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Patience pays off for unseeded Mousheg Hovhannisyan
by Pam Shebest | Kalamazoo Gazette
Saturday August 15, 2009, 12:28 AM
KALAMAZOO -- Mousheg Hovhannisyan squandered four match points before pulling out a three-set win to advance to today's boys 18s semifinals in the USTA Boys' 18 & 16 National Championships at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. Hovhannisyan defeated Bob van Overbeek, the 14th seed from Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3, on Friday. He faces second-seeded Chase Buchanan, New Albany, Ohio, in one of today's semifinals and, if he makes it to the final, Hovhannisyan will become just the fifth unseeded player to get that far. The last one was Michael Calkins, who lost to fifth-seeded Simone Amorico in boys 16s in 1997. All four non-seeds lost in the finals. In Friday's quarterfinal match, on those match points, "I was waiting just to get an opportunity," Hovhannisyan said. "All the balls were pretty slow and I was pretty tight because I've never made it to the semis. "I just went for my favorite shot, back at the line, and got it in. The crowd gave me a lot of energy." Buchanan defeated his doubles partner, Jarmere Jenkins, the seventh seed, College Park, Ga., 6-3, 6-3, on Friday. In spite of playing on court 4, the match drew a lot of spectators. "It doesn't really matter where you play, it's how you play," Buchanan said. "I just played smart."
LIPMAN ADVANCES: Eighth-seeded Ryan Lipman, Nashville, defeated No. 3 Denis Kudla, Arlington, Va., 6-4, 6-0, to advance to today's 18s semifinal against Raymond Sarmiento, the 13th seed from Fontana, Calif. "The running forehand was big," Lipman said. "I worked on that a lot with my mom (Friday) morning. She fed me like 50 balls, so it paid off." Lipman, who is headed to Vanderbilt, his mother's alma mater, used that shot to win the match. Sarmiento defeated Kevin King, the 19th seed from Peachtree City, Ga. Playing on court 3, Sarmiento said, "I felt the crowd was cheering for court 2 more, but I was like, OK -- just pretended it was for me."
DON'T BLAME DAD: Gonzales Austin said people often mix up his name. "It's reversed all the time," Austin said, after defeating Dane Webb (29), Richardson, Texas, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, on Friday. "I've never met a new person and them not get my name backwards. "My dad's name is Gonzales Austin, as well, so I'm Junior, so it's not his fault." Austin, the eighth seed from Miami, plays No. 4 Jackson Withrow, Omaha, Neb., in today's 16s semifinals. Withrow defeated Morgan Mays (21), Longboat Key, Fla., 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
DOUBLES FINALS SET: Top-seeded Californians Daniel Nguyen, Oxnard, and JT Sundling, Thousand Oaks, play eighth-seeded Sekou Coker Bangoura, Bradenton, Fla., and Nathan Pasha, Atlanta, Ga., in today's 18s doubles final, with the winners earning a wild card into the U.S. Open main-draw doubles. In 16s, second-seeded Emmett Egger, Issaquah, Wash., and Shane Vinsant, Keller, Texas, take on eighth seeds, Nick Chappell, Indianapolis, and Marcos Giron, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
NICE GUY AWARD: Chase Curry, Wichita Falls, Texas, won the Wes Richards sportsmanship award for feed-ins. Curry, who is the 10th seed, moved to the backdraw after losing in the third round of boys 16.
KING WAS RIGHT: Earlier in the week, 18s player Evan King said he thought the radar guns on the three stadium courts were a bit slow. Turns out, he was right. "The radar guns measure the ball from the middle of the court, so they're not the speed coming off the racket head," said Dave Clark, on the committee that includes the radar guns. "They're probably a good 10 percent or better slower because of where we're taking the picture."
