Since Tyra, Caty, Amanda, Whitney and now Abby all have their own cheering thread now, here is one for 14 yo Natasha (born Sept 2, 2001) who is very talented too!
She won U16 USTA National Selection Tournament in Erie, PA in February, and U16 USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, CA in March; plus she's made 3 more finals this year - at Cat. 1 G14 Properties Christmas Cup in January (losing to top seed Anastasia Potapova, 2 & 1 in the final), at U16 USTA National Spring Tournament (Easter Bowl) in Indian Wells in April, and at U16 National Clay Court Championships in Virgiania Beach in July (both finals she lost to Samantha Martinelli
She has made 2 G4 QFs this year as well: at the International Grass Court Championships in PA in June - she received a MDWC there, beat 3rd seed Jessica Livianu 7-6(1) 6-2 in R1, and Jiakang Li 7-5 7-5 in R2, before getting double-bagelled by 8th seed Caty McNally (who went on to win the whole thing in the end) in QF
; and at Wichita Falls ITF just last week - she was the 7th seed there, beat (Q)Jayci Goldsmith 4 & 4 in R1, (Q)Mary Caroline Meredith 4 & 1 in R2, and Abigail Forbes 3 & 2 in R3, before falling to 14th seed Ellie Douglas (who had just slain 2nd seed Mia Horvit in R3, and eventually won the tournament beating top seed Sofia Sewing in the final) in QF, 0 & 4.
In August, she lost 6-1 6-7(8) 3-6 to 15th seed Whitney Osuigwe in SFs of the U16 USTA National Championships in San Diego
so she "only" received a QWC at the USO.
But she made an excellent use of it, upsetting (9)Mihika Yadav 4 & 2 in Q1, and Olivia Hauger 3-6 7-5 6-4 in Q2, and even winning a match in the MD - 6-3 1-6 6-1 over Beatrice Torelli in R1
Natasha fell to (11)Fanny Stollar, 0 & 3 in R2.
She also won her R1 match at the G1 USO warm-up in Maryland, where she was given a MDWC, two weeks before, 3 & 3 over Phillis Vanenburg (she lost 2 & 2 to former junior #2 (6)Iryna Shymanovich in R2
And this week she's continuing her good form - following her QFs in Wichita - as she qualified for the R3 of G1 Jerry Simmons Pan American Closed ITF Championships in Tulsa!
She beat (11)Kariann Pierre-Louis 2 & 2 in R1, and (WC)Layne Sleeth 3 & 1 in R2 today
She will face Abigail Desiatnikov in R3 tomorrow!
She's at a new CHR of 483 (+98) this week...
Good luck to her in her career!