Southern California Tennis

Friendly Encounters Highlight Day 2 At USTA International Spring Championships

Photo Credit of Kayla Day: Cynthia Lum / USTA

Kayla Day felt right at home on Tuesday on the USTA Training Center – West courts she trains on year-round, beating training partner and good friend Ashley Lahey as the first round was completed in the Girls’ 18s singles on Day 2 of the ITF Grade 1 USTA International Spring Championships.

“I love this tournament and it’s so well run; plus it’s where I train,” said the 15-year-old No. 9-seeded Day, who grew up a two-hour drive from Carson in Santa Barbara. She advanced to the second round with the 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Lahey and next faces Chiara Lommer in the second round. “Training with the USTA has been great, and they treat me so well.”

Kayla Day ISC 2015

At Carson, Day trains with USTA National coaches Adam Peterson, Leo Azevedo and Chris Tontz, but her personal hitting coach Aaron Webster also watched her match on Tuesday.

Day is currently ranked No. 63 in the ITF world junior rankings, and is excited about the possibility of qualifying for the main draw at the summer slams, including the French Open and Wimbledon. “I’ve never been,” she said. “If I do get it in it would be the most amazing thing ever.”

Top-seeded Usue Arconada, who trains at the Junior Champions Tennis Center in College Park, Md., is up two spots this week in the new ITF junior world rankings to No. 6 in the world. She opened up first-round play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Riley McQuaid of Tustin.

Although he was taken out in the first round by his training partner and fellow Indiana resident Jonathan Small, the 18s No. 7-ranked player Sameer Kumar has always had a special affinity for playing in Southern California. But it was on his official visit to Stanford University last year that sold him on the Northern California school and helped make his decision to play the next four years for the Cardinal an easy one.

Small, a qualifier from Zionsville, Ind., sat against a wall with good friend Kumar, from Carmel, Ind., and discussed everything else except the match after Small’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, victory. The two train with the same coach Brian Smith.

Kumar will join Southern California’s Michael Genender and a strong recruiting class for Stanford’s first-year coach former ATP World Tour pro and ex-Stanford All-American Paul Goldstein next fall.

Later in the day, Kumar and doubles partner Vincent Lin escaped with a third-set super tiebreaker win. Kumar beat Lin in the second round last year in Carson before falling to top-seeded Francis Tiafoe in three sets. In 2013, Kumar won the 16s at the ASICS Easter Bowl.

On the court on Tuesday for the second straight day was former NBA All-Star Dan Majerle’s daughter McKenzie, who fell in her first-round doubles match. On Monday, the Paradise Valley, Ariz., player lost to Lommer of Skokie, Ill., in her singles match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Two rounds have been completed after two days in the boys’ and girls’ 16s. On Tuesday, the top-seed in the boys’ 16s was eliminated as Keenan Mayo beat No. 1 Jack Pulliman, 6-2, 6-1.

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First-Round Singles Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Ulises Blanch (3) (Deerfield Beach, FL)  def.  Sami Kirberg (Ft Lauderdale, FL)  4-6, 6-3, 6-3
William Blumberg (1) (Greenwich, CT)  def.  Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, FL)  6-4, 6-4
Gianni Ross (La Grange, IL)  def.  Bjorn Thomson (15)  6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Daniel Bennett  def.  Jason Legall (Palm Coast, FL)  6-2, 6-2
Alexander Lebedev (Island Park, NY)  def.  Bryan Husin (Riverside, CA)  6-2, 6-1
Miomir Kecmanovic (2) (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Jake DeVine (Los Altos Hills, CA)  6-4, 6-3
Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, GA)  def.  Aexis Canter (10)  7-5, 6-0
Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, WI)  def.  Agustin Moreno  7-5, 6-0
Michael Genender (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Denis Shapovalov (8)  6-4, 6-2
Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, FL)  def.  Piers Foley  7-5, 7-5
Trent Bryde (Suwanee, GA)  def.  Anudeep Kodali (Durham, NC)  6-3, 6-2
Sam Riffice (Roseville, CA)  def.  Pablo Sanchez Rivera  6-0, 6-0
Nathan Ponwith (5) (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Sebastian Mermersky (Chevy Chase, MD)  6-1, 6-2
Benjamin Hannestad (12)  def.  Evan Zhu (Irvine, CA)  2-6, 7-6(9), 6-3
Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Hady Habib (9) (Bradenton, FL)  2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Liam Caruana (13) (New Braunfels, TX)  def.  Alexey Nesterov (Ojai, CA)  6-2, 6-3
Patrick Kypson (Greenville, NC)  def.  Kyryll Kryvchun (West Vancouver, BC)  6-3, 6-1
John McNally (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Jack Van Slyke (Toronto, ON)  2-6, 6-3, 7-5
Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, SC)  def.  Nicolas Moreno de Alboran (London, Surrey)  3-6, 7-6(3)
John Jorgeson (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Pedro Fernandez del Valle (Wesley Chapel, FL)  6-0, 6-3
Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)
Ryan Seggerman (Coronado, CA)  def.  Austin Di Giulio (Newport Beach, CA)  6-2, 6-2
Diego Nava (Woodland Hills, CA)  def.  Neil Tengbumroong (West Covina, CA)  6-0, 6-1
Christopher Steele (Mesa, AZ)  def.  Danilo Milic (Los Angeles, CA)  6-1, 6-1
Govind Nanda (Redlands, CA)  def.  Maximilian Wild (Carmel, IN)  6-3, 6-4
Adam Neff (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Blake Croyder (Marietta, GA)  6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Omni Kumar (Irvine, CA)  def.  Arjith Jayaraman (Gold River, CA)  6-2, 6-3
Andrew Whitehouse (Westlake Village, CA)  def.  Naara Shin (Downey, CA)  6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Keenan Mayo (Roseville, CA)  def.  Steven Sun (Boca Raton, FL)  6-2, 6-4
Ethan Prost (Peoria, AZ)  def.  Rishab Sardana (Union City, CA)  6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, NY)  def.  Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio, TX)  6-4, 7-6(3)
Eric Hahn (Fullerton, CA)  def.  Nevin Arimilli (Austin, TX)  6-4, 6-1
Karapet Vardanyan (Granada Hills, CA)  def.  Carsyn Smith (Scottsdale, AZ)  6-0, 6-3
Adam Sraberg (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Joshua Xu (Chandler, AZ)  7-6(6), 6-4
Adam Oscislawski (Scottsdale, AZ)  def.  Daniel Lin (Northridge, CA)  6-0, 6-2
William Woodall (Washington, DC)  def.  Arnav Dhingra (Darnestown, MD)  6-1, 6-0
Benjamin Gollin (Redlands, CA)  def.  Jacob Bullard (Brevard, NC)  7-6(4), 7-6(5)

