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Ryan Colby, Amelia Honer win National Clay Court Championships 18s singles titles

July 23, 2021

Top juniors Ryan Colby (17; Alexandria, Va.) and Amelia Honer (18; Newtown, Pa.) each won singles titles at last week’s USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships to earn wild card entries into the 2021 US Open Junior Championships.

 

The USTA National Clay Court Championships, one of five junior USTA National Championship events in 2021 that make up the USTA adidas Junior Championship Series, were held last week at seven locations across the country with singles and doubles competition across the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age groups.

 

Colby, a Junior Tennis Champions Center product, was seeded No. 17 in the boys’ 18s draw and knocked off No. 9 seed Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.) in a straight-sets final win. The rising senior is a verbal commit to play college tennis at USC.

USTA Boys' 18s National Clay Courts champion Ryan Colby (left) and finalist Nicholas Heng (right).

Meanwhile, the seventh-seeded duo of Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) and Sebastian Sec (New York) brought home the boys’ 18s doubles title, defeating Alex Michelsen (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) and Conrad Brown (Irvine, Calif.) in the championship match.

USTA Girls'' 18s National Clay Courts champion Amelia Honer (left) and finalist Ariana Pursoo (right).

In the girls’ 18s final, the ninth-seeded Honer cruised to a straight-sets victory over No. 8 seed Ariana Pursoo (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-0. Honer, a recent high school graduate, will play college tennis next season at UC Santa Barbara. Pursoo also made the girls’ 18s doubles final alongside partner Seren Agar (Chatham, N.J.), as the duo fell to the sixth-seeded pair of Vivian Miller (Sullivan’s Island, S.C.) and Maddy Zampardo (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.).

 

Both 16s singles finals pitted Floridians against New Yorkers as Felipe Pinzon (Sunrise, Fla.) defeated No. 12 seed Ari Cotoulas (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, in the boys’ 16s final, while Kaitlin Quevedo (Naples, Fla.) knocked off No. 10 seed Tola Glowacka (Glen Head, N.Y.) in the final of the girls’ 16s draw, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

 

Darwin Blanch (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) continued the winning ways for Floridians by claiming the boys’ 14s singles title, defeating top-seeded Braeden Gelletich (Goshen, N.Y.), while fourth-seeded Tianmei Wang (San Marino, Calif.) defeated No. 6 seed Claire Hill (Cary, N.C.) to win the girls’ 14s singles title.

 

Jack Secord (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Ciara Harding (Boca Raton, Fla.) wrapped up the prestigious list of singles champions, winning the boys’ and girls’ 12s titles, respectively. Harding was also a doubles finalist.

Finals results from the USTA National Clay Court Championships are below. The complete draws are available here.

 

Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or the pros—or just have fun competing.

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 18s

Delray Beach, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (17) Ryan Colby (Alexandria, Va.) d. (9) Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.), 7-6(4), 6-3

Doubles: (7) Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) / Sebastian Sec (New York) d. (17) Alex Michelsen (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) / Conrad Brown (Irvine, Calif.), 6-3, 7-5

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 18s

Mount Pleasant, S.C., July 11-18

Singles: (9) Amelia Honer (Newtown, Pa.) d. (8) Ariana Pursoo (Bay Shore, N.Y.), 6-4, 6-0

Doubles: (6) Vivian Miller (Sullivan’s Island, S.C.) / Maddy Zampardo (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) d. (11) Seren Agar (Chatham, N.J.) / Pursoo, 7-6(2), 6-2

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 16s

Delray Beach, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (17) Felipe Pinzon (Sunrise, Fla.) d. (12) Ari Cotoulas (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: (10) Caden Hasler (American Fork, Utah) / Dylan Tsoi (Dorado Hills, Calif.) d. (1) Cooper Woestendick (Olathe, Kan.) / Stefan Regalia (Arlington, Va.), 4-6, 6-3 [10-2]

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 16s

Huntsville, Ala., July 11-18

Singles: (33) Kaitlin Quevedo (Naples, Fla.) d. (10) Tola Glowacka (Glen Head, N.Y.), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Doubles: Stephanie Yakoff (Fort Lee, N.J.) / Natalia Perez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) d. Maren Urata (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.) / Sophia Webster (El Segundo, Calif.), 6-2, 6-4

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 14s

Miami Beach, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (9) Darwin Blanch (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) d. (1) Braeden Gelletich (Goshen, N.Y.), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles: (14)Maximus Dussault (Stuart, Fla.) / Maxwell Exsted (Savage, Minn.) d. (4) Ian Mayew (Cary, N.C.) / Oliver Narbut (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 6-3, 7-6(4)

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 14s

Plantation, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (4) Tianmei Wang (San Marino, Calif.) d. (6) Claire Hill (Cary, N.C.), 7-5, 6-3

Doubles: (1) Katie Rolls (Plymouth, Mich.) / Claire An (New York) d. (17) Alanis Hamilton (Bentonville, Ark.) / Hadley Appling (Crestwood, Ky.), 6-1, 7-5

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Boys’ 12s

Orlando, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (1) Jack Secord (Lake Forest, Ill.) d. (13) Teodor Davidov (Denver), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles: (2) Ryan Cozad (Alpharetta, Ga.) / Yannik Alvarez (Cumming, Ga.) d. (1) Colin McPeek (Carmel, Ind.) / Navneet Raghuram (Fenton, Mo.), 6-4, 6-2

 

USTA National Clay Court Championships – Girls’ 12s

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 11-18

Singles: (3) Ciara Harding (Boca Raton, Fla.) d. (17) Kristina Penickova (Campbell, Calif.), 6-4, 7-5

Doubles: (3) Bela Martinez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) / Anita Tu (Jacksonville, Fla.) d. (2) Harding / Abigail Gordon (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

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