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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Biggest issue in upcoming Oracle

As usual:

MRC lower 3 courts: will they be unwatchable as usual? Do fellow players have to struggle to peek through the gap lol.
You gotta remove the tarpaulins, is it that hard.

Another, actually bigger issue is of course no doubles, instead playing mixed doubles. Last year's implementation of it was a shocker. Yet another example of their deliberate and systematic dismantling of doubles.

2017 ITA Summer National

Lauren Proctor(Winthrop) won singles.
Look at whom she had to beat. Remarkable.

Defeated Maltby, McCarthy and Bashota during the latter stage, only losing a set.


Hamlin/McCarthy winning doubles is no surprise of course.

Vide Reami/Rebol defeating Mercer/Kelley and Dvorak/Maltby.


Alyssa Mayo/Celia Ruiz defeated Aney/Rosca and Moldovan/Rogers.
Ruiz is a veteran at ECU but Mayo is class of 2018(HS senior)!

2017 National] Some more notes 8/11

7:33 Tern. Some Terns flew by, calling. Probably Caspian, but there were Elegant and Royal(not sure about this though. Juvenile for sure) as well at the SD river mudflat(at Robb Field, quite near Barnes). Not really competent enough to recognize vocalization, yet(the ultimate skill in birding).

Blake/Redelijk approached the net at times, and it was effective; won most of the points, the opponents(whether Goldsmith/Wagner or Collins/Yaloz) having trouble coping it.

Bolton/Joyce vs Hewitt/Stearns
Collins/Yaloz vs Brown/Miller

B serve good. Net approach(B/J did at times). J service return.
4 10 dunno what does this mean
te cal
Oh I think I spotted a Tern flyover at 4:10pm. Cal means Cal. coaches watched this match?
MP of the G16 match; Collins lob winner, B/M didn't follow, miscommunication(either thought the other would follow)

Duke, UF, PEPP, TAMU, UVA watched this G18 doubles match?
Stearns leg-thru
All 4 serve good.
4 32 caki ; means Cassin's Kingbird spotted on the tree behind this court 1. It was rather far, even with my bino, but I think it's the bird(beware confusing with Western Kingbird)
3-3 2nd set, J serve hold(that crucial hold I mentioned) st dr j bh

St cannon(drive I guess. Stearns vs Goldsmith?). Go rt bh clip line sorry(some players doesn't gesture sorry)
Z nt approach(Zein vs Subhash?) w ps z bh
Ra sv j t bad(Rabinowitz vs Jones)
j sp ds pass(Jones passed on R's drop shot?
 bh s rt w
Co apr ds try Z cel phon ring(Zein's cell phone rang during the match so she gave it to Graver lol. Umpire said something, dunno about the rule here. Point penalty?)
j high volley good. Looks rather difficult, high volley. Many make errors trying to execute it.
R serve good. Z footwork.

Liu no step back bellis; Forgot to mention this. Liu is of course a very aggressive player, usually standing on the baseline. I saw her mishit a deep ball which landed at the baseline. She didn't step back. What I noticed during Bellis play at the now defunct Carlsbad WTA 100k or something, she steps back, so can retrieve deep fast paced balls well. Which means Bellis can read the depth of the ball better than Liu? Always thought Bellis was the more solid player, more balanced(very good in defense as well). Probably more talented, better hand-eye coordination. Maybe because Liu is more aggressive; but she tends to make vastly more drive errors.

Not sure about these entries, will just write it down;

y(who?) s rt w j r toss st df brkn st mto j ds r ds nt y ds ps handsk gd

Probably Gordon vs Kratzer and McNally vs Mateas? Could watch both matches simultaneously methinks.
kr v(Kratzer has good variety, not only huge firepower) mc s mv arnd pin pt(Mc moved the opponent around with pin point precision targetting the corners and lines?)  Gor v hi v fin bad(what I said, Gordon's high volley error)
Tran ds duel sl(Tran vs Cubitt or Collins)
Mc whatareudoing; yup that's what she yelled after making an error lol.
La ps
Socal Kr liu chen lah; yup SoCal players were prominent on that day. Kratzer turned pro, Chen goes to Duke, Lahey is a Wave, Liu, UCLA/Stanford on TRN(could turn pro of course, but we'll see). Is this why USC coaches were let go? Not recruiting well, even now behind Pepperdine?

kr ue later 2nd
Osuigwe lob w(singles or doubles, not sure. But she does lob well)

Tx kung senil gold won. I've mentioned Texans all losing lol, but Goldsmith won. Didn't Kung also advance.
Ch bh dtl hold(against Li?)

You know Kelly actually played Lakewood(the precious guests there being the Hand sisters).
I see that she actually played lots of local tournaments heading into Fed Cup and the National. Paid off I guess? Anyway her Lakewood result;

USTA National Level 3 Tournament - Lakewood CA Start Date: 4/22/2017 End Date: 4/24/2017
Girls' 18 Singles (Draw Line - 14)
F Kelly Chen d. (2) Rena Lin 6-4; 4-6; 6-2
SF Kelly Chen d. (1) Jennifer Kerr 6-4; 7-5
Q Kelly Chen d. Danielle Willson 6-2; 6-1
16 Kelly Chen d. Dominique Stone 6-4; 6-0
32 Kelly Chen d. (5) Christina Hand 6-3; 6-1

Vo apr more Gad bh w(Volynets vs Gadalov?) V certainly seems to approach the net more, from what I've glimpsed now and then.
Do bh sv rt (Douglas vs Subhash)
From 1-4 Bolton won 4 games in a row(Bolton vs Goldsmith); this was the 1st set I guess.  G won 4,3(wait so it might've been 0-4 actually?)
bo j bh nt
y(epifanova vs Corley?) gd ds nt
go bh fi cornr w
go hi v ue fh w gp
do df(I think Douglas's serve was unstable at times, probably contributed to the loss)
bo oh smile(after mishitting!)
go run bh ps
su ds do sl ps su bh
go sv lefty(Her serve was really good this tournament)
do df at mp hug

bl defence gd
ka(lieva) ds lob
vi(shwase) sl gd sv gd ds
j v gd(Kalieva vs Jones) ka ps gd
cr mp r thrw(Crawley vs Vishwase)
Red not lng(probably Black vs Redelijk). Fink and Lumpkin watched this. no besty
j atk k s brk(good tactic against Kalieva) j hi v

Cr nt d(Allen/Corley vs McNally/Osuigwe) ps schnol? nt apr midwest domin(doubles) late
j b dbl o hit mc(Osuigwe hit McNally, obviously a mishit) a p j root o lob

mc apr pressure(against Lahey?)
every badshiu cray?
gor fh draw fe dor df mc ds

That's it I guess.

2017 National] Some more notes 8/9

Have to clear the cell phone entries;


Cal. watched Haynes sp st d bh sl

3:37 pm possible Western Tanager flyby. Ric(typo?) s rt w. handshake gd


tarpaulin at baseline obscures the view of the court.
Probably Stevens vs Malik match;
Stevens hit low. poach. good at net.
Malik ue
Oregon, Colorado

Probably Crawley/Stein vs Despain/Guevara
Gu ps Gu atk cr sv ps

By the way Red-masked Parakeets rather frequently flew over the venue, all day, calling.

Goldsmith drop shot? (doubles I guess, with Wagner. Against the Russians). Go(ldsmith? Liz) attack line. S(orokko?) lob.  Goldsmith moonball to Sorokko's bh, smart(since So is not tall); I think S reasonably handled those well though? Sorokko drop shot.

Purdue, Utah watched.