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Jessica Hinojosa Gomez  def.  Stephanie Hazell (Irvine, CA)  7-6(1), 6-4
Jenna Friedel (Mill Valley, CA)  def.  Gabriella Pollner (Boca Raton, FL)  7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Caroline Dolehide (8) (Hinsdale, IL)  def.  Meghan Kelley (Falmouth, ME)  6-0, 6-2
Ingrid Neel (7) (Bradenton, FL)  def.  Helen Altick (Monroe, LA)  6-3, 6-3
Caty McNally (Cincinnati, OH)  def.  Alexandra Sanford (10) (Westerville, OH)  6-3, 7-5
Emma Higuchi (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Meible Chi (Weston, FL)  6-1, 7-6(5)
Sonya Kenin (2) (Pembroke Pines, FL)  def.  Mimi Levine (Santa Monica, CA)  6-0, 6-1
Dominique Schaefer (Ventura, CA)  def.  Anna Dollar (Lancaster, PA)  6-4, 6-3
Ulyana Shirokova (Boca Raton, FL)  def.  Alexa Corcoleotes (Hillsborough, CA)  6-3, 7-5
Usue Arconada (1) (Rio Piedras, PR)  def.  Riley McQuaid (Tustin, CA)  6-1, 6-1
Amanda Anisimova (Hallandale Beach, FL)  def.  Mia Horvit (13) (Palm City, FL)  6-2, 6-4
Chiara Lommer (Skokie, IL)  def.  McKenzie Majerle (Paradise Valley, AZ)  4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, NY)  def.  Sabrina Faybyshev (Marlboro, NJ)  6-1, 6-1
Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, OK)  def.  Alexandra Sabe (Rye, NY)  3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Ndindi Ndunda (Burke, VA)  def.  Tereza Koplova (Bradenton, FL)  6-3, 6-4
Maria Mateas (15) (Braintree, MA)  def.  Andrea Kevakian (Glendale, CA)  6-7(5), 6-2, 6-0
Jade Lewis (Hilton Head Island, SC)  def.  Ally Miller Krasilnikov (Delray Beach, FL)  6-2, 6-2
Katherine Sebov (6) (Woodbridge, ON)  def.  Ena Shibahara (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  4-6, 6-1, 6-3
Seira Shimizu (Ojai, CA)  def.  Alana Smith (Fort Washington, MD)  6-4, 6-1

Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 64)
Salma Ewing (Long Beach, CA)  def.  Carolyn Campana (Hillsborough, CA)  6-3, 7-5
Jessica Anzo (Temecula, CA)  def.  Madison Gallegos (Aurora, CO)  6-2, 6-2
Alexa Noel (Summit, NJ)  def.  Madeline Almeida (El Dorado Hills, CA)  6-2, 6-0
Luba Vasilyuk (Frisco, TX)  def.  Jadie Acidera (Anaheim, CA)  6-3, 7-5
Lauren Lemonds (Indianapolis, IN)  def.  Tammy Van (Garden Grove, CA)  6-0, 6-1
Ann Li (Devon, PA)  def.  Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, CA)  7-5, 6-2
Malkia Menguene (College Park, MD)  def.  Sabrina Ramras (Paradise Valley, AZ)  5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Katie Chang (Rsm, CA)  def.  Jessica Aragon (Plano, TX)  1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Emilee Duong (Placentia, CA)  def.  Mackenzie Worsnop (Newport Beach, CA)  6-3, 6-4
Jenna Moustafa (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Elena Van Linge (Menlo Park, CA)  6-4, 7-5
Jennifer Gadalov (Los Angeles, CA)  def.  Kacie Harvey (Braintree, MA)  7-5, 6-1
Dalayna Hewitt (Pepper Pike, OH)  def.  Jessi Muljat (Sacramento, CA)  6-1, 6-2
Vivian Cheng (Santa Monica, CA)  def.  Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, NC)  6-3, 6-3
Niluka Madurawe (Sunnyvale, CA)  def.  Britt Pursell (Oceanside, CA)  7-6(5), 6-3
Patria Aziz (Glendale, CA)  def.  Shuchen Lin (Irvine, CA)  6-2, 6-1
Rachel Eason (Union City, CA)  def.  Mackenzie Clark (College Park, MD)  6-0, 6-3

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