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Top 18s Seeds to Play First Matches on Monday at Barnes Tennis Center


SAN DIEGO – (August 5, 2018) – Girls’ 16s top-seed Gianna Pielet overcame second-set nerves and went on to post a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Simran Chhabra of Irving, Texas to advance to the third-round of the USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center.


After dropping the first game of the opening set, the 16-year old Pielet of El Paso, Texas, won six straight games to put away the first set in 46 minutes. However, Chhabra raised the level of her game in the second set and matched Pielet game-by-game.


With no service breaks through the first 11 games, Chhabra was on serve at 5-6 as she served to stay in the match. She fell behind 40-15 and that was all Pielet needed as the top-seed cracked a down the line forehand winner on her first match point to close out the second-round match in one-hour and 48 minutes.


“I feel really confident. I’m definitely playing really solid tennis right now. I have to give her (Chhabra) credit because she definitely picked it up in the second set. I felt like I got a little nervous, a little tighter, but I figured it out,” Pielet said.


“I’m not here to put pressure on myself and say I have to win because that’s what it’s not about. I’m just practicing on what I need to do, which is getting better,” Pielet added. “It would definitely mean a lot to get my eighth gold ball, but then again, if I don’t win, I won’t be upset because it’s a journey and a process you have to be prepared for. I’m just happy to be here.”


Top seeds in the Girls’ 18s division will play their second-round match on Monday after receiving first-round byes. No. 1 seed Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif., will face Neha Velaga of Colmar, Pa., at 11 a.m., while second-seeded Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., will meet Blessing Nwaozuzu of Beachwood, Ohio at 12:30 p.m.


Third-seeded Cori Gauff of Delray Beach, Fla., is scheduled to play her second-round match against Nicole Conard of Boca Raton, Fla., at 12:30 p.m. Gauff is currently the No. 1 ranked player in the International Tennis Federation junior rankings.


In Sunday’s 18s first-round action, two local players advanced to the second round. Unseeded Elizabeth Goldsmith of Chula Vista, Calif., eliminated Monique Woog of Lakeland, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0 and 33rd seeded Nicole Mossmer of La Jolla, Calif., cruised past McKenna Koenig of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-1.


For updated tournament draws in each division, please go to:


This past April, the USTA renamed the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships to honor tennis icon Billie Jean King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. King is scheduled to attend the final two days of the tournament.


All tournament matches played on Stadium Court at the Barnes Tennis Center will be streamed live on the tournament website through Friday, August 10. The link is available at


The Tennis Channel schedule for the final two days of the tournament will be as follows:

Saturday, August 11

Girl’s 18s Singles Semifinals – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT (2 to 6 p.m. EDT)

Girl’s 16s Singles Final – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. PDT (7:30 to 9:30 p.m. EDT)


Sunday, August 12

Girl’s 18s Singles Final – 1 to 3 p.m. PDT (4 to 6 p.m. EDT)


Over 400 of the top junior tennis players in the country, aged 16 and 18 and under, are competing for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the 2018 US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the 2018 US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.


The updated starting times for each day of the tournament will be as follows:

Monday, August 6 — 8 a.m.

Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 12 — 9 a.m.

(Starting times subject to change)


Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 through Tuesday, Aug. 7, and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 through Wednesday, Aug. 8.


Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.



USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

Barnes Tennis Center

San Diego, Calif.

Sunday’s Results


Girls’ 18s Singles – First Round

Nicole Mossmer (33), La Jolla, def. McKenna Koenig, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-1

Elizabeth Goldsmith, Chula Vista, def. Monique Woog, Lakeland, Tenn., 6-4, 6-0

Page Freeman (33), Ashland, Mass., def. Emma Jewell, Salt Lake City, 6-1, 6-4

Ali Despain (33), Murrells Inlet, S.C., def. Nina Gulbransen, Boca Raton, Fla., 7-5, 6-2

Nicole Hammond (33), Centreville, Va., def. Allison Mulville, Hoschton, Ga., 6-4, 6-2

Jennifer Gadalov (33), Los Angeles, def. Chloe Kuckelman, Overland Park, Kan., 6-2, 7-5

Anna Ross (33), Charleston, S.C., def. Natasha Novak, Yorktown, Va., 6-1, 6-4

Niluka Madurawe (33), Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Emily Casati, Deerfield, Ill., 6-3, 6-3

Charlotte Chavatipon (33), Fullerton, Calif., def. Jamilah Snells, Miramar, Fla., 6–2, 6–2

Eryn Cayetano, Corona, Calif., def. Claire Koscielski, Indianapolis, 6-0, 6-2

Katya Hersh, Carpentersville, Ill., def. Caitlyn Ferrante, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., 6-3, 6-3

Jessica Braun, Canton, Mich., def. Lana Mavor, Yarmouth, Maine, 6-3, 6-3

Katherine Nguyen, Fountain Valley, Calif., def. Dax Seidlin, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-1, 6-3

Faith Pearson, Murrieta, Calif., def. Lauren Randle, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-1, 6-3

Kaitlin Tan, Tacoma, Wash., def. Erica Wojcikiewicz, Valencia, Pa., 6-0, 6-1

Lahari Yelamanchili, Burr Ridge, Ill., def. Andie Machida, Kapolei, Hawaii, 6-1, 6-1