Alle hug.
Ma(not sure if this is Ma or Madurawe or Markham lol) ace ps Mul oh
hr(astar?) yell bend knee returning low drive. dtl bh good (I think this was against Cubitt)
Scot(Katrina?) net ue, Cr(awley?) serve good, Kourkina drop shot de(sianitkov?) sl nt stil nt apr
Ta(art?) ace

Wil(lson?) serve good. Sharp angle. serve return. Li broken(Wilson/Stone vs Li/Subhash methinks). Stone drop volley. Subhash aggressive poach.

SJ & Liu's serve game long; against Cusano/Goldsmith. C/S were that good.
Goldsmith poach. Can't leave(meaning this match was SO good, I didn't want to leave although my initial marquee match was WF combo vs Merrill/O'Dell lol. I frankly thought SJ/Liu would blitz the Texans; Imagine my surprise! If only those 2 matches were played side by side..!).
Cusano's serve attacked. Seeing it; C/G were reading SJ/Liu's plays, also meaning their court awareness I guess; like passing. Excite why ax; You know what this means; ITA's systematic dismantling of doubles, especially axing 2 games in Dual match.

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017 National] Maryann Rompf in singles

64 (17) Rachel Eason d. Maryann Rompf 3-6; 6-3; 6-4
128 Maryann Rompf d. Maria Santilli 6-0; 6-4
256 Maryann Rompf d. (33) Isabella Lambert 6-0; 6-0

R3 (14) Hailey Baptiste d. Maryann Rompf 3-6; 6-4; 10-8

300 species spotted in California this year!

Not much, but still.
Nationwide, 353, thanks to Eastern birding.

LifeYear Total County Ticks

Another lesson of Baptiste/Gregg incident

USTA and other tennis academies have a responsibility to EDUCATE the parents. Baptiste should be a good example of how NOT to behave.

One commentator on my blog said that tournaments have been allowing this kind of outrageous behaviors from those lunatic parents for years. Unforgivable. It's their responsibility to protect innocent fans from that kind of barbarism. Need to enforce the rules more harshly.  Again, Martha Gregg should be a prime example, how NOT to do. Pandering to that lunatic and bullying an innocent fan..umpiring for what, like 20 years and that's all it amounts to? Hilarious. What a joke.

2017 National] G16 8/12

Losers still there, BFs Crawley and Hrastar haha. ;) Methinks Duncan as well?

Gallagher was chatting with Cheong at the clubhouse. Did I mention that both and ABC are from Colorado? If I did, again a senile comment lol because both are from Nevada.

CS (12) Reilly Tran d. (33) Nikita Vishwase 6-2; 6-2

Fed Cup Mid-Atlantic teammates played side by side at court 11 and 12, Subhash and Tran.
Tran also executed a drop shot in this match. Footsteps seemed good. She's a 2-hander, and necessarily quite an aggressive hitter.
That was not an easy win, despite the scoreline, because V was moving well and returning all those T's sharp drives, despite relentlessly getting herded left and right lol. V herself could go on the attack, so the points were long, and the match seemed quite even when I watched.

CS (3) Emma Navarro d. (17) Alexandra Yepifanova 3-6; 6-2; 1-0(8)
Court 1, so could watch alongside with G18 Volynets vs Forbes at court 2. Two spectators came and perfectly blocked the view of this one.. So finally had to gently remind them to move a bit into the middle lol.  I'm always conscious not to block the view of spectators who're already there, when I come to watch a match. Small thing, but it's good manners, no.
Casals was probably watching this match.
Had to watch Wolfberg vs Subhash for a while, so may have missed the majority of the 2nd set. Also probably left during mid-match TB to watch W vs S again(by then have seen both enough, and I had to watch W more).

Y drop shot winner. As I said, her drop shot is exquisite. She even attempted one at match tiebreak, so fearless lol, and which means she has absolute confidence in it.
Not only that, her flat drives were very potent; even such a good retriever like N couldn't reach many of those. Volleys, overhead, all good. Once made a stretch bh defensive volley winner, despite her size. She's already quite tall. Class of 2021, same as Kalieva(who actually played G18 lol).
N's 2nd serve was rather weak so got pounced.

Still probably N's defense prevailed; she is such an excellent mover and retriever.  And Y seemed to have trouble handling high balls, made UEs trying to return it.

F (9) Angelica Blake d. (14) Nikki Redelijk 3-6; 6-2; 6-4

Missed this match, was only able to watch the last game. I was watching at the baseline corner when Steve Pratt barged in to record the MP..haha. I didn't even notice it was MP lol. R saved that one. R mishit a crucial overhead methinks.

Forgot to add this but R was unusually aggressive, much more than her wont. Good choice since B can attack very efficiently, hitting early, etc.

CF (12) Reilly Tran d. (3) Emma Navarro 6-3; 6-2

 When did this happen, too bad I missed this.

PL Connie Ma d. (4) Sedona Gallagher 6-3; 6-3

Can't remember G wearing a yellow(or neon) dress before lol. This tournament, Pepperdine coaches watched G a lot.
G was quite aggressive, could certainly pressure M a lot.
M methinks serves quite well, just like Volynets. 

PL Brown/Miller d. (15) Goldsmith/Wagner 6-1; 6-1

W always seem to be pouting haha. And seems to be perpetually tired! Anyhow quite expressive lol.
Winners too good. How did they lose to C/Y so easily I have no idea. Really too bad I couldn't watch that semifinal match sufficiently. G/W made plenty of fine plays, W as usual excellent at net, even making some passing shot winners, and G driving competently. But M again was very good at net, and B's power drives gave all sorts of trouble to G/W.

F (17) Blake/Redelijk d. (5) Collins/Yaloz 6-2; 7-5

This match got shunted to court 10(originally was schedule to play at the stadium court), maybe because McNally vs Chen match took ages to finish. Good for me, comfortably watched behind the baseline in the shade, shivering(yes it was quite cold later in the afternoon!).

Blake seemed to dominate the match, poaching etc. R was also quite solid, ably backing B up(made an overhead this time).  Their net approaches were quite effective, in the last 2 matches(semi and final).

Y's service return was exquisite; could whack the ball, sometimes even hitting early, dtl, sometimes making outright winners. Didn't know she was this good lol. Also lobbed well.
But she's class of 2018 actually according to TRN, so no surprise maybe. Verballed to Boston Univ.

Actually Collins too, attacked serve aggressively; maybe one of the reasons they dominated the opponents thus far. C once made a perfect stop volley winner against a fast-paced ball sailing against her at net. Her drives faltered a bit later in the 2nd methinks.
Y had an MTO later(got hit by R's ball earlier, maybe because of it?).
Blake once returned serve(2nd?) way inside the baseline.

2017 National] G18 8/12

Lol that face of Hailey Baptiste full of hatred when she looked at me as she passed me by, when I was resting at the shaded area behind court 1 & 10 later in the day. How DARE she? Like father, like daughter. He/she should be thankful that I was too lazy to press charges at EB(unlike HIM, I might add. He was more 'diligent' in hounding me out of the tournament. He was jeering when I argued with Gregg and left. JEERING. I'll never forget it).
I might have to pursue 'Operation Pariah' more diligently starting from Malibu next month, blackballing her to every college coaches present. Maybe she'll just turn

Fashionista of the day; Iron Maiden, who was dressed like a teenage idol than a college coach..! Very fashionable. Wore the cap backwards; I was instantly reminded of SJ doing that in her younger days!

A tall boy was wearing an Iverson jersey, a good choice :)
A spectator was wearing a Cardinals(MLB) jersey; Payne.

Very few coaches left; UF, Pepperdine, UCLA, UVA, TAMU, Duke..Oregon?

Umpires were wearing gray polo t-shirts so asked Lauren about it, she said it was because of TV.

Naomi Cheong intends to turn pro, from what I heard.

Spotted Douglas's mom and McNally's dad chatting. Maybe I should've asked Douglas's mom directly about Ellie's college choice..! I guess we'll know sooner or later.

