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Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Fed Cup 2nd day] Intermountain vs Northern doubles #1

By this time was tired so escaped to the shade. PEPP asst. coach was watching this too, methinks, also Denise Dy(UW), probably to watch Gallagher.

Northern team was actually pretty good. Brown/Mullaney. Girl with a yellow t shirt served well, and had good vision, sending sharp passing drives. Her partner was quite good at net, poaching. Just some errors here and there.

Maybe should've watched Lambert vs Gallagher #1 match, too bad.

Eastern, facility of words; Beestern, Beelieve, haha. Was reminded of the Algonquin set!
Jerz, K mart, guacamole..

Passed Northern van as well, couldn't 'scrutinize' much because I was leaving in the car, and there was no parking space near the van lol, maybe next time.

2017 Fed Cup Day 2] So. Cal vs Florida / Eastern vs NorCal

I was rather impressed with Colling. Really a good hitter, in and out, dtl, no problema. Was that her sister who was watching beside me in the shade? I guess R was a bit more solid.

Wolfberg didn't play, still haven't seen her thus far lol, should try to watch her tomorrow.

Glad to see 'Sportsmanship Award winner(vide her TRN photo profile!)' Edwards again(2015 Winter Nat. Was it against Kung? The last day, was impressed with both then). Aggressive flat hitter, so certainly could harass Ewing, but defense was a bit suspect. Offense-oriented.

Kylie Moulin, the player who defeated Liu at the National!

128 Kylie Moulin d. (4) Claire Liu 7-5; 2-6; 6-3

Even lefty, so definitely a tough matchup for Cali. Cali's movement, improved consistency and variety contributed to winning the tough 1st set. Being a bigger hitter of course helped, but the points were generally long(and Cali managed to win those points).
1st SP was Cali reaching Kylie's drop shot? and sending a deep volley, eliciting Kylie's error. Great point. Didn't watch the 2nd set, roamed Eastern vs NorCal thereafter(except for watching Colling vs Redelijk).

Was impressed with other Floridans as well. Couldn't watch much of #4 and 5, but both were good, especially Rompf. Returned well. Sakar actually defeated Lin, a bigger hitter.
Wright was another revelation, really a good player; movement, variety, solid hitting. Troubled Chen enough. Goes to Mizzou, and Mizzou coach did watch her.


#1, couldn't watch much but another solid win by Limsanity. Choy fell later severely, tough luck, had to retire eventually.

#2 The longest match? Lol, finished later than 2pm. Caro won? Haha, she saved like 4 MPs. Probably Steph was a tad bigger hitter, but ultimately, couldn't quite clinch it; Caro moonballed those attacks well, and played well facing those match points. Steph hence Raged lol, and both were grunting, fighting hard. Practically every point were long. This final match, both sides were rooting like hell haha. Princeton coach was there watching the Rage(Raging Bull??!! Nah, baby tiger I guess). She began cramping while leading the TB, and then doubles started, so left.

#3 Good match, Cerdan was eventually the better hitter.

#4 Smart play by Graver. When I came back to watch the latter 3rd, she eliminated errors and played really patiently, driving efficiently and low, constructing was rather a revelation! Harnessed power to good effect. Good match against a solid player like Yeah.

#5, both were grunting like hell, haha, and didn't know Amber moonballs that well. Amber and Sonia once applauded the opponent's fine plays.

#6, seemed rather even, just watched a bit of the start of the 1st methinks.

5-2, quite a win by Eastern. As expected, went to the distance. Dunno if I'm that good predicting, or is it a sorta self-fulfilling prophecy!

2017 Fed Cup Day 2] Southern vs Texas / MW vs Mid-Atlantic

Vans, Southern? Motherfrucker? Theme was college, 'nowhere' must be Forbes haha.
Colorful Texas one, with its map. Best coach ever? Must be Sydney or Jayci who wrote it :p
Everything bigger in Texas?! 10? Gallon Hat(LBJ!). Flag too. I wasn't the only one who took pics of those vans (haven't done it this time, so far).
Who was 'caping' today lol(Marlee was busy today, in agony after errors! Later came by and chatted with Sophiaaaa a bit.
PEPP asst. coach was already there!
Also Michigan, USC, Auburn, Biszantz.

Mid-Atlantic was quite competitive in doubles, actually led MW throughout the match. Later Crowley really played well, showing exquisite variety. Methinks served well, too. Beating Subhash team is a big deal. Tran was pretty good as well. Once after a fierce Allen vs Subhash volley duel, C managed to nail a sharp passing shot winner. MP was C's poach methinks.

#1, Hewitt had some lapses, whether serving or driving, but when on her serve was almost untouchable. Later Merrill did manage to return it, but at crucial moments Stearns made some fine plays. S once hit H lol, in the face methinks! I think Merrill thought it was 8 game; at 5-5 thought to serve again; we are all mourning it, the emasculation of doubles even in junior stage!  Once sliced but got poached by H.

#3, who was that Mid-Atlantic hitter, hit quite big(Gulihur or Howard). Jackson also hit well. Seemed pretty even, that one.


Southern lost #3 doubles again, maybe MM is the problem..haha. This time teamed up with Rice, to no avail. Tatum's drives were still unstable. Methinks Texas #2 served well. Jayci also defended well, and Sydney poached. First to finish at 10:37am.

I think pretty much everybody served well in those 2 matches at 10am Bistantz.

#2, Zein once attacked N's serve. But overall condition didn't seem too good today.

PEPP asst. coach pretty much stayed there, watching 1,2 doubles methinks. Forbes? Kessler is of course a future Gator.

Texas #1 doubles was quite decent methinks, but couldn't really watch much.


I thought Adi played decently.

I see that Texas really challenged Southern, it wasn't an easy win, at all.
Sydney defeated Tatum, quite a win.
Dunno how MM lost, she was clearly the bigger hitter...haha.
Jayci was aggressive as usual. Too bad I couldn't watch this more, had to leave to watch Florida singles at TCC.

Scenario for attending the National

I don't know I'm even allowed to attend, after that umpire woman 'ejected(man she seemed relish it!)' me from IW lol(I was stomping out then anyway, vowing never to return).

Of course am reluctant to 'incur' the further 'wrath' and crazy stalking/taunting of Baptiste's psycho dad. Can't she retire already lol. Or injury, am I too wicked.

The problem is, she teamed up with Douglas; I fear they might go far. Not good.

I really want to watch G16, to see those promising youngsters such as Marsh, Miller, etc., aside from promising doubles teams like Beck/Jones, Crawley/Stein, etc.

By the way some class of 2020 players are playing G18...! McNally of course, but also Beck, Cheong, Edwards, Stearns, Volynets, Zhang..Kalieva is class of 2021. I dunno why they're so impatient to play G18(what's the hurry) but we'll see how they fare.

Maybe they can 'shunt' Baptiste to SDSU lol, so I can freely attend Barnes.

Hope I can at least watch the final, again hoping for a free lunch from Mr. Law! Probably Anisimova vs Liu singles final, but we'll see about the draw.

Possibility of encountering the legendary Paul Lehman while birding is another strong inducement for 'braving' the trip to SD lol.

More on USC recruiting

Dunno why they got axed; is it because of recruiting, or not.
Anyway if it is related to recruiting, it means that they want to recruit the best players like in state rivals.