Neha Velaga, Colmar, Pa., def. Emma Lella, Larchmont, N.Y., 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9)

Makayla Mills, Wilmington, N.C., def. Andie Rae Williams, Jenks, Okla., 6-4, 6-1


Girls’ 16s Singles – Second Round

Gianna Pielet (1), El Paso, Texas, def. Simran Chhabra, Irving, Texas, 6-1, 7-5

Katherine Hui, San Diego, def. Lara Schneider (33), Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 7-5, 6-3

Katja Wiersholm (17), Kirkland, Wash., def. McKinley Smith, Culpeper, Va., 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Sophia Fornaris (33), Pinecrest, Fla., def. Kiana Graham, Austin, Texas, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0

Rebecca Lynn (17), Newport Beach, Calif., def. Rachel Rubenzahl, Parkland, Fla., 6-0, 6-1

Katherine Duong (33), Cupertino, Calif., def. Nataly Kader, Mason, Ohio, 6-0, 6-4

Maryam Ahmad (12), Albertson, N.Y., def. Carly Cohen, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 6-3, 6-4

Perene Wang, New York, def. Nicole Gillinov (33), Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4

Jennifer Riester (17), Lynnfield, Mass., def. Zoe Olmos, Fremont, Calif., 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Hailey Stelse (33), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Elizabeth Stevens, Portland, Ore., 7-5, 6-2

Madison Sieg (5), Greenwich, Conn., def. Olivia Almy, Southborough, Mass., 6-2, 6-1

Carson Tanguilig (17), Alpharetta, Ga., def. Maile Brilhante, Hilo, Hawaii, 6-2, 6-1

Julia Andreach, Rochester, N.Y., def. Kailey Evans (17), Ennis, Texas, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4

Vivian Ovrootsky (33), San Jose, Calif., def. Simran Kortikere, Longview, Texas, 6-3, 6-3

Elaine Chervinsky (33), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Anna Yu, Palo Alto, Calif., 6-1, 6-1

Kathryn Treiber, Hinsdale, Ill., def. Rachel Arbitman (13), Hewlett, N.Y., 6-4, 0-6, 6-3

Hina Inoue (33), Huntington Beach, Calif., def. Alisha Chulani, Los Altos, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Carmen Corley (17), Albuquerque, N.M., def. Nastasya Semenovski, Brookline, Mass., 6-2, 6-2

Jeanette Mireles (33), Houston, Texas, def. Samantha Johns, Simpsonville, S.C., 6-3, 6-0

Allura Zamarripa (4), Saint Helena, Calif., def. Rachel Gailis, Studio City, Calif., 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Lauren Anzalotta (16), Trujillo Alto, P.R., def. Alisa Prinyarux, Overland Park, Kan., 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Hibah Shaikh (8), Teaneck, N.J., def. Brooke Bittner, Greer, S.C., 6-0, 6-4

Sonia Maheshwari (17), Morrisville, N.C., def. Cindy Ung, Corona, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

Amber Marie Lee (9), Orinda, Calif., def. Elisabeth Jones, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., 6-2, 7-5

Katherine Petty, Dallas, def. Eleanor Schulson (33), Newburyport, Mass, walkover (injury)

Victoria Mulville (17), Hoschton, Ga., def. Bianca Rademacher, Lincoln, Neb., 6-1, 6-0

Malaika Rapolu (33), Cedar Park, Texas, def. Matilyn Wang, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-0, 6-0

Britany Lau (33), Kinnelon, N.J., def. Megan Heuser, Lindenhurst, Ill., 6-4, 6-3

Bridget Stammel (17), Dallas, Texas, def. Emily Callahan, Lake Forest, Ill., 6-1, 6-3

Nora Lee (33), Oakland, Calif., def. Whitley Pate, Daniel Island, S.C., 6-2, 6-1

Maribella Zamarripa (33), Saint Helena, Calif., def. Sydney Sharma, Warren, N.J., 6-2, 6-0

India Houghton (6), Belvedere Tiburon, Calif., def. Helena Huff, Midlothian, Va., 6-1, 6-0

Fiona Crawley (3), San Antonio, def. Meghan Coleman, Indianapolis, Ind., 6-2, 6-1

Sanyukta Gawande, Bradenton, Fla., def. Leyden Games (11), Irvine, Calif., 6-4, 6-1

Casie Wooten (33), Torrance, Calif., def. Meagan Pearson, Kirkland, Wash., 6-1, 6-1

Nikita Vishwase, Phoenix, Ariz., def. Justine Dondonay (33), Newhall, Calif., 6-1, 7-5

Gavriella Smith, New Orleans, La., def. Muskan Mahajan (33), San Ramon, Calif., 7-6 (3), 6-0

Mary Grace Armistead (17), Hilton Head Island, S.C., def. Erica Ekstrand, Santa Monica, Calif., 6-1, 6-2

Tara Malik, East Rutherford, N.J., def. Sophia Strugnell, Summerfield, N.C., 6-2, 6-2

Nika Vesely, Plano, Texas, def. Sophia Zaslow, Holmdel, N.J., 6-3, 6-1

Maria Rizzolo, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., def. Jordyn McBride (33), Valencia, Calif., 6-2, 5-1, default


For complete scores and results, go to:


Gianna Pielet


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