hung 6-4; 4-6; 6-4

Impressive score by H.

64 Ava Hrastar d. (4) Sonia Tartakovsky 6-2; 6-4

Marquee match of course. 'Tart' has been quite impressive lately, almost defeated Goldsmith at the National and made the final in;

USTA Girls' 18 National Indoor Championships
Start Date: 11/24/2017 End Date: 11/27/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 45)
F (15) Michelle Sorokko d. Sonia Tartakovsky 4-6; 6-4; 7-5
SF Sonia Tartakovsky d. Brianna Shvets 7-6(4); 6-4
Q Sonia Tartakovsky d. (11) Anna Brylin 7-6(2); 6-3
16 Sonia Tartakovsky d. (16) Grace Joyce 6-1; 6-2
32 Sonia Tartakovsky d. (3) Rachel Lim 6-4; 6-0
64 Sonia Tartakovsky d. Emily Zhou 7-5; 6-3

Her 'relentless' routine between points reminds me of..Bartoli haha.
Doesn't lack power, so could pounce on H's weak balls. Serve was unstable though, probably the biggest difference between those two. Both attacked each other's weak serves.

Don't think T consciously exploited H's 'weaker' bh as Laas did yesterday? Anyway H's slice is pretty good, and she also moves rather well for her size. And crucially her power? game sorta prevailed. Flat hitter and usually hits quite deep. Probably made more drive winners than T.

The camera was moving quite violently at times, was it the wind.

64 victoria hu d. (17) Carly Briggs 5-7; 6-3; 6-2

Quite an effort by B.

64 (7) Anika Yarlagadda d. Elise Mills 6-0; 6-0

Y too good.

64 (17) Connie Ma d. Lily LaBiche 6-1; 6-3

64 (13) Ivana Corley d. Samantha Alicea 6-3; 2-6; 6-4

Who is this A.

64 Tia Mukherjee d. Nicole Conard 6-1; 6-4

Yet another good product from the MW?!

64 (17) Tatum Burger d. Somer Henry 6-0; 6-1

?! Denver wins yet again.

64 Elizabeth Coleman d. (11) Sophia Hatton 6-2; 6-2


64 Kylie Duckworth d. MariaFernanda Campos 6-3; 6-4

64 Luba Vasilyuk d. (12) Josie Frazier 7-5; 6-3

Another marquee match. Rather evenly matched methinks.  F looked like playing counterpunching, at first concentrating on returning and pouncing on weak balls. V was quite aggressive and also was emotional(the only racquet bouncer today! At least when I watched). Did she also applaud F's fine play.

64 (17) Clarissa Hand d. Katya Hersh 7-6(3)); 6-4

Hersh seemed quite powerful, only watched a point though.

32 Coleman/Jackson d. (4) Creath/Cusano 6-3; 7-6(7)

Watched some. Youngsters generally made few errors, drove solidly and were also quite good at net. Cusano was active but also committed some errors at TB. Also felt her serve return was a bit suspect.

2017 Costa Mesa 12/28

Wanted to watch the following two matches, too bad.

16 (6) Sydney Van Alphen d. Camille Kiss 6-3; 1-6; 10-8
16 (4) Cali Jankowski d. Emilee Duong 4-6; 6-3; 10-3

The most surprising result however is:

16 (1) Emma Higuchi d. Britt Pursell 7-6; 6-4

Denver recruited well.

I thought Oudin(the best Georgian ever?) retired? She's playing doubles?

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Winter National day 1

Luckily could watch some(didn't check the starting time).
It would've been great if I could bird that Florida area..oh well.

At first didn't know who was playing but soon found out from this website:

128 Maggie Cubitt d. Lauren Randle 6-1; 6-0

Just watched a game or so. C's monstrous bh. Applauded R's winner.

128 Ava Hrastar d. Viva Laas 6-7(4); 6-4; 6-2

Guessed it was H, tall blond, Nike visor, white shirt..confirmed soon enough after finding out the OOP.
After watching for a while left to lunch.
Came back and they were still playing lol.
L was not bad at all, hit aggressively.
H served well.

