Local product Paulina Ferrari, 14, won her opening match on Day 1 at the USTA Girls' 16s National Championships.
© Noreen Javadi
By John Freeman, special to USTA.com
San Diego, Calif. – Paulina Ferrari, a 14-year-old San Diegan with a notable tennis pedigree, has looked forward to competing in the USTA Girls’ 16s National Championships for several years. Until now, she’s been too young to enter.
But because Barnes Tennis Center is her home-court practice facility, she feels especially at home this week, competing at the tournament’s long-time site.
"Seems like I’ve been waiting a long time," she said after her first-round debut Saturday, a 6-1, 6-0 win over unseeded Caroline Williams of Baltimore. "I’ve definitely looked forward to playing against the best girls here on my home courts."
Ferrari’s style features aggressive ground strokes along with a fierce and surprisingly frequent net game, a rarity among her contemporaries.
"I love coming to net," said Ferrari, whose grandfather is legendary local teaching pro Ben Press. "It’s so much fun. All these girls can hit 100,000 balls without ever coming to net, but I always like to end the point as soon as I can."
Ferrari currently holds a ranking of No. 6 in the USTA Southern California girls’ 16s. Her father is Jim Ferrari, a longtime teaching pro.
Next up for Ferrari is a second-round match against 17th-seeded Sydney Riley, from Dallas, who received a first-round bye.
The Girls’ 18s division will begin their opening round matches at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4. To view the complete tournament draws, click here
The Girls’ 16s tournament will conclude with the finals on Saturday, Aug. 10. The Girls’ 18s division will finish with the finals on Sunday, Aug. 11.
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 women’s 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. Victoria Duval, last year’s girls’ 18s national champion, fell to Kim Clijsters in an entertaining first-round match on opening night of the 2012 US Open. The 17-year-old Duval, a resident of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 297 in the world (as of 7/26/13).
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Girl's 16s Singles
Paulina Ferrari San Diego, def. Caroline Williams, Baltimore, 6-1, 6-0
Erica Oosterhout Tampa, Fla., def. Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif., 6-4, 6-3
Gabrielle Rodriguez Tampa, Fla., def. Isabelle Dohanics, Cranberry Township, Pa., 6-3, 6-1
Savannah Slaysman Phoenix, def. Ilana Oleynik, Pacific Palasades, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Alexa Bortles, Alpharetta, Ga., def. Natalia Perry, Export, Pa., 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Erica Susi, Vero Beach, Fla., def. Lexi Milunovich, New Canaan, Conn., 7-6 (2), 6-1
Summer Dvorak, Park City, Utah, def. Danielle Bauers, Alpharetta, Ga., 6-4, 6-0
Anjali Sampath, Murphy, Texas, def. Rebecca Li, Pleasanton, Calif., 7-6 (6), 6-3
Drew Spinosa, Claremont, Calif., def. Stephanie Nguyen, San Jose, Calif., 6-2, 6-4
Christina Jordan, West Bloomfield, Mich., def. Carmen Saab, Memphis, Tenn., 6-3, 6-1
Alexandra Pollack, Mequon, Wis., def. Lilian Burchell, Ruxton, Md., 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Dominique Vasile, Oakland, Mich., def. Mary McNeal, Beaufort, S.C., 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Ines Vias, Germantown, Md., def. Margo Taylor, Dallas, 6-3, 6-2
Olivia Hauger, Tulsa, Okla., def. Cecilia Lynham, Chevy Chase, Md., 6-2, 6-1
Elizabeth Porter Dallas, def. Seriana Saltzen, Cameron Park, Calif., 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Mia Horvit, Parkland, Fla., def. Taylor Calton, Highland, Utah, 6-1, 6-0
Caitlin Calkins, Tulsa, Okla., def. Julia Goldberg, Tarzana, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
Yuki Asami, Irvine, Calif., def. Brianna Turley, Kaysville, Utah, 6-2, 6-3
Katie Ta Mission, Viejo, Calif., def. Jacqueline Urbinati, Harrison, N.Y., 6-2, 6-2
Mehvish Safdar, Mason, Ohio, def. Marie DeCosse, Fairfax, Va., 6-0, 6-2
Alaina Miller, Saratoga, Calif., def. Natalie Whalen, Chicago, 6-2, 6-2