I think drop shot was the order of the day, across the board. Starting from Yepifanova, practically everybody made effective use of it at times, with good effect. 

Mr. Law gave me a sandwich from the cafeteria while I was watching doubles(G16?), and later brought me there. Thank ye! I thought it was only reserved for VIPs but later Mr. Kuhle was distributing coupons for it after the final match!

QQ (17) Katie Volynets d. (15) Abigail Forbes 7-5; 6-3

Forbes is really good. Damn good. Put V on the defensive tons of times, with her very sharp drives. Also showed good variety, drop shotting, volleying..V reasonably handled well, those net approaches of Forbes's. This match was popular; pretty much every coaches watched this.

We shared our high opinion of Volynets, coach Balogh and I(he was watching Wolfberg vs Subhash match), and when I mentioned that she lives in NorCal(Walnut Creek), we both agreed that it's Stanford territory..!

QQ Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4

Pretty much watched the whole match, of this marquee match.
Alyvia's 'luster' was somewhat dimmed after her doubles loss earlier in the day lol(her and Elysia should be grounded for a week for that 'crime'! :p).
A good match, overall. Both as usual served well, and hit very aggressively. Never seen Alyvia being challenged this much on her serve; Jayci even scored an outright bh return winner once! Maybe Alyvia was pressured, even committed a rare DF.
Jayci even approached the net, and again, moved excellently to counter Alyvia's aggression. Her footwork seemed really good.
Alyvia's bh was very potent, attacking the sidelines, once even literally crushing down a high ball.

One curious incident; a spectator once approached the court, literally stood at the edge of the fence and recorded both players' serve. He was like an arm's length from both players lol. So close! And nobody was stopping him.
Now compare this to my being warned of taking pics and filming during the National(first time in 2010, when I didn't even bring a camera) and ISC lol. Unlike this spectator, I was recording rather far away from the Hibi match at ISC.
If that spectator did that to Shvedova, who behaved unprofessionally to me when I was trying to take pic of her during practice at IW, when I was not even near her; she would've thrown a racquet to him..haha.
I do think I have been being unfairly discriminated. When I see MVP literally clinging to the fence and recording with impunity all those
So now I don't even bother taking camera into the venue(still got attacked by Baptiste, him accusing me that I was taking his daughter's pics..what a lunatic. How can I not be angered??!).
Strictly reserved for more stunning birds. :)

Anyway, both Alyvia and Jayci should get used to the 'attention'; because they are going to be stars for their respective college teams. :)

QQ Naomi Cheong d. (33) Niluka Madurawe 1-6; 6-4; 1-0(1)

Too bad I couldn't watch much, but again, what a scoreline by M.
Cheong is such an aggressive flat hitter, was literally herding M left and right when I watched a bit of the 1st set.

QQ (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (33) Natasha Subhash 6-3; 5-7; 1-0(4)

Glad I stopped by to watch this match as much as possible. As I said most coaches were at court 2, on the opposite site of the venue from this court 11, watching Volynets vs Forbes, but I had to have a peek of Wolfberg so stopped by during mid-match. And W won the 1st I was like HUH?

W in best condition. Like 'Tart', looked like she improved daily! Doesn't hit that flat but was relentlessly herding S left and right attacking the corners at will. I mean S had to slice at times to cope with her aggression. Not joking, it really happened! Was flabbergasted to witness her masterful performance. Very aggressive, and I dare say it paid off. As a base her defense was quite outstanding. She even made a lob winner reaching S's drop shot! Passed, lobbed..just exquisitely.
Later expressed my surprise to coach Anundsen who stopped by later, and she told me W is quite athletic. Definitely one of my new finds this tournament(I wasn't too impressed with her play during Fed Cup).

 CQ (17) Katie Volynets d. (10) Ann Li 6-4; 7-6(4))

Only could watch a bit from time to time; this was played simultaneously with the match between the Hottest girls(in more than one way? lol) in the tournament, so had to choose.
V is just so fast. Managed to retrieve tons of Li's cannon balls and herself could force FEs from Li with aggression. I think she also has grown a bit; not so tiny as when I first saw her at Irvine! :)

The pace was so tremendous that the points were rather short. Li might've not been in best condition, did commit some errors but her net approaches weren't without effect(naturally since she's one heck of a doubles player). Her drop shot was excellent too.
Volynets is already top level now. I think she's even more consistent than McNally. And probably unlike McNally, despite the vast difference of height between themselves lol, V is quite a competent server. Against Li as well, made quite a few easy points off her serve. Barely falters.

CQ (5) Ashley Lahey d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-4; 6-3

Size matters? L is very tall of course, and her power eventually prevailed methinks(like Subhash also charged the net to good effect). Could watch some and G was again impressive in this match, was able to match L's firepower. That was definitely not an easy win by L. G once applauded L's fine play, she also has golden manners!

CQ Naomi Cheong d. (6) Michaela Gordon Wo (inj)

CQ (2) Claire Liu d. (17) Alana Wolfberg 6-0; 6-1

Could only watch a bit, W made errors trying to hit hard, but overall L was too good I guess.

SF (6) Baptiste/Douglas d. (7) Bolton/Jones 6-4; 7-5

SF (5) Johnson/Liu d. (8) Allen/Corley 4-6; 6-2; 6-3

Only could watch the 1st set methinks, thereafter had to watch the battle of the 'Hotties' at court 2.
All 4 doubles matches were played at court 10.
Similar pattern of the 1st set as in A/C's match against M/O. Liu made errors, C defended the net successfully, A/C were just flawless at net. And you know that A is a master at punishing weak dtl passing shot attempts haha.  Allen could actually vary pace on her passing; once just hit softly dtl, eliciting L's error. C was later literally flying across the net lol.
Allen does tend to commit some basic errors, while driving. Maybe hitting too late? Many players commit errors that way methinks, swinging too late to counter a fast-paced drive. Maybe SJ/Liu were just too powerful.

SJ did her Ninja thing(once made a very difficult underhand half volley), but I think she mishit overheads like 3 times when I watched..haha. Aggressive of course, trying to hit even from the back court, but unstable. Kyle McPhillips could maybe teach her a thing or two!
Liu once tried to reprise the play of the day before against Osuigwe(2nd set point), attempted a high bh volley, but failed this time!

SF (33) Kelly Chen d. (12) caty mcnally 6-2; 3-6; 6-3

San Diego Union Tribune. A seat was reserved for the reporter but he/she doesn't seem to have shown up lol, at least when I came by to have a peek.
Somebody was reading a book! Unbelievable haha. Was he a coach of other players.

Watched from time to time, but not too much, once watching from the 2nd row of the baseline tent area with Mr. Law. Nobody was sitting on the 3rd row(you can't even see the court from there lol), and actually the near side of the court was obscured from our 2nd row seats(1st row was reserved for VIPs or something). Some actually preferred standing behind the 2nd row seats, the view was that bad.

Should be the task of the tournament for next year. More staggered seating like the bleacher seats at IW. Should've suggested to Mr. Kuhle when he distributed free coupons for the final day at the end of the last match Kratzer vs Osuigwe lol. Had to decline since I was heading back home straightaway.

Surprisingly McNally's trademark consistency was somewhat AWOL yesterday. Once netted an overhead, a crucial point methinks. Her net approaches were very good as usual though, was quite effective, blocking C's passing shot attempts, or making approach volley winners. Serve, again unstable. Once violently threw the racquet after DFing. Chen is a terrific server, so that might've been a decisive factor.

