My last tournament in this Florida Spring break brought me a “Finalist” trophy, which means that unfortunately I lost the final, but at least won the first 3 rounds of the tournament, as follows:
R16: Francesca Saroli beats Julia Weiss (UTR 7.05) 7-6 RET
Quarterfinals: Francesca Saroli beats Vizcaya Huf (UTR 5.44) 6-3 6-4
Semifinals: Francesca Saroli beats Valentina Pinsard (UTR 5.87)
Final: Francesca Saroli loses to Sophie Cuvet (UTR 6.11) 3-6 2-6
Below is the full draw of the G16 category:
Since this is a USTA tournament, they do the draws according to USTA points, and since I am mostly not in the USA, I have very few USTA points, and in this draw, I was put in position 15, to play in the first round with seed #2, Julia Weiss. If you look at the UTR ratings of all players, in fact I have the highest UTR of 7.53 as of yesterday, and Julia Weiss has the second highest at 7.05. After that there are only 3 players above 6 UTR, Camila Cardona-Carballosa with 6.25 UTR, Sophie Cuvet at 6.11 UTR, and Gianna Panaggio at 6.03 UTR. So it’s definitely a pity to make the top 2 UTR players play in the first round. In any case, after my match with Julia Weiss was tied in the first set at 6-6, Julia had a pain in her arm and had to retire. It’s sad because I really wanted to play the tiebreak with her and then the second set.
After the first 3 rounds I reached the final, and played Sophie Cuvet, whom I have known for several years, she’s very nice and has a very nice family. She is very strong physically and her serves are absolutely phenomenal. I was not in a good day, also due to extreme heat (33 degrees centigrade), and made a large number of double faults and balls out. Sophie deserves to win this event, for sure!
Of course I was disappointed in losing the final, but overall, during these 2 1/2 weeks I played 3 weekend tournaments with 13 matches of which I won 11 of them. Not so bad. I also got back in the USTA rankings, which is nice.
You can see all my match results on my “Results” page and more posts about the other tournaments on my “Blog” page (use the menu at the top of the page).