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Kiick reaches fourth round at Girls’ 18s Nationals

August 7, 2013 08:22 AM
Allie Kiick was a girls' 18s finalist at last year's tournament.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
 
SAN DIEGO – After losing in the singles final of last year’s USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship, 18-year-old Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., is setting her sights on the prestigious title at this year’s tournament.
 
Kiick, ranked No. 297 in the WTA rankings, has spent much of the year competing on the USTA Pro Circuit. As the second seed this week at the Barnes Tennis Center, Kiick hopes to win the championship, which would earn her a wild card into the women's singles main draw in the upcoming US Open.
 
Following her 6-1, 6-2, third-round victory over Kourtney Keegan of Roswell, Ga., on Stadium Court, Kiick said winning the wild card into the US Open would mean everything to her.
 
"That’s what we all train for. It would mean a lot," Kiick said. "I hope to do well. Obviously I got to the finals last year, but I’m just going out and trying my hardest every match and using my experience to my advantage."
 
Winning this year’s USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship won’t be easy, as the top nine seed came into the tournament ranked in the WTA’s Top 500. According to Kiick, every player in the draw is tough.
 
"It’s a great tournament. It’s really tough," she said. "There are a lot of unseeded players who kind of sneak up on you. You have to take every match like it’s going to be very tough because it is."
 
Kiick, who has played in WTA events in Miami and Carlsbad this year, will face 17th-seeded Zoe Katz of Los Angeles in a fourth-round match scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
 
In other girls’ 18s action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery, third-seeded Victoria Duval and fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend all advanced to the fourth round with straight-set svictories. Seventh-seeded Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., fell to unseeded Cassandra Vazquez of Houston, 6-3, 6-1, in a third-round match.
 
Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., the top seed in the girls’ 16s, reached the round of 16, as she defeated 17th-seeded Hanna Chang of Fontana, Calif., 6-3, 6-4, in a fourth-round match.
 
Tournament officials named Caroline Lampl of Bluemont, Va., the Babolat Player of the Day. After winning her first-round girls’ 18s match, the unseeded Lampl faced fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend in a second-round encounter on Monday. She nearly scored an upset after capturing the first set and served for the match at 5-4 in the second set before Townsend rallied to win in three sets.
 
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.
 
Click here for Wednesday’s order of play.
 
Click here for the complete tournament draws.
 
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court

Tuesday’s Results:
 
Girl's 16s Singles
Fourth Round
Meredith Xepoleas (7), Huntington Beach, Calif., def. Nadia Gizdova (17), Columbia, Md., 6-3, 6-4
Alexa Graham (17), Garden City, N.Y., def. Yuki Asami, Irvine, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Olivia Hauger, Tulsa, Okla., def. Camila Wesbrooks (17), McKinney, Texas, 6-1, 6-4
Brienne Minor (5), Mundelein, Ill., def. Jada Hart (17), Colton, Calif., 6-4, 6-4
Ena Shibahara (1), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Hanna Chang (17), Fontana, Calif., 6-3, 6-4
Erica Oosterhout, Tampa, Fla., def. Sydney Riley (17), Dallas, Texas, 6-1, 6-4
Alexandra Letzt (3), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Christina Rosca (17), Princeton, N.J., 6-2, 6-2
Katerina Stewart (2), Miami, Fla., def. Ryan Peus, Palos Verdes, Estates, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Sofia Kenin (17), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Jessica Failla (11), Ramona, Calif., 7-6(4), 6-1
Alaina Miller Saratoga, Calif., def. Jessie Aney (16) Rochester, Minn., 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Emma Higuchi (4), Los Angeles, def. Samantha Hampton (17), Vancouver, Wash., 6-1, 6-2
Raveena Kingsley (17), Fulton, Md., def. Sabrina Xiong (33), Fresh Meadows, N.Y., 6-2, 6-0
Rebecca Weissmann (13), Loveland, Colo., def. Helen Altick, Monroe, La., 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Sydney Van Alphen, Laguna Beach, Calif., def. Mia Horvit, Parkland, Fla., 6-4, 6-2
Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, def. Kelly Chen, Cerritos, Calif., 6-3, 4-6, 3-0, Ret (inj.)
Usue Arconada (15), Rio Piedras, P.R., def. Sarah Hu (17), Oakland, Calif., 6-3, 6-1
 
Girl's 18s Singles
Third Round
Zoe Katz (17), Los Angeles, def. Yelizaveta Patenko, North Wales, Pa., 6-2, 6-1
Jamie Loeb (9), Ossining, N.Y., def. Andie Daniell, Douglasville, Ga., 6-0, 6-2
Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif., def. Dasha Ivanova (17), Beaverton, Ore., 6-0, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick (2), Plantation, Fla., def. Kourtney Keegan, Roswell, Ga., 6-1, 6-2
Jan Abaza (5), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Samantha Caswell, Chattanooga, Tenn., 6-0, 6-2
Brooke Austin (6), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Katharine Fahey, Fair Haven, N.J., 6-2, 6-0
Rachel Pierson (14), Princeton, N.J., def. Mira Ruder-Hook, Denver, Colo., 6-2, 6-0
Hayley Carter, Columbia, S.C., def. Katrine Steffensen (17), Scarsdale, N.Y., 6-1, 6-4
Cassandra Vazquez, Houston, Texas, def. Louisa Chirico (7), Harrison, N.Y., 6-3, 6-1
Taylor Davidson (17), Statesville, N.C., def. Caroline Dolehide, Hinsdale, Ill., 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Taylor Townsend (4), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Jessie Lee, San Jose, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
 
For complete scores and results, click here.
 
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