This past weekend, 57 competitors across BU11, BU13, GU11, GU13, and GU15 age divisions participated in the Cleveland Junior Championships, hosted by the Cleveland Racquet Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
Coming off her GU15 division victory at the Fall Foliage Junior Gold, Marina Stefanoni continued her win streak topping one seed Mimi Delisser in a long four-game final to win the GU15 division, 9-11, 14-12, 11-6, 11-7. On her way to the final, Stefanoni upset two seed Aryanna Dadabbo in a three game quarterfinal, 11-8, 11-5, 11-7.
Top seed Spencer Yager defeated three seed Ned Gildea in hard fought five-game final to win the BU13 division, 11-5, 11-5, 10-12, 5-11, 11-4. Gildea advanced to the final after a tight four-game upset semifinal victory against two seed Rohan Iyer, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
After a long first game, top seed Esha Lakhotia defeated two seed Katherine Glaser for the GU13 division title, 12-10, 11-2, 11-7.
John Paul Tew won the BU11 eight player round robin in a three game match against Mukunth Gopalakrishnan, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2.
Paloma Gordon topped Natasha Pensler in the GU11 seven player round robin finals in a hard-fought four-game match, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 11-9.
For full tournament results, click here.
Gold tournaments feature the highest level of junior competition below Junior Championships Tour events and are restricted to the top 32 ranked entrants in each age division. The next gold tournament is the Baird E. Haney, hosted by the Heights Casino, NY Sports Club Cobble Hill, and Eastern Athletic Club from October 18-20. For more tournament information, click here.