Players worked their way through the quarters in main draw and consolation matches, leaving semis and finals to be played today(Monday) at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center.
In Girls 14’s draws, Jillian Hobbs, a 14 yr. old from Clayton, North Carolina defeated No. 9 seed, Chloe Beck 7-5; 6-3. “I’ve played her before and know her game style,” said Hobbs in a post-match interview. “I told myself to be consistent.” Hobbs rarely worries when an opponent breaks her serve. “They (her opponents) often get confident and take a little off the ball, making it easier for me to attack.”
Hobbs punched her semifinals ticket after taking down Elise Mills from South Carolina in three sets, 1-6; 6-3; 7-5
In more main draw action, Elizabeth Truluck defeated No. 5 seed, Lauren Quinn in three sets, 4-6; 6-3; 6-4. Quinn said, “She was really good at returning my high balls to her backhand.”
But Truluck couldn’t capitalize on her win momentum during her quarterfinal match, she fell to No. 2 seed, Nicole Stephens, 6-3; 6-0.
Unseeded Macon player, Eliza Freedman defeated Alpharetta player, Shelly Ray 6-3; 6-0. “I tried to keep the ball deep and when she hit a short ball, I tried to put it away, Freedman said of Ray. Freedman lost in the Round 3 Qualifier consolation bracket to Madison Dillon, 6-4; 6-3.
In Boy’’s 12’s Consolation Rounds, another Macon player, 11 yr. old Samuel Barrow lost in his Round 3 Qualifier Consolation Bracket match.
Barrow won his first match on Sunday morning, beating Max McQuilkin, 6-4; 6-3. Barrow said he put his foot on the gas pedal and didn’t take it off until he shook his opponent’s hand at the end of the match.
Arul Gupta ended up giving Barrow his exit papers after defeating him 6-1; 6-3.
Jake Sweeney from Duluth, Ga. beat Spencer Myers, 6-2; 7-5 in Boys 12’s consolation round action. Down 2-5 in the second set, Sweeney found a way to pull off a win. “I kept pumping myself up. I had to play one point at a time. I thought my groundstrokes were good. I was hitting the corners and putting spin on the ball.” Sweeney, who lost his next match to Luke Wolf, 6-4; 6-3, trains at Sugarloaf Academy.
Spencer Johnson defeated Andrew Rundle, 6-1; 6-3 but lost his next match to Macon player, Alex Suk, 3-6; 7-6; 1-0. Johnson started playing tennis at age five. “I felt like I was able to execute my put-away shots,” said Johnson of his match against Rundle.
Suk, unseeded lost to South Carolina No. 9 seed, Jackson Armistead in his Round 3 Consolation Round match, 6-2; 6-3.