RANCHO SANTA FE — The USTA Girls’ 16s, 18s National Championships began Aug. 5 with 15-year-old Carolyn Xie of Rancho Santa Fe competing in the field, winning her weekend matches and advancing to the Round of 32 after two wins during the week.
The championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 16 and 18 and under in the U.S.
Xie advanced in her first match on Saturday with her parents and member of her coaching staff Vasileios Psyrras in the stands for support. Xie beat her opponent Hadley Berg in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Psyrras said her game looked good, and referred to her strong serves and tough backhand.
She has the goal to go as far as possible in the tournament, he said, but added that, at the moment, the focus is to further develop her game.
Xie also won her Sunday match against Quinn Gleason (12) of New York, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
Many people have suggested Carolyn could become a professional, Psyrras said, though he tempered that thought by saying that it was still too early to tell.
By Tuesday, Xie had advanced to the round of 32 to face Madison Westly (17) of Oklahoma.
Another Rancho Santa Fe resident, Garbielle De Simone, was slated to compete in the girls’ 18 draw as a wildcard, but had to withdraw due to injury.
The tournament, in its 22nd year in San Diego, serves as the largest junior girls’ tennis event in the U.S. and is touted as featuring the future of American tennis.
At stake in the tournament is the title of National Champion and with it a Wild Card entry into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a Wild Card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).
The tournament runs Aug. 5 through Aug. 14 with matches taking place at SDSU’s Aztec Tennis Center and the Barnes Tennis Center.
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