NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: December 2017
The end of the year might be near, but Team NorCal is looking to finish strong with the last couple of major tournaments. First, the Eddie Herr International tournament for Boys’ and Girls’ 12-16 year-olds took place in Bradenton, FL, at the same time as the Eddie Herr ITF (BG 18 and Under). Then Team NorCal traveled to Plantation, FL, to compete in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship.
The Eddie Herr International tournament, which was played Nov. 22-Dec. 3, was extremely successful as four NorCal players reached the semifinals or better in Bradenton, FL. In the Girls’ 12 division, Ria Bhakta of Saratoga won three matches to make it to the semifinals. Ria fought hard but fell to No.2 seed Tsehay Driscoll of the U.S.A. 7-5, 6-1. Ria also reached the semifinals in doubles with Emma Roeck of the U.S.A. where once again Tsehay Driscoll was waiting for her with Ava Krug of the U.S.A. Unfortunately, the pair couldn’t change the outcome as they lost 6-3, 6-3.
In the Boys’ 14 division, Aidan Mayo of Roseville is finishing the year the way he started it: on a high note. Aidan advanced to the semifinals only to be stopped by his doubles partner Alexander Bernard of the U.S.A. 6-3, 6-1. The friends put aside their singles match to team up and reach the semifinals in doubles. The pair won two matches before falling to eventual winners Victor Lolov and Evan Wen of the U.S.A. in a battle 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. In the Girls’ 14 division, Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, proved once again why she is one of the top junior players in the country. Vivian took home the title in singles, beating Linda Fruhvirtova of Czech Republic 7-6(4), 6-4 in the finals. But she was hungry for more and reached the semifinals in doubles with Hina Inoue of the U.S.A. The pair gave it their all and pushed their opponents Estefania Gonzalez of the U.S.A. and Lorelyz Marrufo of Venezuela to a third set tiebreaker but fell 7-5, 2-6, 13-11.
The last NorCal player to finish in the top four is Keenan Mayo of Roseville at the ITF Eddie Herr (18 and Under). Keenan had a fantastic run in doubles with partner Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria, winning the title while being unseeded, against Alan Rubio Fierros of Mexico and Dostanbek Tashbulatov of Kazakhstan 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. After a seven-match winning streak in doubles, Keenan was stopped in the quarterfinals of the prestigious Orange Bowl, played in Plantation, FL. This time, Keenan teamed up with American Tomas Kopzynski. The pair pushed Daniil Glinka of Estonia and Sumit Sarkar of the U.S.A. to a third set super tiebreaker for a final score of 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.
Congratulations to all the players who participated and we look forward to an even better 2018!