It's 3-fold problem for the Trojans;

1. Can't recruit the best local talents.

2. Don't have National network like UCLA. Check UCLA's 2014 NCAA roster; all over the place lol.

USC tend to recruit nearby, such as Colorado and Nevada; Leimbach, Andrews, Smith..
Interestingly Sedona just revised her school at TRN; dropped UCLA and USC.
Now Cal Poly, Cal., Oregon, Pepperdine, UCSB, UW, so those teams gotta hustle lol. She has defeated Volynets and Jankowski.

3. Foreigners. Recently only recruited Olmos(she did eventually play #1, couldn't win though).

By the way, wonder what this means;

Like the class of 2017, many elites just turn pro, maybe because of rule change lol. So many elite teams are now looking for elite foreigners, Stanford included.

As I said before, USC gotta have top 1 and 2 who can WIN; look at all recent NCAA/NTI team winners; Embree, Capra, Gibbs, Anderson, Carter/Loeb, Fabikova, Sharma, Davidson, Woolcock..

Ellie Douglas

The Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships Start Date: 3/25/2017 End Date: 4/2/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 48)
F (1) Claire Liu d. (4) Ellie Douglas 6-1; 6-2
SF (4) Ellie Douglas d. (2) Taylor Johnson 7-6(3)
Q (4) Ellie Douglas d. (10) Hurricane Tyra Black 6-3; 6-3
16 (4) Ellie Douglas d. McCartney Kessler 2-6; 6-3; 6-1
32 (4) Ellie Douglas d. Ivana Corley 6-2; 6-3
64 (4) Ellie Douglas d. Jessica Anzo 6-3; 6-0
 Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 9)
SF (1) Osuigwe/mcnally d. (3) Douglas/Subhash 2-6; 6-2; 11-9
Q (3) Douglas/Subhash d. Rodriguez-Benito/Zein 6-4; 6-4
16 (3) Douglas/Subhash d. Chen/Liu 7-5; 6-4

 USTA International Spring Championships Start Date: 3/20/2017 End Date: 3/26/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 48)
16 (14) Amanda Meyer d. (4) Ellie Douglas 6-3; 4-6; 6-3
32 (4) Ellie Douglas d. GABRIELLA PRICE 6-7(6); 6-0; 6-4
64 (4) Ellie Douglas d. Alana Smith 6-1; 6-4
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 1)
F (1) Branstine/Douglas d. (5) Arango/Mandlik 6-1; 6-1
SF (1) Branstine/Douglas d. (7) Black/Graham 6-2; 6-1
Q (1) Branstine/Douglas d. Goulak/Schaefer 7-6(1)); 6-3
16 (1) Branstine/Douglas d. Guevara/Tsukamoto 6-1; 6-2
32 (1) Branstine/Douglas d. Emma/Kessler 6-1; 6-2

 Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy Start Date: 11/23/2016 End Date: 12/4/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 17)
16 Nicole Mossmer d. (3) Ellie Douglas 2-6; 7-6(6); 6-1
32 (3) Ellie Douglas d. Anastasia Iamachkine 6-1; 2-0
64 (3) Ellie Douglas d. Emiliana Arango 6-3; 2-6; 6-4
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 32)
SF (7) Portillo Ramirez/Sewing d. (2) Douglas/Subhash 6-4; 5-7; 10-8
Q (2) Douglas/Subhash d. (8) Branstine/Cantos Siemers 5-7; 6-4; 10-4
16 (2) Douglas/Subhash d. LIANG/Sato 5-7; 6-4; 7-6(10-7))
32 (2) Douglas/Subhash d. Nahimana/Surapaneni 4-6; 6-2; 7-6(10-4)

 Pan American Championships ITF presented by the Tulsa Sports Commission Start Date: 10/8/2016 End Date: 10/16/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 33)
F (1) Kayla Day d. (5) Ellie Douglas 6-1; 6-4
SF (5) Ellie Douglas d. (11) Dalayna Hewitt 7-5; 6-4
Q (5) Ellie Douglas d. (13) Elysia Bolton 6-4; 6-3
16 (5) Ellie Douglas d. Salma Ewing 6-3; 3-6; 6-3
32 (5) Ellie Douglas d. Alexa Noel 6-4; 6-4
64 (5) Ellie Douglas d. Safiya Carrington 6-2; 6-4

Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships Start Date: 4/2/2016 End Date: 4/10/2016 Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 24)
F (8) Alexandra Sanford d. (13) Ellie Douglas 6-4; 1-6; 6-1
SF (13) Ellie Douglas d. (9) caty mcnally 6-3; 6-4
Q (13) Ellie Douglas d. Ena Shibahara 6-3; 6-2
16 (13) Ellie Douglas d. Emma Higuchi 6-4; 7-6(8)
32 (13) Ellie Douglas d. Raquel Pedraza 6-0; 3-6; 6-4
64 (13) Ellie Douglas d. McCartney Kessler 5-2

 Abierto Juvenil Mexicano Mexico City, Mexico 14 Nov - 20 Nov 2016 Singles Grade A Entry: DA Surface: Clay (O)
Main Draw
64 W H2H vs IAMACHKINE, Anastasia (PER) 6-3 6-2
32 W H2H vs CANTOS SIEMERS, Irina (GER) 7-5 6-4 16 W H2H vs LABRANA, Fernanda (CHI) 7-6(7) 7-5
QF W H2H vs DAY, Kayla (USA) 6-4 2-6 6-3
SF W H2H vs LIU, Claire (USA) 6-4 1-6 6-3
FR L H2H vs JOHNSON, Taylor (USA) 2-6 6-2 4-6

Undisputable #2 after Liu, and perennial finalist lol. The best Texan in years?
Will she turn pro(don't think she's that good yet), or if not, which college will she choose. Who'll be the lucky coach lol. She's an excellent doubles player as well, so will contribute massively.

Birding strategy for the remainder of the year

So, how to get further 8 new species this year. Already Autumn, so if I miss some migrants/vagrants, much harder to attain the goal come Winter.

Montane species first; Dusky Flycatcher, Cassin's Sparrow, Clark's Nutcracker, Red Crossbill, Pygmy Nuthatch, Hermit Warbler. I'm counting on you, 'Master' Darren! He'll lead us Pasadena Audubon members on he 12th, at Angeles NF.
Barn and Western Screech-Owl, Common Poorwill at night.

Pelagic species such as Pink-footed Shearwater, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaeger,  Storm-Petrels, etc.

Some marsh birds, such as Least Bittern, American Bittern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron.

Shorebirds such as Solitary Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper.

Far-away birds like Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bronzed Cowbird, Laughing Gull, Wood Stork, Boobies, Frigatebird(mostly at Salton Sea area).

Common Nighthawk at SD area again? Thick-billed Kingbird as well(Poggie Greenbelt area)

American Dipper, will try to find it during this tournament.

SE Arizona is a place to be this time of year, but too far I'm afraid(will 'haul' 10 species or more easily, if I go there, starting from Hummers).

Naturally? I wonder if I can spot 400 species a year lol. If I were to attempt it, I need to bird East again. Because you can't spot that number in LA. Mark Scheel came closest last year spotting record? 371 species, but that's really tough.
Shorebirds(including gulls), and some warblers. So..Cape May? NJ and DC shore area? For warblers, Midwest(Magee Marsh)?

Auburn and Cal.

Auburn had a banner? year last season, defeating UGA at SEC tournament, etc. Advanced to both NIIC and NCAA final sites as well.
Only loses Muller, and Meredith comes in. Could do even better next season.

