(Palm Desert, CA) Day 5- Another perfect day in sunny California for the B18 quarterfinals with the temperature in the mid-80s, hardly a breeze and not a cloud in the sky. After a shaky round of 16 in which he did not play his best tennis, but survived with a 7-5, 7-5 win, JMTA’s Noah Rubin faced the big serving, Alexandru Gozun. In this match, Noah came out on fire, breaking his opponent at love in the first game and then holding at love in the second game. Noah quickly went up two breaks, gave one back but held serve at 5-4 to take the first set. Noah’s energy, court presence, and “compete” level were off the charts. The second set was a work of art. Three breaks against a huge server, three holds; done. Match over. Saturday in the semifinals, Noah will play another behemoth, 6’3’’ 230 pound, Luca Corintelli. Noah will have to play better in his next match than he did in the quarters; and that will not be easy.
Following Noah’s match, Jamie Loeb played her semifinal match in her quest for consecutive ITF L1 Doubles Championships. Jamie and her doubles partner, Maegan Menasse won a tough first set 6-3 playing very solidly off the ground. In the second set, Jamie and Megan’s opponents started coming forward a little more and managed to win three consecutive 40-40 points to take the second set 6-4. After going up 6-2 in the superbreaker, it seemed that Jamie would be in the finals for the second week in a row. But her opponents caught fire, and reeled off the last 8 points in a row to take the supertiebreak and the match, 10-6. Very disappointing for Jamie, but a good run nonetheless.