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Duval begins title defense on a winning note

August 6, 2013 10:49 AM
Victoria Duval is the defending girls' 18s singles champion.
Kennan Johnson was named the Day 3 Player of the Day for her community work.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com

San Diego – After receiving a first-round bye, defending champion Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., began her title defense at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships in impressive fashion on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center as she blanked Aryn Greene of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-0, 6-0.
 
The third-seeded Duval, who is currently ranked No. 292 in the WTA singles rankings, advances to a third-round meeting on Tuesday afternoon against unseeded Rebekah Anderson of La Mirada, Calif.
 
"It feels good. I love playing here. I played some of my best tennis here last year, so hopefully I’ll do it again," Duval said. "I don’t feel any pressure at all. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m looking forward to it. The wild card into the US Open is a big deal. It’s something we all want to achieve. Hopefully I’ll get to do it a second time."
 
 In other girls’ 18s second-round action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar Fla., defeated Lindsey Hodge of Roswell, Ga., 6-4, 6-2, and second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., eliminated Chuyang Guan of San Antonio, 6-0, 6-3. Fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend also advanced to the third round after getting past unseeded Caroline Lampl of Bluemont, Va., 4-6, 7-5, 6-0.
 
The tournament named 17-year-old Kennan Johnson of Baton Rouge, La., as the Babolat Player of the Day. Johnson took the initiative to pitch in and help the tournament staff to clean up following a player dinner last Saturday night after the Opening Ceremony. Johnson then asked if she could take the leftover food from the dinner to give to local homeless people in need. Accompanied by her mother and grandmother, Johnson distributed the food in the nearby Ocean Beach community.   
 
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.
    
Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. 
 
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Monday’s Results

Girl's 16s Singles
Third Round
Meredith Xepoleas (7), Huntington Beach, Calif., def.  Amanda Rebol, Cumming, Ga., 6-0, 6-0
Nadia Gizdova (17), Columbia, Md., def. Vivian Glozman, Bellevue, Wash.,Wo (ill)
Sabrina Xiong (33), Fresh Meadows, N.Y., def.  Jessica Anzo, Temecula, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Katerina Stewart (2), Miami, Fla., def.  Alexandra Sanford, Westerville, Ohio, 6-3, 6-3
Ena Shibahara (1), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Dominique Vasile, Oakland, Mich., 6-1, 6-0
Brienne Minor (5), Mundelein, Ill., def.  Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., 6-1, 6-1
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Mehvish Safdar, Mason, Ohio., 6-3, 6-1
Emma Higuchi (4), Los Angeles, def.  Madison Appel, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-0, 6-1
 
