Top seed Gabriella DeSimone advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Open Hard Court Championships.
© J. Fred Sidhu
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
SAN DIEGO -- Top-seeded Gabriella DeSimone of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. used her strong baseline game to quickly eliminate unseeded Regina Suarez of La Quinta, Calif., 6-0, 6-1, and advance to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club.
The 19-year-old DeSimone, who recently completed her freshman year at the University of Southern California, will face fifth-seeded Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif. in a quarterfinal match scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday.
DeSimone, a member of the USC women’s tennis team, helped her team to a 24-4 record and a semifinal finish in the NCAA team championships this past season.
In her second round match against Suarez, DeSimone got off to a quick start as she broke serve in the opening game and would continue to dominate in building a 6-0, 4-0 lead. In the eleventh game, Suarez got on the scoreboard as she held serve when DeSimone’s forehand service return sailed long on game point.
It didn’t take DeSimone long to get back on track as she easily won the next two games to close out the match, which took approximately 50 minutes to complete.
"It feels good. I came off a good first year of college at USC and I’m playing with a lot of confidence. I just want to keep going and keep playing," DeSimone said. ""I’m taking it match by match."
DeSimone is looking for her first USTA gold ball after winning a silver ball and a bronze ball in previous national events. "It would be special. That would be great. That’s what I’m shooting for," she said.
In other second-round women’s singles action, second-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif. defeated unseeded Monica Robinson of Valley Center, Calif., 6-2, 6-0, to move into the quarterfinals.
Matches will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST through the end of the tournament on Sunday, June 10.
The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball. All draws will have consolation events.
Former tournament champions include current American stars Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe and former touring tennis professionals Gretchen Magers, Rosalyn Nideffer and Allison Bradshaw.
Men’s Singles - Fourth Round
Deiton Baughman (9), Carson, def. Axel Bouillin (8), San Diego, 6-0, Ret. (inj.)
Clarke Spinosa (2), Claremont, def. Geoffrey Embry (9), Phoenix, Ariz., 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Denis Nguyen (9), Anaheim, def. Tyler Pham (6), San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Campbell Johnson (7), Rancho Santa Fe, def. Kallim Stewart (9), Ojai, 6-0, 2-1, Ret. (inj.)
Quinn Borchard (5), Camarillo, def. Conrad McKinnon, Santa Monica, 7-6, 6-3
Jonathan Pearlman (4), New York, N.Y., def. Zachary Leslie (9), San Diego, 6-4, 7-6
Mario Becerra, Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Sergio Chip (9), Calexico, 6-3, 6-3
Alessandro Ventre (1), Costa Mesa, def.Joshua Banks (9), Australia, 6-2, 7-5
Women’s Singles - Second Round
Anna Yang (4), San Diego, def. Deborah Higa, Solana Beach, 6-4, 6-2
Gabriella De Simone (1), Rancho Santa Fe, def. Regina Suarez, La Quinta, 6-0, 6-1
Marcela Jimenez-Ramos (5), Chula Vista, def. Daniela Morales, Coronado, 6-2, 6-3
Jessica Failla (5), Ramona, def. Jacquelyn Visinski, Fairfield, 6-0, 6-1
Parris Todd, Irvine, def. Sophia Bursulaya (3), San Diego, 6-2, 5-1, Ret. (inj.)
Megan McCray (2), Oceanside, def. Monica Robinson, Valley Center, 6-2, 6-0
Morgan McCray, Oceanside, def. Kelly Shaffer, Rancho Santa Fe, 6-4, 6-1
Anne Susdorf, Newhall, def. Monica Pastor, Rancho Santa Fe, 6-3, 6-1