SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — The United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King Girls’ 16s National Championship started Wednesday on the Barnes Tennis Center in Ocean Beach and Balboa Tennis Club in Balboa Park, with all 4 San Diego County gamers among the many first-round winners.
Claire Zhang defeated Bryson Langford of Leawood, Kansas, 6-1, 6-1, and fellow San Diegan Elena Zhao was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Mary Bellia of Granger, Indiana. Emily Deming of Fallbrook defeated Emma Roeck of Boca Raton, Florida, 6-2, 6-1.
Alyssa Ahn of San Diego defeated Isabelle Chong of Lake Forest, Illinois, 6-0, 6-1, in a later match.
Theadora Rabman of Port (*4*), New York, is the highest seed. She received the ladies’ singles title on the 2021 Adidas Easter Bowl, successful six matches in straight units.
Each of the highest 32 seeded gamers within the 256-player singles draw obtained first-round byes.
Rabman is scheduled to play her first match Thursday at 11 a.m. towards Sari Woo of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Olivia Marais of Lodi in a first-round match Wednesday.
The singles winner will obtain a berth within the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
Past champions embrace Chris Evert and Tracy Austin.
Rabman and Tatum Evans of McLean, Virginia, are seeded first within the 128-team doubles draw.
Admission and parking are free. The event concludes subsequent Wednesday.
The event has been held yearly in San Diego since 1990 apart from final year, when it was moved to Mobile, Alabama, to accommodate social-distancing protocols.