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Austin stuns defending champ Duval in Girls’ 18s quarterfinals

August 10, 2013 09:57 AM
Brooke Austin in action during her quarterfinal win over defending champion Victoria Duval.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com

SAN DIEGO –  A year ago, Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., captured the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship. During her title run, she defeated Brooke Austin of Indianapolis in a tough three-set semifinal match.

On Friday afternoon, in a rematch between the 17-year-olds, Duval, seeded No. 3, met sixth-seeded Austin in the Girls’ 18s quarterfinals at the Barnes Tennis Center. This time it was Austin’s turn to advance, as she ousted the defending champion with a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory lasting two hours, 10 minutes.
 
"It’s a great feeling. Last year I lost to her, and I was up 4-1 in the third set," Austin said. "She’s a really good player. I know her really well. We’re good friends. It was a tough match to play. It was a good one."

When asked if she was thinking of the US Open wild card that is awarded to the girls’ 18s champion, Austin said, "Obviously, it’s a big deal in this tournament, so I’m trying not to think about it, but it would be pretty cool to get it."

In other girls’ 18s quarterfinal action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., second-seeded Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., and fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., all advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with straight-sets victories.

In the semifinals, Townsend will face Kiick at 9:30 a.m. PDT, and Vickery will play Austin in the second semifinal, which will not begin before 11 a.m. PDT.

Girls’ 16s top seed Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., advanced to Saturday’s singles championship, as she recovered from losing the first set to defeat No. 17 seed Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md., 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0.
 
Later in the afternoon, Shibahara teamed with Savannah Slaysman of Phoenix to win the girls’ 16 doubles championship, as the top seeds edged the sixth-seeded doubles team of Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, and Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne, Ind., 7-5, 6-3.

In the girls’ 16s singles final, which will not begin before 1 p.m. PDT, Shibahara will face second-seeded Katerina Stewart of Miami, who defeated No. 7 Meredith Xepoleas of Huntington Beach, Calif., 7-5, 6-3, in a semifinal match.

Tournament officials named Brienne Minor of Mundelein, Ill., the No. 5 seed in the girls’ 16s, as the Babolat Player of the Day. Minor reached the singles quarterfinals on Thursday and nearly upset Shibahara, giving the No. 1 seed all she could handle before falling, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.

Nearly 400 girls ages 16 and 18 and under are competing for the title of national champion, as well  as a wild-card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s champion). The 18s doubles champions will also receive a wild card into the main draw of the US Open.
   
Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.
   
Click here for Saturday’s order of play.
   
Click here to view the complete tournament draws.
 
Click here for the official website.
 
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
 
Friday’s Results:
 
Girl's 16s Singles:
Semifinals
Ena Shibahara (1), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Raveena Kingsley (17), Fulton, Md., 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-0
Katerina Stewart (2), Miami, Fla., def. Sofia Kenin (17), Pembroke Pines, Fla., 7-5, 6-3
 
Girl's 16s Doubles:
Championship
Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Savannah Slaysman (1), Phoenix def. Francesca Dilorenzo, New Albany, Ohio and Lauren Goodman (6), Fort Wayne, Ind., 7-5, 6-3
 
Girl's 18s Singles:
Quarterfinals
Sachia Vickery (1), Miramar, Fla., def. Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (11), Chapel Hill, N.C., 6-0, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick (2), Plantation, Fla., def. Jamie Loeb (9), Ossining, N.Y., 6-3, 6-3
Taylor Townsend (4), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Brooke Broda (17), West Chester, Ohio, 6-3, 6-1
Brooke Austin (6), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Victoria Duval (3), Bradenton, Fla. 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
 
For complete scores and results, click here.
 
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