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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 National] G18 singles 8/8

Surprise guest was Nicole Mossmer! Back problem, but she's hopeful to play USO juniors.

More coaches, Duke(both) and UF(Thornqvist) coaches finally came. Missing are LSU, both USC(Carolina and California), UGA...

Finally got an answer about the reason why Midwest is so good; from an unexpected source lol. Was telling 'coach' Lumpkin(where's Finky by the way! I really should tell her about applauding. She was the first player who I saw applaud the opponents' fine play. And she was rock solid at #2 for the Trojans. Practically never lost Conference matches, and her win against Barte at Ojai is a classic) about birding(she had far better handwriting than mine!), and she said an umpire from Chicago was a birder too. She told an uncomprehending moi that she is from Chicago! So naturally I brought up that topic, Midwest as Mecca; I joked that there might be nothing else to do for the youngsters lol, and she surmised that it might be a cultural thing; work ethic, blue collar and all that. Very interesting, and pretty plausible too, methinks.

Midwest products does seem to have excellent fundamentals, that's the one thing I noticed(I even thought it might be an Evert thing); just look at all those current junior elites, Bolton, Jones, Desiatnikov, McNally, etc...they're first of all, super solid, don't really make many errors(exception being those Bombers Hewitt and Stearns..haha).
Lumpkin is also a product of Midwest; now you know why UCLA excels. They have a solid pipeline there, from Lumpkin to Dolehide to Remynse to McPhillips to Bolton..

By the way, Midwest is quite conservative. Isolationists like Robert Taft, and they probably felt threatened by the Rights revolution in the 1960s; just look at Richard Daley brutally suppressing the protesters during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

It's tragic Douglas teaming up with Baptiste. Because of B's psycho dad, can't watch one of my favorite players play. Maybe he begged to play with her lol. Can't he crawl back to Poland or something already. Or is it Haiti(French name).

64 (2) Claire Liu d. (33) Sonia Tartakovsky 6-0; 6-1

64 Naomi Cheong d. Jayci Goldsmith 6-3; 6-2

C won the drive battle, that says something. As I said before, there are 3 elite players from Nevada, all from the same class of 2020; Cheong, Gallagher, and Boch-Collins(Cheong hasn't played very much recently methinks, but she's the best). Really too bad, couldn't watch once the doubles started. Goldsmith will play doubles tomorrow anyway, and there's consolation singles too, so..

64 (15) Abigail Forbes d. (33) Kolie Allen 6-1; 7-6

2nd set took quite long actually. This match was popular, many coaches watched including Iron Maiden.

64 (17) Cali Jankowski d. (33) Andrea Cerdan 6-4; 7-6(3)

Same here, played next to Cheong vs Goldsmith match. Cerdan is an excellent hitter, so that's a very good win of course. When I watched, J lobbed and sliced well. Really, has come far..

64 (8) Whitney Osuigwe d. (33) Grace Joyce 6-0; 6-4

Only could watch at the start and at the end. By the end there were lots of coaches around. Seemed pretty tight, well Joyce likes pace anyway, was very good, J applauded.
64 Abigail Desiatnikov d. (17) McCartney Kessler 6-1; 6-3

Surprisingly easy win. Like other matches, only caught the start of the match. Long points, but D won those.

64 (16) Chelsea Kung d. (33) Sophia Graver 6-4; 6-3

Graver really is a good player. This match was also popular with coaches. Maybe I should ask Joyce where Graver is going..haha.

64 (17) Katie Volynets d. Delara Zamani 6-4; 6-4

Couldn't watch, but that's a surprisingly tight score. Didn't Z play lower position for Texas at Claremont(Fed Cup) just a few days ago?

64 (3) Ashley Kratzer d. (33) Amber O'Dell 6-2; 6-4

Only had a glimpse, but likewise, quite an effort by O'Dell. I should watch her play doubles tomorrow. Against WF combo, that should be one of the marquee matches.

64 (17) Marlee Zein d. (33) Jessi Muljat 6-3; 6-3
64 (13) Elysia Bolton d. (33) Rena Lin 6-1; 1-0Ret (inj)
64 (33) Natasha Subhash d. Haley Giavara 6-3; 6-3
64 (6) Michaela Gordon d. (33) Toni Nelson 6-0; 6-0

64 (17) Alana Wolfberg d. (33) Danielle Willson 7-6(5); 6-3

Popular. Willson really has come far. Seemed like the bigger hitter, but no surprise of course. I've 'hyped' her for years lol.  Too bad couldn't watch much.

