Southern California Tennis

Swan, Fritz Open With Wins At ASICS Easter Bowl

An Australian Open towel draped over her neck, No. 2-seed in the ITF Girls’ 18s singles Katie Swan looked impressive in her 2015 ASICS Easter Bowl debut on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 13-year-old rising USTA prospect Amanda Anisomova of Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The British-born Swan is currently living in Wichita, Kan., where her father works. Last year, the recently turned 16-year-old Swan surprised many by advancing all the way to the Girls’ 18s singles final at the ASICS Easter Bowl where she lost to her good friend CiCi Bellis in the final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

In January, Swan made it to the final of the Australian Open Junior tournament. And it’s a memory she won’t soon forget. “I couldn’t believe it I made the final,” Swan said after her match on Tuesday. “It was unbelievable and getting to play on Rod Laver Arena made it the best tournament I’ve ever played.”

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Currently world-ranked No. 13 in the ITF junior rankings, Swan said she is excited about her next three to four months. Following the ASICS Easter Bowl she has been invited to Northern California to train for a week with Bellis. She will then return to Kansas and get ready for the junior French Open and summer grass-court circuit, including Wimbledon. Her mother Nicki said she is planning on playing doubles with American Sonya Kenin at the French, and with Caroline Dolehide at Wimbledon. Swan and Kenin are the top-seeded 18s doubles team here this week.

On Tuesday, Swan played in front of a nice crowd in a match streamed live via the website and watched in person by USTA Head of Women’s Tennis Ola Malmqvist and USTA national women’s coach Kathy Rinaldi.

“I heard that she’s young and she’s very good and aggressive,” said Swan of Anisomova. “My ranking is higher this year and people expect more of me so there is pressure on me. I just have to take one match at a time.”

Just two weeks ago, Swan won her first ITF $10,000 Futures title in Egypt, and advanced to the final in doubles where she suffered a strained abdominal muscle tear which led to her pulling out of the Carson International Spring Championships last week.

She said she’s ecstatic the injury didn’t keep her from the California tournament. “(Last year) was such a good tournament for me and I had such a great week. It was a really good experience and it’s such a nice place. I just love it here. It makes me happy just being here and I hope to do just as good this year as I did last year.”

The top-seeded player in the ITF Boys’ 18s Taylor Fritz opened play on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Taylor Dent-coached Caleb Chakravarthi of Irvine, Calif. On Monday, Fritz flew in from China where he made it to the final of the first ITF Junior Masters tournament. On Wednesday in the second round, Fritz takes on 2013 ASICS Easter Bowl champion Connor Hance at 1 p.m.

No. 2 seeded William Blumberg, last week’s Carson champion, had no problems handling 2013 Boys’ 16 Easter Bowl finalist and USC-bound Kalman Boyd, 6-1, 6-0. “That was a tough first-round draw,” Blumberg said. “It was a lot closer than the score indicated. It could have easily been 4 and 4, or 5 and 5.”

On Wednesday, the boys’ and girls’ 12s and 14s singles finals will be contested.

In the Boys’ 14s, it will be Jaycer Calleros, the No. 10 seed from San Antonio against the No. 3-seeded Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla.

In the Girls’ 14 final, top-seeded Alexa Noel of Summit, N.J., will face No. 14 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla.

Noel beat No. 4-seeded Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Playing in her first ASICS Easter Bowl, Noel lost to Volynets in the quarterfinals of the National Clay Courts and Hardcourts previously, but was able to record her first win over her.

“The second set I kind of adjusted and calmed down and used my variety and the third set was the same,” Noel said. “She held the baseline pretty well.”

Noel gets pretty emotional on the court, but said she’s getting better at controlling it. Asked why she takes every point to heart, she said with a grin: “I like to win. Sometimes I’m too hard on myself. But I’m working at it.”

On Tuesday, winners were awarded top prizes in the following doubles divisions for the 12s and 14s.

Boys’ 14s doubles final: Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio) / Govind Nanda (2) (Redlands, Calif.) def. Leighton Allen (Austin, Texas) / Nathan Arimilli (7) (Austin, Texas) 8-1.

Girls’ 14 Doubles final: Sara Choy (Palo Alto, Caif.) / Jillian Taggart (4) (Fair Oaks, Calif.) def. Naomi Cheong (Las Vegas) / Sedona Gallagher (Henderson, Nev.) 8-5

Boys’ 12 Doubles final: Hunter Heck (New Brighton, Minn.) / Karl Lee (1) (Los Altos, Calif.) def. Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Martin Damm (Bradenton, Fla.) 8-3

Girls’ 12 Doubles final: Nina Gulbransen (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Jamilah Snells (8) (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) def. Jacque Dunyon (South Ogden, Utah) / Kenadee Semenik (6) (Las Vegas) 8-6

You can catch all the action on Wednesday live on Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

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