Noah Rubin, 15 year old star tennis player from Sportime – Bethpage came into the Orange Bowl tournament as a wild card. He did not play in his age group – Boys 15 and Unders – he played with the big boys and he played well. We had previously written about his first round upset of 9th seeded Karim Hossam, he followed that up with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Vietnam’s Thien Nguyen Hoang. Hoang is ranked over 100 spots higher than Noah so this was a good win. He finally fell to #7 seed Patrick Ofner of Austria who is ranked 15th in the world. Ofner made it all the way to the finals, upsetting Great Britain’s Liam Brody – the second seed – along the way. 13th seeded Alexi os Halebian was the only American to make it to the quarter finals.
In the Girls 18’s, Julia Elbalba of the Eastern Section was defeated in the second round. Samantha Crawford of the US – ranked #72 in the world – made it to the quarter finals with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Zara Razafimahatratra of Madagascar (#37) in the first round; a 7-5, 6-3 win in the second round over Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria (#86) and a 6-3, 6-0 win over fellow American wild card Nadia Ecchevarria Alam. The big surprise for the US was Wild Card Sachia Vickery (see video in previous post). Sachia, who is ranked #177 in the world made it to the semi finals. Her opening round 6-0, 7-5 win over Diana Bogolty of the Ukaraine who is #66 in the world set the stage for later round upsets. In the second round she beat fellow American Stephanie Nauta (67th) 7-5, 6-1. Next up was a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Poland’s Zuzanne Maciejewska, 25 in the world and the #6 seed in the tournament. In the quarter finals she won a hard fought battle with Russia’s Varvara Flink 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Flink is ranked 101 in the world. Yulia Putintseva (22) of Russia finally took Sachia out. Yulia was the #2 seed.
In the Boys 18 Doubles Conner Farren of the US teamed with Marco Aurelio Nunez to make it to the quarter finals. The pair was seeded sixth. In the Girls 18 Doubles Krista Hardebeck and Chalena Scholl of the US took out the top seeded team of Ellen AllGurin (Sweden) and Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) by a score of 6-4, 6-4 in the first round and made it to the quarter finals before losing. Alexandra Kiick of the US teamed with Carol Zhao of Canada. The pair made it to the semi finals by beating the aforementioned team of Hardebeck and School in the quarter finals 6-2, 6-3. Kiick and Zhao were seeded 6th. The team of Jennifer Brady and Kendal Woodard, both of the United States made it even farther – to the finals. Brady and Woodard were not seeded but they took out the third seeded team of Anna Danilina (Kazakhstan) and Zuzanna Maciejewska (Poland) in the third round (7-5, 2-6, 12-10) and then beat Zhao and Kiick in a super close match (6-4, 3-6, 18-16). The 8th seeded team of Diana Bogoliy (Ukraine) and Christina Makarova (US) made a run to the semi finals and they beat another American team that made it to the quarter finals (Breaunna Addison and Catherine Harrison). The semi final score could not have been much closer (7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-7). Harrison and Addison had beaten the #4 seeded team of Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) and Ayaka Okuno (Japan) 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round.
Elizaveta Anna Nemchinov is an Eastern player who made it through the qualifier to earn a spot in the main draw.
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Next post we look at the 16 and Unders.