One of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy’s (JMTA’s) up-and-coming stars, Jessica Golovin, who is ranked #485 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and a qualifier in the ITF Pan American Championships, came back from one set down to upset 2nd seeded Dasha Ivanova (#66 in the ITF) in three sets (2-6, 6-0, 6-3). Bruce Haddad, Assistant Director of the JMTA and Jessica’s private coach, is very proud of her. “To lose the first set against a top seed and come back to win the next seven straight games and win the match takes strong mental toughness and a ton of confidence. I am very proud of her!”
For more about Jessica’s big win, quotes from Jessica, and information regarding the tournament, see a snippet of Colette Lewis’ ZooTennis.com article below. Jessica’s 2nd round match is against Gabrielle Andrews (#593 in ITF).
JMTA’s Jessica Golovin
Photo Cred: ZooTennis.com
Written by Colette Lewis
Top seeds Michael Mmoh and Tornado Alicia Black began their quests for Pan American Closed titles Monday morning with straight set wins, but as the lights came on at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center, girls No. 2 seed Dasha Ivanova was defeated by Jessica Golovin in the day’s major upset.
Golovin dropped the first set to Ivanova, but stormed back for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory, staying positive and focused throughout the final two sets.
“She was more aggressive in the first set,” said the 16-year-old Golovin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York.
In the second set, I felt I started being more aggressive, going in more, using more variety, keeping her off balance. That helped me dictate the points. I had lost to her previously twice, so I got revenge.”
Golovin feels her improvement in the past few months is the result of more consistency.
“I’ve improved my serve percentage, all my shots, and have gotten more confident,” Golovin said. “It’s taking my game to a new level and I’m very happy and excited to get there.”
Second round singles action and first round doubles action is on the schedule for Tuesday.