CdM senior Shane Korber scored an upset Monday in his first boys' 18 singles match, topping No. 5-seeded Jose Martinez of Houston, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7). Martinez is ranked No. 19 in the country. Korber, a Georgetown commit, went on to fall in the round of 64 to Augie Bloom of Illinois, 6-3, 6-4.
Korber also lost his first consolation match, as well as Tuesday's boys' 18s doubles opener with Colin Edwards of Florida.
Newport Beach resident Dante Saleh and partner Andrew Malozsak of Woodside fell in their first boys' 18s doubles match to No. 15-seeded Zach McCourt and Taylor Shamshiri, 6-1, 6-2. Saleh previously lost his first boys' 18s singles match to Sam Bloom of Illinois, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3, and also lost his first consolation match to No. 17-seeded Max Schnur, 6-4, 6-1.
Newport Beach resident Mazy Watrous was seeded No. 13 in the doubles with Manon Peri of Los Angeles, but they were upset in their opening match by Smith Hinton of North Carolina and Nicole Laduca of Georgia, 6-3, 6-2. Watrous lost her first girls' 16s singles match to Elizabeth Stewart of Virginia, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3, before falling in a consolation match to No. 17 Dena Tanenbaum of New Jersey, 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
The tournament continues through New Year's Day.
— Matt Szabo
Two move on
Newport Coast resident Max Pham and Newport Beach resident Meredith Xepoleas have both advanced to the round of 32 at the United States Tennis Assn. Winter National Championships (12s and 14s) in Tucson, Ariz.
Pham is seeded No. 17 in boys' 12s singles in the national Level 1 tournament. He defeated Conrad Russell of Palo Alto, 6-3, 6-0, in his round of 64 match and is scheduled to take on No. 2 Noah Schachter of Washington in a round of 32 match today.