SF (3) Ashley Kratzer d. (8) Whitney Osuigwe 7-6(6); 6-0

Could watch from the 2nd set after the G16 doubles final was completed(by now you know that I'm passionate about doubles. 4 beats 2, easily :p )

K was astounding. Best condition. Have never seen her play so well. Hardly made errors, despite being super aggressive from the get-go. Get-go meaning, even attacking O's serve. Her aggressive service return was probably decisive, that was my impression; attacked effectively even though O could produce quite a pace serving. Maybe O's 2 DFs later in the match was due to getting pressured by K's aggressive return, dunno.
Maybe K had to be aggressive, since O is probably a better mover, and is also super aggressive. You just can't give O free looks; hence had to take control from the get-go.

And it worked, controlling the points, and making numerous fantastic drive winners. I was wondering why O was allowing so many winners unlike her match against Liu.
Maybe likewise as in Lahey vs Goldsmith match, sized mattered; also served well methinks(maybe being lefty helped?), and she's like 3 years older anyway lol(she's class of 2017, O, 2020).
Later in the match wasted 3 bps, but finally broke in the 4th try. Didn't let go of her aggression, continually pressing, and even showed nice variety, volleying and drop shotting(but I've mentioned her variety before).

I remember watching K for the 1st time, at a local tournament(that was when she was quite young). Seemed ratter bratty haha, making tantrums, but she was quite good methinks. What a long way she has come. Fully deserves the title after a masterful performance against Osuigwe.

And Duke must be thrilled :)  Kelly is such a nice girl, and now has made a successful comeback from injury. When I was chatting with coach Manasse watching Li vs Volynets, I realized Duke is chock full of talents...he didn't know who'll play #1 singles; there are just so many talented players!
Duke surely could be a major contender for the NCAA next season.

More Sabine's Gull pics

Apologize for the late recaps on the final day, but I'm still so tired. Especially having the Baptistes around was emotionally very taxing.

As an apology, I'm posting more pics on this rare gull :)   Checked ebird and breeding plumage one has not really been spotted inland around LA county, only juveniles.

With Western and Least Sandpipers

Doesn't stand out much, maybe because it was rather far, but it has a yellow tip on its bill. As I said, a stunning bird.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 National] Ma awards

Now writing yesterday's recaps consulting notes(didn't write/poke too much yesterday), but first, ma awards;


Shot of the tournament;

Peyton Stearns's running jumping power backhand during mid-2nd set of Bolton/Jones vs Hewitt/Stearns G18 doubles quarterfinals


Match of the tournament;

Johnson/Liu vs Cusano/Goldsmith & Bolton/Jones vs Hewitt/Stearns.
Honorable mention to Allen/Corley vs McNally/Osuigwe, Desiatnikov/Martinelli vs McNally/Osuigwe..


Player of the tournament;

64 Naomi Cheong d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-3; 6-2
128 Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Carolyn Campana 6-3; 6-3
256 Jayci Goldsmith d. Jennifer Gadalov 6-3; 6-4

CQ (5) Ashley Lahey d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-4; 6-3
QQ Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Alyvia Jones 6-3; 6-4
R5 Jayci Goldsmith d. (13) Elysia Bolton 6-4; 6-3
5Q Jayci Goldsmith d. Peyton Stearns 6-4; 6-3
R4 Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Hannah Zhao
4Q Jayci Goldsmith d. (33) Sonia Tartakovsky 6-3; 3-6; 10-7
R3 Jayci Goldsmith d. Raissa Lou 6-2; 6-2

32 (5) Johnson/Liu d. (17) Cusano/Goldsmith 6-2; 6-3
64 (17) Cusano/Goldsmith d. Ewing/Jankowski 7-5; 6-3
128 (17) Cusano/Goldsmith d. County/Doherty 6-0; 6-1

The 'Golden Gal', Jayci Goldsmith.

Yoo-hoo! Alternate plumage Sabine's Gull at LA river!

When I arrived back bone-tired, one bright news was greeting me; breeding plumage Sabine's Gull was found by Richard Barth at LA river at Clara St.!
It was found two days ago so I was frankly doubtful if I could spot it; after all my first Sabine's Gull(this one a juvenile or basic plumage) at Peck Pit only stayed there for one day(so many other birders went there in vain).

But another birder reported it in the early morning around 7am, so decided to drag my bone-weary ass lol to drive down. And found it promptly!

A stunning bird. If you have to choose between this rare gull(breeding plumage bird inland is QUITE rare here in the West. Most gulls are spotted at sea during pelagic birding) and attending yet more day on a tennis tournament; frankly there's no contest :p

So boned tired dunno when I'll post yesterday recaps lol. Maybe during today, maybe not..

Lesson of the Baptiste/Gregg incident

I've been bullied when I started watching junior players(hence took a year off), but there was one exception;

I've mentioned it before; Savannah Ware's dad.

He approached me and talked to me in a civilized manner. I thought his request reasonable so complied of course. We parted ways in good terms.

It's like night and day compared to what Baptiste did at EB lol.

What he did; getting suspicious is one thing. To act like he did, requires an extraordinary commitment. Malice too, of course.

Have to question his upbringing lol, resorting to crude violence, kicking, threatening and stalking me. Stupid too of course; you never know who you're dealing with.

The lesson to parents; do THINK before you ACT, PLEASE!

This kind of incident doesn't reflect well on the sports of tennis, at all. What are we to think of this sports when we are just reminded of crazy, insane and psychotic parents? This sport itself is crazy enough already, what with so many disputed line calls and cheating, tantrums and breakdown of players.

I'm so glad I discovered birding. One really needs to get away from this craziness.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Yoo-hoo! Found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope at SD river!

Met Mike, another birder(originally from Magic Mountain, deuce hot place! He has lived in SD for 3 decades by now though) and he found a Ridgway's Rail, I couldn't. He is like me a relative newbie, and his daughter rows, so he has multiple uses for his bino lol. Was carrying an expensive looking high-end fast-speed camera! Had little time to scope the mudflats thanks to chatting with

His SD list is about 215; moi, 174. Showed me a pic of Scissor-tailed Flycatcher he took a few weeks? ago at north San Diego. I probably spotted that around the same area like 2 years ago, with the help of other veteran birders. Of course was numerous at Oklahoma. Bragged to him about finding alternate plumage Cape May Warbler male at Famosa in June lol.

 So missed a Dowitcher as well, but probably near the Rail spot(which Mike mentioned to me), found a juvenile Red-necked Phalarope! It was quite small, and was actually swimming in the small pool, so suspected and took pics. Just confirmed it, not a bad find, at all.  Also both Mike and I simultaneously spotted a sub-adult and juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Not bad.

 SD specialty, Little Blue Heron
 SD dog owners have no respect for law and wildlife -_- Leash-less dogs rampant; they'll scare away the birds for sure, ugh.
 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

 Red-necked Phalarope!

So, total about 40 species, not bad considering limited area and time spent on birding this time. Probably will come back during SW Regional, but we'll see.

2017 National] Back home & the Player of the day 08/12/17

Safely back, too tired so will write detailed recaps tomorrow.

Coach Nilsson asked so told him about the Baptiste/Gregg incident at EB. Also told Mr. Law, who has been attending the National for a decade, about the incident.

Suddenly both UCLA coaches materialized behind us(we all were watching Volynets vs Forbes I guess) so confessed ma 'crime' to coach Sampras-Webster lol. So embarrassed!

TAMU coach asked about my blog so gave him the address.

Had a nice chat with coach Anundsen and Manasse. I begged him to lay off So. Cal talents..haha. Also reminisced about that memorable 2015 NCAA final.  Says Duke area is deuce humid! SD was so pleasant(it was actually quite cold in the late afternoon!). I already miss it lol.

Steve Pratt came, so greeted him.

Had to compliment the 'Golden Girl'. She was a veritable Midwest Assassin this tournament lol, defeating Stearns, Bolton and Jones in a row during consolation! Match against Lahey was also quite competitive.