Cal. An era has passed.  Couldn't eventually win the NCAA(largely thanks to Stanford), but did finally win something, NIIC. Now Fabikova, Chi, Manasse, Starr all gone.
Time to recruit the next Stars. Will they recruit another outstanding foreigner as usual, or will they get elite U.S. players.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2017 Fed Cup] Marquee match 2nd day

Team vs Team, the closest might be Nor Cal vs Eastern, but in doubles:

Texas vs Southern #2 and 3.

Guevara/Zein vs  Navarro/Rice

Jones/Goldsmith vs Bojczuk/Meredith

Why did you have to shave 2 games, just like Div. I...

Rant] Why Jersy Shore? Cape May!

It's not like Jersey shore is that good? Give me Star's Hollow any day(Gilmore Girls)! I mean, one can even get inspired to read Proust from watching GG(yet I haven't even finished book 1 lol, although I did finish 4/5 of Joyce's Ulysses and Gibbon's Decline and Fall of Roman Empire)...!

Cape May is the Premier birding Hotspot in the whole U.S.!

Top Hotspots

Updated ~10 hr(s) ago.
1Aransas NWR (CTC 037) (Aransas Co.)368
2Cape Island--CMP (Cape May Point)368
3Plum Island365
4Hayward Regional Shoreline363
5Cape Island--CMPSP (Cape May Point SP)361
6Parker River NWR361
7Bosque del Apache NWR358
8Cape Island (Cape May Co. south of the Cape May canal)358
9Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024)356
10Sandy Hook355

Especially renown for Hawk Migration.
4 of top 10 spots are in NJ lol(Cape May complex and Sandy Hook).
NJ should be named Bird state, not Garden State!

2017 Fed Cup Day 1] Nor. Cal vs NE / PNW vs Eastern

NE and PNW rather impressed me today, they were actually quite competitive.

My feet hurts(my laptop is having trouble accessing this blog, so am at Best Buy lol. This when I stood all the way at the verandah of Biszantz), so will make it short.

Tried to watch Tan vs Tartakovsky a bit when I arrived. O'Dell playing #5,  Eastern could've been better, but still very competitive.
Lin vs Lim went to the distance, Lim was probably a lil' more solid. Managed to finish well.
I thought Fleischman hit quite big, but Rage won the long points.
Nice to see Cerdan again. Coach Swain was chatting with Cayward, thought it weird, but of course she's going to Williams lol. Who knows she'll be the next Kara Shoemaker...!
Coach Swain came by to watch Lin vs Lim methinks. Also watched Nor. Cal vs NE a bit. Iron Maiden watched Yeah vs Pezzuco methinks.

#1 Joyce vs Choy

Grace dumped tons haha. Still tight, 5,5. Sara had MTO in the 2nd set, but seemed okay. Indisputably the #1 player for both teams, generating huge pace.

#2 Newman vs Campana

N seemed quite sound, good at net, etc.

#3 Almy vs Madurawe

Did M get better? The 1st to finish.

#4 Pezzuco vs Yeah

Was really impressed with NE lower positions. All across the board(not only lower positions), were good at net, some quite powerful, and even applauded the opponents' fine play. P really impressed me. That wasn't an easy win by Yeah.

#5 Mavor vs Muljat

Left when this match went to 3rd lol(last match to finish), and I see that Mavor actually won.

#6 Campbell vs VL

'The Soup' was quite powerful, but VL parried well.

God, my feet. Off to 24 fitness jacuzzi..

2017 Fed Cup Day 1] MW vs MV

Missed the doubles due to Mid-Atlantic vs Middle States #1 doubles, and just watched a bit of singles then left to Biszantz.

Tried to watch Jackson and Koscielski a bit, but thought better of it and left. Surprised Jackson was playing #4! Wow. I mean she's ahead of Kolie Allen..haha. Which means she'll start in singles tomorrow, and Koscielski I'll watch her play doubles I guess.

Mannix or Spicer once deftly made a volley winner in response to Hewitt during #1 doubles(the shorter one with longer pants?).

I don't like the 2nd rds; all MD matches are played AT THE SAME TIME, 10AM. ALL 4 MATCHES, AT TCC AND BISZANTZ.



I pretty much bailed Texas and Florida today, so want to watch them. But you know, they're playing at different venues, AT THE SAME TIME lol. Sucks.

Maybe I'll watch Southern vs Texas doubles at Biszantz, then head to TCC to watch Florida vs So. Cal singles?

2017 Fed Cup Day 1] Mid-Atlantic vs Middle States

Naturally concentrated on #1 doubles; marquee doubles match today, and they didn't disappoint; finished last.

First was in panic, didn't know who was who lol(both teams had taller dark player and shorter blondie), but recognized Merrill methinks lol. And of course Ngonoue is really tall(probably one of the tallest this tournament, along with Hewitt).

Was that Sassoli, quite sound at net. So net duel was pretty even methinks.

Other matches, finished too fast.  Both #3 teams had tall blondies, Polnet and Howard methinks. Both were quite good, but couldn't watch much(as I said, that detestable 6-game doubles!).

2017 Fed Cup Day 1] Intermountain vs So. Cal

Again sacrificed birding, a rare Eastern vagrant Ovenbird is at Madrona Marsh; but birded yesterday anyway,(to no avail; many birders were there including the Scheels, and we all missed it. They saw it today though, only a glimpse, according to LACOBIRDS) and methinks I did hear it during the Eastern travel in April, so that's that.
I'm not doing a Big Year for LA county this year, but am aiming to surpass last year's total(the whole U.S.) 359 birds. Probably thanks to birding the East in Spring(found about 44 new species there), currently at 351 this year. Hope to surpass it during the Fall migration period(shorebirds are already migrating).

Florida vs Northern was pretty much finished(Reddy is injured? Too bad) when I arrived, and So. Cal lower singles positions won, too.
Which means, like SW, Colorado is producing good players. I mean, Gallagher, Burger and ABC are all good players, so probably no big surprise there.

#1 Jankowski vs Gallagher

Didn't know Sedona could hit so big. So they were basically trading bombs lol, Sedona probably targeting Cali's bh to good effect. Cali held on that wing pretty well though, nailing bh drive winner or slicing well. Probably as usual, bashed to defeat haha.
Not sure Cali is the #1 player, but I guess it's meaningless. Probably not much difference in ability across the board(anybody can play #1, Cali, Salma, Kelly and Hannah. Even Jen was pretty competitive against Kelly at Lakewood).

#2 Ewing vs Burger

This match was also very tight. This match was in the 2nd, #1, 3rd(which means that match, the points were short, understandably).

#3 Chen vs ABC

In the end Kelly was too good, but ABC still managed to prolong the rallies; won 4 games in the 2nd set.

2017 Fed Cup Day 1] Southern vs SW / Texas vs Hawaii

ASU, Utah, Arizona, MICH, OSU(Ohio), Nebraska, Purdue, Baylor, Cornell, NCSU(is he from Advantage?), CSF, So. Utah, Oregon(I was surprised to find it was Liz Lumpkin! Naturally we hugged in delight lol, etc.), Tribune? Pepp(the new asst. coach)..

Many college coaches are coaching the teams; Texas Tech, Dartmouth, FSU, Denver, SMC...Angela Haynes is coaching Southern, Nicola Slater, SW.