Also watched a game of Coleman/Jackson. C performed the leg-thru routine.
And watched a bit of future LSU teammates doubles(C/V). Heard Arconada is playing for LSU? Sewing chose Miami.

64 (13) Pietrowicz/Yelamanchili d. Crawley/Hrastar 2-6; 6-4; 10-1

Thought this match could be interesting and it proved out to be indeed so. Y hit well but P really shined in this match. Poached tons with her bh drop volley(meaning the youngsters were somewhat careless). Very nice touch.  Not sure I watched her before. Another MW product?

64 (6) Kourkina/Sorokko d. Duckworth/Mills 6-1; 6-4

D/M were quite good actually(was impressed with M during the National). Quality match. Is S hitting more aggressively on her fh? Quite effective.

Rock Wren says Happy Holidays!

Ridiculously found it at a local park, at the edge of basketball court no less! 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

My 441th life bird, and my 380th bird for this year,

Groove-billed Ani says hello

Gulf specialty from Mexico(especially south Texas during summer). Found by visiting British birder Claudia Dias on the 19th at Encinitas Community Park; 1st San Diego County record(hence enlarging the lead against LA County! Unassailable 543 species now. LA follows with 540. A bit less than HALF of birds found in the United States, 1132 species, are spotted on these 2 counties!).
Braved there today and saw it among 15 or so birders this morning.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!  Especially thanks to donors; deeply grateful.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 AJM finals

Final between players who actually can serve.
Was Noel's serve this good? Think she improved on it? Osuigwe had trouble returning some of Stearn's serve, and couldn't return many of N's as well today. O's serve was also good.
I thought N was also more aggressive on her forehand. And some of her net approaches paid off: O didn't cope it with well.

N's drop shot and slice are of course no surprise. O had trouble reacting to N creating width with her variery. She didn't bother chasing some of O's drives, like the Pliskovas lol. But her serve was working too well today. One of the most impressive serving performances I've seen recently.
Maybe O's condition wasn't too good: anyhow it was mostly N's game, plenty of the points being long.

Doubles, La Bomba. Bombastic. 'Bombarded' with her huge serves and drives, also finished well at net. As usual also was erratic but didn't matter. Both rather served well methinks, her and Stearns.
O/D had their share of fine net plays but weren't particularly winning the ground game.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Abierto Juvenil Mexicano two results

You know I've 'hyped' both players for some time, Noel and Stearns.

3rd Round
Alexa NOEL (USA) 6-2 6-0 Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [3]

According to the website D was ill(something wrong with food), but still a surprisingly easy score.

Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) [1] 4-6 6-2 6-4 Peyton STEARNS (USA)

Could watch the 3rd set live.
Battle of the equals, and S was probably more impressive, scoring more winners. Her deep drives troubled O(painted the baseline), and could produce impressive width and pace. Nice drop shot as well.
But also more erratic, including serve.
O could produce impressive pace on her serve.
ITF score has it wrong, S won 4 games in 3rd. Tight till the very end.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Nov. 15 Div. I Singles rankings - top 50