64 Elvina Kalieva d. (33) Jennifer Kerr 6-3; 7-6(2)

Could watch some of early 2nd. Has Kalieva grown taller or what. Managed to win the long points, also moving quite well. Passed really well.  Kerr later stepped up though, so the match was getting interesting when I left.

64 (17) Stephanie Schrage d. (33) Tatum Burger 6-2; 6-3

Long points, rather evenly matched, expected of course. Denver lucked again after getting O'Loughlin!

64 (33) Salma Ewing d. Dalayna Hewitt 6-3; 7-5
64 (9) Taylor Johnson d. (33) Lexi Keberle 6-2; 6-0

64 (17) Anika Yarlagadda d. (33) victoria hu 6-4; 6-4

Impressed with Y's defense and movement. Hu is such a huge striker, and she's pretty solid as well. Y was returning with all her might. H could slide well, and both sliced quite well.

64 (5) Ashley Lahey d. (33) Katherine Nguyen 6-3; 6-1

64 (17) Anna Brylin d. Victoria Emma 6-2; 6-3

Couldn't watch much, but a surprisingly easy win. B when I glimpsed served quite solidly methinks. I actually thought her fh improved? Sank tons but her form looked really good, could generate pace rather effortlessly. Had a good word of her with coach Roland.

64 (12) caty mcnally d. (33) Maia Sung 6-1; 6-1
64 (33) Janice Shin d. (17) Ivana Corley 6-3; 6-1

64 (4) Maria Mateas d. Jessica Anzo 6-2; 7-6(2)

Couldn't watch but the 2nd set seemed neverending. Quite an effort by Anzo.

64 (17) Hannah Zhao d. (33) Sophia Patel 6-4; 6-2
64 (11) Ellie Douglas d. Annalise Klopfer 7-5; 6-1

64 (33) Kelly Chen d. (17) Sara Choy 6-3; 6-1

Huh that's a surprisingly easy win by Chen.

64 (7) Alexandra Sanford d. (33) Julia Deming 6-2; 6-3

Glimpsed a bit. Sanford not too solid but overpowered through.

64 (17) Alyvia Jones d. (33) Amanda Meyer 7-5; 6-3

As I said, marquee match. Why am I usually right lol. Both are excellent movers. Meyer is probably top 5 of the Class of 2017 now since the top elites turned pro lol, but methinks she really improved during the past year or two. Just such a good hitter. But attacking Jones' bh? Bad choice. As usual, that side was practically a wall. Didn't I say Golden backhand. But if Jones was content to just retrieve, not going to win. Jones actually took charge of lots of points, being super aggressive especially on her fh. Her fh actually did some major damage here. Even approached the net proactively.
So most points were long, and Jones managed to win those. I said Jones is an excellent server. One more thing I noticed during Fed Cup and today's match, she's also one helluva serve returner. Because Meyer despite her height is a very good server. Means, Jones had to play pretty much flawlessly to beat Meyer, Meyer is just that good. Jones once applauded. Later she was seen proudly wearing Michigan sweater..haha(again with the Hand sisters, the sisters are taller than her). Heck of a match.

64 (10) Ann Li d. (33) Niluka Madurawe 6-4; 6-2

I said I was impressed with Madurawe. Couldn't really watch, but just look at the score.

64 (17) Rachel Eason d. Maryann Rompf 3-6; 6-3; 6-4

Only could watch the last part, this match took literally ages. Many coaches were watching, including coach Brenan. Was Eason too passive, dunno, but R certainly was aggressive, could pressure E endlessly.

64 (1) Usue Arconada d. (33) Julia Lilien 6-3; 6-0

Lilien actually played quite well, hit aggressively. I think both served well, or Lilien couldn't return well.

R2 Jennifer Gadalov d. Thea Rice 6-2; 6-2

Only could watch the later 2nd set or something. Rice is a fine technician, but became another victim of 'Gadalovism'. Naturally was in agony haha. Nice handshake.

R2 Sophia Edwards d. Jasie Dunk 6-0; 6-2

Dunk really has nice variety. Approach timing, excellent. Now I'm quite familiar with Edwards' fh form methinks.

R2 Julia Haynes d. Nicole Roc 6-3; 6-2

Roc seemed pretty decent, quite aggressive.

R2 Lily LaBiche d. Hermehr Kaur 6-3; 6-3

Only could watch a bit.

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