Elina increases lead
Blue Glove Open: Winter 2022-23, Week 14
Elina Ipakchi left no doubt, in the standings or on the court, who belongs in the Group C championship match in a week's time. She backed up recent wins over Krishna Ramaswamy with another rematch victory. Before that, Elina took on new challenger Emma Choi.
The two wins increased her lead over Nicholas Kidd, who reeled her back in with an impressive notch against likely Group D finalist Sidney Immergut 8-5, to five games. Elina wins Player of the Week as we head into Decision Day weekend, the last chance to maneuver in the rankings and qualify for the Winter Finals on Championship Weekend.
DECISION DAY PREVIEW
Group A will likely come down to Alvaro Orlove and Spencer Weiss. Ariana Ipakchi emphatically took control of her match with Yael Lan, a matchup that often goes to a tiebreak. This time Ipakchi won 8-1. But Orlove defeated her in the next hour to solidify his position atop the rankings.
Ipakchi would need four wins to catch Weiss this weekend for the second finals spot. She plays three times, while Weiss plays once. So it looks like David Gong, Ipakchi, Lan, and the usual suspects are fighting for bronze.
Group B is still wide open, but Sophia Yu and Alexandru Cana line up on the front row. It wouldn't take many matches to place Daphne Dunlap or James Reed, among others, to oust them. But the light group schedule means Yu and Cana seem destined for a meeting.
There's a potential preview of the Group C final this weekend. Elina Ipakchi and Nicholas Kidd have embarked on a collision course all year; this will be their first meeting.
Only Jake Snow and Ted Wang have realistic chances to grab that second spot from Kidd. Wang faces Shiloh Auzoux this weekend, while Kidd also meets Devin Leung for an additional chance to maintain that Finals spot.
Group D offers an intriguing race. Lara Isler sits undefeated, one game ahead of Sidney Immergut. Cornelia Touw sits only one game back, while Allison Tran, Lara Dabney, and Vaughn Touw remain within striking distance.
Immergut fell just short of taking first place in a challenging match against Kidd last weekend. If the season ended today, it would be him and Isler in the Final.
Finals matches will be first scheduled for Good Friday and Easter Saturday, April 7-8. Those who are unavailable to play then will have their finals scheduled for the following weekend, April 14-16.
The Winter Season continues! Join us on our RACE TO CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND when the Group Finals will be played. Continue the journey through the fall and winter with our outdoor and indoor BGO matches, our Travel Team, and the new USTA and UTR tour---the Tennis Central Junior Circuit.
TOURNAMENTS - SWEET SPOTTER SERIES becomes TENNIS CENTRAL JUNIOR CIRCUIT
Each weekend Tennis Central hosts two USTA or UTR tournaments. Earn points for reaching each successive round just like at the ATP/WTA Tour, and qualify for the season-ending TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, all while earning USTA and UTR points too. If you love the BGO, you'll love the Tennis Central Junior Circuit.
Coming soon in 2023!
BGO Power Rankings - Mar 30, 2023
Top 15 - Currently registered players.
BGO Winter Group Standings - Mar 30, 2023
Top two from each group automatically qualify for group final.
Players are ranked by points (three for win, one for draw), then wins, percentage of games won, and games won.
Game scores are not included for wins by higher group players against lower group players.