So will she be the Player of the Day?
Nah, I'll pick Alana Wolfberg. So impressed with her performance, and she actually defeated Subhash, what a feat. And she won by attacking, not just retrieving! Coach Balogh and Anundsen seemed interested in her.

Douglas's whereabouts(college) still shrouded in mystery, inquired about her but still no news. Pretty prudent it seems. Now not really many talents left in the class of 2018, including the top 2, Liu and Douglas.
Douglas probably carried all the way to the final, after all she really impressed me in doubles during ISC and EB. Whichever team gets her(I'm told she is going to college) will be deuce lucky!

You know I can't watch Baptiste match(I mean he kicked me even before threatening me at EB lol, and I'm prudent. I don't want to imagine what harm will come to me if I actually watch her match! I'm a good boy, I'm very respectful of the parents' wishes! No need to court danger); so if I can't watch a doubles match, what's the use attending. So just decided to go home.

Oh wait there is a 3rd/4th place I could watch Bolton/Jones once more lol, but eh, too tired.
Alyvia and Elysia you really should've won today..haha.

Just my luck, local 24 fitness center pool/jacuzzi area is closed till next month -_-

2017 National] Marquee match 8/12

Before doing morning  birding:

Duel between the hottest girls this tournament:

Alyvia vs Jayci of course. They start late, so I can watch other consolation singles.

Very looking forward to it.

2017 National] pics 8/11

As I said I haven't had the time to bird much, at all. Yesterday morning at Mission Beach and then Bay, plus Famosa a bit before heading to Barnes.
Really not many birds this time of year.

Target species was Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and glad at least I got that one, even though it's a juvenile at Famosa north channel. Not a new species for me but haven't seen it this year methinks.

 Heermann's Gull
 Long-billed Curlew
 Willet(on the left, grayer one) and two Marbled Godwits
 Plumage seemed different, on those two. Just in different stages(most likely), or could one be a rare one, a vagrant? Should sent the pics to the experts..
Immature Western Gull ?
 European Starling
 New sign
 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron juvenile. Adult is much more striking

 Quite worn Black Phoebe
 Song Sparrow
 Spotted Sandpiper
 Cassin's Kingbird
 Mallard, domestic version?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Paul Lehman says

Should bird there on the way back home I guess. Only limited birding this time, only spotted like 30 species..

6773New Semipalmated Sandpiper San Dieguito

  • Paul Lehman
    Today at 7:26 AM
    Friday morning there is a new juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper at the drying wetland off the Dust Devil Trail at San Diego Lagoon in Del Mar. As usual, park in the lot along El Camino Real. The bird is in the long narrow pool immediately to the southwest of the main pool. It's with a flock of 20 Western and Least sandpipers. The bill is straight and stubby although perhaps just slightly longer than the average semi bill and the bird also totally lacks rufous on the scapulars that the juvenile Westerns all show. It also looks marginally stubbier bodied than the typical juvenile westerns. On the main pond there is a Sora walking around, a typical fall arrival. We have had five lesser yellowlegs, one of which is an adult, but so far no sign of a Solitary Sandpiper.

    Paul Lehman, San Diego
The bunch of Peep here at the dust devil Trail all got up and flew, mixed around, some departed, some came back, and the semipalmated Sandpiper is currently AWOL for the past 45 minutes. The total of lesser yellowlegs present has now reached a healthy 12 birds, 11 juveniles and one adult. Still no Solitary Sandpiper. Be aware that around midday and much of the afternoon, if it is warm and sunny, there is bad lighting and too much heat haze distortion to be able to study the smaller shorebirds very well from a distance. So, one should come here only early or late in the day.

Paul Lehman

2017 National] G16 singles 8/11

Can't afford the ongoing senility lol, misjudged the date and got my car ticketed for parking overnight -_-

 SF (9) Angelica Blake d. Connie Ma 6-2; 6-3

Couldn't watch much but I think B's early hitting certainly helped; helped rob Ma's response timing. Because Ma is also a great mover.

SF (14) Nikki Redelijk d. (4) Sedona Gallagher 6-4; 6-3

Surprise, I said I thought this match could take long. Finished way earlier lol. Couldn't watch really, so can't say. I don't think G's condition was overall that good this tournament, but still an impressive win by R.


CQ (33) Nikita Vishwase d. (1) Fiona Crawley 3-6; 7-5; 1-0(10)

What did I watch, only TB? C was the bigger hitter, but V certainly moved well, managed to return all those attacks, and could attack rather sharply as well. More solid, and C's errors didn't help.

CQ (12) Reilly Tran d. (33) Maggie Cubitt 7-6(4); 6-3

Location, location. Too bad couldn't watch, only saw the start of the match before heading to Goldsmith vs Stearns match. I deem this an upset.

CQ (3) Emma Navarro d. (33) Jaedan Brown 7-5; 6-1

Couldn't really watch, but once N retrieved B's huge drive with a mere flick of a wrist, that was impressive. I think she won that point.

CQ (17) Alexandra Yepifanova d. (8) Lauren Stein 6-1; 7-5

Y led 3-0 when I left. Y's variety like drop shot, and big hitting certainly troubled Stein. She seemed rather lackluster, didn't even protest to her mom..haha. I see she rallied in the 2nd, too bad couldn't watch. As I said, blame the location, this match was played at court 2.

 QQ (33) Nikita Vishwase d. anna Roggenburk 6-2; 6-0

Only saw a bit, I actually thought R was the bigger hitter.

QQ (12) Reilly Tran d. (17) Kylie Collins 4-6; 6-4; 1-0(8)

Likewise saw a bit. 

QQ (33) Jaedan Brown d. (6) Briana Crowley 1-6; 7-5; 1-0(4)

Location, missed this.

QQ (17) Alexandra Yepifanova d. (33) Carmen Corley 6-0; 6-3

Likewise. Did manage to glimpse now and then, they were exchanging winners lol. That's quite a win though, by Y. 

2017 National] G18 singles 8/11

Again can't bother to consult notes lol. Maybe when I have more time.

Not many coaches left? UF, Duke, UVA, Pepperdine, TAMU, USC, Oregon..probably more, but can't think right now.  Was coach Forood present today? She's quite retiring(as I said, a Great Horned Owl! Apex Predator..haha, 'preying' on top young talents! Top of the food chain as well. Recruited Bellis and Gordon for 2017, that says it all, eh?), so I may have not noticed today.

You know, I think Duke is definitely interested in SJ. I mean of course she expressed high interest at TRN. If Duke snags her as well..Alyssa Smith/Makarova/Chen/Zhao/Johnson. That's just too much lol. I get Duke is the Harvard of the South, but California schools should 'defend' some top local talents!  One of its 'victims' is USC, for sure..since unlike Stanford, UCLA and Cal., USC usually only recruits locals..

As usual, location counted in watching matches.

R5 (17) Katie Volynets d. Jennifer Gadalov 6-2; 6-1

Too bad only could watch the start of the match. The points were actually long, I thought another triumph of 'Gadalovism' was impending lol, but V is too solid for that I guess. V has had two very tough losses against Osuigwe, at EB and this tournament. Which means, naturally, that she's one of the very best.  And this despite her petite size. Little Giant, for sure. As I said again and again, she has absolute control on her drives. That's why she can hang with anybody.

R5 (15) Abigail Forbes d. (17) Anika Yarlagadda 6-1; 6-2

R5 (17) Alyvia Jones d. Elvina Kalieva 6-3; 6-2

Watched the 2nd set or something. Points were long. Definitely not an easy win. Probably the decisive difference was serve. And Jones kept her aggression, another reason for the win. Kept on attacking, so could finally gain the initiative. If you won't or can't attack, Kalieva definitely will, with her rather effortless drives. Such a talent, at such a young age.

