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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 ITF NPB 3/15 recap; MARCH MADNESS

'London has Fallen', really, again, heavy fog blanketed Centennial Regional Park. Again failed to spot any kind of blackbirds, where are they.

Muth Center(quite near from the venue) birding was a success; spotted that Greater Roadrunner pretty much instantly. This time posed long enough for multiple photos! This is a RARE desert bird for the coastal Orange County, so you should stop by to see it.

March 'Madness' is more suitable for a crazy sport like tennis, not basketball. Line disputes. Today, literally tons of them lol. Also yelling at the opponents' errors..haha. Winning is not that important at this stage..
No doubt we'll witness more tantrums and overall craziness come ISC!

Now who was that coach? Asst..can't quite remember lol, anyway showed up. Tall guy with a TAMU hat spotted, not coach Weaver but dunno which, men's or women's.

Also later a suspiciously Andrea Kevakian-looking girl came by lol(with a boy wearing a Florida State t shirt).

3rd Round

Salma EWING (USA) [1] 6-2 6-0 Jolene COETZEE (TPE)

C was quite sharp actually. Watched the start of the match a bit.

Jessie Jiaxin GONG (CAN) [10] 6-4 7-6(6) Kelly CHEN (USA)

G was quite good. Could rally with Kelly and also could attack sharply. Still thought Kelly was the better player, but not too good today, committed tons of errors trying variety, or made drive errors after rallies.
At mp, G called her ball out, and she thought of disputing it but soon coolly accepted it. Well she always has been a cool gal haha. Should've asked her about her fellow class of 2017 elites. Hope she's playing ISC, can't she get a WC or something.

Katie VOLYNETS (USA) [4] 6-1 6-0 Mei Xu WU (CHN) [16]

Katie won with no fuss. Too solid.

Skyler Marie Grace GRISHUK (USA) [9] 6-1 1-6 7-6(1) Cali JANKOWSKI (USA)

Cali should be ashamed of herself haha. After I 'hyped' her as an elite hitter lol.
Pushers winning is always tragic and this is no exception. Skyler is not a pusher per se, but she today was, because of course Cali is way older and hence more powerful. Was eerily reminded of that EB match between Mad Meredith and Mossmer.

So Skyler moonballed tons, and of course sent balls to Cali's weaker bh side, and Cali pretty much self destructed I guess. The 1st set went by in a blink, dunno what happened but I can imagine haha. Didn't really watch much though.

Peyton STEARNS (USA) [5] 6-2 6-1 Shakhnoza KHATAMOVA (UZB)

Peyton too good. Hit flat enough but with a bit of spin. K had a MTO trailing 1-4 in the 2nd.

Jennifer GADALOV (USA) 6-3 6-3 Charlotte OWENSBY (USA)

So Charlotte had a 'Gadalov experience' lol, mind-numbing, sorta psychedelic..'slow, slow, and what is happening' lol.
Jen just moves so well. Small steps. Returned deep, and could wily put balls at suitable spots(corners included) to discomfit Charlotte. Volleyed well.
So although Charlotte controlled many points with her aggression, tended to commit errors after rallies.
There were also tons of disputes in this match.

Lauren STEIN (USA) [12] 4-6 6-0 Retired Nikki REDELIJK (USA)

Lauren was quite passionate. Certainly the bigger hitter so cruised 3-0 methinks but thereafter made bone-headed plays lol and pretty much self destructed. But Nikki also played quite aggressively, targeting Lauren's serve and moving her around with sharp enough groundies.
Still Lauren's aggression, firepower and finesse was probably too much. She was almost hitting with abandon at times. Play of the day was her moving around the bh side and hitting a perfect fh dtl winner. Read the serve, good footwork, and perfect execution.
There were tons of disputes in this match, and after some arguing before the start of 3rd..it says Nikki retired but dunno what really happened.

Nikki has high interest in Stanford and USC according to TRN. She surely knows USC's 'reputation' lol(suits the type too). But why also Stanford, Stanford and USC is like Night and Day, playstyle-wise!

Charlotte CHAVATIPON (GUM) [13] 6-1 7-5 Imani GRAHAM (USA) [2]

Too bad I missed this, stadium match after Ewing match, so couldn't watch simultaneously.

Quarterfinal

Salma EWING (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA) [1] 6-1 6-0 Jennifer GADALOV (USA) / Jessi MULJAT (USA)

That 'leg-thru' before serving by Peyton was the action of the day haha. Awkward!
E/S just too good, too powerful. Peyton was even the best net player in this match, made tons of poaches. Jen was forced to hit flat against that power, but after rallies it was Jen who eventually committed errors against Peyton.

Imani GRAHAM (USA) / Lauren STEIN (USA) [3] 6-2 6-4 Rose DICKSON (USA) / Camila ORDONEZ (USA)

The losers were actually quite good, was impressed. Passed and volleyed well. So could hold.

Emilee DUONG (USA) / Rena LIN (USA) 6-1 6-4 Carmen CORLEY (USA) / Ivana CORLEY (USA)

Stadium match, so couldn't really watch, just the start of the match.
D/L passed well when I watched.

Georgia DRUMMY (IRL) / Mei Xu WU (CHN) [6] 6-3 6-4 Skyler Marie Grace GRISHUK (USA) / Katie VOLYNETS (USA) [2]

NID, the winners being much bigger, but the youngsters were competent enough.

7:33pm, done! Yesterday marveled when I didn't experience traffic from 7pm, so hopefully full steam ahead again this time.

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