Spotted some vans; Beastern, as usual assertive and 'loud' lol(Limsanity, Sch(rage) the same), and it has a peculiar theme this year. Health Food; Whole Food, Organic Cow?, Dasani, etc. Jersey Shore as well. Who is 'Dirty Jertz?'
New uniform, and everybody(including the coach) wore a ribbon.

Middle States, not bad(artworks). Rather sparse, but fine artistic rendering of a tree branch, etc. Stark? but poetic.

NE, Founding Fathers, Campbell Soup? Don't tell me Sarah Campbell is related to....?

Surprise guest was Jada Hart, she was wearing the So. Cal t shirt and was chatting with Dalayna Hewitt(didn't play singles today).

Southern vs SW was one of the marquee matches today. SW still quite competitive. As I said, continues to produce good players.
Actually WON the doubles point, quite impressive of course. They played well, pretty much everybody.
Stein was excellent as usual(even lobbed well, running back toward the baseline; very difficult to do. Did it twice), but Toni Nelson was quite good as well. Was good at net. Was curious about her because she was highly ranked, and she did impress me today.

Alyvia as usual served well(they couldn't return), Forbes too. Alyvia is quite nimble for her size, at net; manages to maintain low balance, thereby returning well.

Shocking? win was #2, SW won in 40 minutes(6-game, a DAMN tragedy. As I said, they're killing doubles; didn't I say, MUNICH???? Told you so! They played normal 8-game last year), the first to finish.
Tatum wasn't too good today. Josie poached quite a lot. Corley was good at net.

#3, at first Ally was exquisite, showcasing her variety. Can't say what happened after that, but I do think that the sisters played well.

Left mid-match during singles;

#1 Forbes vs Stein

Lauren impressed me yet again(one of my favorite class of 2020 players). My first impression of her was Bellis-lite at RLP a few years ago, and as you know she really impressed me this Spring with her aggression and variety. She always was an aggressive player, and it wasn't different today. Whacked with all her might, and could put Abi on the defensive lots of time. Abi in fact moved and defended quite well. So the 2nd set was quite tight when I left.

#2 Kessler vs Nelson

Toni too, could handle K's pace, moved well..

#3 Navarro vs Frazier

I was surprised to find that N was 3rd on the roster. I dunno what to make of it(plenty of teams are putting veterans at the lower positions), but anyway she was a bigger hitter(and of course she has good variety as well). But Josie made the match competitive with her net approaches; in fact I'm not sure it wasn't a tactic, of course a good way to neutralize the opponent's power. Saw Lauren approach the net, too.

#6 Bojczuk vs Corley

I was very impressed with Carmen today. Methinks she's better than Ivana, presumably her sister? Can produce pace effortlessly. Hit quite sharply as well. But her serve was unstable, so the match was still tight methinks(B served well).


Couldn't really watch Texas vs Hawaii much. Marlee again 'the Cape girl'(didn't play today, at least singles), 'caping' throughout the singles match haha. Only saw start of singles a bit, so can't really say.

Adi was hitting deep, Jayci was aggressive as usual, and I was rather impressed with the #6 matchup, between Zhang and Wong.
#5 Zamani vs Corpuz seemed good, too.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Southern players stays in the South?

This might be a hasty and silly generalization, but thought it worth posting.

Recent top Southern players seem to prefer staying in the South(attending Southern colleges). Exceptions I can think of is the Burdettes and Davidson, who all went to Stanford(their 'reach' indeed is pervasive!). Fleming chose UCLA. Yang, Yale.

This should be good news for Southern teams because there are quite a few promising youngsters from the South. I've mentioned the Georgians, and Ruth Marsh according to TRN article looks like an expert slicer, in the vein of Mariana Humberg(Louisville).

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Watch out for Michigan

Michigan has been recruiting well. Midwest always produces talented players, and Michigan certainly managed to hold on to those.

And the result shows. Could've defeated Stanford in 2016 NCAA,
and this year as well, gave the Cards enough trouble.

Maybe it's finally time to bear fruit.

Najarian Ruder-Hook
Minor Fahey

Seems quite solid to me. Next season, this team is definitely a team to watch out for. Wonder who'll they recruit for the remaining spot for 2018-9.

Pepperdine loses Stefani? Etc.

Was going to write(again) Pepperdine vs UCLA as title contenders next season, but Pepperdine already updated their roster and Stefani is not there. Did she turn pro? Is that why they got Failla instead?
What about Levashova, she isn't on the roster either.

All contenders last season suffered losses, especially in top positions: now Pepperdine as well.

So by the logic of elimination, is UCLA winning NCAA again a sure thing? Lol.

Florida certainly can repeat, if their seniors get their act together lol. And they just recruited Burrage for next season as well.

Georgia lost Perez and Brinson, but if Jokic is that good..also adds Coppoc and Goulak, so they won't lack depth.

Gordon(Stanford incoming freshman) just defeated Shibahara and Neel at 2 Nor Cal. ITF tournaments. She's not playing the National(seems to have withdrawn) but Shin is.

UNC updated their roster and Sanford is playing(Alle?). They'll miss Carter, but won't lack depth either.
Vandy as well, wonder how good Appleton is. Meyer is very good.

USC] Class of 2020 recruiting

Saw a Golden Eagle at Angeles National Forest - Red Box today morning. It was mobbed by a couple of Ravens, and it was huge! Twice the size of Ravens. My only 2nd sighting, and a far better one this time. Glided right over me.


USC got 2 transfers, hence they have 4 sophomores(HS class of 2016) now:

Kulikov, Van Alphen, Weissmann, Branstine

Which means, they can recruit 4 players from the talented class of 2020.

Needless to say they need to recruit top players, and there are plenty.
It's never too early. McNally is likely to turn pro, and Duke already got Navarro.

The problem for USC is, there aren't many Blue Chips from California(USC usually recruited local players, say unlike UCLA).
Volynets and Ryngler are proven elites, and that's about it.

My favorites are Noel and Beck, but they're from the East, and likely other elite schools will get them.

May I respectfully suggest Stearns and Kiss(lower ranked so they may be more 'gettable'). I'm tired of Trojans getting blown away lol. I want Power hitters.

USTA Girls' 18 National Clay Court Championships Start Date: 7/16/2017 End Date: 7/23/2017
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 3)
64 Noel/Stearns d. (1) Brylin/Lim 6-1; 6-4

The Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships Start Date: 3/25/2017 End Date: 4/2/2017
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 29)
32 Butera/Kiss d. Ewing/Stearns 6-4; 0-6; 10-7

USTA International Spring Championships Start Date: 3/20/2017 End Date: 3/26/2017
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 22)
Q (5) Arango/Mandlik d. Ewing/Stearns 7-6(6)); 7-5
16 Ewing/Stearns d. (4) Bolton/Mossmer 6-4; 5-7; 11-9

Newport Beach Bowl ITF Start Date: 3/11/2017 End Date: 3/19/2017
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 1)
SF (3) Graham/Stein d. (1) Ewing/Stearns 3-6; 6-4; 1-0(9)
Q (1) Ewing/Stearns d. Gadalov/Muljat 6-1; 6-0

Both are also excellent doubles players.

8 Blue Chip players are already playing Fed Cup.

2017 Fed Cup addition/substitution

Blake withdrew and Redelijk got in.

Alyvia Jones, who moved to Louisiana, subbed for Beck it seems. Southern definitely can retake the crown.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

More on 2017 Fed Cup

The reason I think Southern is a strong contender;

Not many big stars(Chen and Subhash are probably the most well known, and they're of course very good). There aren't many outstanding players like last year. So Southern could be quite competitive in the upper positions. And moreover they have good depth.

