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Oliver Sec Upends Top Seed In Easter Bowl Consolation

JMTA’s Oliver Sec extended his run to the third round of B16s consolations at Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Calif., with wins over #1 seed Evan Zhu, 5-7, 6-1, 11-9 and Ivan Thamma, 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-4 before falling to Ryan Cheng, 7-5, 6-1.

In the dramatic superbreaker vs. Zhu, Sec fought off a match point, then won the final two points to secure the win.

The Easter Bowl run follows up on a semifinal finish at the B18s Eastern Super Six Turning Stone last week for Sec, who, seeded eighth, defeated Maxwell McDonald and Maverick Lin before bowing to No. 2 seed Nicolas Podesta. He earned another victory in consolations, edging Jack Turchetta in three sets.

Golovin, Rozenstein, Xiong Compete At Carson, Easter Bowl

Three prominent JMTA players headed West for key U.S. junior tournaments over the past couple of weeks. Jessica Golovin and Julian Rozenstein competed at the USTA International Spring Championships event at USTA Training Center West in Carson, Calif., and the Easter Bowl at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sabrina Xiong played at Easter Bowl as well.

In Carson, Golovin started strong, forging a 5-0 lead in the first set of her first-round match against Gabrielle Andrews, but fell in three sets, 6-7(6) 6-1 4-6. She teamed with Marie Norris to win a first-round doubles match in straights, 7-5, 6-4, before dropping a second-round match to eventual singles champ Catherine Cartan Bellis and Mia Horvit.

At Easter Bowl, Golovin upended the No. 6 ranked U.S. player in 18s, Chloe Oullet Pizer, 4-6 6-2 7-6(4). She then dropped a straight-set decision to ITF World #91 Jessica Ho, 6-4, 6-0. She repeated her doubles results from the previous week, ousting the #8 seeded pair in straight sets with partner Jenna Friedel before losing a straight-set second round matchup.

Julian Rozenstein had solid results in both venues, winning three qualifying rounds, two of them in straights, to reach the main draw, where he fell to Aron Hiltzik in the first round. Rozenstein and partner Jose Carvajal dropped a first-round doubles match in straight sets.

Rozenstein also qualified at Easter Bowl, winning two rounds in straight sets after a first-round bye, before drawing the tough assignment of the #5 seed and 72nd ranked ITF player in Sameer Kumar, who eliminated Rozenstein in straight sets. His doubles partner withdrew before their main draw first-round match.

Xiong entered Easter Bowl as the #9 seed but lost her three matches, falling in the first round to Abigail Desiatnikov in three sets and the singles back draw to Gabrielle Schuck. In doubles, she drew the #8 seed and fell, 8-6.

Easter Bowl Results – April, 14th

Easter Bowl '13 Noah Rubin

Noah Rubin

(Palm Desert, CA)  Day 6- There was “no joy in Mudville” today as JMTA’s Noah Rubin lost in the semifinals of the 2013 Easter Bowl to Luca Corintelli, 7-6 (6), 6-1.  Noah started out strongly, breaking Luca at 1-1 and holding for a 3-1 lead.  Noah had two break points to make it 4-1, but Luca’s big serve bailed him out.  Noah held and had another break opportunity at 4-2, but again Luca served himself out of trouble again.  The match seemed to turn in the next game with Noah serving at 4-3.  Three very uncharacteristic unforced errors gave back the break and we were knotted at 4-4.  Both players held to send it to a tiebreak with Noah saving a set point serving at 4-5.  Noah jumped out 2-0 in the breaker, but quickly went down 6-4.  He saved two more set points to get to 6-6.  At 6-6 Luca bombed an ace and on the next point, Noah sailed a backhand long to give Luca the tiebreak 8-6.

Easter Bowl Results – Saturday, April 13th

Noah Rubin

Easter Bowl ’13
Noah Rubin

(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.

Easter Bowl Results – Thursday, April 11th

(Palm Desert, CA)  Day 3 saw clear blue skies, temperatures in the high eighties and not much wind, thankfully.   A lot of matches to report on from five different sites and six age groups so let’s get right to it. 

