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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.

McEnroe Opens New Indian Wells Stadium With ‘Challenge for Charity’

desert sunThe Indian Wells Tennis Garden opened its Stadium 2 on an chilly (well, for the Southern Calif. desert, anyway…) Saturday night, and who better than our own John McEnroe and fellow American Jim Courier to stage the inaugural match?

The 8,000-seat venue, which compliments the main IWTG stadium of nearly twice the capacity, much like Louis Armstrong Stadium does with Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open.

Courier won the McEnroe Challenge for Charity match in a Super Tie-Break after the two split two sets.

Read Leighton Ginn’s account of the match and the new stadium in the Desert Sun here.