A day after a first-round bye, Boys’ 18s top-seeded player Noah Rubin saw his first action at the 2013 ASICS Easter Bowl and got past future USC Trojan Robbie Bellamy, 6-4, 6-0. Rubin was off for eight weeks after suffering a broken right wrist and had his cast removed just three weeks ago and played for the first time two weeks ago, which was just one week before he played for the first time in Carson, Calif.
“It’s good to get back out there,” Rubin said. “While I was off I did more agility work than I’ve ever done and worked with a personal trainer so I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life.”
Granted a wild card into the girls main draw, precocious 13-year-old Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills, Calif., has burst onto the scene in a huge way over the past three days, winning three rounds without dropping a set and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Girls’ 18s ITF event being played this week at the Sunrise Country Club.
Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Daniel Kerznerman, the number seven seed, was a 6-7(3), 2-6 loser to Alexandru Gozun of Sarasota, Fla. Long Island's Dennis Uspensky, the number 15 seed from Atlantic Beach, N.Y., was a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) winner over Shane Monroe of Ventnor City, N.J.
In an all-New York matchup, it was Artemie Amari of New York, N.Y. defeating the sixth-seeded Daniel Grunberger of Great Neck, N.Y. 6-4, 6-2 in the Boys 16s Division.
After her second straight 7-5, 7-5 victory–on Wednesday she upset 10th-seeded Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C.–Gordon now finds herself in the company of the Elite 8, and among some of the best in junior girls’ tennis in the U.S.
“Coming into the tournament I wanted to win just two rounds,” said Gordon, who next faces Raquel Pedraza of Claremont, Calif., for a spot in the semis. “I just really wanted to play the better players. I never thought I’d get to the quarterfinals.”
Also winning second-round boys’ matches were second-seeded Mackenzie McDonald, third-seeded Luca Corinteli and fifth-seeded Martin Redlicki. In the marquee girls’ match on the day, last year’s girls’ 18s finalist Brooke Austin of Indianapolis beat Las Vegas’ Kimberly Yee, 6-3, 6-0. In the girls’ 16s, last year’s finalist Meredith Xepoleas, the third-seeded player from Huntington Beach, Calif., defeated Paige Cline of Kentfield, Calif., 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
In the Girls 16s Division, it was the seventh-seeded Caroline Dolehide of Hinsdale, Ill. defeating Madison Battaglia of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 6-1, 6-1, while the 17th-seeded Alexa Graham of Garden City, N.Y. defeated Loren Haukova of Elmsford, N.Y. 6-3, 6-0.