Doubles. Most outstanding players last year were terrific in doubles as well; Bolton, Li, E.T.s, McNally..
This year, hard to top the Southern lineup. Class of 2017 trio(Meredith, Rice, Bojczuk) are all excellent(Rice just went deep in Clay doubles with her younger sis), and Forbes won doubles with Alyvia Jones. Kessler is also very good. Navarro, conquered the Doubles scene with Beck; one of the best of her class.


So. Cal.
Plenty of experienced players. So could be quite competitive at the top, with good class of 2017 players and very strong class of 2018 players. Have plenty of firepower as well.

MW, the loss of Daavettila, Jones and McNally is huge, but we'll see how those youngsters step up.


A very fine selection of class of 2020;

No top 5(per TRN. McNally isn't playing this time and Beck withdrew), but;

6 Navarro
8 Gallagher
12 Stearns
13 Tran
14 Stein
15 ABC
21 Edwards
30 Zhang
36 Lin
41 Corley

10 players, quite a lot, and most of them are Blue Chips. They might contribute significantly to the team.

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017 Fed Cup list finalised?

Failed to spot and add to my Los Angeles list(saw them elsewhere), Reddish Egret and Stilted Sandpiper during the weekend. Shorebird migration has begun.

They updated MW, Eastern and Middle States.

MW, quite young. 3 from last year; Allen, Hewitt, Crowley.
And added Yarlagadda(who has been playing pretty well lately I believe), Koscielski, Stearns, Jackson.
Jackson is probably the only class of 2021 player along with Connie Ma from No. Cal(they played each other at EB).
Only Allen and Koscielski are from the class of 2018, and everybody else is younger.

Eastern, also 3 from last year, Schrage, Lim, O'Dell.
Added Graver, Tartakovsky, Cerdan. Rather a veteran team; Cerdan and Tartakovsky are class of 2019, and everybody else is older.

Middle States, none from last year. Sassoli/Shrivastava just won Clay G16 doubles.

Overall, per class, top 50 players(TRN);

2017, 8( #10 Schrage, Chen, Meredith, Kerr, Moulin, Bojczuk, Rice, Rompf)

2018, 20. 11 of top 20 are playing(#4 Ewing, #6 Zein, #9 Zhao, #10 Jankowski, Kessler, Lim, O'Dell, Campana, Choy, Madurawe, Ngounoue)

2019, 13. Top rankers #7 Forbes, #10 Hewitt

2020 top rankers #6 Navarro, #8 Gallagher
2021, #5 Jackson, #7 Ma

Some top players from last year are absent, but still a pretty solid entry, and many young talents debut.
As usual the top 3 might vie for the crown, MW, Southern and So. Cal.
I'm guessing probably Southern vs So. Cal final, but we'll see.
Not going to SD for the National(which I've been attending from 2010), so looking forward to this home tournament. Thinking of birding Salton Sea next month, to spot Laughing Gull, Bronzed Cowbird, Wood Stork...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Minor always had game

I've repeatedly mentioned her match against Dolehide at Winter Nat., but this as well(my post here):

Sunday, March 27, 2016

When was the last time Collins/Elbaba both lost

Happened; against Michigan. At UVA, no less;

Scores from UVA;

#10 Virginia 4, #6 Michigan 2

Singles competition
1. #14 Brienne Minor (MICHIGAN) def. #4 Danielle Collins (VA) 7-5, 6-0
2. #18 Ronit Yurovsky (MICHIGAN) def. #13 
Julia Elbaba (VA) 7-5, 6-3
3. #64 Skylar Morton (VA) def. Alex Najarian (MICHIGAN) 6-2, 7-5
4. Stephanie Nauta (VA) vs. Mira Ruder-Hook (MICHIGAN) 6-3, 6-7, unfinished
5. Victoria Olivarez (VA) def. Sara Remynse (MICHIGAN) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
6. Meghan Kelley (VA) def. Teona Velehorschi (MICHIGAN) 6-0, 1-6, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #25 Danielle Collins/Meghan Kelley (VA) def. #11 Mira Ruder-Hook/Brienne Minor (MICHIGAN) 6-1
2. Julia Elbaba/Skylar Morton (VA) def. Ronit Yurovsky/Alex Najarian (MICHIGAN) 6-2
3. Stephanie Nauta/Cassie Mercer (VA) vs. Teona Velehorschi/Sara Remynse (MICHIGAN) 4-3, unfinished
T-2:31 A-107

Fahey didn't even play....!(well of course UVA is also without Epstein, but still)

Another excellent recruiting by Michigan. Both already playing upper positions!

Volynets and Crawley at the Clay National

Both have been doing quite well this year( didn't V win Florida tournaments late last year as well).

And Katie, a North Californian, proved that she could handle unfamiliar adverse weather, impressive(withdrawals galore at this tournament, it really seems quite bad). Equally impressive win against bigger Gauff, overcoming the pressure as upperclassmen. Truly the Little Giant.

Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 81)
F (13) Katie Volynets d. (2) Abigail Forbes 6-2; 6-2
SF (13) Katie Volynets d. (17) Cori Gauff 6-2; 6-2
Q (13) Katie Volynets d. (17) Addison Guevara 6-1; 6-2
16 (13) Katie Volynets d. (17) Amber O'Dell 6-1; 6-1
32 (13) Katie Volynets d. (17) Dasha Kourkina 6-1; 6-2
64 (13) Katie Volynets d. (33) Delara Zamani 6-1; 6-3
128 (13) Katie Volynets d. Emily Dunbar 6-4; 6-3

Didn't lose a set, effectively dispatching the opponents. Didn't meet any higher seed until the final though.

F (1) Fiona Crawley d. (2) Ruth Marsh 6-4; 3-6; 6-2
SF (1) Fiona Crawley d. (8) Julia Andreach 6-2; 6-7(2); 6-2
Q (1) Fiona Crawley d. (5) Karina Miller 6-1; 6-2
16 (1) Fiona Crawley d. Demi Snyder 6-3; 6-1
32 (1) Fiona Crawley d. (17) Kylie Collins 3-6; 7-5; 7-5
64 (1) Fiona Crawley d. (33) Merri Kelly 6-1; 6-1
128 (1) Fiona Crawley d. Gabriella Dellacono 6-1; 6-3

Kung and Collins won singles consolation.

Sassoli/Shrivastava winning is no surprise. Weil/Wu reaching the final is(dunno them!). Weil is from Ohio, Wu, NJ.

