Scottsdale youth captures USTA Winter Nationals tennis crown

Top young juniors William Genesen (17, Tulsa, Okla.) and Kelly Chen (15, Cerritos, Calif.) won the United States Tennis Association Winter National Championships Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles titles last week in Scottsdale, each earning wild card entries into future USTA Pro Circuit events.

Niroop Vallabhaneni

Niroop Vallabhaneni

Niroop Vallabhaneni of Scottsdale was among the other winners at the Winter Nationals. Vallabhaneni beat Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-1, 6-4, to take home the Boys’ 12s singles crown, while Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) won the Girls’ 12s title by defeating Mae Canete (Los Angeles), 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Genesen, rated as a Top-20 recruit in the Class of 2016 by TennisRecruiting.net, defeated unseeded Alafia Ayeni (15, San Diego), 6-4, 6-1, to win the Boys’ 18s title.

No. 2-seeded Chen, who won a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 women’s event in 2014, becoming the youngest USTA Pro Circuit women’s champion in 10 years, beat No. 10 Mia Horvit (17, Palm City, Fla.), 6-3, 7-6(3).

The Winter National Championships consisted of 128 singles players / 64 doubles teams in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions. They were played on outdoor hard courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park (18s and 16s) and the Jim Refkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. (14s and 12s).

Other winners:

JJ Wolf (Cincinnati) and Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, Okla.) took the Boys’ and Girls’ 16s singles titles. No. 2-seeded Wolf defeated No. 3 Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wisc.), 7-6(1), 6-2, while Coppoc beat Chiara Lommer (Skokie, Ill.), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

Govind Nanda (Redlands, Calif.) and Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the Boys’ and Girls’ 14s singles titles. Nanda defeated Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio), who also won the Boys’ 14s doubles title, with Kevin Zhu (Pearland, Texas), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, while Jankowski overcame Sara Choy (San Francisco), 6-4, 6-4.

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 pros—or just have fun competing.

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Final results:

USTA Boys’ 18s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (8) William Genesen (Tulsa, Okla.), d. Alafia Ayeni (San Diego), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles: Korey Lovett (Brevard, N.C.) / Spencer Richey (Memphis, Tenn.) d. (5) Henry Gordon (New Braunfels, Texas) / Reese Stalder (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 6-2, 6-0

USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (2) Kelly Chen (Cerritos, Calif.) d. (10) Mia Horvit (Palm City, Fla.), 6-3, 7-6(3)

Doubles: (3) Jessie Aney (Rochester, Minn.) / Christina Rosca (Princeton, N.J.) d. (9) Samantha Hampton (Vancouver, Wash.) / Bess Waldram (Portland, Ore.), 6-2, 6-4

USTA Boys’ 16s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (2) JJ Wolf (Cincinnati) d. (3) Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wisc.), 7-6(1), 6-2

Doubles: (1) Bennett Crane (Huntersville, N.C.) / Sean Sculley (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) d. (8) Jake Van Emburgh / JJ Wolf, 6-3, 6-1

USTA Girls’ 16s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (2) Morgan Coppoc (Tulsa, Okla.) d. (4) Chiara Lommer (Skokie, Ill.), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Doubles: (2) Elysia Bolton (Lake Forest, Ill.) / Grace Joyce (Newton, Mass.) d. Anna Brylin (Short Hills, N.J.) / Victoria Emma, (Naples, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3

USTA Boys’ 14s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (3) Govind Nanda (Redlands, Calif.) d. Jaycer Calleros (San Antonio), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Doubles: (2) Jaycer Calleros / Kevin Zhu (Pearland, Texas) d. (1) Nathan Han (Tulsa, Okla.) / Jake Sands (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), 6-0, 6-3

USTA Girls’ 14s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (16) Cali Jankowski (Carlsbad, Calif.) d. (4) Sara Choy (San Francisco), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: (3) Jayci Goldsmith (Austin, Texas) / Chelsea Kung (Fort Worth, Texas) d. (2) Shelly Yaloz (Little Neck, N.Y.) / Marlee Zein (Sugarland, Texas), 6-4, 6-1

USTA Boys’ 12s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (4) Niroop Vallabhaneni (Scottsdale, Ariz.) d. (15) Jameson Corsillo (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-1, 6-4

Doubles: (3) Hunter Heck (New Brighton, Minn.) / Karl Lee (Los Altos, Calif.) d. (1) Aidan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.) / Billy Suarez (Huntington, N.Y.), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

USTA Girls’ 12s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015

Singles: (4) Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) d. (3) Mae Canete (Los Angeles), 0-6, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles: (1) Gabriella Price (Montbello, N.Y.) / Yashna Yellayi (Williamsville, N.Y.) d. (2) Charlotte Owensby (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Gianna Pielet, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

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