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Learner Tien, Eleana Yu win 18s nationals, spots in US Open main draw

Dan Levinsohn | August 14, 2022

Girls' 18s singles winner Eleana Yu and Billie Jean King.

Juniors Learner Tien and Elean­­­­a Yu punched their tickets into the US Open main draw after winning the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Championships, respectively. Doubles pairs Ethan Quinn and Nicholas Godsick and Reese Brantmeier and Clervie Ngounoue will also compete in their respective divisions at the US Open, following victories at the prestigious junior tournaments.


On Sunday, Ohio’s 17-year-old, fourth-seeded Yu defeated Washington’s No. 17 seed Valerie Glozman, 6-3, 7-5 in sunny San Diego to take the title. But rain caused the boys' final in Kalamazoo, Michigan to be delayed until Monday. Irvine's Tien, 16, took two tiebreaks and to claim victory over Fresno's 18-year-old Ethan Quinn in a clash of Californians. Final score: 7-6(7), 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3.

The National Championships took place at five locations across the country, featuring singles and doubles competition across the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age groups. 


In addition to the US Open main draw wild cards awarded to the 18s singles and doubles champions, the singles finalists in the boys’ and girls’ 18s divisions received wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, set to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.


Meanwhile, the boys’ and girls’ 16s singles champions earned wild card entries into the US Open Junior Championships.

Boys' 18s singles winner Learner Tien.
Boys' 18s doubles winners Nicholas Godsick and Ethan Quinn.


Tien, who is currently ranked the No. 40 junior in the world as of the latest ITF rankings, won the singles title at the prestigious ITF International Spring Championships in San Diego earlier this year. He also reached the quarterfinals at the Wimbledon Junior Championships last month.


"Having the confidence of coming back in that first set tiebreaker really helped me in that second set tiebreaker," Tien said. "Even though I was down a mini-break, I had come back from a similar deficit in the first set, so it didn't really affect me, mentally at least."

Quinn, a recent high school graduate who plans to attend the University of Georgia, may have been runner-up singles, but he and 17-year-old partner Nicholas Godsick of Ohio claimed the boys’ 18s doubles title. Godsick is the son of American tennis legend Mary Joe Fernandez and prominent tennis agent Tony Godsick.


Meanwhile, top seeds Reese Brantmeier of Wisconsin and Clervie Ngounoue of Washington, D.C., defeated the fourth-seeded pairing of Florida’s Natalie Block and South Carolina’s Piper Charnev.


Billie Jean King herself presided over the girls’ sunny San Diego final on Sunday, watching from the stands. 

Girls' 18s doubles winners Reese Brantmeier and Clervie Ngounoue.

Though Glozman trailed throughout the match, she broke her opponent’s serve with a potentially outcome-altering point in the second set: Yu claimed the ball went wide but – without a video review available – was unable to challenge the call, providing Glozman with a comfortable 4-2 advantage. 


Still, Yu wouldn’t have it. In mere minutes, she rocketed to 5-4. Glozman saved championship point after championship point by attacking from inside the baseline. Glozman evened the score at 5-5, but Yu finally sealed the deal with her fifth championship point.


Following the US Open Qualifying Tournament on Aug. 23, the US Open main draw begins Aug. 29.

Complete results from the USTA National Championships can be found below. The complete draws are available here: Boys’ 18s and 16sGirls’ 18s and 16sBoys’ 14s and 12sGirls’ 14sGirls’ 12.


USTA National Championships – Boys’ 18s

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 4-15, 2022

Singles: (8) Learner Tien (Irvine, Calif.) d. (2) Ethan Quinn (Fresno, Calif.), 7-6(7), 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3

Doubles: (2) Nicholas Godsick (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) / Quinn d. (1) Sebastian Gorzny (Fountain Valley, Calif.) / Alex Michelsen (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), 6-4, 6-0


USTA Billie Jean King National Championships – Girls’ 18s

Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, Aug. 6-14, 2022

Singles: (4) Eleana Yu (Mason Ohio) d. (17) Valerie Glozman (Bellevue, Wash.), 6-3, 7-5

Doubles: (1) Reese Brantmeier (Whitewater, Wis.) / Clervie Ngounoue (Washington, D.C.) d. (4) Natalie Block (Plantation, Fla.) / Piper Charney (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

USTA National Championships – Boys’ 16s

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 4-15, 2022

Singles: (5) Darwin Blanch (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) d. (13) Calvin Baierl (Naples, Fla.), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

Doubles: (2) Mitchell Lee (Oakland, Calif.) / Cooper Woestendick (Olathe, Kan.) d. (5) Stiles Brockett (Fairax, Va.) / Cassius Chinlund (Los Angeles), 6-1, 6-4


USTA Billie Jean King National Championships

Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, Aug. 6-14, 2022

Singles: (9) Alyssa Ahn (San Diego) d. Cristasha McNeil (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: (9) Anya Murthy (Fremont, Calif.) / Taylor Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.) d. Leena Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) / Summer Chandler (Jamaica, N.Y.), 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(4)


USTA National Championships – Boys’ 14s

Mobile Tennis Center, Mobile, Ala., Aug. 6-13

Singles: (7) Sebastian Bielen (Glen Cove, N.Y.) d. (4) Andre Alcantara (Las Vegas), 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

Doubles: (5) Alcantara / Andrew Gordon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) d. (1) Yannik Alvarez (Cumming, Ga.) / Ryan Cozad (Alpharetta, Ga.), 6-2, 7-5


USTA National Championships – Girls’ 14s

Rome Tennis Center, Rome, Ga., Aug. 6-13

Singles: (17) Bella Payne (Taylor, S.C.) d. (5) Maria Aytoyan (Valley Village, Calif.), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: (30) Thea Frodin (Woodland Hills, Calif.) / Anita Tu (Jacksonville, Fla.) d. (1) Sara Shumate (Charlotte, N.C.) / Payne, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2


USTA National Championships – Boys’ 12s

Mobile Tennis Center, Mobile, Ala., Aug. 6-13

Singles: (1) Vihaan Reddy (San Jose, Calif.) d. Tabb Tuck (Mountain Brook, Ala.), 6-3, 6-1

Doubles: (3) Akshay Mirmira (Bethesda, Md.) / Reddy d. (6) Griffin Goode (Raleigh, N.C.) / Kahven Singh (Raleigh, N.C.), 6-2, 6-2


USTA National Championships – Girls’ 12s

LifeTime Tennis, Peachtree Corners, Ga., Aug. 7-13

Singles: (4) Maggie Sohns (Cooperstown, N.Y.) d. (2) Hannah Ayrault (Atlanta), 7-6(1), 6-2

Doubles: Ayrault / Julia Seversen (coto De Caza, Calif.) d. (9) Alexandra Grilliot (Carmel, Ind.) / Vibha Gogineni (Mason, Ohio), 4-6, 6-1, [10-2]


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