F (15) Sassoli/Shrivastava d. (9) Weil/Wu 2-6; 6-1; 6-3
PL (3) Frazier/Pursell d. (17) Coleman/Jackson 6-2; 7-6(5)
SF (9) Weil/Wu d. (3) Frazier/Pursell 7-6(4); 7-6(6)
SF (15) Sassoli/Shrivastava d. (17) Coleman/Jackson 6-2; 6-2

Abigail Forbes at the Clay National

Didn't lose a set till singles final

Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 256)
F(13) Katie Volynets d. (2) Abigail Forbes 6-2; 6-2
SF (2) Abigail Forbes d. (7) Cali Jankowski 6-1; 6-1
Q (2) Abigail Forbes d. (6) Rachel Lim 6-0; 6-2
16 (2) Abigail Forbes d. (9) Emma Navarro 7-6(4); 7-6(4) 
32 (2) Abigail Forbes d. Jennamarie Gordon 6-1; 6-1
64 (2) Abigail Forbes d. (33) Haley Giavara 7-5; 6-3
128 (2) Abigail Forbes d. Gabby Lee 6-0; 6-0

Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 76)
F (17) Forbes/Jones d. (6) Graver/Zein 6-4; 6-3
SF (17) Forbes/Jones d. (17) Gauff/Snells 7-5; 6-1
Q (17) Forbes/Jones d. (16) Alferova/Tripathy 6-4; 6-0
16 (17) Forbes/Jones d. (10) Creath/Reddy 6-0; 6-3
32 (17) Forbes/Jones d. (5) Cerdan/Lou 6-1; 6-1
64 (17) Forbes/Jones d. Grigorian/Veluvolu 6-1; 6-2

Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Clay National] Ruth Marsh - the Bagel Girl

It's really remarkable. Look at this;

 SF (2) Ruth Marsh d. (15) Michelle Sorokko 6-2; 6-0
Q (2) Ruth Marsh d. (13) Emma Jackson 7-5; 6-0
16 (2) Ruth Marsh d. (11) Jenna DeFalco 6-3; 6-0
32 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Yashna Yellayi 6-1; 6-1
64 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Keegan McCain 6-0; 6-0
128 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Mia Linam 6-0; 6-0

Every day a bagel, except against Yellayi, and gave her breadsticks.

Since Beck seems to have withdrawn from Fed Cup, I want her or Hrastar as alternate lol, but we'll see.

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Clay National] Raissa Lou in consolation singles

R5 (17) Meg Kowalski d. (33) Raissa Lou 6-4; 6-7(4); 10-7
5Q (33) Raissa Lou d. (33) Danielle Willson 6-0; 6-2
R4 (33) Raissa Lou d. Peyton Stearns 4-6; 6-3; 10-7

Class of 2018, from NY, goes to Yale.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Clay National] Marquee singles matches 7/21

Wonder how those two Midwesterners will fare:

Crawley vs Miller

Haven't seen M so interested.

Jackson vs Marsh

I did see J play against Ma at the EB and commended both. Just defeated Owensby.
Haven't seen M, but she's dispensing bagels left and right:

16 (2) Ruth Marsh d. (11) Jenna DeFalco 6-3; 6-0
32 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Yashna Yellayi 6-1; 6-1
64 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Keegan McCain 6-0; 6-0
128 (2) Ruth Marsh d. Mia Linam 6-0; 6-0

All 4 are playing G16 National next month.

2017 Clay National 7/20 singles Players of the day

Meg Kowalski.

Hasn't played much recently, but did a creditable job against GOAT wannabe Gauff.

Here is Gauff's singles results for perspective:

USTA Girls' 18 National Clay Court Championships
Start Date: 7/16/2017 End Date: 7/23/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 25)
16 (17) Cori Gauff d. (17) Meg Kowalski 7-5; 6-7(3); 7-5
32 (17) Cori Gauff d. (10) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4
64 (17) Cori Gauff d. Hailey Wilcox 6-1; 6-0
128 (17) Cori Gauff d. Isabella DiLaura 6-0; 6-2

Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros Start Date: 4/19/2017 End Date: 4/22/2017 Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 4)
F Cori Gauff d. (2) Victoria Flores 6-2; 6-1
SF Cori Gauff d. (4) Katya Townsend 7-5; 6-1
Q Cori Gauff d. (1) Victoria Emma 6-2; 6-3
16 Cori Gauff d. Enya Forgaci 6-3; 6-1

Icy Hot USTA Southern Level 2 Championships BG 16 & 18 Start Date: 3/31/2017 End Date: 4/3/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 1)
F (1) Cori Gauff d. (2) Allison Mulville 6-2; 6-1
SF (1) Cori Gauff d. (5) Chelsea Sawyer 6-1; 6-2
Q (1) Cori Gauff d. (5) Lily LaBiche 6-1; 6-2
16 (1) Cori Gauff d. Maria Thibault 6-1; 6-0

55th Junior Orange Bowl International Start Date: 12/11/2016 End Date: 12/20/2016
Girls' 12 Main (Draw Line - 128)
F (2) Cori Gauff d. (4) Katrina Scott 6-4; 7-6(4)
SF (2) Cori Gauff d. (3) Vivian Ovrootsky 6-1; 7-5
Q (2) Cori Gauff d. Stela Peeva 6-1; 6-0
16 (2) Cori Gauff d. (9) Anne Lutkemeyer 6-2; 6-1
32 (2) Cori Gauff d. Rachel Gailis 6-2; 6-2
64 (2) Cori Gauff d. Jade Haller 6-1; 6-3
128 (2) Cori Gauff d. Susana Souhrada 6-0; 6-0

Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy Start Date: 11/23/2016 End Date: 12/4/2016
Girls' 16 Singles (Draw Line - 9)
Q (9) Emma Navarro d. (8) Cori (WC) Gauff 6-4; 7-5
16 (8) Cori (WC) Gauff d. (14) Amber O'Dell 6-1; 6-0
32 (8) Cori (WC) Gauff d. Ali (Q) Despain 6-1; 6-1
64 (8) Cori (WC) Gauff d. Camila Ordonez 6-0; 6-1

USTA National Selection Tournament- October (Columbus Day Open) Start Date: 10/8/2016 End Date: 10/10/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 9)
F (3) Cori Gauff d. (4) Anna Bright 6-2; 7-6
SF (3) Cori Gauff d. (7) Ellie Wright 6-0; 6-1
Q (3) Cori Gauff d. Lindsay Zimmermann 7-5; 7-5
16 (3) Cori Gauff d. Cassie McLay 6-0; 6-1
32 (3) Cori Gauff d. Alana Wolfberg 6-3; 7-6
Girls' 18 Doubles (Draw Line - 5) 16 Sundaram/Zimmermann d. (4) Gauff/Hurley

 USTA National Championships - Girls 18's & 16's Start Date: 8/6/2016 End Date: 8/14/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 150)
32 (5) Amanda Anisimova d. Cori Gauff 6-1; 6-0
64 Cori Gauff d. Ivana Corley 6-4; 6-4
128 Cori Gauff d. (17) Janice Shin 7-5; 6-4
256 Cori Gauff d. Sarah Bahsoun 6-4; 6-1

5Q (3) Caroline Dolehide d. Cori Gauff 7-6(2); 6-1
R4 Cori Gauff d. Helen Altick 6-3; 2-2

 USTA National Clay Court Championship Start Date: 7/17/2016 End Date: 7/24/2016
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 37)
16 (9) Isabella Lorenzini d. Cori Gauff 6-3; 6-2
32 Cori Gauff d. Kate Paulus 4-6; 6-4; 6-2
64 Cori Gauff d. (5) Cameron Corse 6-0; 6-2
128 Cori Gauff d. Anna Riedmiller 6-2; 6-3
CQ (9) Elysia Bolton d. Cori Gauff 6-4; 7-5
QQ Cori Gauff d. (9) Lexi Milunovich
 R5 Cori Gauff d. Stevie Kennedy 7-5; 6-4

Still dunno how she got to play G18 in the Nationals, when she played G12 at OB.


 Hrastar, who defeated 3 seeded upperclassmen this tournament.