As usual from ITA

keyword: defence, foreigners.
Bolded freshmen

Oracle/ITA Division I Women's National Singles Rankings Administered by the ITA Nov. 15, 2017
 Rank Avg Player School
1 67.92 Anastasia Rychagova University of Kansas
2 61.76 Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov Florida Atlantic University
3 60.66 Andrea Lazaro Florida International University (FIU)
4 52.59 Fernanda Contreras Vanderbilt University
5 49.42 Gabriela Talaba Texas Tech University
6 45.37 Stacey Fung University of Washington
7 43.95 Samantha Harris Duke University
8 43.18 Anna Danilina University of Florida
9 40.15 Alle Sanford North Carolina
10 38.27 Bianca Turati University of Texas at Austin
11 37.04 Makenna Jones North Carolina
12 36.94 Katarina Jokic University of Georgia
13 34.31 Michaela Gordon Stanford
14 34.26 Lily Miyazaki University of Oklahoma
15 33.64 Lauren Proctor Winthrop University
16 33.33 Ena Shibahara UCLA
17 33.11 Gabriela Knutson Syracuse University
18 29.85 Jessie Aney North Carolina
19 25.73 Christina Rosca Vanderbilt University
20 25.45 Marie Leduc Clemson University
21 23.22 Vladica Babic Oklahoma State University
22 23.15 Emily Arbuthnott Stanford
23 22.65 Felicity Maltby Texas Tech University
24 21.48 Jessica Livianu St. John's University
25 20.78 Natalie Novotna Virginia Tech
26 20.00 Akvilė Paražinskaitė University of Kentucky
27 19.74 Anna Bright California
28 19.62 Ashley Lahey Pepperdine
29 19.31 Veronica Miroshnichenko Loyola Marymount University
30 19.14 Josie Kuhlman University of Florida
31 18.70 Mayar Sherif Ahmed Pepperdine
32 18.48 Petra Granic University of Texas at Austin
33 18.17 Kate Fahey University of Michigan
34 17.38 Melissa Lord Stanford
35 16.91 Gabby Smith University of Southern California
36 16.53 Estela Perez-Somarriba University of Miami (Florida)
37 16.00 Brooke Austin University of Florida
38 15.86 Sara Daavettila North Carolina
39 15.71 Marianna Petrei University of Idaho
40 15.25 Olivia Hauger California
41 15.17 Sinead Lohan University of Miami (Florida)
42 13.45 Maria Kononova University of North Texas
43 13.07 Hadley Berg University of South Carolina
44 12.62 Dzina Milovanovic Pepperdine
45 12.50 Karla Popovic California
46 12.36 Abi Altick UCLA
47 12.05 Elyse Lavender LSU
48 11.71 Rosie Johanson University of Virginia
49 11.30 Paige Hourigan Georgia Tech
50 11.23 Arianne Hartono University of Mississippi

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

So. Cal Defender Troika

I think I posted about them, but again:

This Fall, defenders were rather prominent. So those kind of players might be in high demand.

Coincidentally 3 So. Cal players from the Class of 2019 fit right into this recent? trend.

Mossmer, Haynes, Gadalov.

M and H are G16 National singles finalists last year.
All 3 are efficient moonballers. M is the fastest and the most versatile. G, probably the most physical.

LSU recruiting

#1 Class of 2016 yet lost all 3, Kingsley, Lewis, Weissmann.

Still recruiting well though.
Lavender and Richardson seem good enough,
and Li signed NLI. She's one of the best hitters in juniors right now. Expect immediate impact on the college scene.
Plus Vasilyuk(who's joining in January), and Cubitt from the class of 2019 committed as well. As I said methinks C might be a sleeper hit.
So I think LSU might be a contender come 2020, but we'll see?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Madurawe chooses Stanford

So Liu is either turning pro or going to be a Bruin.

National] An Era has passed(Class of 2017)

Following elites of Class of 2016 turned pro;

Black, Frenkel, Kingsley, Neel

Of course more elite Class of 2017 players turned pro.

Class of 2017 players won National singles 4 years in a row;

Bellis, Kenin, Day, Kratzer(3 of them from California).

As I said, the Golden Class; so many of them turned pro.

Finalists were Black(twice), Frenkel, Chen.

Finalists the years before, Duval, Vickery, Kiick(finalist in consecutive years) were all from the Class of 2013, all Floridans.


So, which Class will produce National winner next year.  Class of 2017 pretty much dominated the scene. Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 failed to produce National winner.

If Liu is eligible(age) for sure she's the front runner.

