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Boys & Girls: J1 Bradenton, USA, clay (Week 48)


In the younger lot, Aran Selvaraasan from Manchester got another win in the U12 boys

He beat the 14th seed

(People may remember that Aran was the runner-up in the GB U12 national championships, in August, losing to Wales' Niall Pickerd-Barua)

ADD: But he lost to the top seed, in his following match 



-- Edited by Coup Droit on Thursday 1st of December 2022 09:08:28 AM

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Ranah won, but Mimi and isabelle lost.

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Mimi may have been feeling the effects from playing a lot of close high level matches in the last 2 weeks - her opponent didn't appear to have an outstanding record. Ranah next plays Tatum Evans who won the US closed grade 1 last month, and is ranked 910 WTA

Girls R2

(1) Tereza Valentova (CZE) d. Isabelle Lacy 7-6(3) 6-1
(Q) Piper Charney (USA) d. (10) Mingge Xu 6-4 6-4
(7) Ranah Akua Stoiber d. Ela Nala Milic (SLO) 6-1 6-1

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(9) Tatum Evans (USA) v (7) Ranah Akua Stoiber


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Just Ranah left in singles

R2

Patrick Schoen (SUI) d. Luca Pow 7-5 6-2
(8) Cooper Williams (USA) d. Phoenix Weir 6-2 6-2


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....and then there were none

Just Ella and Isabelle left in doubles

R3

(9) Tatum Evans (USA) d. (7) Ranah Akua Stoiber 1-6 7-5 7-5

Doubles QF

(5) Lacy/McDonald v Bernales/Hamilton (USA)

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The girls won their doubles 4&4 and move into the semi finals

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Colette's interview and summary about Ranah's match:

"Evans, the Nicholasville JB1 champion, defeated No. 7 seed Ranah Stoiber of Great Britain 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Evans said that going from training on indoor hard at her home in Virginia to the green clay has been a challenge, but the 17-year-old is starting to feel comfortable.

"It was quite an adjustment for the first couple of days," said Evans, who has taken all her official visits, but has yet to decide which school she will attend next fall. "But I feel like now, I'm more settled, I understand the surface a little more, which is nice."

Although Stoiber was the one serving at 4-5 and 5-6 in the third set, and Evans broke her to win the match, Evans didn't feel that was any advantage.

"She had a very good serve, a very strong serve," Evans said. "I had to keep my composure, like nice serve, on to the next one. I couldn't take it personally. It wasn't like I was missing my returns, she was hitting aces or a forced return error."

Evans was up a break in the third set at 3-1, was broken back, then went down 0-30 at 5-all. She recovered with the help of a good first serve and two forehand winners to take a 6-5 lead, and the pressure was back on Stoiber. She double faulted to start the game, and got it back to 30-all before Evans hit a backhand volley winner in a rare net exchange to give herself a match point. Stoiber, who made only one first serve in the game, saved the first match point by forcing an error, but Evans earned another match point with a good forehand and closed it out with a forehand putaway.

"It was a really high quality match and it was really fun to play," Evans said. "It was a really fun match, where we could play freely. I really enjoyed it.""

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Thanks CD. If Ella (and Isabelle) were to win the doubles Ella has a chance of moving into the top 10, but she also needs some other results to go her way

Doubles QF

(5) Lacy/McDonald d. Bernales/Hamilton (USA) 6-4 6-4

SF

Daniels/Slama (CAN/USA) v (5) Lacy/McDonald


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Really pleased to see Isabelle playing doubles. Not only is it helpful for ranking points, it's also a part of her game that could develop as her net game is nowhere near as solid as she is from the back of the court. Good opportunity to play with someone as good as Ella as well.

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Back to back finals for Ella and the first at Grade 1 level for Isabelle

Girls Doubles SF

(5) Lacy/McDonald d. Daniels/Slama (CAN/USA) 6-1 6-3

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(1) Ishii/Valentova (JPN/CZE) v (5) Lacy/McDonald

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Interesting to see Haniya Minhas, from Pakistan, seeded 3, who is playing her U12 s-final

She's a real star in the making, very highly ranked and thought of (for her age).

She now plays with almost complete body covering - long sleeves, long leggings and with a big hood that goes over her head and covers all hair, and her neck.

She's getting a lot of attention, for her tennis, and because of cultural issues too. I believe that she has to play against boys in Pakistan because there are no girls events (she only plays because she started in Dubai where her dad worked, and when her dad lost his job, they had to move back and she was already so good by then that she couldn't really be ignored).

Wish her all the very best.....



-- Edited by Coup Droit on Saturday 3rd of December 2022 08:50:27 AM

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Another title for Ella, this time with Isabelle, though not in the way she would have liked. Their opponents played singles against each other earlier today - a match featuring 3 tiebreak sets - and they conceded the doubles final after that. As Tereza Valentova won the singles duel that prevents Sayaka Ishii from overtaking Ella (as well as Valentova herself, who had already done so) so by my calculation Ella should move up to 10 in the new rankings (by dint of overtaking the girls currently ranked 9 and 10)

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Photo of Ella and Isabelle with their trophies



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The match between their opponents lasted 4 hours 23 minutes according to Colette

"Valentova was given two hours and 15 minutes prior to the doubles final, but when the match time came, she had not recovered enough to play, still experiencing a headache and dizziness. She did attend the doubles trophy ceremony, and hopes to be recovered for Sunday's final"

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"Of course we were ready to play, but she needs to do what's best for her, especially with singles probably coming first," said Mcdonald, who won the doubles title last week at the JA in Merida with Mingge Xu of Great Britain. "It would have been a great match, but we'll just take the win."

 
"It's so much fun playing with her," Lacy said of her partner. "We're so close off the court, we have great fun on the court."
 
"Every match we got better, just went into the week with no pressure, playing our normal games, and it paid off," Mcdonald added.
 
Mcdonald, who did not play singles this week due to a late arrival from Mexico, will not play doubles next week at Orange Bowl."


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Thanks for that, David

Clay can be brutal for long matches - I feel for her (and her opponent). And of course her doubles partner.

Well done to our girls, though ( )

And great to know that Ella didn't play singles just because of arrival times, not that she was carrying a niggle after last week's efforts

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