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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 ITF EB 3/27 recap

Coaches; ASU, Cal., Pepperdine, UGA(naturally bowed to him on beating Florida, haha), Oklahoma, Ohio State, Texas, Duke..did I miss.
Coach Augustus said for budgetary reasons they can't come down to Malibu again. So the match against Pepperdine might not happen(rained out). No. Cal was also 'hit' by rain the last couple of months.

Oh was surprised to find Mary Joe Fernandez. According to Steve (Pratt), her son is competing. Where was Steve 'hiding' though haha. Marcus is here as well? Colette appeared some time later.

Now, Stanford has one spot left for the class of 2017, no? I mean they can just withhold it since Yee can play, but we'll see?

1st Round

Claire LIU (USA) [1] 6-1 6-1 Chloe BECK (USA)

Chloe's bh was certainly good. Could attack and draw errors from Liu, many times. Stepping into the court and attacking, also good. But overall L too powerful, especially serve was working and the knifing drives and net approaches followed that.
Chloe even meets Liu/Chen in doubles lol, what a rotten draw! A must watch of course, as I said I like to watch my favorites lose..haha.

Alexa NOEL (USA) 6-4 2-6 6-3 Carolyn CAMPANA (USA)

Oh Caro, I feel sorry for ya. Nice handshake. Didn't really watch, just a glimpse here and there. Alexa's pushing was getting punished by Caro..haha. Many coaches and players watched this.

Caty MCNALLY (USA) [6] 6-2 6-1 Sara CHOY (USA)

Good match, both hitting well. Price came by. Naturally coach Augustus watched this, also Campana match.

Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) [3] 6-1 6-1 Jimena RODRIGUEZ-BENITO (USA)
Marlee ZEIN (USA) 6-2 6-2 Niluka MADURAWE (USA)

Katie VOLYNETS (USA) 6-3 6-1 Kolie ALLEN (USA)

The score was this one-sided? Kolie was moving V around with her good groundstrokes. But approaching the net was probably not a good tactic; got passed by V. Congrats to Kolie going to OSU. Will definitely contribute.

Grace JOYCE (USA) 6-3 6-1 Victoria EMMA (USA) [13]

Grace's condition was good and that meant major trouble or Emma; LOW penetrating drives painting the corners at will. Emma countered with her fine net approaches, but Grace was just the better player yesterday.

Ann LI (USA) [11] 6-1 6-4 Emilee DUONG (USA)

D led 3-0 in the 2nd, wow.

Rachel LIM (USA) 6-1 7-6(2) Anastasiya JOYNER (USA)

Went long enough. Lim's smooth stroke was deep and penetrating, but J herself is a fine hitter, so the match seemed pretty even when I watched in the 1st.

Cali JANKOWSKI (USA) 6-1 6-1 Isabella LAMBERT (USA)

I think I saw Lambert before? Moved and returned well. Cali was sinking tons as usual haha, but her angled drives were good enough. Just watched the start of the match alongside the above match.

Anna BRYLIN (USA) 6-4 5-7 6-3 Hannah ZHAO (USA)

Was so impressed with Anna's defense and guile. Z's condition wasn't even bad. Low penetrating drives targeting the lines; And Anna returned most of them, what a set. Good footwork and anticipation?  And her drives were deceptively good. Not much pace probably but were low, and the direction was also a killer. Duke coach of course watched this, exchanged greetings.

Mccartney KESSLER (USA) 6-3 7-5 Victoria FLORES (USA) [15]

Watched a bit later. F's errors cost her the match probably. K's serve seemed good.

Gabriella PRICE (USA) 6-4 6-4 Annette GOULAK (USA)

Annette was moving P around, naturally since she's like 4 years older haha. She's a fine aggressive hitter. Yet P returned every one of them, so after long intense rallies it was Annette who made errors. Shot of the day was P's proper return against Annette's high paced ball painting the baseline; which means P can swing FAST, and properly as well. Many college players would've just lobbed.

Salma EWING (USA) 6-3 4-6 6-1 Imani GRAHAM (USA)

Impressive score by Imani.

Janice SHIN (USA) 6-4 6-1 Sophia GRAVER (USA)

Sophia was good enough. Quite powerful, etc.

Abigail FORBES (USA) 7-6(3) 6-2 Amanda MEYER (USA) [12]

An upset. Couldn't really watch though. 'Coach' Dolehide was watching this and she was chatting with Douglas' mom.

Vanessa ONG (USA) [14] 6-2 6-1 Victoria HU (USA)

Both aggressive, Hu more so, and she bashed herself to defeat haha. No doubt about her firepower though.

Madeline MEREDITH (USA) 6-2 7-6(6) Jessi MULJAT (USA)

MM's hair seems shorter! No big round rings as in her EB match against Alaina Miller 2 years ago? Haha. Later she was watching Kessler vs Flores match, so thought she might team with Flores again(EB G16 doubles finalist), but she teamed up with Hewitt...!! Now that's an interesting combo!

Kelly CHEN (USA) 6-2 2-6 6-3 Ashley YEAH (USA)

Impressive score by Y. Kelly grinded it out, many points ending in Y's errors.

7:56am! Now to IWTG to watch G14 semis!

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