How far she went during her last 3 tries;

USTA Girls' 18 and Girls' 16 National Championships Start Date: 8/5/2017 End Date: 8/13/2017 Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 256)
Q (8) Whitney Osuigwe d. (2) Claire Liu 7-5; 6-7(8); 6-4

USTA National Championships - Girls 18's & 16's Start Date: 8/6/2016 End Date: 8/14/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 192)
128 Kylie Moulin d. (4) Claire Liu 7-5; 2-6; 6-3

USTA National Championships - Girls 16's & 18's (Level 1) Start Date: 8/1/2015 End Date: 8/9/2015 Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 160)
Q (3) Sofia Kenin d. (8) Claire Liu 7-5; 4-6; 6-4

Moulin is from the Class of 2017. Osuigwe, Class of 2019.


Following are the current TRN top 10 per Class;

1. C. Liu
2. A. Li
3. E. Douglas
4. E. Bolton
5. S. Ewing
6. M. Zein
7. A. Jones
8. C. Jankowski
9. S. Choy
10. J. Goldsmith

1. T. Johnson
2. C. Branstine
3. A. Forbes
4. M. Bilokin
5. H. Black
6. H. Baptiste
7. N. Subhash
8. C. Kung
9. N. Mossmer
10. A. Blake

1. K. Volynets
2. C. McNally
3. E. Navarro
4. A. Noel
5. V. Ong
6. C. Beck
7. S. Gallagher
8. A. Ryngler
9. N. Redelijk
10. V. Hu

1. G. Price
2. C. Ma
3. A. Yepifanova
4. E. Kalieva
5. C. Owensby
6. G. Pielet
7. S. Broadus
8. S. Grishuk
9. E. Jackson
10. H. Inoue

Branstine is not eligible as Canadian? Osuigwe and Anisimova turned pro but should be two of the front runners if they decide to compete. Gauff is from the Class of 2022, but should also be a contender.

2016 National] Upset galore

That National was memorable for its numerous upsets;

32 (9) Alexa Graham d. (17) Kylie McKenzie 6-2; 6-2
32 (17) Sara Daavettila d. (9) Ingrid Neel 6-4; 6-3
64 McCartney Kessler d. (3) Caroline Dolehide 1-6; 6-4; 7-5 
128 Kylie Moulin d. (4) Claire Liu 7-5; 2-6; 6-3 
128 Cori Gauff d. (17) Janice Shin 7-5; 6-4
128 Madeline Meredith d. (9) Maria Mateas 7-5; 6-1
128 Sophia Hatton d. (17) Natasha Subhash 1-6; 6-4; 6-4

5 of Quarterfinalists were from the Class of 2016;

Q (7) Nicole Frenkel d. (17) Ena Shibahara 6-4; 6-4
Q (5) Amanda Anisimova d. (17) Meible Chi 6-2; 6-3
Q (17) Carson Branstine d. (17) Sara Daavettila 6-4; 6-4
Q (1) Kayla Day d. Emma Higuchi 6-1; 7-5

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Domi Schaefer has high interest in USC?

I thought she was going to NCSU. Was curious so checked her TRN page and voilá, new 'updated' info.

Weird? She's class of 2017.

2017 Hawaii WTA 125k pics

Dunno why I've been receiving emails about it but maybe they're using the email list from WTA SD.

Not that I'm going there lol, but instead, did experience Hawaii vicariously through...

Pacific Golden-Plover!

 The sole resting Sanderling(many were 'battling' the waves at the beach)
 Cutie cute Snowy Plover! Many were resting at the enclosure

 More 'Golden' than American, longer bill, also shorter wings compared to its tail

 'Horde' of Surf Scoters! Never seen so many, so near the shore

At Dockweiler SB.

I was content to do armchair birding for the rest of the year,

but after seeing LA county alert by Chris Dean today morning(found the day before? by Kevin Lapp), just could not resist it.

I HAD to maintain what tiny lead I have from

I wasn't able to find it at Tijuana beach at San Diego in August, so glad I was able to find it here in LA county. My first.

It's more of a beach specialist than American Golden-Plover, and it's numerous at Hawaii. Not so on the Pacific coast, so whenever it's spotted birders 'flock' to the location to watch this rare species.