R5 Jayci Goldsmith d. (13) Elysia Bolton 6-4; 6-3

I mean really, Jayci how can you improve so much lol. Shared our surprise with coach Weaver!  She even slices well. Strong on both wings. And not only hits great, can actually keep the ball in play. She even executed a drop shot, for chrissake. Moves so well, hence could return all those potent drives by Bolton and Stearns today. Serve, has been serving well from Fed Cup. She's even pretty...haha.
Bolton probably couldn't believe it(Jayci's performance) either lol, kept smiling in disbelief!

Now what should I nickname Jayci. Goldsmith so Golden Girl(she's blond)? I think I nicknamed that to another player before, can't remember who. Maybe it was Jayci?

Golden Girl and Tart(akovski) surely are MIPs this year. So impressed with their improvements.

R5 (33) Niluka Madurawe d. (4) Maria Mateas 6-4; 1-0Ret (inj)

Only start of the match. Mateas not too good, but she was more solid. Huge winning the 1st set by Madurawe. She goes to Dartmouth..!

R5 Naomi Cheong d. (33) Salma Ewing Wo (inj)
R5 (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (1) Usue Arconada Wo (inj)

R5 (33) Natasha Subhash d. (11) Ellie Douglas 6-3; 6-3

Yup, I 'braved' and finally got to watch Douglas lol. Had to! I mean she's one of my favorite players, even though she teamed up with Baptiste..haha.
Many players boasted exquisite backhands today, these two were no exception. Subhash's net approaches were again effective today; possible in the first place because of her power drives.
And this Subhash lost twice to Alexa Noel; very choice few can subdue Subhash with defense and variety; Noel can, and that's one of the reasons she's my favorite class of 2020 player!
Douglas initiated the hug after the match.

5Q Jennifer Gadalov d. (17) Anna Brylin Wo (inj)
5Q (17) Anika Yarlagadda d. (9) Taylor Johnson Wo (inj)

5Q (17) Alyvia Jones d. (33) Mia Rabinowitz 6-4; 6-2

Mia tried. Not without effort. Could definitely prolong the rallies, at times even attacking sharply. But Jones was relentless. Managed to pierce Mia's excellent defense. Her superb serving also helped.

5Q Jayci Goldsmith d. Peyton Stearns 6-4; 6-3

If Jayci was content to retrieve she could not have won. Attacking is the best defense; and I dunno how she could return all those drive bombs by Peyton lol. Moved so well! I think Stearns' defense could get better, movement. Her lapses are like tax; she just hits so low. But such effortless hitting. 

5Q (33) Niluka Madurawe d. (16) Chelsea Kung 3-6; 6-0; 1-0(5)

Too bad I missed this. Location, location.

5Q Naomi Cheong d. (17) Samantha Martinelli 6-1; 6-1
5Q (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (17) Stephanie Schrage Wo (inj)

5Q (33) Natasha Subhash d. (17) Marlee Zein 6-3; 6-3

Location, location. So could watch alongside with Jayci vs Peyton.
Zein's drop shot is exquisite. Did so well. Subhash was definitely more powerful, but Zein herself could attack the corners.

Q (8) Whitney Osuigwe d. (2) Claire Liu 7-5; 6-7(8); 6-4

Couldn't see much, had to watch consolation matches..haha.
Another play of the day was Liu's difficult high bh volley return winner against O's lob, which was a 2nd set point methinks.
The pace was naturally monstrous; was it my illusion but O seemed to be the better hitter. Just a bit, but still. Liu seemed to struggle a bit trying to handle O's power. I mean, she moved well, and of course attacked well, but O seemed a tad more effortless.

Q (3) Ashley Kratzer d. (6) Michaela Gordon 7-5; 7-5

Great effort by Gordon. She's such a good mover, and such a solid hitter, hence could have a tight match. As before, I think she made some UEs trying to crank up the pace; netted quite a lot. Should she have played more conservatively? Dunno, but I think trying to attack better is always a good solution..K as usual showed good variety, big hitting..both were quite emotional.
Oh you know what, Kratzer is another player who I've been touting for a while lol. The proud product of So.Cal(is she still training here?)!

Q (12) caty mcnally d. (5) Ashley Lahey 6-4; 6-3

Watched some. I think movement counted; M better in that category, so could also attack more effectively methinks, like passing. But L's super aggression troubled M enough. 

Q (33) Kelly Chen d. (10) Ann Li 6-3; 2-6; 7-6(0)

Couldn't really watch much, I'm afraid. So can't really form a coherent expression. Chen is such a good mover, and her serve as usual, is a very dependable weapon. Who can forget that Super final between her and Mia Horvit at the Winter National! That match had everything, huge serve and drives, exquisite variety, terrific movement..

2017 National] Doubles 8/11

Finky finally came! Was chatting with Lumpkin as usual; complimented her serve and her fine sportsmanship in applauding the opponents' fine play!

Failla spotted; was practicing with Mossmer.

Midwest dominates the doubles scene: so many players!

Q (6) Baptiste/Douglas d. (2) Graver/Joyce 6-4; 6-0

Disaster. I was looking for the happy occasion of G/J vs B/J and this happened lol. I mean I can't watch Baptiste, hence can't watch this semi at all. Bugger..oh I was so rooting for you guys G/J!

Q (7) Bolton/Jones d. Hewitt/Stearns 6-2; 7-6(3)

As expected, marquee match. Fabulous.
1st set went by surprisingly fast because Jones was in best condition. She was even exquisite at net lol.
2nd set got more interesting. Have to give props to Stearns here. I've touted her as the best hitter in the class of 2020(McNally? Nope. But she's better in other myriad ways, hence #1. Wait #1 is now Osuigwe, forgot she was also class of 2020 lol). Her drives are just...can produce pace so effortlessly. She doesn't even swing hard; maybe it's all about technique lol.

Play of the day came from her jumping backhand mid-2nd set. She didn't jump standing. She made the jump while running, making a huge leap, and executed a perfect backhand drive, with tremendous pace. And this was returning a sharp and fast paced drive. She had to do it because otherwise she couldn't have reached it.
I've never seen anything like it, even in Indian Wells. That was just a jaw-dropping performance!

Not only that, she's such a natural at net as well! Her bh volleys are gorgeous, with perfect timing and execution, poaching.

You know I've been touting her for a while. She was quite popular with coaches this tournament; naturally. I'm so proud I've 'found/spotted' her earlier..haha.

Hewitt did make 2 costly DFs, got broken mid-match, and mp was that too. But La Bomba's huge drives enabled Stearns to poach easily in the first place, and used her size to good effect clearing high balls. And she's also quite proficient at net.

So despite being young, these two are a formidable combo. Although they do tend to make plenty of drive errors haha, their talent, firepower and variety are good enough to compensate it. Beating this team is a big deal.  After all they did beat Lahey/Sanford, two excellent senior doubles players.

Again I have to praise ma another favorite, Alyvia Jones here! Serve, easily one of the best in the tournament. Dunno how many times she made huge serves in pinch, whether in singles or doubles this tournament. Mid-2nd, she was in danger of being broken, but made consecutive huge serves, and finally held.

I've praised her serve return as well. Also, excellent. H/S are also very good servers, but it was partially neutralized by her terrific returns.

Crowning it all was her fabulous net plays! I mean she made plenty of poaching winners with exquisite skill; great concentration and body balance.

All this was 'for naught' because Bolton decided to show up and hog the glory haha.
She aced on her service game late in the match, and made consecutive huge poaching winners on the last game, on Hewitt's serve.

But is this a surprise? Of course not. She's EB G18 doubles winner with Lommer(Michigan. Yeah Michigan has been securing top local talents). Has been one of the best doubles players in the nation for a while. Repeatedly saying, I do envy UCLA lol, as a (former?) USC fan..