Easter Bowl

JMTA Players: Loren Haukova, JMTA Coach Bruce Haddad, Elizabeth Tsvetkov

First up was Loren Haukova (G14) in the round of 16 versus the girl who beat the #2 seed yesterday.  Loren went up 3-2 in the first sticking to the game plan her coach Bruce Haddad mapped out after briefly scouting Loren’s opponent in her upset win.   Mixing up her shots, changing speeds and varying spin, Loren had three game points to go up 4-2.   However she could not convert on any of the three and found herself at 3-3.  At this point, Loren strayed from the game plan just a little, but her opponent who is a year older really picked up her game.  Loren did not win another game, falling 6-3, 6-0.  She will play again tomorrow in the compass draw. 

Next up was Jessica Golovin (G16) in her first consolation match of the day.  After dropping the first set and down 3-5 love-40, Jessica went into survival mode, saving the three match points.  Then, at 4-5, she saved two more match points and went on to win that set 7-5.  In a nail-biting superbreak, Jessica toughed it out 10-8.   A real gutty performance.  She won her second consolation match of the day in a little more routine fashion 6-3, 6-4 and will play next tomorrow at 11:30 AM. 

Noah Rubin (B18) took the court, after a 1st round bye, against Robbie Bellamy, a big burly Californian headed to USC to play for Peter Smith.   Noah had numerous break points in the 1st set, but converted only one.  Fortunately, one was enough as he closed out the first set 6-4.  Noah picked it up in the second set breaking Bellamy three times.  Noah was quick to point out that he did not get broken at all in the match.  He gets a little sensitive when his serving prowess is not pointed out!  Let’s hope that continues in the round of 16 tomorrow versus Logan Smith.

Elizabeth Tsvetkov (G16) After battling back and saving two match points yesterday, Elizabeth found herself in the same predicament today, i.e., a set down and not much hope of shifting the momentum.  Again, she came back and won the second set, but wasn’t able to duplicate her magic act of yesterday and lost 4-6, 6-2 (10-4).  However, the dynamic duo of Elizabeth and Sabrina Xiong combined for another thrilling doubles victory tonight 6-3, 5-7 (10-8).  This team has won two consecutive national doubles titles and they are on a 12 match win streak!  They play the round of 16 tomorrow afternoon.

Sabrina Xiong (G16) Took the court today with one consolation match under her belt.  When the day was over, she added two more victories.  Her first match was rather routine and won 6-1, 6-2 with Sabrina delivering consistent and penetrating groundstrokes that seemed shocking coming from a girl of Sabrina’s size.  The second match would be just as routine were it not for the near-fisticuffs that happened after the match.  Apparently, Sabrina’s opponent, after realizing that she could not beat her tried to intimidate Sabrina and the perfectly behaved representatives from the prestigious John McEnroe Tennis Academy.  But Sabrina’s “Posse” (Elizabeth, Jessica and Eva) was not going to have any of that.

Eva Siskova (G16) Eva had a tough three setter coming out on the short end of a 2-6, 7-6 (1) 10-8 battle.  Eva was up a set and 5-4 with a couple of match points.  She had another at 6-5.  She fought valiantly but lost a heartbreaking superbreaker 10-8.

Oliver  Sec (B16)  Oliver lost a tough consolation match to a quality player.  Again, Oliver struggled a bit with his serve but competed well in a 6-2, 6-4 loss.

Victoria Sec (G14) Playing in her first national level one championship, dropped a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 decision to the #17 seed.  Victoria competed very well in all her matches and will come away with a victory and whole lot of valuable experiences. 

Jamie Loeb (G18) continued her quest for a second straight ITF doubles title with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory.  Quarters tomorrow.

Easter Bowl Results – Wednesday, April 10th

Easter Bowl

JMTA Students: Jamie Loeb, Jessica Golovin, Loren Haukova, Sabrina Xiong, Elizabeth Tsvetkov, Eva Siskova

(Palm Desert, CA) Day 1- Competitors in this year’s Easter Bowl will not soon forget their first round matches at the 2013 Easter Bowl.  Gale force winds up to 50 miles per hour made playing a tennis match almost impossible.  The wind was at its strongest before noon when dust, palm tree bark, chairs and every once in a while an elderly USTA umpire could be seen flying about!  The tournament officials finally suspended play, but unfortunately for JMTA all of our players had early matches completed before logic prevailed.   While it is true that the wind affects all players, 50 mile per hour winds make playing tennis more like the X Games, particularly for New Yorkers with only a couple of days to acclimate to being outdoors.   Here are the results through Tuesday:

Noah Rubin (B18) the ITF started Tuesday, but Noah received a bye;  he will play his first match Wednesday at 12:30.