Glad I went.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

National HS All Americans

Notable past recent recipients are Sanchez, Anderson, KK, Hibi, Ahn, Hardebeck, Loeb, Austin, Minor, Shibahara, Contreras..

Who is this though

Embry, Lauren Lely HS Naples, Florida

Singles Player of the week] Rachel Gailis

Evert American ITF   

Rachel GAILIS (USA) 6-4 3-0 Retired Elle CHRISTENSEN (USA) [10]

3rd Round
Nikki REDELIJK (USA) [6] 6-2 5-7 6-1 Rachel GAILIS (USA)

She's class of Cori Gauff(2022), from California.

Graver to Auburn, Choy to Stanford; Liu to UCLA?

Auburn is getting good American players. Quite promising.

What does this mean, Choy going to Stanford.
On Claire Liu I mean. Pro, or UCLA. I believe Stanford is full with Choy joining the team.

Lord Lampl Yee
Arbuthnott Higuchi
Gordon Shin

Andrews Broomfield
Shibahara Hart Miller
Altick Bendetti

Maybe Bendetti is indeed getting scholarship and Liu is just turning pro?

Singles Player of the week: Daniela Nasser

Q (1) Laura Gulbe d. Daniela Nasser 7-6; 6-2
16 Daniela Nasser d. (5) Alaina Miller 6-3; 6-1
32 Daniela Nasser d. Emma Wilson 6-1; 6-4

Alyssa Mayo to USC, and what it means

She's a Div. III level player; she wanted to attend Williams.

She'll normally NOT be able to compete in most Dual matches.

Just like in the case of Sophie Bendetti; I predict ITA will introduce Simultaneous format sooner or later. Otherwise those decisions don't make sense.

Doubles scene in 2 Fall Slams

Only one team managed to advance to Quarterfinals in both Slams, WAATC & NFC;

Duke's Chen/Harris.

They in fact made the SEMIS in both tries.



ACC 5(DUKE, SU, NCSU, GT, UVA), followed by SEC's 4 schools(VU, UA, UGA, OM).

Surprisingly, no UCLA, UF nor UNC teams made it.

DUKE and UGA are the only teams to send 2 teams.
(2 NU teams made Consolation Finals).

UGA fared probably even worse in singles than UNC(Shaffer didn't play though), but certainly seems to have enough depth.

The most shocking upset was of course Weslyan defeating Aney/Graham in the 1st rd. They then defeated Adachi/Parazinskaite(Adachi is NIIC winner with Sutjiadi) before falling to Finalist OM team.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Class of 2018] TRN Top 10 then and now

From TRN(Blue chips)

1(1)Claire LiuCA18
2(2)Maria MateasMA22
3(3)Rachel LimNY18
4(4)Ellie DouglasTX7
5(5)Nada DimovskaNJ10
6(6)Clarissa HandNJ23
7(7)Grace JoyceMA18
8(8)Emma DecosteFL23
9(9)Isabelle BoulaisGA11
10(10)Hannah ZhaoCA16
11(11)Jessica AnzoCA20
12(12)Elysia BoltonIL19
13(13)Sara ChoyCA19
14(14)Anna BrylinNJ19
15(15)Alyvia JonesMI18
16(17)Ann LiPA20
17(16)Rachel EasonCA18
18(18)Nicole ConardFL21
19(19)Vivian GlozmanWA12
20(20)Carolyn CampanaCA17
21(21)Meg KowalskiIL18
22(22)Malkia MengueneDC18
23(26)Nicole StephensGA21
24(23)Anna BrightFL13
25(25)Shailla AldaAZ13
26(24)Alessandra BiancoIL16
27(27)Samantha GillasTX14
28(28)Allison MulvilleCA16

Now again from TRN:

The Girls
1. Claire Liu
2. Ann Li
3. Ellie Douglas
4. Elysia Bolton
5. Salma Ewing
6. Marlee Zein
7. Alyvia Jones
8. Cali Jankowski
9. Sara Choy
10. Jayci Goldsmith

4 from California(Zhao is 13th). 3 from Texas. 2 from MW.