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Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 ITF ISC 3/22 G18 recap

Arrived way past 11pm yesterday night(and I didn't even watch the 2nd set of G/T vs R/V), so again, writing recap now and sacrificing morning birding.

Kelly I dub thee 'I don't know girl', shortened IDK. Maybe because she was sidelined by injury but she had very little useful info regarding fellow class of 2017 elite players haha. How will she 'maintain' my 'informer' status I dunno lol, maybe should find out a replacement! Should I ask Annette? 
Anyway, Zhao comes in the Spring(but didn't Z say this at TRN interview), and Kenin hasn't accepted prize money yet(surprise).

Coach Sampras-Webster(with her daughters!) and Niilson were early, but we all came early in vain; had to wait 2-3 hours(so watched 'Suicide Squad' to while the hour away).

Again, can't bother with the notes now, maybe later.

2nd Round
Taylor JOHNSON (USA) [1] 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(3) Kelly CHEN (USA)

Colette was watching this so as usual, roamed the 'outer rim' at first(when the 'Alpha Dog' comes, I naturally slink away..hah). But later in the 3rd there wasn't any matches methinks, so 'joined' Colette and other player to watch this.

The more aggressive player won methinks. Kelly was passive, so lost the initiative. Almost pushing maybe, and still she could've won, if her usually dependable serve was working. Not that she DFed; she's a very good server(how she won Winter Nat. against Horvit, and that was one of the best singles Finals matches I've covered), but thought her serve lacked that extra bite. So couldn't gain easy points off it like SJ.

But passed well against SJ's aggressive net approaches, and could certainly prolong the rallies. Attacked SJ's bh to good effect, drawing FEs from her weak bh slices. At mp, maybe she wanted to win in style, but hit hard with her bh(there was an opening, like Colette said); sailed long. In fact lots of her drives sailed long, from NPB. Still a bit rusty after coming back from injury?

SJ is the successor of Mayo Hibi lol; serve and volley is still alive and well in So. Cal! Dunno when she changed her play style like that. Anyway charged the net incessantly, and did produce lots of winners with her aggression. Bh slices were good too. DFed some later, but 'overcame'.

Georgia DRUMMY (IRL) 6-2 1-6 6-4 Ann LI (USA) [13]

Only could have a glimpse of this court 17 match, another upset(so you know how good Cali Jankowski is; she beat Drummy in 2 at NPB).

Dominique SCHAEFER (PER) [12] 6-4 6-1 Jennifer GADALOV (USA)

Court 18 and the spectators had to face the sun by then. Only had a glimpse, too bad. Domi could attack the sidelines efficiently methinks.

Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) [7] 6-3 1-6 6-3 Marlee ZEIN (USA)

Court 13 or something.

Emiliana ARANGO (COL) [3] 6-0 6-0 Vivian CHENG (USA)

Stadium match! That unapproachable and mythical venue lol(couldn't go in some time ago, guards wouldn't let me in). So didn't bother.

Salma EWING (USA) 2-6 6-4 6-2 Victoria EMMA (USA) [15]

Points were rather short when I watched a bit of the 1st. Emma could certainly produce pace.

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) [11] 7-5 6-4 Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA)

Battle of the equals. Mandlik's first name is Elli at TRN? Class of 2019. FH form especially looks like Kyle McPhillips'.
Anyway she's quite composed, the opposite of Noel haha. Just can do everything well, also has variety. So the points were long. Tyra is just like her elder sister, fh slices, moves well, etc.

Alexa NOEL (USA) 6-3 7-5 Carolyn CAMPANA (USA)

Crt 14 so didn't bother. This was last year's EB redux anyway, so(Noel also won that)..

Annette GOULAK (USA) 6-0 6-2 Hannah ZHAO (USA)

Shocking. Another upset, although Annette is a class older. Maybe she was pumped up hearing that UGA ended UF's home winning streak...!

Elysia BOLTON (USA) [9] 7-5 7-5 Alexandra VAGRAMOV (CAN)

V was very good, could produce considerable pace, and variety wasn't bad either. Probably Elysia moved a tad better, and could produce more angles and such. She managed to lessen the pace by jumping a bit(and stepping back too, methinks). Overall condition didn't seem too good, but a win is a win I guess.

Amanda MEYER (USA) [14] 7-6(1) 6-3 Victoria FLORES (USA)

F's father? was really pumped up(her too, in fact. Quite emotional. Meyer was as usual, stoic). 1st set was actually quite tight when I watched.

Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [4] 6-7(6) 6-0 6-4 Gabriella PRICE (USA)

Player of the day would be Price. Because she could've defeated EB and Coffee Bowl singles finalist lol. Ellie could've defeated Di Lorenzo at the 2015 National(the match that garnered plenty of attention. The score was 26, 76(6), 61), but yesterday she was on the receiving end, haha.
Price was so aggressive that Ellie was on the defensive many times. I guess Ellie weathered those well(resulting in P's errors after tense rallies), but methinks she's going to college. But where? She received lots of attention; LSU, UCLA, Pepperdine coaches all watched her matches.
Price even sliced well, but Ellie generally handled those well, scooping it up.
Both were a bit bratty at the later stages, about the calls and such. Wonder if Ellie shook hands with the umpire..haha. The decider was Ellie's serve, especially out-wide. Was unstable at times, but managed to concentrate at the decisive moment.