USTA Boys' 18 & 16 2009
5th Rd of 16 Singles
Jack Sock(1), Lincoln, NE def. Michael Rinaldi, Palm City, FL, 6-4, 6-0 Nick Chappell, Indianapolis, IN def. Alexander Petrone, Staten Island, NY, 7- 6(4), 4-6, 6-2 Bjorn Fratangelo(3), Pittsburgh, PA def. Robert Stineman, Winnetka, IL, 6-4, 6-1 Marcos Giron(7), Thousand Oaks, CA def. Daniel Ho, Los Angeles, CA, 6-4, 6-4 Morgan Mays(21), Longboat Key, FL def. Keaton Cullimore(20), Sandy, UT, 6-2, 6-3 Jackson Withrow(4), Omaha, NE def. Ashok Narayana(26), Houston, TX, 4-6, 6-2, 6- 0 Gonzales Austin(8), Miami, FL def. Spencer Simon(12), Santa Barbara, CA, 6-0, 6- 7(8), 6-4 Dane Webb(29), Richardson, TX def. Hunter Callahan(14), Lower Gwynedd, PA, 7- 6(5), 6-2
5th Qualifying Rd of 16 FeedIns
Hunter Reese, Kennesaw, GA def. Shaun Chaudhuri(28), Pleasanton, CA, 6-3, 6-4 Robbie Mudge(24), Winston-Salem, NC def. Richard Del Nunzio(9), Forest Hills, NY, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 Jason Luu, Fairfax, VA def. Anthony Tsodikov(31), San Francisco, CA, 6-3, 6-2 Connor Farren, Hillsborough, CA def. Anthony Delcore, Omaha, NE, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 Zach McCourt, Sunrise, FL def. Alexios Halebian, Glendale, CA, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Asika Isoh(19), Cambria Heights, NY def. Daniel Hirschberg, Westport, CT, 6-1, 6-3 Mitchell Krueger(30), Aledo, TX def. Ross Guignon, Prairie Village, KS, 6-2, 4- 6, 6-1 Nolan Paige(23), Fairfield, CT def. Christopher Diaz, Columbus, OH, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Quarter Final Rd of 16 Doubles
Nick Chappell(15), Indianapolis, IN and Marcos Giron(15), Thousand Oaks, CA def. Andrew Korinek(11), Mansfield, TX and Jose Martinez(11), Houston, TX, 6-2, 7-5 Tyler Gardiner(9), Novi, MI and Alexios Halebian(9), Glendale, CA def. Jason Luu(14), Fairfax, VA and Q-D Nguyen(14), Dunn Loring, VA, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 Ashok Narayana(13), Houston, TX and Michael Riechmann(13), Houston, TX def. Tim Kopinski, Palos Hills, IL and Michael Redlicki, Hawthorn Woods, IL, 2-6, 6-1, 6- 2 Emmett Egger(2), Issaquah, WA and Shane Vinsant(2), Keller, TX def. Daniel Ho, Los Angeles, CA and Jacob Jung, Upland, CA, 7-6(3), 6-3
5th Rd of 18 Singles
Kevin King(19), Peachtree Cty, GA def. S.C. Bangoura(22), Bradenton, FL, 6-3, 6- 4 Raymond Sarmiento(13), Fontana, CA def. Justin Shane(25), Falls Church, VA, 6-3, 6-1 Denis Kudla(3), Arlington, VA def. Clarke Spinosa, Claremont, CA, 6-3, 6-2 Ryan Lipman(8), Nashville, TN def. Frederick Saba(16), Fort Lauderdale, FL, 6-2, 6-2 Mousheg Hovhannisyan, North Hollywood, CA def. Jordan Cox(6), Duluth, GA, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Bob van Overbeek(14), Boca Raton, FL def. Tennys Sandgren(4), Gallatin, TN, 5-7, 7-6(8), 6-3 Jarmere Jenkins(7), College Park, GA def. Frank Carleton, Naples, FL, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 Chase Buchanan(2), New Albany, OH def. Daniel Kosakowski(26), Downey, CA, 6-4, 6-2
5th Qualifying Rd of 18 FeedIns Matthew Kandath(15), Gansevoort, NY def. Alex Van Velzer, Montgomery, TX, 6-2, 6-4 Zachary Leslie(20), San Diego, CA def. Shaun Bernstein, Plainview, NY, 6-4, 6-3 Michael Moore, Glenview, IL def. Jonathan Chang, Houston, TX, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 David Holiner, Dallas, TX def. John Huang, Irvine, CA, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) Blake Bazarnik, Kildeer, IL def. Matthew Spindler, Sacramento, CA, 6-2, 6-4 Benjamin Chen, Spring, TX def. Junior Ore(11), Gaithersburg, MD, 6-2, 6-7(3), 6- 4 Evan Song, Henderson, NV def. Warren Hardie, Laguna Niguel, CA, 6-3, 6-2 Campbell Johnson, Rancho Santa Fe, CA def. Nathan Pasha, Atlanta, GA, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Semi Final Rd of 18 Doubles Mitchell Frank(7), Annandale, VA and Junior Ore(7), Gaithersburg, def Daniel Nguyen(1), Oxnard, CA and JT Sundling(1), Thousand Oaks, CA7-5, 6-4 S.C. Bangoura(8), Bradenton, FL and Nathan Pasha(8), Atlanta, GA vs Ryan Cheung, Irvine, CA and Mousheg Hovhannisyan, North Hollywood, CA 6-1,4-6,62
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