Q (8) Allen/Corley d. (4) Osuigwe/mcnally 6-2; 1-6; 1-0(5)

Only watched the 1st set and the later tiebreaker.
O/M did make some errors, McNally at least twice dropping the racquet haha.
But you have to give huge props to the winner. In fact both Allen and Corley are excellent doubles players. Allen/Kowalski vs Bolton/Joyce Winter National G16 match a few years ago was such a classic(B/J eventually went to win it all; congratulated them back then!), and Corley was excellent during local SoCal tournaments.

And it showed.
Their net plays were flawless. Exquisite. Fabulous volleys and slices, and Corley was especially impressive in that she managed to block O/M's repeated attempts to pass or to aim directly at her at net.
So O/M just couldn't gain the initiative at net, and it probably was the decisive factor. I think A/C were also quite decent rallying.

Q (5) Johnson/Liu d. (1) Li/Subhash 7-6(3); 6-3

Since the marquee match started later, could have a peek for like 4 games or so of the 1st set.
Li's volleys weren't working, maybe one of the reasons they lost? Subhash was quite good though.
J/L certainly have lapses, but their short? volley pattern was quite good, producing unreachable winners.


SF (5) Collins/Yaloz d. Brown/Miller 6-2; 6-1

This started later than the marquee match and finished earlier, alas...I thought this was the de facto final, so all the more disappointing I couldn't really watch.
When I glimpsed, Collins was also proficient at net, and Yaloz drove quite well. I don't think B/M played badly, did make some fine plays, but those were just glimpses; can't form a coherent impression of this match. Blame the marquee match starting late lol. 

SF (17) Blake/Redelijk d. (15) Goldsmith/Wagner 7-6(7); 6-2

SoCal duo wasted like 4 1st set points and numerous bps haha. Definitely a winnable match, but just couldn't consolidate it. W's net plays were as usual excellent, and G's drives were again very effective; just such a good hitter.
But; W's drives including service return left much to be desired, and G's serve were unstable. And B and R actually played singles today lol so can't blame fatigue here!
Blake was really good at net. They were quite strong at important points.

Still quite a tournament for this SoCal duo. I'm sure many coaches have noticed; W is now a National caliber in doubles, no question about it. Goldsmith's drives were pure Gold.

2017 National] Player of the day 8/11

Plenty of contenders, like Alyvia Jones who won all 3 matches, Jayci Goldsmith who defeated two very talented players, Madurawe who defeated 2 tough opponents..

But have to give props to Ivana Corley here. She defended the net fabulously, thus immensely contributing to the huge upset. I've been praising her doubles prowess for some time, so am rather proud lol. And Oklahoma should be thrilled.

Paul Lehman continues to report

He's a legendary birder and expert, a household name in California(really, Nationally), along with Guy McCaskie, Jon Dunn, Kimball Garrett..

2017 National] Marquee match 8/11

Midwest duel

Bolton/Jones vs Hewitt/Stearns, what else.

Also Goldsmith vs Stearns. Winner meets Bolton.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 National] G16 singles 8/10

Q Connie Ma d. (8) Lauren Stein 6-3; 6-4

Totally forgot about this and when I belatedly came to court 1(probably was concentrating on Hrastar vs Crowley and Cubitt vs Gallagher match at the opposite end of the venue), it was already the last game. Stein couldn't even win a set...!  Oh well I was thinking I would see Stein later in doubles, and she'll play tomorrow as well?

Later Mr. Law came! He scolded me why I wasn't watching Chinese Liu during I'm not Chinese!). Told him there's another good Chinese prospect, Connie Ma.

Q (9) Angelica Blake d. (3) Emma Navarro 6-1; 6-2

Blake so efficient. Same as in the Winter National when I first saw her. Concise drive form, almost clinical hitting. Could hit early. Seemed to be in good condition, so was winning rallies with ease, that was some performance. Not an upset of course, Blake is a top player and a class older than Navarro. Even her net approaches and finishes were good.

Q (4) Sedona Gallagher d. (33) Maggie Cubitt 6-2; 7-5

Mainly watched the 2nd set. Cubitt is just so talented. Made like twice the winners than G, but also more erratic. G hardly makes errors. Again C's serve deserted her.

Q (14) Nikki Redelijk d. (1) Fiona Crawley 6-2; 4-6; 6-4

Didn't really watch, was first watching Crawley's bf Hrastar lol, then Cubitt whom I haven't watched much, and then, had to watch doubles lol. When I watched simultaneously with G18 doubles, C was certainly more aggressive, but also committed more errors. R has now defeated bigger hitters Corley and Crawley, but that's her tennis. Returning well and super solid. Not dissimilar to Gallagher, I'd say...that match tomorrow might take long.

R5 anna Roggenburk d. (17) Britt Pursell 6-4; 6-4
R5 (33) Nikita Vishwase d. Gracie Mulville Wo (pc)
R5 (12) Reilly Tran d. Katherine Duong 6-3; 6-3
R5 (17) Kylie Collins d. (7) Dasha Kourkina 2-6; 6-4; 10-8
R5 (33) Jaedan Brown d. (33) Katrina Scott Wo (inj)

R5 (6) Briana Crowley d. (16) Ava Hrastar 7-5; 6-1

Hrastar was leading 5-2 when I sat closer in the shade. Thereafter all downhill lol. Not because I was wearing a Westbrook jersey I hope! It wasn't like I was taking sides, I just wanted a good match :)
H's huge effortless drives is a delight to watch, but C moved better and was more solid. H pretty much self destructed after some rallies.
H mini jumps just before returning serve, but she sometimes did it too late to return serve effectively methinks haha. I think she returned better when she didn't even bother to jump!

Later when I was watching farther back, right beside Cubitt vs Gallagher match(so I was watching both matches), who comes to sit in front of this match in the shade(where I sat earlier); Douglas and her coach? Looked like Douglas lost, by the look of it(as I said I don't have time to check match results lol). Too bad I couldn't watch her singles matches thus far. Maybe tomorrow? Can't watch doubles though, you know why. I'm very respectful of parents' wishes!

R5 (17) Alexandra Yepifanova d. India Houghton 6-1; 6-4
 R5 (33) Carmen Corley d. Hailey Stelse 7-5; 6-3
5Q anna Roggenburk d. (17) Zoe Howard 6-4; 6-7(4); 10-3
5Q (33) Nikita Vishwase d. (33) Maxi Duncan 6-2; 6-2
5Q (12) Reilly Tran d. Lindsay Hung 6-1; 6-2
5Q (7) Dasha Kourkina d. (17) Michelle Sorokko 6-3; 6-2
5Q (33) Jaedan Brown d. (33) Anna Campana 1-6; 6-1; 10-7
5Q (6) Briana Crowley d. Rachel Arbitman 6-1; 6-2

5Q India Houghton d. (13) Addison Guevara 6-3; 6-3

Pretty tight. G was aggressive, but also committed some errors after rallies. 

5Q Hailey Stelse d. (15) Karina Miller 7-5; 6-2

St was quite good, was impressed. Hit well. 

2017 National] G18 singles 8/10

I nominated Rabinowitz but she had an added advantage in playing doubles; 'Tart' and Ava Markham were also super impressive today. Adding Yaloz, plenty of Eastern players who impressed me today.

All across the board, plenty of Texans; but they all lost haha. Douglas, Zein(she's still alive in consolation though, Douglas is also playing it seems), Guevara, Crawley, also shows that Texas has plenty of depth.

Played favorite today. Pretty much concentrated on ma favorite players, especially in consolation singles(literally the last match) and doubles(no consolation, ugh).

Da Boss Lady came(coach Forood). Should've followed around and checked who she was watching lol. Gordon of course, but dunno who else. Li?

Coach Brown came, he mainly watched Bolton and Kalieva vs Gordon match methinks?

Oh and senile case #3; I said no Notre Dame, what was I thinking. Coach Dasso of course, and she even passed me by without her sunglasses!

