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.