Girl's 18s Singles
Second Round
Liz Jeukeng, Kansas City, Mo., def.  Elena Muller, Dallas, 6-0, 6-0
Rasheeda McAdoo, Boca Raton, Fla., def.  Amanda Atanasson, Owings Mills, Md., 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Samantha Caswell, Chattanooga, Tenn., def.  Tess Herder, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-5, 6-3
Allison Miller (17), Norcross, Ga., def.  Emma Davis, Cohasset, Mass., 7-5, 6-3
Brooke Austin (6), Indianapolis, Ind., def.  Alexandra Valenstein, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Zoe Katz (17), Los Angeles, def.  Dayna Lord, Bloomfield, Conn., 6-2, 6-0
Summer Walker, Conyers, Ga., def.  Skylar Holloway, Oxon Hill, Md.,  6-1, 6-3
Gabrielle Smith (17), Henderson, Nev., def.  Alison Ho, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Spencer Liang (15), Potomac, Md.,  def.  Andrea Kevakian, Glendale, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Krista Hardebeck (8), Santa Ana, Calif., def.  Karina Traxler, Rockwall, Texas., 6-1, 6-3
Lauren Marker, Rancho Mirage, Calif., def.  Chloe Lee, Albuquerque, N.M.,  6-1, 6-1
Maegan Manasse, Redondo Beach, Calif., def.  Hadley Berg, Greenbrae, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Mira Ruder-Hook, Denver, Colo., def.  Mayci Jones, Coto De Caza, Calif., 6-4, 6-3
Alyza Benotto (17), Los Angeles, def.  Smith Hinton, Raleigh, N.C., 7-5, 6-0
Jan Abaza (5), Boca Raton, Fla., def.  Ellen Jang-Milsten, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-1, 6-2
Madison Westby (17), Tulsa, Okla., def.  Jessica Perez, Laguna Niguel, Calif.,  6-2, 6-2
Brooke Broda (17), West Chester, Ohio., def.  Kennedy Davis, San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Kourtney Keegan, Roswell, Ga.,  def.  Annika Ringblom, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., 6-1, 6-4
Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif., def.  Ayla Aksu, San Francisco, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Jennifer Brady, Boca Raton, Fla., def.  Alexis Nelson, Saint Paul, Minn., 6-0, 6-1
Dasha Ivanova (17), Beaverton, Ore., def.  Sophie Chang, Havre De Grace, Md., 7-5, 2-6, 6-3
Sachia Vickery (1), Miramar, Fla., def.  Lindsey Hodge Roswell, Ga., 6-1, 6-1
Mariana Gould,  Boise, Idaho,  def.  Savannah Durkin, Miramar, Fla., 6-2, 6-2
Katharine Fahey, Fair Haven, N.J.  def.  Anna Feaster, Knoxville, Tenn., 6-2, 6-1
Sarah Dvorak, Kurtistown, Hawaii, def.  Rachel Chong, Danville, Calif., 7-6(2), 6-4
Victoria Duval (3), Bradenton, Fla., def.  Aryn Greene, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-0, 6-0
Kristin Wiley (17), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def.  Lauren Reid, Prosper, Texas, 6-2, 6-1
Hayley Carter, Columbia, S.C.,  def.  Erin Larner, Portland, Ore., 6-0, 6-4
Alexandra Kiick (2), Plantation, Fla., def.  Chuyang Guan, San Antonio, Texas,  6-0, 6-3
Melissa Lord, Bloomfield, Conn., def.  Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer (17), Aliso Viejo, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Ellyse Hamlin (16), Fairfield, Conn., def.  Maria Smith, Houston, 7-6(5), 6-4
Jessie Lee, San Jose, Calif., def.  Aundrea Busse, Springboro, Ohio,  6-3, 6-4
Felicity Maltby, Sunnyvale, Calif., def.  Maia Magill, Studio City, Calif., 6-3, 6-3
Terri Fleming (17), Alpharetta, Ga., def.  Daphne De Chatellus, Tiburon, Calif., 6-0, 7-6(3)
Meghan Kelley, Falmouth, Maine, def.  Megen Cochran, Calhoun, Ga.,  6-2, 6-4
Jillian Rooney, Canton, Ma., def.  Maddie Stearns, Short Hills, N.J., 6-0, 6-0
Caroline Brinson (17), Metairie, La., def.  Lauren Ghidotti, Dublin, Ohio, 6-3, 7-5
Yelizaveta Patenko, North Wales, Pa., def.  Hannah Shteyn, Staten Island, N.Y.,  5-7, 7-6(3), 6-1
Caroline Turner, Dallas, def.  Kristy Jorgensen, San Carlos, Calif., 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Anna Sanford, Westerville, Ohio., def.  Kelly Shaffer, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Megan McCray (33), Oceanside, Calif., def.  Emma Critser, Mountain View, Calif., 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Aleksandra Mally, Franklin Square, N.Y.  def.  Marlys Bridgham, Gibsonia, Pa., 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
Maria Shishkina, Bradenton, Fla., def.  Kyra Wojcik, Goodyear, Ariz., 7-6(0), 6-3
Amy Zhu Newark, Del., def.  Madison Silver, Grand Rapids, Mich., 6-2, 6-4
Taylor Townsend (4), Boca Raton, Fla., def.  Caroline Lampl, Bluemont, Va.,  4-6, 7-5, 6-0
Kaitlyn McCarthy (12), Cary, N.C.,  def.  Allegra Hanlon, Key Biscayne, Fla., 6-0, 6-0
Rebekah Anderson, La Mirada, Calif.,  def.  Katherine Butler, Charlotte, N.C.,  6-3, 6-1
Gabriella Castaneda, Miramar, Fla., def.  Michelle Satterfield, Paradise Valley, Ariz.,  6-4, 7-6 (2)
Peggy Porter (13), Dallas, Texas., def.  Amy Yang, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-1, 6-3
Andie Daniell, Douglasville, Ga., def.  Alexis Pereira, San Gabriel, Calif., 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Caroline Dolehide, Hinsdale, Ill., def.  Megumi Chen, McLean, Va.,  6-0, 6-3
Marika Cusick, Hinsdale, Ill.,  def.  Kelsey Grambeau, Dallas 6-2, 6-1
Yuki Chiang, Ojai, Calif., def.  Joanna Zalewski, Linden, N.J.,  6-2, 6-2
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer, (11) Chapel Hill, N.C.,  def.  Raquel Pedraza, Claremont, Calif., 7-6(3), 7-5
Jessica Ho (17), Wexford, Pa., def.  Madison Clarke, Phoenix, Ariz., 6-3, 6-2
Taylor Davidson (17), Statesville, N.C., def.  Elizabeth Profit, Bellflower, Calif., 6-4, 6-2
Olivia Thaler, Miami, Fla., def. Caroline Ryba, Glenview, Ill., 7-5, 6-3
Cassandra Vazquez, Houston, def.  Alexandria Najarian, Birmingham, Mich., 6-3, 7-5
Christina Makarova (10), San Diego, def.  Bennett Dunn, Plantation, Fla., 6-3, 6-4
Louisa Chirico (7), Harrison, N.Y.,  def.  Kennedy Shaffer, Rossford, Ohio, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Katrine Steffensen (17), Scarsdale, N.Y.  def.  Summer Brills, Minneapolis, Minn., 6-0, 6-1
Madeline Lipp, Lake Forest, Ill.,  def.  Christiana Brigante, Weston, Fla., 7-6(3), 7-5
Jamie Loeb (9), Ossining, N.Y., def.  Francis Dean, Arcadia, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Rachel Pierson (14), Princeton, N.J.,  def. Kaiulani Boyer, Irvine, Calif., 6-3, 6-0
 
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