Stephanie Hazell, Irvine, Calif., def. Cameron Kriscunas, Hilton Head Island, S.C., 6-1, 7-5
Annemarie Emme, Glenview, Ill., def. Devon Jack, San Marino, Calif., 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-4
Ndindi Ndunda, Burke, Va., def. Brianna Williams, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-0, 6-2
Amanda Rebol, Cumming, Ga., def. Claire Reifeis, Indianapolis, Ind., 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Victoria Yu, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Emily Zheng, Fremont, Calif., 6-4, 6-3
Nicole Kalhorn, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Kylie Wilcox, Greenwich, Conn., 6-4, 7-6(1)
Madison Appel, Delray Beach, Fla., def. Nami Otsuka, Norcross, Ga., 6-0, 6-4
Kalani Soli, Carson, Calif., def. Meredith Laskey, Fort Thomas, Ky., 6-1, 6-1
Lu Yang Plymouth, Minn., def. Claire Sullivan, Memphis, Tenn., 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Chandler Carter, Dallas, def. Zoe Lindbloom, Wayzata, Minn., 6-2, 6-3
Ashley Ishimura, Mililani, Hawaii, def. Paige Cooley, Traverse City, Mich., 6-1, 6-0
Hannah Templeton, Greensboro, N.C., def. Samantha Smith, Henderson, Nev., 6-0, 6-2
Allie Sanford, Phoenix, def. Grace Lin, South San Francisco, Calif., 6-0, 6-2
Tamijean Fumagalli, New Braunfels, Texas, def. Sarah Dreyfuss, North Miami Beach, Fla., 7-5, 6-4
Camille Favero Sacramento, def. Christina Zordani Lake Forest, Ill., 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Turner Yates, Ridgeland, Mass., def. Cindy Liu, Foster City, Calif., 6-2, 6-0
Delaney Nothaft, Tempe, Ariz., def. Kamilla Beisenova, Bethesda, Md., 6-3, 6-2
Sydney Goodson, Great Falls, Va., def. Tate Schroeder, Centennial, Colo., 6-4, 6-1
Kylie McKenzie, Anthem, Ariz., def. Kristen Thoms, La Grange, Ill., 6-1, 6-3
Zoe Spence, Chicago, def. Ananya Dua, Murrysville, Pa., 6-3, 6-0
Ellie Douglas, McKinney, Texas, def. Sydney Harlow, Omaha, Neb., 6-2, 6-2
Samantha Memije, Monroeville, Pa., def. Ashley Avery, Wellesley, Mass., 6-0, 6-0
Jessica Cramer Marietta, Ga., def. Gabrielle Schuck, Colorado Springs, Colo., 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Bess Waldram Portland, Ore., def. Rylie Cox, Rockwall, Texas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., def. Madison Tedford, Dallas, Texas 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Elizabeth Tedford, Dallas, def. Elizabeth Isayev, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-3, 6-2
Darya Possokhova, San Francisco, Calif., def. Hayley Haakenstad, Chanhassen, Minn., 6-3, 6-2
Arianna Spirtos, Potomac, Md., def. Caroline McAuley, Indianapolis, Ind., 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
Alexandra Sanford, Westerville, Ohio, def. Sena Suswam, Hoover, Ala., 6-0, 6-3
Priya Niezgoda, Austin, Texas., def. Mary Jane McCaghren, Memphis, Tenn., 6-1, 6-3
Paris Corley, Grants, N.M., def. Arnelle Sullivan, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-3, 6-3
Risa Nakagawa, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Zoe Manion, Lincolnshire, Ill., 6-3, 6-2
Jaci Cochrane, Fort Dodge, Iowa, def. Elizabeth Yao, Sunnyvale, Calif., 6-1, 6-1
Molly Paradies, Atlanta, Ga., def. Taylor Bridges, Mesa, Ariz., 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Emily Metcalf Jonesboro, Ark., def. Sarah Stuhlmann, Saint Louis, Mo., 6-4, 6-1
Clare Raley, Atlanta, Ga., def. Ally McKenzie, Glendale, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Sabrina Demerath, Kenmore, Wash., def. Annie Jaskulski, Wilmington, Del., 6-3, 6-4
Skyla Alcon, Kapolei, Hawaii, def. Ashley Chao, San Diego, 6-4, 6-2
Jessi Muljat, Sacramento, Calif., def. Kate Ketels, Kalamazoo, Mich., 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Ill., def. Scarlet Rush, Phoenix, Ariz., 6-3, 6-0
Anna Rogers, Stamford, Conn., def. Christina Paulus, Fort Worth, Texas, 6-0, 6-3
Alexa Corcoleotes, Hillsborough, Calif., def. Jennifer Lu, Cypress, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Makenna Jones, Greenville, S.C., def. Alexa Tiefel, Leawood, Kan., 6-2, 6-1
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