Fifteen-year-old Taylor Townsend moves on to the Carson quarterfinals.
© Bob Kenas
By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
– It’s only a stat but one worthy of mention: Of the 16 singles players still alive before Thursday’s second-round play in the Carson USTA Women’s $50,000 Challenger presented by the Farmers Classic, half were American teenagers.
Of the eight, two advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals, as 15-year-old qualifier Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., and 17-year-old Jessica Pegula of Boca Raton, Fla., moved on with big wins Thursday at The Home Depot Center.
The future is indeed bright for U.S. women’s tennis.
"We’ve had some great performances by the young Americans so far," tournament director John Lansville said. "I think all of them will make an impact either on the collegiate and pro level over the next few years. Today you definitely saw a glimpse of some of the top young American talent."
Townsend came back to beat one of the teenagers, 2010 USTA National Hardcourts champion and wild-card Shelby Rogers, 18, of Charleston, S.C., 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2).
"This is by far my biggest win," Townsend said. "I’ve practiced with her before, and she just killed me, but that was on clay. During the third set, I kept thinking about what my coach (USTA’s Kathy Rinaldi) keeps drilling into us. This is why we put the work in during fitness. There is a reason why we work so hard in practice, and that hard work showed today."
Pegula had a nice win over another U.S. teenager, 16-year-old Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, the No. 7-seeded player, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4).
Pegula is being coached by Maria Sharapova’s former coach, Michael Joyce, who lives just 10 minutes from Carson in Hermosa Beach.
The youngest player left in the draw, Pomona’s Gabby Andrews, 14, took the first set off of No. 6-seeded Teodora Mircic of Serbia, 7-5, before the wind kicked up and seemed to throw off her game, as Miric rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 three-set win.
Others advancing on Thursday included top-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy, No. 2 Alexa Glatch of Newport Beach, No. 3-seeded American Ashley Weinhold, No. 8-seeded American Chichi Scholl and former UCLA All-American Yasmin Schnack.
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Thursday's Round of 16 Singles:
WC: Wild card; Q: Qualifier; LL: Lucky Loser
Taylor Townsend, U.S. [q], def. Shelby Rogers, U.S. [wc], 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2)
Alexa Glatch, U.S. , def. Ellen Tsay, U.S. [LL], 6-2, 6-1
Yasmin Schnack U.S., def. Sachia Vickery, U.S., 2-6, 6-4, 4-0, ret.
Camila Giorgi, Italy, , def. Megan Falcon, U.S., 6-1, 6-4
Ashley Weinhold, U.S. , def. Amanda McDowell, U.S., 6-4, 6-2
Chichi Scholl, U.S.  def. Samantha Crawford, U.S., 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Teodora Mircic, Serbia , def. Gabby Andrews, U.S., [wc], 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
Jessica Pegula, U.S., def. Krista Hardebeck, U.S. , 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4)
Thursday’s Quarterfinal Doubles
Alexa Glatch, U.S. / Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada , def. Angelina Gabueva, Russia / Alyona Sotnikova, Ukraine, 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 (super tiebreaker)
WD Alexandra Mueller, U.S., / Asia Muhammad. U.S.  def. Samantha Crawford, U.S. [wc] / Caroline Doyle, U.S., 7-5, 4-6, [10-4]
Macall Harkins, U.S.  / Teodora Mircic, Serbia, def. Megan Falcon, U.S. / Amanda McDowell, U.S., 6-0 6-1
Christina Fusano, U.S.  / Yasmin Schnack U.S., def. Aleksandrina Naydenova, Bulgaria / Shelby Rogers, U.S., 7-5 6-1
WS: Women's Singles; WD: Women's Doubles
Court 4 starting at 10 a.m.
WS Chichi Scholl U.S.  vs. Alexa Glatch U.S. 
Followed by WS Camila Giorgi, Italy,  vs. Jessica Pegula U.S.
Followed by WD Alexa Glatch U.S. / Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada,  vs. Alexandra Mueller, U.S.  / Asia Muhammad, U.S.
Court 5 starting at 10 a.m.
WS Yasmin Schnack, U.S. vs. Taylor Townsend, U.S.
Followed by WS Ashley Weinhold, U.S.  vs. Teodora Mircic, Serbia, 
After Rest, Time TBA WD Macall Harkins, U.S. / Teodora Mircic, Serbia,  vs. Christina Fusano, U.S.  / Yasmin Schnack, U.S.
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