Branstine to Face Day in US Open Quarterfinals

Carson Branstine from the City of Orange will celebrate her Sweet 16 on Friday playing in the quarterfinals at the US Open Junior Tennis Tournament.

On Thursday, the USTA wild card Branstine defeated Japan’s Yuki Naito, the No. 15 seed, in the Round of 16, 6-4, 6-1, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

September 8, 2016 - Carson Branstine in action against Yuki Naito during the 2016 US Open Junior Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

Carson Branstine

“This was the first time I’ve ever seen her name, or her play,” said Branstine, who upset the No. 2 player in the world on Wednesday. “This is unreal. Being an American and one of the younger players in the tournament and coming up with these upsets is incredible. It almost feels like a dream.”

Branstine will next face No. 5-seeded Kayla Day of Santa Barbara on Friday. Day advanced with straight-set win over fellow American Kylie McKenzie from Arizona.

Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach fell in her Round of 16 match to Tessa Andrianjafitrimo of France, 6-2, 6-2. Also falling in the third round Thursday was Ashley Lahey of Hawthorne who lost to the 2015 US Open Junior Girls’ singles finalist Sonya Kenin of South Florida, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3.

In doubles, Day and partner Caroline Dolehide moved onto the semifinals with a 6-3, 4-6, 10-3, win over Usue Arconada and Thousand Oaks’ Claire Liu.

Wild cards in the double event, Jada Hart of Colton and Ena Shibahara Rancho Santa Fe, advanced on to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Morgan Coppoc and Johnson of Redondo Beach.


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