Caty MCNALLY (USA) [6] 6-1 6-0 Rhea VERMA (IND)

V made too many errors when I watched at the start of the match.

Nicole MOSSMER (USA) [10] 6-2 6-1 Lea MA (USA)

Could watch a bit later in the 2nd set. Ma isn't a particularly hard hitter, even a bit similar to Nicole in style; and Nicole is faster. Many players come to grief, if you can't outhit Nicole, and Ma wasn't an exception I guess.

Vanessa ONG (USA) [16] 6-2 6-0 Hikaru SATO (JPN)

Reserved Ong's match for today against Car. Did watch her play doubles though.

Carson BRANSTINE (CAN) [2] 6-1 7-6(4) Sabina DADACIU (USA)

Sabina is a good hitter herself, so could prolong the match. Car seems less bratty this tournament..haha(well she did once drop? a racquet!).

1st Round
Carson BRANSTINE (CAN) / Ellie DOUGLAS (USA) [1] 6-1 6-2 Victoria EMMA (USA) / Mccartney KESSLER (USA)

Addison GUEVARA (USA) / Sara TSUKAMOTO (USA) 7-6(10) 6-2 Nikki REDELIJK (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA)

As I said only could watch the 1st set; by the start of the 2nd it was already 9:30, and I'm not going to sacrifice my welfare, because I start from my home at 5am. Have to eat dinner too, no?
Yesterday's target players were 2 Texans, also recently 'divorced' lol, Guevara and Vasilyuk. Very good doubles players.
G could send the ball deep, had good control even against V; it was V who eventually made errors(probably height matters here). Punished weak returns with good high volleys.
Nikki also poached well though, so it was a tight match. T was making errors but once made a crucial defensive volley+passing shot combo at the TB.

Annette GOULAK (USA) / Dominique SCHAEFER (PER) 6-3 6-3 Jordan HARRIS (USA) / Alyssa MAYO (USA)

Jessie Jiaxin GONG (CAN) / Luba VASILYUK (USA) 6-0 6-3 Jennifer GADALOV (USA) / Jessi MULJAT (USA)

Winners too good. G was especially good, don't think Luba had to do much..haha.

Hurricane Tyra BLACK (USA) / Imani GRAHAM (USA) [7] 6-3 6-1 Niluka MADURAWE (USA) / Shelly YALOZ (USA)

Only watched a bit. Y was quite sharp. Imani stood out with her net presence(net defense was outstanding).

Emiliana ARANGO (COL) / Elizabeth MANDLIK (USA) [5] 6-3 6-3 Abigail FORBES (USA) / Chloe HAMLIN (USA)

Watched this resumed match at court 17. Chloe is really a good hitter; attacked the sidelines well.

Sophia GRAVER (USA) / Grace JOYCE (USA) 7-5 6-3 Jimena RODRIGUEZ-BENITO (USA) / Alexandra TUTECKY (CAN)

Salma EWING (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA) Walkover Marcella CRUZ (USA) / Elvina KALIEVA (USA)

Too bad, was looking forward to this. Cruz also withdrew from EB?(only from ITF, she played G16)

Elysia BOLTON (USA) / Nicole MOSSMER (USA) [4] 6-1 6-0 Hikaru SATO (JPN) / Rhea VERMA (IND)

Only glimpsed a bit, this match had to contend with other doubles matches.

Chloe BECK (USA) / Victoria FLORES (USA) 6-0 7-5 Dalayna HEWITT (USA) / Marlee ZEIN (USA) [8]

So they REALLY won...! As I said, Chloe is an outstanding doubles player, probably with Noel heads and shoulders above her fellow class of 2020 players. Well, there's of course McNally, who probably is in yet another league..haha.

Ariana ARSENEAULT (CAN) / Vanessa ONG (USA) 7-6(3) 6-4 Victoria HU (USA) / Gabriella PRICE (USA)

HQ match methinks. Impressed with everybody here. Price really has nice variety, slices well. And again was aggressive, trying to pass every time; but those got punished haha. A was quite good at net, and even Ong's volleys were also very good; they probably were a bit better at the net. Hu wasn't bad either, though. Just watched the 1st set and then had to watch other doubles matches.

Caty MCNALLY (USA) / Natasha SUBHASH (USA) [2] 6-1 6-1 Margaryta BILOKIN (UKR) / Anhzelika ISAEVA (RUS)

Doubles player of the day would be Caty; outstanding presence at net, excellent net poaching timing and skill. B/I fought to the end, making some sharp poaches. Isaeva could produce murderous pace, but those were mostly BBB..haha.

Phew, finished at 7:36am(guess when I started?).
Now who should I 'consult' about those class of 2017...maybe should ask coach Sampras-Webster? By the way those kids of her, they were toddlers at 2011 NCAA Stanford and now are as tall as me :sobbing:

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