Chinlund, Glozman win boys', girls' 18s titles at famed Easter Bowl in Indian Wells

Victoria Chiesa | April 04, 2023

Sixteen-year-olds Cassius Chinlund and Valerie Glozman are the first USTA national 18s champions of 2023 after they triumphed this past weeked at the FILA Easter Bowl, held at the famed Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. 

The two champions are at different stages in their junior tennis careers: Chinlund, a sophomore at Campbell Hall School outside Los Angeles, had his best-ever run at a USTA Level 1 tournament by taking home the boys' 18s singles title, while 18s girls' singles champion Glozman won her second consecutive Easter Bowl after winning the 16s title last year.


The fifth-seeded Chinlund knocked of No. 7 seed and UCLA freshman Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 final between Californians to earn his biggest-ever title. Chinlund, named the boys' player of the year by the Los Angeles Daily News as a freshman, told local news station KESQ that he was thrilled to win triumph at a tournament that he grew up attending.

"I've grown up coming to this tournament every year and just seeing these guys battle it out," Chinlund said, "and then to play on a stadium court in the finals and win it, its always been my dream."

In the boys’ 18s doubles final, another pair of Californians, Krish Arora of Newport Beach and Parashar Bharadwaj of Irvine, defeated the second-seeded duo of Declan Galligan (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Kale Mize (Tulsa, Okla.) in a match tiebreak, 7-5, 6-7(3), [10-1].


Glozman, by contrast, made recent history with her back-to-back triumphs: She's the first junior to complete that feat since CiCi Bellis did it a decade ago, in 2013 and 2014. 

Glozman, ranked third in the USTA's under-18 girls' singles rankings at age 16, was also the 18s national runner-up last year as a 15-year-old—an achievement which earned her a qualifying wild card for the 2022 US Open. As the top seed in this year's Easter Bowl, the Bellevue, Wash. native knocked off another 15-year-old, No. 5 seed Aspen Schuman from Menlo Park, Calif., in the final, 7-6(4), 6-3. 


The No. 1 seeds also won the doubles title; Susanna Maltby of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and Maddy Zampardo of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., beat third seeds Ava Esposito Cogan (Branford, Conn.) and Caroline McGinley (Essex Falls, N.J.), in three sets, 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4.


The Easter Bowl is the first of five national championships that will be played this year, the crown jewel of a circuit that more than 120,000 players compete in annually, in age divisions from 10-and-under through 18-and-under. It counts John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick among its former champions

In Indian Wells, trophies were also awarded in the 16s, 14s and 12s age brackets. No. 4 seed Ian Bracks, of Tulsa, Okla., defeated No. 9 seed Braden Gelletich, of Goshen, N.Y. in the boys’ 16s singles final, 7-6(4), 6-3, while No. 8 seed Claire An came from behind to beat third-seeded Alanis Hamilton, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-4, in the girls' 16s singles final. Hamilton also partnered with Philadelphia's Kayla Chung to win the girls’ 16s doubles title.


The 14s singles finals saw two come-from-behind wins; No. 7 seed Roshan Santhosh, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., defeated No. 3 seed Ryan Cozad to win the boys title, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, while second-seeded Nancy Lee, from Belmont, Mass., rallied past No. 5 seed Anita Tu, of Jacksonville, Fla., 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Jason Eigbedion (Duluth, Ga.) and Raya Kotseva (Las Vegas) rounded out the singles champions, winning the boys’ and girls’ 12s titles, respectively. Both players also won their respective doubles titles to complete the sweep. 

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