Sara Anundsen; from UNC to Davidson to UVA. She's here.

Makarova's mom wore a Duke visor.

I was worried I spelled Casals wrong, I was thinking of Pablo Casals lol, famous cellist. Same last name, but was it indeed her watching SJ doubles yesterday with SJ's parents.

Oh Patel's brother introduced himself. I naturally complimented her sister's doubles prowess.


 4Q Jennifer Gadalov d. (33) Tatum Burger 6-1; 6-3

B rallied in the 2nd set, just glimpsed.

4Q Lauren Lemonds d. Dominique Stone Wd (inj)
4Q Valerie Ho d. Sophia Edwards Wo (inj)

4Q Julia Haynes d. Madison Hwang 6-4; 6-2

4Q (33) Mia Rabinowitz d. (33) Sophia Graver 6-2; 6-1

Watched a bit of the start of the 2nd set. After coming back from the bathroom break(I was fuming haha, I can't waste my valuable time!), Graver was quite composed, played pretty patiently. Still R outlasted her. Watching R is always a delight, she's such a good mover and technician. Even does a mini jumping bh lol.

4Q (17) McCartney Kessler d. (33) Grace Joyce 6-3; 6-4

Good match. Composed Joyce was formidable; was herding K left and right with her flat razor-like drives.  Served decently too methinks.

4Q Peyton Stearns d. (33) Kolie Allen 7-6(1); 6-2

That leg-thru again. Popular, Pepperdine, Michigan, Duke? etc. 

4Q Jayci Goldsmith d. (33) Sonia Tartakovsky 6-3; 3-6; 10-7

Was super impressed with Tart today. Is she playing better every day? Lol. Fh, bh, beautiful form. Could attack sharply so put G on the defensive tons of times, that was some sight! Served well(she 'meditates' before serve haha), and also approached the net.
So thought G had to play aggressively, and she indeed did. The points were long, and she managed to win those rallies, many times Tart making errors. Such a tense match. MP was G's good unreturnable serve. Kudos to both! T seemed taller than G.

4Q (14) Hailey Baptiste d. (33) Julia Lilien 6-2; 7-6(4)

4Q (33) Niluka Madurawe d. (33) Amanda Meyer 6-3; 7-5

That's..quite a win...!

4Q (17) Samantha Martinelli d. Julieanne Bou 6-3; 6-1
4Q (33) Sophia Patel d. Alexa Butera 6-1; 6-1
4Q Jessica Anzo d. (33) Catherine Gulihur 3-6; 6-3; 10-7
4Q Alee Clayton d. (33) Maia Sung 1-6; 6-4; 10-8

4Q Ava Markham d. (33) victoria hu 7-5; 1-6; 10-7

Belatedly joined coach Kalbas and Thornqvist, sandwiched between them lol. Coach Harmon also came. Cornell coach too.
Markham, tall. Serve, good. Returned Hu's monstrous drives right back at her. Backhand angled return and approach volley winner. DF. Backhand slice. Probably a deserved win, not kidding here. 

4Q Dalayna Hewitt d. (17) Carolyn Campana 7-6(7); 6-1

R5 (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (1) Usue Arconada Wo (inj)
5Q Jennifer Gadalov d. (17) Anna Brylin Wo (inj)
5Q (17) Anika Yarlagadda d. (9) Taylor Johnson Wo (inj)
5Q (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (17) Stephanie Schrage Wo (inj)
R4 Jennifer Gadalov d. (33) Janice Shin Wo (inj)
R4 (17) Anna Brylin d. Lauren Lemonds Wo (inj)
R4 (17) Anika Yarlagadda d. Valerie Ho 6-3; 6-0
R4 (9) Taylor Johnson d. Julia Haynes 6-1; 6-3

R4 (33) Mia Rabinowitz d. (17) Rachel Eason 7-6(1); 2-6; 10-6

Watched the TB or something. E was actually on the offensive lots of times, but R also managed to retrieve tons of those. 

R4 (17) Alyvia Jones d. (17) McCartney Kessler 6-3; 6-3

K eventually couldn't return J's serve. But her bh was quite good, could actually win the bh duel against J. Actually J seemed many times rather overpowered, and that's saying something. But J tenaciously returned well, and it was K who eventually committed errors, many times trying to finish. Her serve was also a tad unstable, and dunno if it was an illusion but thought that she could move better(to return J's attacks).I

That game at 2-2 in the 2nd was crucial methinks. Took forever to finish, and J managed to finally break.  Certainly a tough match, and pretty much concentrated on this one.

R4 Peyton Stearns d. (7) Alexandra Sanford Wo (inj)

R4 Jayci Goldsmith d. (17) Hannah Zhao Wo (inj)
R4 (16) Chelsea Kung d. (14) Hailey Baptiste 3-6; 6-4; 10-3

R4 (33) Niluka Madurawe d. Abigail Desiatnikov Wo (inj)

R4 (17) Samantha Martinelli d. (17) Cali Jankowski Wo (inj)

R4 Naomi Cheong d. (33) Sophia Patel 6-2; 6-0
R4 (17) Stephanie Schrage d. Jessica Anzo 6-2; 5-7; 10-5

R4 (17) Alana Wolfberg d. Alee Clayton 6-3; 6-3

Clayton even volleys well. Watched a bit, and she certainly could pressure W with her aggression. GT coaches came by to watch this.

R4 (33) Natasha Subhash d. Ava Markham 6-3; 6-1

So impressed. So impressed with M. Does everything well. Moves well, hits well, can 'leg-thru' methinks lol, even volleys well. What can't she do lol. Serve return, good. Passed. Lobbed.
Once aced after allowing a service return winner lol, and after also making a volley winner, held that service game.
S's sharp angled drives were too much, coupled with her volley finishes.
Who was that friend of M after the match? Coleman?

R4 (17) Marlee Zein d. Dalayna Hewitt

16 (2) Claire Liu d. (15) Abigail Forbes 6-2; 6-2

16 (8) Whitney Osuigwe d. (17) Katie Volynets 7-5; 7-6(3)

Watched at times, not too much. HQ match, very intense. V was quite aggressive, even coming into the net. Handled O's power reasonably well. Also served well methinks. O as usual committed vastly more errors, it reminded me of that EB match(didn't really watch that match much either). 

16 (3) Ashley Kratzer d. (13) Elysia Bolton 6-4; 6-0

That first set was quite tight. Again, have to envy UCLA. K not only can produce huge pace, she's also a competent drop shotter. I think both served well: mainly watched the 1st set.

16 (6) Michaela Gordon d. Elvina Kalieva 6-1; 6-2

Jones is not the only player with a Golden Backhand. Gordon's bh is pretty good as well. Was quite aggressive actually, and was very emotional. Once yelled OMG after a failed overhead and she was leading 4-1 in the 1st haha. Kalieva replied in kind by
Kalieva, great form. Really moves well, returns well, and hit well. But her counterattacks encountered a veritable wall in Gordon today, and after long rallies, it was K who eventually crumbled. But what a tournament nonetheless.
Gordon also served pretty well methinks.

16 (5) Ashley Lahey d. (33) Salma Ewing 6-1; 6-4

16 (12) caty mcnally d. (4) Maria Mateas 4-6; 6-4; 6-1

Couldn't really watch but M seemed to be playing better today. Also volleyed pretty well methinks. Mostly watched the 1st set methinks, M was on the defensive lots of times(but of course M's defense is good).

16 (33) Kelly Chen d. (11) Ellie Douglas 7-6(4); 6-0

At least Duke coaches(or only coach Ashworth?) were seen watching this match. 

16 (10) Ann Li d. (1) Usue Arconada 6-4; 6-3

Just watched a bit, seemed pretty tight. Li could produce monstrous pace, and A's defense wasn't bad.