2019 USTA May National Level 2
Charney, Sinha Looking for the Sweep
May 21, 2019
The 2019 USTA May National Level 2 has entered the home stretch, as all championship matchups are now set for Tuesday. Both Emma Charney (Southern) and Adit Sinha (Eastern) will be looking to sweep the singles and doubles titles to close out the event.
Charney, the top seed in girls’ singles, turned in another impressive effort in besting No. 8 Anushka Khune (Florida) in the quarterfinal round, but was tested in the semifinals by unseeded Floridian Valeria Ray. Charney eventually earned the opening set 7-5, but trailed most of the way in the second, eventually faltering by the same margin as the first frame. There would be little between the two in the decisive match tiebreak, with Charney managing to prevail, 10 points to eight.
Sixth seed Violeta Martinez (Florida) spent a long time on court Monday, splitting sets in both of her matches en route to advancing to the final. She claimed the first set in both encounters, eventually prevailing over seventh-seeded Whitley Pate (Southern) in a marathon 6-4, 6-7(3), 15-13 contest; Martinez then held off No. 9 Amber McGinnis (Florida) 6-3, 2-6, 10-2 in the semifinals.
Doubles was more straightforward for Charney and her partner Sara Snyder (Caribbean), as the second-seeded tandem defeated No. 7 seeded Ria Bhakta (Northern California) and Lena Kovacevic (Florida), 8-5. The unseeded Southern team of Alice Otis and Piper Charney continued their string of upsets, this time slipping past No. 4 McGinnis and Daniela Porges (Florida) 8-6.
Sinha, seeded third, saw his quarterfinal match versus unseeded Leanid Boika (Florida) cut short when Boika retired at 5-0 down in the opening frame. Fully rested for the semifinals, Sinha stormed past No. 9 Nathan Cox (Southern) 6-2, 6-1. Eighth-seeded jared Phillips (Eastern) also made quick work of his quarterfinal opponent in the form of a 6-3, 6-3 victory versus Michael Ross (Southern). It would be quite the opposite in the semifinals, as Phillips narrowly avoided defeat, taking a back-and-forth affair with No. Julen Morgan (Florida) 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.
The two boys’ doubles semifinals produced little drama. No. 1 seeds Sinha and Sam Feldman (New England) eased by fifth-seeded Sebastian Dounchis (Florida) and Colin Tavares (Florida) 8-4 while No. 7 seed Morgan and Olomu (Florida) bested Boika and Jacob Lowen (Florida) 8-2.
Tuesday’s schedule begins at 8:30 a.m. with consolation singles action. For more information on the 2019 USTA May National Level 2, click here.