Girls & Boys Orange Bowl finalists determined.

The Dunlop Orange Bowl girls’ singles final will be an all-American affair as both eighth seed Lauren Davis from Cleveland and unseeded Grace Min from Atlanta won their semifinal rounds on the hard courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center yesterday. For the third time this year, 17-year-old Lauren Davis had no trouble defeating third seed Monica Puig (PUR) to move into today’s final without having dropped a set so far. “I was determined to win,” said Davis. “I knew what I had to do to win and I did exactly that. My strategy was to be aggressive and try to dictate the points rather than running side to side and just being all defensive.”

Davis started strong and easily secured the first set, never letting Puig play her best tennis from the baseline, and finally triumphing 61 63. “I won the first set playing very well,” said Davis. “I was serving well, dictating the points, and being very tough mentally. I tried not to give Puig any free points but I knew she would come on strong in the second set. The first game of the second set was about 15 minutes long. She ended up winning that game. I had a few break points in that game but I did not get discouraged. I told myself to stay calm and to take one point at a time. Telling myself this really helped. Puig was playing well, but I don’t think that I gave her too many chances.” Davis will play 16-year-old Grace Min for the Orange Bowl girls’ singles title after her fellow country-woman reached the final by virtue of Serbian 13th seed Natalija Kostic’s retirement.. With Min leading 4-0 in the first set, Kostic fell victim to injury when she was forced to change directions quickly, rolling her left ankle and collapsing to the court. The Serbian had a medical timeout but she played just one more point before retiring from the match.

In the boys’ event, ninth seed George Morgan (GBR) and number 12 Jannick Lupescu (NED) will contest the final. 17-year-old Morgan from Bolton, England, who was runner-up at the Argentina Bowl last February, reached his second final of the year on the ITF Junior Circuit by defeating seventh seed Joris De Loore (BEL) in Saturday’s semifinal with an emphatic 62 61 scoreline. “I really played a good match against De Loore,” said Morgan. “I kept my calm and stayed with my tactics throughout the match. That paid off.” Lupescu, a semifinalist at both the Grade 1 Loy Yang Traralgon International and at the Open International Juniors de Beaulieu-sur-Mer this year, finished off unseeded Alexios Halebian (USA) to claimed his spot in the final round. Although Halebian had the support of the home crowd, he was unable to maintain a high level of concentration throughout the match against an impressive and solid Lupescu. The Dutchman easily won the first set and saved a break point at 4-2 in the second with a service winner. He never lost control of the match, finally recording a 61 63 win. “I was a little nervous,” said Lupescu, “and I gave Halebian a few chances to recover but he didn’t take them.”


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