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Townsend battles into Girls' 18s Nationals quarterfinals

August 9, 2013 07:34 AM
Taylor Townsend survived a scare from Kaitlyn McCarthy to reach the girls' 18s quarterfinals.
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to USTA.com
SAN DIEGO – Fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., fended off an upset bid on Thursday afternoon, defeating No. 12 seed Kaitlyn H. McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 7-5, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships.

Playing on a cool and breezy day at the Barnes Tennis Center, Townsend and McCarthy exchanged multiple service breaks and were even at 5-5 in the first set. At that point, Townsend found the range on her shots and proceeded to win eight of the next 10 games to pull away.
"She’s a tough opponent," Townsend said following her victory. "She gets a lot of balls back, and she tries to step into the court and hit the ball flat. She has a really good down-the-line off the backhand and forehand. She kept me on the defensive a lot. I just stayed solid, and I’m glad I came out with a win."

Last Saturday, Townsend reached the doubles final at the WTA event in Washington, D.C., and then flew to San Diego later that day to begin preparing for this week’s event.

"It’s always difficult, the time change and the travel. It made me very fatigued. Especially on Sunday and Monday, I was feeling it a lot. I’m starting to feel better, but it’s always tough," Townsend said. "This is a very strong tournament. All the top people want to play this tournament because there is something great on the line."
The winner of the girls' 18s title earns a wild card into the women's singles main draw of the 2013 US Open.

In other girls’ 18s action on Thursday, top seed Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., defeated No. 15 Spencer Liang of Potomac, Md., 6-0, 6-2, and No. 2 Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., eliminated No. 10 Christina Makarova of San Diego, 6-3, 6-3.

Defending girls’ 18s champion and No. 3 seed Victoria Duval rolled into the quarterfinals with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over 16th-seeded Ellyse Hamlin of Fairfield, Conn.
Girls’ 16s top seed Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., advanced to the singles semifinals after scoring an exciting 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Brienne Minor of Mundelein, Ill. Playing on Stadium Court, Shibahara served for the match at 5-4 in the third set but dropped serve as Minor tied the set at 5-5.

Shibahara dug deep and recovered to break Minor’s serve to take a 6-5 lead. She went on to serve out the match in the next game. Shibahara, who indicated that this will be her last girls’ 16s tournament, will face No. 17 Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md., in the next round. The winner will advance to the girls’ 16s singles championship on Saturday.
Tournament officials named Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif., the Babolat Player of the Day. After losing in the fourth round of the girls’ 16s main draw, Failla defeated two seeded players to reach the semifinals of the Feed-In Competition (Consolation). Tournament staff who saw her matches at the University of San Diego recommended Failla for the award for her outstanding competitive spirit.

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.
Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.
Click here for Friday’s order of play.
Click here to view the complete tournament draws.
Click here for the official website.
USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships
Barnes Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.
Surface: Hard Court
Thursday’s Results
Girls' 16s Singles:
Ena Shibahara (1), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., def. Brienne Minor (5), Mundelein, Ill., 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Raveena Kingsley (17), Fulton, Md., def. Alaina Miller, Saratoga, Calif., 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 
Sofia Kenin (17), Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Francesca Dilorenzo (6), New Albany, Ohio, 6-4, 6-1
Katerina Stewart (2), Miami, def. Meredith Xepoleas (7), Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-2
Girls' 18s Singles:
Fifth Round
Sachia Vickery (1), Miramar, Fla., def. Spencer Liang (15), Potomac, Md., 6-0, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick (2), Plantation, Fla., def. Christina Makarova (10), San Diego, def. 6-3, 6-3
Victoria Duval (3), Bradenton, Fla., def. Ellyse Hamlin (16), Fairfield, Conn., 6-0, 6-0
Taylor Townsend (4), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Kaitlyn Harris McCarthy (12), Cary, N.C., 7-5, 6-2
Jamie Loeb (9), Ossining, N.Y. def. Jan Abaza (5), Boca Raton, Fla., 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
Brooke Broda (17), West Chester, Ohio, def. Liz Jeukeng, Kansas City, Mo., 6-3, 6-2
Brooke Austin (6), Indianapolis, Ind., def. Peggy Porter (13), Dallas, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 
Chloe Ouellet-Pizer (11), Chapel Hill, N.C., def. Anna Sanford, Westerville, Ohio, 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-2
For complete scores and results, click here.
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