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Duval, Novikov win 18s National Championships, US Open wild cards

August 14, 2012 09:56 AM
Victoria Duval won the Girls' 18s National title.
Dennis Novikov, of San Jose, Calif., swept the USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships singles and doubles titles, and Victoria Duval, of Bradenton, Fla., won the singles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships on Sunday. They each earned wild card entries into the men’s and women’s main draws of the 2012 US Open.
 
The nation’s top junior tennis players competed in eight USTA National Championships across America last week. The singles and doubles champions at the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s events are awarded wild card entries into the US Open main draw. The singles runners-up in the boys’ and girls’ 18s divisions are traditionally offered wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament.
 
No. 3 seed Novikov, 18, defeated No. 8 seed Alexios Halebian, 18, of Hollywood, Calif., 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the tournament final at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College. Born in Moscow, Russia, Novikov also earned a 2012 US Open main draw wild card when he and Michael Redlicki, of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., the fourth-seeded doubles pair, toppled No. 3 seed M. Mackenzie McDonald, of Piedmont, Calif., and Trey Strobel, of Bradenton, Fla., 7-6(3), 6-1, in the doubles championship to earn a wild card entry into the doubles main draw of the 2012 US Open. Novikov, a one-time junior hockey player who reached the boys’ singles quarterfinals of the 2010 US Open, plays collegiately at UCLA.
 
Duval earned her 2012 US Open main draw wild card by upending five of the tournament’s Top 10 seeds in the USTA Girls 18s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Duval, 16, defeated No. 3 seed Alexandra Kiick, of Plantation, Fla., 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Duval and Kiick are both coached by USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi. She formerly trained at the USTA Certified Regional Training Center in Atlanta, where club members once helped rescue her father, a doctor in Port-au-Prince, after he was injured in the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
 
The 16-year old Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphin Jim Kiick, and Samantha Crawford, 17, of Tamarac, Fla., won the Girls 18s doubles championship as the top seed, defeating No. 2 seed Chalena Scholl, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Sachia Vickery, of Miramar, Fla., 7-6(5), 6-3, claiming a wild card into the 2012 US Open doubles main draw.
 
Highlights from other USTA Junior National Championships
 
Kimberly Yee, of Las Vegas, Nev., swept the singles and doubles titles at the Girls 16s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. No. 2 seed Yee, 15, beat No. 6 seed Katarina Stewart, of Miami, 6-2, 6-2, for the singles title, and teamed with Mariana Gould, of Boise, Idaho, to defeat Gabrielle Smith, of Hendersonville, Nev., and Olivia Sneed, of Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(2), for the doubles title.
 
Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., earned titles in singles and doubles at the Boys 14s National Championships in San Antonio. Fritz, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 10 seed Gianni Ross, of Burr Ridge, Ill., 6-1, 6-3, for the singles championship, then paired with Anudeep Kodali, of Fayetteville, N.C., as the top-seeded doubles team to defeat No. 3 seed Lane Leschly, of Atherton, Calif., and Mwendwa Mbithi, of Succasunna, N.J., 6-0, 6-1.
 
Below is the complete list of results from the finals of this week’s USTA National Championships. The complete draws are available on www.usta.com.
 
USTA Boys’ 18s National Championships
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., August 3-12
Singles: (3) Dennis Novikov, San Jose, Calif., d. (8), Alexios Halebian, Hollywood, Calif., 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles: (4) Dennis Novikov, San Jose, Calif., and Michael Redlicki, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., d. (3) M. Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif., and Trey Strobel, Bradenton, Fla., 7-6(3), 6-1.
 
USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, August 4-12
Singles: (17-32) Victoria Duval, Bradenton, Fla., d. (3) Alexandra Kiick, Plantation, Fla., 3-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: (1) Samantha Crawford, Tamarac, Fla., and Alexandra Kiick, Plantation, Fla., d. (2) Chalena Scholl, Pompano Beach, Fla., and Sachia Vickery, Miramar, Fla., 7-6(5), 6-3.
 
USTA Boys’ 16s National Championships
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., August 3-12
Singles: (12) Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash., d. (32) Alexandru Gozun, Sarasota, Fla., 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles: (1) Aron Hiltzik, Wilmette, Ill., and Paul Oosterbaan, Kalamazoo, Mich., d. (5) Jordi Arconada, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Mylnikov, Bradenton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4.
 
USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, August 4-12
Singles: (2) Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, Nev., d. (6) Katerina Stewart, Miami, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: (2) Mariana Gould, Boise, Idaho, and Kimberly Yee, Las Vegas, Nev., d. (9) Gabrielle Smith, Hendersonville, Nev., and Olivia Sneed, Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(2).
 
USTA Boys’ 14s National Championships
San Antonio Tennis Association, San Antonio, August 5-10
Singles: (3) Taylor Fritz, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., d. (10) Gianni Ross, Burr Ridge, Ill., 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: (1) Taylor Fritz, Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., and Anudeep Kodali, Fayetteville, N.C., d. (3) Lane Leschly, Atherton, Calif., and Mwendwa Mbithi, Succasunna, N.J., 6-0, 6-1.
 
USTA Girls’ 14s National Championships
Metro Tennis Associates, Peachtree City, Ga., August 4-9
Singles: (5) Sophia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla., d. (2) Raquel Pedraza, Claremont, Calif., 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles: (9) Hada Chang, Trophy Club, Texas, and Sydney Riley, Dallas, d. (3) Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Dominique Vasile, Oakland, Mich., 6-2, 6-1.
 
USTA Boys’ 12s National Championships
Burns Park Tennis Center, North Little Rock, Ark., August 5-10
Singles: (1) Roscoe Bellamy, Pacific Palisades, Calif., d. (17) Danny Thomas, Canal Winchester, Ohio, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles: (6) Lukas Greif, Newburgh, Indiana, and Danny Thomas, Canal Winchester, Ohio, d. (5) Austen Huang, Elk Grove, Calif., and Keenan Mayo, Roseville, Calif., 6-2, 7-5.
 
USTA Girls’ 12s National Championships
Windward Lake Club, Alpharetta, Ga., August 5-10
Singles: (1) Abigail Desiantnikov, Gates Mills, Ohio, d. (2) Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Doubles: (1) Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, d. (9) Clarissa Hand and Christina Hand, Moorestown, N.J., 6-3, 6-2.
 
 
 

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