NorCal Juniors Honor Roll: January 2018

Team NorCal finished 2017 and started 2018 with a splash, when several players reached the semifinals or better at the USTA National Winter Championships, that took place December 27, 2017 – January 2, 2018. Two NorCal players represented Team U.S.A. in Europe by playing the Nike Junior International Bolton in England, and then heading to Tarbes, France, for the prestigious Les Petits As.

The Boys and Girls in the 12/14 age divisions competed in Tucson, AZ, and brought home a national title along with other great results. Rudy Quan, of Roseville took home the title in the Boys’ 12 singles division, beating Kaylan Bigun, of Davidson, NC, 6-4, 6-0 in the finals. On his way to claiming the trophy, Rudy defeated the No.1 and No.4 seeds without dropping a set. In the Boys’ 14 singles division, Brian Chong, of Cupertino reached the quarterfinals of the main draw and went on to advance to the finals of the Gold Draw where he put up a great fight against Nicholas Heng, of Madison, AL but lost 7-6(3), 6-3.

In the Girls’ 14 singles division, Anushka Khune, of Palo Alto reached the semifinals but was stopped by Midori Castillo of Bonita, CA, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, the eventual winner. Anushka bounced back to finish in third place, overcoming Emma Charney, of Prospect, KY 6-2, 7-5. In the same division, Priya Nelson, of Sacramento went one step further by getting to the finals, and finished as a runner-up against Midori Castillo, 6-2, 6-2.

USTA Winter Nationals in Tucson, AZ. Picture on the left – Anushka Khune G14s. Picture in the middle – Rudy Quan B12s. Picture on the right – Priya Nelson G14s.

Lastly, in the Girls’ 16 singles division, which was played in Orlando, FL, Allura Zamarripa, of St. Helena, advanced to the semifinals but retired due to injury. Allura retired against the No. 1 seed Gianna Pielet, at 7-6(5), 4-2 and couldn’t play the playoff due to her injury. Allura also got to the semifinals in doubles with sister Maribella Zamarripa, losing 6-3, 6-4 to Carmen Corley of Albuquerque, NM, and Gianna Pielet. The sisters didn’t play the playoff match because of Allura’s injury.

For the first tournaments of 2018, Vivian Ovrootsky and John Kim traveled all the way to Europe to represent Team U.S.A. Both players, from San Jose and Sunnyvale respectively, reached the quarterfinals of the Nike Junior International Bolton in England. John couldn’t overcome the No. 3 see from France Cesar Bouchelaghem, falling 6-2, 6-1. Vivian put up a great fight against the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals, pushing to a third set for a final score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. During Les Petits As in Tarbes, France, Vivian teamed up with fellow American Katja Wiersholm. The pair advanced to the quarterfinals, falling in a hard fought three-set battle to the all Russian pair of Linda Fruhvirtova and Linda Noskova 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

We also want to highlight another player, Keenan Mayo of Roseville, who has been on a great winning streak since the end of 2017. Keenan advanced to the finals of the singles draw at the 54th Coffee Bowl, an ITF tournament taking place in Costa Rica. Keenan fought hard but lost to frenchman Harold Mayot 7-5, 6-2. Keenan was able to get past the last hurdle, winning the doubles title with American Tomas Kopczynski, beating the No.1 seed and fellow Americans Govind Nandaand Tyler Zink 6-4, 6-4.

54th Coffee Bowl – Costa Rica. Picture on the left L-R: Keenan Mayo and Harold Mayot. Picture on the right L-R: Keenan Mayot and Tomas Kopczynski.