(Palm Desert, CA) Day 4- Today was another busy day for the JMTA “crew” at the 2013 Easter Bowl. It started on a very positive note with Loren Haukova delivering another blowout victory over a quality opponent. Down 2-3 in the 1st set, Loren put it in 5th gear and coasted to a 6-3, 6-1 victory. Loren followed Johnny Mac’s Commandment of “Do not beat thy self!” In her 2nd match, Loren played Abigail Desiatnikov, a girl who did a great job of taking balls early and pressuring Loren into countless errors. Loren could have done a little better if she followed the game plan of attacking 2nd serves and taking advantage of the first aggressive opportunity. A little too passive versus an opponent girl who was very good once she controlled the center of the court, Loren ended up on the wrong side of a 6-3, 6-0 score. All in all, an excellent tournament for Ms. Haukova.
Sabrina Xiong started the day with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Lauren Gooodman, the #13 seed in G16s. Lauren had a lot of fire power, but also made a lot of unforced errors. Sabrina played high percentage tennis to the max and came away with a nice big “W”. In her 2nd match, Sabrina ran out gas against Samantha Hampton and came out on the short end of a 6-0, 6-3 decision. Sabrina had an excellent tournament in singles. Unfortunately, in the doubles, Sabrina and Elizabeth Tsvetkov’s doubles win streak was halted by the #6 seeds, 6-2, 6-3 in the round of 16.
Jessica Golovin– Lost a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 contest to Andrea Kevakian, the #17 seed. Goldie played her usual aggressive game, but costly errors at key times made the difference in this contest. Jessica at times did demonstrate the high level of play of which she is capable; and with a little more practice and a bit more consistency, she is going to be a tough out in any tournament.
Noah Rubin took the court against his round of 16 opponent, ‘local boy-done-good” Logan Smith. With the crowd firmly entrenched in the Californian’s corner, Mr. Smith gave Noah all he could handle. Up 4-1 and two breaks of serve, it looked like Noah would go through the local favorite “like a hot knife through butter.” But the home town boy had other ideas. Two hours later, carrying the JMTA banner, Noah walked away with a 7-5, 7-5 nail-biting victory. Noah plays another big, bruising 6 foot+ plus player tomorrow in the quarters. As they say, “The bigger they are……. the harder they serve.” I mean “the harder they fall!”
Jamie Loeb continued her march toward another ITF doubles title. Jamie and her partner, Maegan Manasse are cruising through the G18s draw, winning today by the score of 6-1, 6-1.
As Day 4 ends, JMTA is still alive to take home two Easter Bowl titles: B18s Singles and G18s Doubles.