64 (33) Ava Hrastar d. (17) Julia Lilien 4-6; 7-5; 7-6(3)
128 (33) Ava Hrastar d. Muskan Mahajan 2-6; 6-1; 6-4
256 (33) Ava Hrastar d. Ana Elhom 3-6; 6-0; 6-2
5Q (33) Ava Hrastar d. (17) Sophia Graver 6-3; 6-4
R4 (33) Ava Hrastar d. (17) Isabella Lambert 6-7(4); 6-2; 10-7

Meets Gallagher again tomorrow.


Kayla Wilkins, class of 2019. Slaying seed after seed at G16

16 Kayla Wilkins d. (4) Reilly Tran 1-6; 7-6(4); 6-1
32 Kayla Wilkins d. (33) Elise Mills 7-5; 6-3
64 Kayla Wilkins d. (33) Josephine Schaffer 6-4; 6-2
128 Kayla Wilkins d. (10) Britt Pursell 6-4; 6-4

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Upset on Clay Nationals 7/19

Happened in doubles;

32 (17) Kuckelman/Kuckelman d. (2) Courville/Marsh 7-6(5); 7-6(6)
32 (17) Broadus/McCain d. (5) Crawley/Graham 6-1; 6-1

I'm not sure I've seen those 4. The Kuckelmans and Courville/Marsh.

But I've seen those 3 of 4, except McCain(is she related to...?), and the score is very surprising, never mind the winner. Maybe Fiona was too exhausted after squeaking by Collins(another Georgian)?


 32 (17) Dush/Giavara d. (4) Graham/Stein 6-3; 6-2
 32 Carney/Vroman d. (17) Blake/Kowalski 6-2; 3-6; 10-5

More shocking developments in G18...! I don't even know those 4 winners(I may've seen Dush play a bit)

2017 Clay National G18 singles 7/19

Girls' 18 Singles

32 (2) Abigail Forbes d. Jennamarie Gordon 6-1; 6-1
32 (9) Emma Navarro d. (33) Callie Creath 6-0; 6-0
32 (6) Rachel Lim d. (17) Yekaterina Alferova 7-5; 6-2
32 (17) Alexa Noel d. (16) Rena Lin 5-7; 7-5; 6-1
32 (3) Sedona Gallagher d. (33) Sonia Tartakovsky 7-6(3); 6-4
32 (17) Sophia Hatton d. (33) Julia Haynes 7-5; 5-7; 6-2
32 (7) Cali Jankowski d. (33) Raissa Lou 6-3; 6-3
32 (17) Angelica Blake d. (33) Nicole Conard 6-0; 5-7; 6-4
32 (17) Addison Guevara d. (11) Alana Wolfberg 6-4; 0-6; 6-1
32 (8) Anna Brylin d. (17) Tatum Burger 7-6(7); 6-3
32 (13) Katie Volynets d. (17) Dasha Kourkina 6-1; 6-2
32 (17) Amber O'Dell d. (4) Anika Yarlagadda 5-7; 6-4; 7-5
32 (15) Marlee Zein d. (17) Sophia Graver 6-4; 3-6; 6-1
32 (5) Briana Crowley d. (33) Ava Hrastar 6-3; 6-2
32 (17) Cori Gauff d. (10) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4
32 (17) Meg Kowalski d. (1) Chelsea Kung 6-1; 6-3

The winner today of course is NJ lol. Went 3/4, and even Graver won a set from Zein.
Hand didn't even play here.

Lindsay Nelson; the last So. Cal superstar?

In Div. I singles, of course.

After her(NCAA singles consecutive finalist), none imo.


Gibbs is a product of MW(as is Kristi Miller, McPhillips, Austin, DiLorenzo, Minor..)
Ahn and Anderson, NJ.
Embree/Will/Collins are Floridans.
Loeb/Elbaba, Eastern
Sanchez/Schnack are from No. Cal.

Hardebeck and Xepoleas did have a part in their teams' remarkable run, but individually, flopped.
Manasse made 1 slam final(she also has defeated Loeb at WAATC), and was probably more proficient in doubles.
Shibahara reached the final in her maiden slam, WAATC. Also with Hart reached the final of NIIC.

I guess Barte is the closest. Not only did she win multiple doubles slams, won WAATC, was a nemesis of Juricova, won team NCAA(although losing to Embree)..
Stacy Tan won 2 team NCAAs, same as Hardebeck.

2017 Clay National G16 Singles Sweet 16 regional breakdown


3 Mid-Atlantic; Okpara, Howard, Tran
3 Eastern; Yaloz, Andreach, Sorokko
3 Southern; Cubitt, Wilkins, Marsh
2 MW; Miller, Jackson
2 Florida; Snyder, Owensby
1 Cal; DeFalco
1 Texas; Crawley
1 SW; Koenig

Lower half seems stronger to me, but we'll see.

2017 Fed Cup] So. Cal roster

Revealed today;

Per class;

Chen, Kerr
Zhao, Ewing, Jankowski, Colling

As with many other sections weaker than last year(what with the E.T.s and Mossmer), but still pretty good, all worthy of selection. Colling has been doing quite well recently; am curious how she plays.

Only 1 from last year(Zhao), and mostly veterans; unlike Southern, which has 3 from last year and 3 players from the class of 2019 and 2020. So. Cal has 4 class of 2018 players, Southern, only Kessler.

Now only MW, Eastern and Middle States left I believe.

2017 Clay National G18 singles regional breakdown

Of the remaining 32 players in MD;

CA; Volynets, Gordon, Jankowski, Haynes, Lin

NY; Kourkina, Lou, Hatton, Tartakovsky, Lim
NJ; Graver, O'Dell, Brylin, Noel

MW; Kowalski, Jones, Crowley, Yarlagadda
TX; Kung, Zein, Guevera, Creath

GA; Gauff, Hrastar, Alferova
FL; Wolfberg, Blake, Conard


Players from class of 2020 onwards;

Gauff(2022), Hrastar, Volynets, Gallagher, Noel, Navarro


Think the draw is top heavy.
Jones vs Gauff was probably the marquee singles match of the day, and 4 years? younger Gauff comfortably? won in 2.
She might meet Volynets from the 2nd quarter(who routed Kourkina), but we'll see.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Huge upsets at Clay G16 singles

64 (33) Neha Velaga d. (3) Gianna Pielet 7-6(2); 1-6; 7-5

Well it looks V is older, class of 2020.

64 Demi Snyder d. (12) Josie Frazier 6-4; 2-6; 7-5

Same class of 2019.

128 Kayla Wilkins d. (10) Britt Pursell 6-4; 6-4


Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Clay National G18 7/17 scores of the day

64 Noel/Stearns d. (1) Brylin/Lim 6-1; 6-4

Class of 2020 beats class of 2018 elite doubles team. Could be a good combo, what with Noel's variety and defence, and Stearns' power. Stearns has always been excellent in doubles, as well.

(16) Alferova/Tripathy d. Despain/Navarro 7-6(4); 6-2

A huge upset. Seems like Georgians did pretty well today.

28 (17) Tatum Burger d. Hannah Lairmore 6-2; 6-3

Surprisingly easy win. That's a steal pick by Denver, getting Burger.

64 (3) Gallagher/Kourkina d. Gordon/Spicer 6-1; 4-6; 10-7

Another interesting result, the last to get posted.

Helen Altick at Winnipeg

Helen Abigail Altick (USA) d. (11)Ingrid Neel (USA) 64 16 76(3)
Helen Abigail Altick (USA) d. (8)Kennedy Shaffer (USA) 64 26 64

Dolehide won it beating Daavettila en route to the final, and beating Hibi.

