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2012 Year End Tennis Rankings - Girls 14U

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(Youth1 Tennis) – In 2013, Youth1 will be making a push to highlight more girl's youth athletes than ever before.  So it's only fitting that we end our 2012's National Tennis Rankings with a breakdown of the nation's Top 10 Girls 14U tennis players.  All rankings are based upon recent play, head-to-head records, and tournament results.  Go get 'em, girls!

 #10 Jessie Aney (Minnesota) Freshman

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Aney possesses an overall record of 91-24, with tournament wins in both doubles and singles.
Her most recent victories came in November at the USTA National Open (doubles) and
Lakeville Girls Fall Championships (singles). In the final of the singles, Aney defeated Lu Yang
6-3, 6-1. She also won a USTA St. Louis Regional in October and a Minneapolis Regional in
September. In August’s National Championships, Aney had a setback to Sofia Kenin in the
Round of 16, but rebounded to win three matches and place third. She beat Jada Hart, 6-3, 6-
2 to complete her comeback. A similar situation occurred in the USTA National Clay Court
Championships. Aney lost to Catherine Bellis in the quarterfinals, but came back to win two
matches and take third place. She has great perseverance.

#9 Angela Kulikov (California) Freshman
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At the time of publication, Kulikov is still competing in the Junior Orange Bowl (Florida). She
faced a test in the second round against Martina Zerulo, but won 6-3, (3-6), 7-5. While Kulikov
does not have as much USTA tournament experience as other players, she does have a great
record of 25-8. She’s very comfortable playing on the clay courts, as she advanced to the finals of the USTA National Clay Court Championships in July. Most notably, in January’s 67th
Fullerton Junior Tournament, Kulikov beat three top-50 players en route to a title.

 #8 Jaeda Daniel (Florida) 8th Grade
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Daniel (77-25) has lost only two games so far through her first two Junior Orange Bowl matches.In September, after losing in the quarterfinals to Alexis Nelson, Daniel advanced to place third at the Nike Junior Tour National Masters, one of the most prestigious events of the year. Daniel’s successful summer continued in July when she won the USTA National Open beating Nicole Conard 6-4, 6-2 in the final. At the USTA Regional in Coral Gables, FL, Daniel beat top competitors like Sofia Kenin 6-2, 7-6(4) to win the title, helping solidify her spot in the top-10.


#7 Usue Arconada (Puerto Rico) Freshman
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Arconada has been eligible for our rankings because the USTA considers Puerto Rico part of
the United States. She’s currently playing in the Junior Orange Bowl in Florida (14 division)
after advancing to the semifinals in the Orange Bowl 16 division earlier in December. Her
championship tournament runs came in two Junior Sectionals in April and a third-place finish in
April’s Easter Bowl. Arconada has cracked the 50-win mark, achieving a 50-20 overall record.

#6 Alexis Nelson (Minnesota) Freshman
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Nelson has played a lot of tennis for a 14-year-old. She is 103-31 overall in her career. Like
Arconada and Daniel, Nelson is still going strong in the Junior Orange Bowl. She has moved
onto the round of 32 after a 6-2, 6-0 win against Swara Kulkarni. At the USTA National
Championships in August, Nelson won six matches against one defeat. She lost to Raquel
Pedraza in the semifinals, but beat Zoe Spence 6-4, 6-2 to take third-place. Nelson is adept on
clay. She advanced to the semifinals of the USTA National Clay Court Championships in July,
before losing to top-ranked Emma Higuchi.

 #5 Raquel Pedraza (California) 8th Grade
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Pedraza’s most impressive tournament run occurred in August at the USTA National
Championships. She advanced to the finals by winning six consecutive matches, half of which
went the three-set distance. In the final, Pedraza lost to Kenin, 1-6, 4-6. She won the Woody
Hunt Memorial South Bay Junior Tournament in February, Pedraza, beating two top-30 players
in the final two matches, including Claire Liu 7-6, 6-1 in the final.

 #4 Sofia Kenin (Florida) 8th Grade
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Kenin has had so many impressive tournament runs that it’s hard to pick her best. She won
the USTA National Championships in August and the Nike Junior Tour National Masters in
September. At the National Masters, Kenin defeated Nelson and Aney consecutively in the last
two rounds. At the Eddie Herr International last month, Kenin won five matches to reach the
championship before losing in three sets to Fanni Stollar (Hungary). On clay, Kenin stumbled in
the round of 16 at the USTA National Clay Court Championships losing to Kylie McKenzie. She
then won three matches against top-35 competition to win the consolation bracket. A perennial
competitor, Kenin has an 80-23 overall mark in her career.

 #3 Michaela Gordon (California) 8th Grade
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Gordon lost in the round of 16 in doubles and singles at the Orange Bowl, but has an impressive
resume worthy of the No. 3 spot. At the USTA National Championships, she lost to Kimberley
Yee in the semifinals 3-6; 4-6, but won the third-place match against Cassandra Vazquez 6-3,
6-7(3), 6-4. At a USTA National Open event in May, Gordon swept her five matches, beating
Kayla Day 6-0, 7-6 in the championship. She won the Girls 18 division at the Rio Del Oro Junior
Championships in April, beating Ayla Aksu 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the finals. The eighth-grader has an
overall record of 87-32.

#2 Catherine Bellis (California) 8th Grade
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Bellis is a tremendous athlete who covers the court well. She most recently won the USTA
National Open last month only dropping one set to Savannah Slaysman in the round of 16. Bellisplaced 2nd in the ultra-competitive Easter Bowl after a battle with top ranked, Emma Higuchi. At the Winter Championships a year ago, Bellis came in third-place, beating Jacqueline Pelletier 6-4, 6-3 in the finals of the consolation bracket. She has close to 100 wins (95) with only 22 losses. After defeating the 22nd ranked Abigail Chiu 6-2, 6-1, Bellis could have a deep Junior Orange Bowl run ahead of her.

#1 Emma Higuchi (California) Freshman
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Higuchi is widely considered the best freshman and 14-year-old in the country. She has
numerous tournament titles on her ledger, including the USTA National Clay Courts title from
July. She won seven matches in a row, most notably three-setters against Nelson and Kulikov.
Higuchi also won the Easter Bowl, beating Arconada and Bellis consecutively in the semifinals
and finals. Competition was at a high during the 31st Annual Woody Hunt Memorial South Bay
Junior Tournament as Higuchi beat Dominique Schaefer (USTA 15) and Jada Hart (11). It will
take an extraordinary effort for another player to knock Higuchi off her top spot.

 

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