Chang, Woldeab win
ISC 16s titles
Arthur Kapetanakis | April 6, 2019
The first silverware was handed out at the USTA International Spring Championships on Saturday, as champions were crowned in the boys’ and girls’ 16s singles and doubles events, as well as the 18s doubles competitions.
Alexander Chang claimed the 16s singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 final victory over Willian Cooksey, completing a near-perfect tournament in which he won all 10 sets he played after advancing to Round 2 through a default. The Berkeley, Calif., native dropped a total of 26 games on the week and won both the semifinal—over Jiaxi Ma—and the final by the same scoreline.
Cooksey, partnering Jeffrey Etterbeek, came back later in the day to win the 16s doubles event by taking out the No. 4-seeded duo of Lucas Brown and Alexander Karman, 6-1, 0-6, [10-7].
In the girls’ 16s singles final, Winta Woldeab (pictured above, left), of La Mesa, Calif., turned back defending champion Anne Lutkemeyer Obregon (above, right), 6-3, 6-4 for the title. ADVERTISEMENT Tsehay Driscoll and Ava Krug took the doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Makenna Martinez and Maxine Murphy.
The 18s singles trophies will be up for grabs on Sunday, with the top seeds still standing in both the girls’ and boy’s draws. Each of the four girls’ semifinalists entered Saturday’s play with a perfect eight-for-eight record in sets played on the week, and finalists Hurricane Tyra Black and Connie Ma kept their perfect runs alive with a pair of straight-set victories.
Black, the top seed and defending champion, defeated Katrina Scott, 6-3, 7-6. The second set, which ended, 7-3, in the tiebreak, was the only set in which the Boca Raton, Fla., native dropped more than four games.
Ma, a wild card, has yet to drop more than four games in a set on her way to the final. She continued that trend with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 13 Robin Montgomery, who reached the Easter Bowl final last week.
The girls’ 18s doubles trophy went to Kacie Harvey and Natasha Subash , who took out the No. 8-seeded tandem of Elizabeth Coleman and Jenna DeFalco, 6-3, 6-1.
It will be Team USA vs. Canada in the boys’ 18s final, as No. 1 Liam Draxl, of Ontario, Canada, takes on wild card Zachary Svadja, of San Diego. Draxl topped No. 12 Andrew Dale, 7-5, 6-3, in his semifinal, while Svajda took out Stefan Dostanic, 6-1, 6-1, in a battle of unseeded semifinalists.
The boys’ 18s doubles title was sealed by the top-seeded team of Martin Damm and Toby Alex Kodat, who defeated Braeden Ho and Welsh Hotard, 6-3, 6-2.
Sunday's play will begin at 1 p.m. ET, with the boys' 18s singles final to be followed by the girls' title match.
For tournament information, including live scoring, visit the official ISC website.