This past weekend, clubs throughout our area hosted some of the best junior players in the Eastern Section. The tournament actually started the previous week with th qualifying rounds for those players who were not ranked high enough to get into the main draws. Here is a recap:
BOYS & GIRLS 12 and Unders at Capital Region Tennis & Fitness
Boys Final – Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands) def. Oliver Jevtovic (Astoria) 6-2, 6-3
Boys 3rd/4th Place Playoff – Igor Maslov (Brooklyn) def. Benjamin Grossman (Sands Point) by Default – Injury
Girls Final - Brianna Omar (Franklin Lakes, NJ) def. Dasha Kourkina (Brooklyn) 6-1, 6-0
Girls 3rd/4th Place Playoff - Andrea Cerdan (Bloomfield, NJ) def. Michelle Sorokko (Little Neck) 7-6 (2), 6-3
Local Players – In the Boys Qualifier Evan Wagle (Niskayuna) defeated Justin Cadaeu (West Orange, NJ) 6-2, 6-0 to earn a spot in the main draw. His sister Elise made it to the main draw as an onsite alternate when somebody dropped out. Both lost in the 1st round and in the consolation rounds. Evan was the second seed in the Boys Qualifier. Ronan was the only other Northern Regional player in the main draw. He was the top seed and he lived up to his seeding by running through the tournament without losing a set – he actually lost only 9 games total in the 5 matches he played. Elise earned her lucky loser status with a first round Qualifier win over Nina Campos (Eastchester) 6-4, 6-2.
Boys Top seeds & Finalists – Ronan Jachuck ranked 7th in the Eastern Section (48th Nationally), Oliver Jevtovic is ranked 11th (323rd Nationally).
Girls Top seeds & Finalists - Dasha Kourkina ranked 4th in the Eastern Section (22nd Nationally), Andrea Cerdan is ranked 6th (90th Nationally), Brianna Omar is ranked 17th (104th Nationally).
BOYS & GIRLS 14 and Unders at Tri City
Boys Final - Abhijeet Joshi (Millington, NJ) def. John Speicher (Webster) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
Boys 3rd/4th Place Playoff - Mac Kiger (Katonah) def. John Drake (Buffalo) 6-3, 6-3
Girls Final - Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor) def. Lauren Haukova Elmsford) 6-3, 6-1
Girls 3rd/4th Place Playoff - Courtney Provan (Watchung, NJ) def. Courtney Ollis (Montebello) 6-0, 6-2
Local Players – In the Qualifying Tournament only Jacqueline Bornt (Wynantskill) won and that win was by and Emergency Withdrawal. In the Main Draw Jackie lost her matches. Ritwik Mishra got in to the Main Draw as a lucky loser and also lost his Main Draw matches. Nisha Detchprohm (Niskayuna) drew 4th seeded Aleksandra Bekirova (Brooklyn) 6-1, 6-4. In the consolation round Nisha beat Nicole Kozinski (Lancaster) 6-0, 6-2 before losing to 8th seeded Victoria Sec (New York City) 6-1, 6-3.
Boys Top seeds & Finalists – Abhijeet Joshi ranked 2nd in the Eastern Section (76th Nationally), John Speicher is ranked 5th (37th Nationally).
Girls Top seeds & Finalists - Courtney Provan ranked 4th in the Eastern Section (88th Nationally), Lauren Haukova is ranked 9th (183rd Nationally), Rachel Lim is ranked 10th (236th Nationally).
BOYS & GIRLS 16 and Unders at Sportime / Schenectady
Boys Final – Alexander Lebedev (Island Park) def. Matthew Gamble (Webster) 6-1, 6-4
Boys 3rd/4th Place Playoff - Daniel Grunberger (Great Neck) def. Jordan Benjamin (Fairport) Walkover (Emergency)
Girls Final - Elizabeth Tsvetkov (Brooklyn) def. Kylie Wilcox (Greenwich, CT) 6-4, 6-2
Girls 3rd/4th Place Playoff - Alexa Graham (Garden City) def. Anna Ulyashchenko (Brooklyn) 6-1, 6-0
Local Players – No local players won a round in the main draw. Mia Fallati (Loudonville) and Ann Phillips (Niskayuna) got to the Main Draw as lucky losers. Ann beat Albany Academy’s Mia Dicaprio in the first round of the Qualifyer. Clair Schmitz was the only local player who made it directly into the Main Draw.
Boys Top seeds & Finalists – Daniel Grunberger is ranked 2nd in the Eastern Section (32nd Nationally). Kyle Mautner is ranked 4th (57th Nationally). Winner Alex Lebedev is ranked 7th (46th Nationally).
Girls Top seeds & Finalists – Kylie Wilcox ranked 8th in the Eastern Section (204th Nationally), Elizabeth Tsvetkov is ranked 13th (208th Nationally), Sabrina Xiong – 2nd seed – is ranked 12th (151st Nationally).
GIRLS 18 and Unders at the Saratoga Y
Girls Final - Jacqueline Urbinati def. Valerie Shklover (Fair Lawn, NJ) 6-1, 6-4
Girls 3rd/4th Place Playoff – Louisa Fernandez (Pittsford) def. Ariana Rodriguez (Bronx) 6-0, 6-2
Local Players – There was only 30 players in the tournament so there was only a Main Draw. Section 2 Champion Shannon Mukerji played but was unable to win a round in this tough age group.
Girls Top seeds & Finalists - Ariana Rodriguez is ranked 7th in the Eastern Section (186th Nationally). Valerie Shklover is ranked 6th (293rd Nationally). Jackie Urbinati is ranked 10th (330th Nationally).