Jamie Loeb (G18) Jamie received a bye in the first round, then faced the #1 player in USTA G18s Brooke Austin; it seemed odd not to seed Brooke, but they go by ITF rankings and Brooke has not played enough events to be receive a high ranking.  This created a second round match between arguably the two best players.  Jamie was up a set and 5-4 serving with a match point that she did not convert. The second set went to a tiebreak where Jamie had two more match points.  Brooke came up with some big shots and won the tiebreak, 9-7.  Jamie lost 6-3 in the third but this was one heck of a battle between two really great competitors; it’s a shame that it wasn’t the finals.

Jessica Golovin (G16) On Monday, Jessica lost 6-4, 6-2 in singles in the hurricane, and fell in the doubles 6-2; 2-6; 11-9.  On Tuesday, with no gale force winds to deal with, she bounced back with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 win.

Loren Haukova (G14) On Sunday, Loren won 6-4, 6-2 in Singles and lost 6-4, 6-2 with partner Victoria Sec.  On Monday, she played a solid match, disposing her opponent 6-2, 6-0.  On Tuesday, playing a near perfect match, Loren dispatched a very good #17 Seed.  Her court presence and emotional control have been excellent throughout the event thanks to the constant reminders of how important they are by Coach Bruce Haddad.

Oliver Sec (B16) On Monday, Oliver lost in singles 6-4, 6-1.  He struggled with the wind a bit, but did not play his best tennis; he let the wind totally negate his big serve and big forehand.  He then lost in doubles to the #6 Seeds.  On Tuesday, Oliver bounced back with a gritty 7-5, 6-3 against a very solid player, as his serve was dramatically better.

Victoria Sec (G14) On Monday, she won in singles 6-3, 6-2, and lost in doubles 6-4, 6-2 with Loren Haukova.  On Tuesday, Victoria came up against a tough #13 seed and fell 6-0, 6-2. She played well but it was not enough to take down a seed here.  G14 is a Compass draw, so Victoria played another singles match, but lost 6-3, 6-1.

Eva Siskova (G16) On Monday, she lost in singles 6-3, 6-1 in the extreme conditions and won in doubles with an 11-9 victory in the superbreaker. On Tuesday, Eva bounced back from her disappointing loss with a vengeance; she beat a very good girl 6-1, 6-0 and it wasn’t as close as the score indicates. Under the normal weather conditions of the day, Eva played her game and her game destroyed this girl. Had this been MMA, the girl would have tapped out early in the first set; she moved and hit beautifully, winning every long point (and pretty much all other kinds of points as well).  In doubles, Eva lost a tough doubles match 7-5, 7-6 (6).

Elizabeth Tsvetkov (G16) On Monday, she lost in singles 6-2, 6-2 to a very good player. Elizabeth’s game of taking balls early and pressuring opponents did not fare well in the gale force winds; she will work to improve her ability to make adjustments outdoors.  On Tuesday, Elizabeth went down 5-1 in a heartbeat, but then all of a sudden she woke up and started playing her game.  Unfortunately she had dug too deep a hole in the set and lost 6-3. Elizabeth dominated the second set 6-2, pushing her opponent around unmercifully.  The up and down continued in the superbreaker: up 5-1, then down 7-9, then four straight points to win 11-9 against a very good G16.  Brooklyn and Sabrina Xiong won their doubles 6-4, 7-5

Sabrina Xiong (G16) On Monday, Sabrina lost singles in Hurricane Easter Bowl to the #6 seed 6-0, 7-5. After a tough first set she made the adjustment to the wind really well, serving for the second set at 5-4 but could not finish. On Tuesday, Sabrina bounced back with a solid 6-4, 6-1 victory. Sabrina was able to control play with her equally lethal forehand and backhand.  The match was closer than the score would indicate, but Sabrina was much tougher on the big points. Sabrina and Elizabeth won their doubles 6-4, 7-5.