Teams to look out for in the National

Not going, because of you know who, but just for curiousity.

I'm not sure if the field is finalized, but so far;

Except the usual pairings;




Beck/Jones; Alyvia can defend the backcourt and let 'Ninja' take care of the net lol.
Brylin/Pesavento WF combo
Campana/Meyer VU combo
Chen/Zhao Duke combo
SJ/Liu ; their combined net approaches could be quite formidable. If you can't pass, a blitz!
Lahey/Sanford; surely one of the top contenders
Hewitt/Stearns; this combo could be formidable

2017 Fed Cup roster

Not all of them are released, for example So. Cal and Middle States (although I heard Jankowski is an automatic selection due to winning Henry Talbert), and Midwest only Allen and Hewitt(it looks like Alyvia Jones moved to Louisiana?), Eastern only Tartakovsky. Northern as well.

Lots of turnovers(infusion of youngsters). Some sections only have 1 player from last year, for example Joyce from NE, Moulin from Florida, Frazier from SW and Gallagher from Intermountain. Nor. Cal and Southern have plenty of them though.

Mid-Atlantic should be interesting.  Lots of quality players joined the team. Subhash of course is an elite(her first selection), but others are pretty good as well. Ngounoue is famous for her doubles prowess, for example.

All in all, methinks Southern is still pretty strong. Lost veterans who played top of the singles lineup, but good young players like Forbes, Beck and Navarro(already declared for Duke. Duke really does get early commits) debuts. Bojczuk debuts as well, as one of the few class of 2017 players, who's also quite good, boasting good variety.

Intermountain, Texas, Florida and NE lost some core players, but good youngsters replaced them, so it'll be interesting to see how they fare.

Wonder if SW can equal last year's 6th standing. They continue to produce some good players, for example Stein who debuts. Nor. Cal as well, looks pretty solid to me.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Clay National G18 7/16 score of the day

128 (17) Blake/Kowalski d. Paradela/Zhang 6-3; 2-6; 10-7

Blake/Kowalski is a contender and this Texas team pushed them to the limit. Zhang is class of 2020 and debuts at Claremont Fed Cup.

Jillian Taggart; EB doubles winner

Won G14 in 2015;

F (4) Choy/Taggart d. Cheong/Gallagher 8-5
SF (4) Choy/Taggart d. Cheng/Pursell 8-4
Q (4) Choy/Taggart d. BOU/Miller 8-3
16 (4) Choy/Taggart d. Gauff/Graham 9-8(0)
32 (4) Choy/Taggart d. Broerman/Huang 8-1

Won G16 this year;

F Gallagher/Taggart d. (4) Cusano/Goldsmith 7-6(6); 6-7(3); 7-6(5)
SF Gallagher/Taggart d. Dawson/Wagner 6-4; 7-5
Q Gallagher/Taggart d. (2) Hrastar/Navarro 2-6; 6-4; 10-2
16 Gallagher/Taggart d. Lynch/Wooten 6-1; 6-0
32 Gallagher/Taggart d. (5) Campos/Kerrigan 7-5; 5-7; 11-9

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Branstine drops Stanford & UCLA from Schools of interest

Was browsing TRN and it's now only 3 schools:


Dunno what this 'implies', could it be that Liu chose Stanford and Douglas, UCLA?

Hand indeed chose NU.
Lilien chose Oregon, good pick by them.
Former coach Gallien watched Ewing play at ISC: and she did choose USC.

Not attending the National

Lol Baptiste applied, so why bother.

I'm wondering if I can bird SE Arizona during that time. Hellish hot, but can't beat the rarities(same applies to Salton Sea).

Chuck Kriese's blog( post on format change)

Prior to 2006, men and women’s teams played at different sites. A 51-2 vote by men’s coaches in 2005 wanted to keep it that way, but the board pushed forward an agenda to combine all men and women’s teams to be the same site anyway. "

So naturally, they should revert to separate venues(from ma blog)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Solution for the 'schedule' problem for Div. I

There is a perfectly feasible and logical solution for that purported schedule problem.
I've mentioned it before.

Separate men and women, hold it at different venues. Recommend men's to be held at UGA, and women's to be held at Stanford lol(so I can actually travel there!).

That'll eliminate the blank one day problem(women team don't play on the day after  the round of 16).

They play NTI at different venues so why do they combine at the NCAA. It's not like women players 'ride the coattail of men', like the former CEO of IW Raymond Moore said lol.

"The two formats were presented. The First format was that singles matches would be 2 out of 3 sets with traditional scoring. However, a tie-breaker would be played at 5-5 instead of 6-6. The doubles would only be a 6 game set instead of a pro-set. The Second proposed format was that the players would play full singles matches and a pro-set for doubles. However, the abbreviated system of no-ad would be used. The vote was made. Coaches voted to protect the integrity of traditional tennis scoring with a 21-19 vote in favor of using regular scoring with TB’s at 5-5 instead of 6-6. A vote had been made, and most left the room feeling that a small victory had been won in the preservation of a scoring system that would not diminish the game."

But they diminished doubles.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 Fed Cup

Finally partial roster revealed.

Midwest, Southern, Florida, Texas, NE, Intermountain, Mid Atlantic, Hawaii, MV, PNE..

Quite a few class of 2020 players:
Beck, Navarro, Gallagher, Tran, ABC, Edwards, Tan..

Why is Malkia's last name different. Menguene to Ngounoue.

Wonder if Glozman is playing.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Texans ] Class of 2021

4 in top 16 per TRN

1(1)Gianna PieletTX20
2(3)Gabriella PriceNY10
3(2)Elvina KalievaNY18
4(4)Skyler Marie Grace GrishukCA21
5(5)Charlotte OwensbyFL19
6(7)Emma JacksonIL18
7(6)Connie MaCA14
8(8)Alexandra YepifanovaFL19
9(9)Christine Inah CaneteCA6
10(12)Ellie ColemanMI19
11(11)Jenna DeFalcoCA28
12(10)Malaika RapoluTX17
13(14)Jacque DunyonUT9
14(15)Kylie CollinsGA23
15(16)Savannah BroadusTX17
16(17)Kailey EvansTX17

Georgians ] Class of 2020

5 in the top 29 per TRN

1(1)Caty McNallyOH12
2(2)Katie VolynetsCA13
3(3)Vanessa OngOK12
4(4)Alexa NoelNJ16
5(5)Chloe BeckGA17
6(6)Victoria HuMA20
7(7)Emma NavarroSC17
8(8)Sedona GallagherNV15
9(9)Alexa RynglerCA7
10(10)Imani GrahamFL17
11(11)Peyton StearnsOH20
12(12)Nikki RedelijkFL19
13(13)Sanyukta GawandeFL9
14(14)Reilly TranVA15
15(15)Audrey Boch-CollinsNV13
16(17)Lauren SteinAZ22
17(16)Ava HrastarGA14
18(18)Fiona CrawleyTX16
19(23)Naomi CheongNV8
20(19)Sophia EdwardsFL17
21(21)Carly BriggsGA19
22(20)Ruth MarshGA18
23(22)Karina MillerMI16
24(25)Luniuska DelgadoFL  11
25(24)Anessa LeeCA17
26(26)Charlotte ChavatiponCA23
27(27)Muskan MahajanCA8
28(28)Jaleesa LeslieFL11
29(29)AnneMarie HiserGA17