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If you're getting tired of all the focus on bagel girls, if you'd rather keep an eye on up-and-coming players instead, dont forget about Hilary. She's an 18 year old Californian, a high school senior. She's currently ranked in the 600's, and she just won a $10K in Mexico, which will boost her ranking quite a bit (six points can make for a big leap at this level)!

She received a qualy wild card into (Tier I) San Diego last summer, and took 7th seed Vasilisa Bardina to 3 sets; not bad! Here's a news blurb on that match:

"Of the graduates of the “opportunity” series the Acura had arranged as a means of affording area players a vehicle in which to gain the qualifying draw, the one who made the strongest stand was Hilary Barte, a Southern California high school champion. Barte, from Los Angeles, was down 0-5 in the final set. She mounted a rally that Vasilisa Bardina of Russia barely survived 6-2, 3-6, 6-4."

Aside from that one time, all her pro experience has been at the challenger level.

Here's her pro record:

http://www.wta96.com/wiki/index.php/Hilary_Barte

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Thanks for the info. I hope she gets a couple WCs during the summer hardcourts and that we see her at a couple ITFs late spring/ early summer . School should be over by then
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Although Hilary lost in the first round of the next 10K she played, she still leaped from 635 to 566 in the rankings, on the strength of her Obregon title. And that's with only 11 tournaments in her year.

I wonder if Hilary is planning to play college tennis or turn pro.
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Re: Introducing HILARY BARTE

Thanks janie.
Good to see another upcoming American player.

I think Hilary reached SF last year at the U18 National Champ before losing to either Lauren Albanese or Ashley Weinhold, couldn't remember.



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Thanks janie.
Good to see another upcoming American player.

I think Hilary reached SF last year at the U18 National Champ before losing to either Lauren Albanese or Ashley Weinhold, couldn't remember.
Really? Not bad!

Last week she played in the Mazatlan, Mexico 10K. She reached the semis, where she lost a tight battle -- 64 46 57 -- to the top seed and eventual winner, Nanda Alves. Another good week for Hilary; by playing in these 10Ks, she's getting a lot of matches under her belt, and her ranking is rising, slowly but surely.

Hilary's next ITF event is the Carson, Calif. 50K, which starts next weekend. She's in the qualy field there; I hope she draws Brie.

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Re: Young Americans to Watch! BARTE, OUDIN, and MUHAMMED

Okay, I'm not sure it makes sense at this point to start separate threads for each of these promising young Americans, so I decided to add Melanie Oudin and Asia Muhammed to Hilary's thread -- I'm sure Hilary won't mind.

When I've got time, I will post some basic Oudin and Muhammed info here, or someone else can.

In the meantime, I know that Asia is playing this week in the El Paso qualy field, so good luck to her. I hope she'll qualify and NOT draw Coco!
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I think Melanie Oudin will do well. She's 15 (16 in September) and did pretty good on some ITF tourneys this year.



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You're right; Oudin is already ranked 675 with only five tournaments; not bad at all.

Asia, who is a product of Andre Agassi's Boys and Girls Club program in Las Vegas, turned 16 last month. Wisely, she's still playing Junior events, and she hasn't played too many ITF events yet, but she made a stir in March when she took Youlia Fedossova to 3 sets in the Las Vegas 75K. She's in the El Paso 10K this week, where she cruised through her 2 qualy matches with the loss of only 3 games -- a nice improvement over last year, where she lost her first qualy match here.
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EL PASO 10K:

r1: Muhammed def. Couts 6-3 3-6 6-3 Asia's first tough match this week, but she made it through.

Next up: the 3-seed, Stacia Fonseca.
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Asia beat Fonseca in 3 sets.

Next week for these players:
  • HILARY received a MD wc for Carson 50K.
  • MELANIE will play in the Houston 10K Main Draw.
  • ASIA is also slated to play in Houston, but is in the qualy draw, so may not make it if she keeps winning in EP.
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Re: Young Americans to Watch: BARTE, OUDIN, and MUHAMMED

Asia lost in the semis in El Paso; not bad, since she had to play 2 qualy matches just to get in.
And now on to:

Houston 10K, MD r1: Melanie and Asia should have no trouble in the first round:

Kit Carson (USA) v (Q)Asia Muhammed (USA)

(6)Melanie Oudin (USA) v (wc)Elizabeth Begley (USA)

Carson 50K, MD r1:

(wc)Hilary Barte (USA) v Q

Good luck, ladies.
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Hilary in Carson, taken by the poster, Shooter:
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Carson r1: Barte def Podkolzina 64 57 75

Here's a report from tennis_pIayer, who attended the match and posted this on the Carson thread: finally we have some Hilary info:

"Barte's a lefty, and plays like one. Good spin on all serves, occ good pop. Plays topspin forehands and backhands are a little flatter but still topspun. Ball has tendency to land a little short. She can generate good racket head spead and hit winners on her fh when she wants. Movement is excellent, both side to side and front. Very advernturesome and comes to net to volley balls often. good touch, and good overheads. She just needs to cut down on a few errors on long rallies, and also be more aggressive on her groundies. She's a very short girl so she'll need to hit the gym to achieve this. she's def a figher, b/c she was down 2-5 in the final set and took 5 straight games."
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thanks for putting my little report here auntie janie.

barte's gonna play some years of pro, but IF she does decide to return to college, she's gonna go to stanford.
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Re: Young Americans to Watch: BARTE, OUDIN, and MUHAMMED

Both Melanie and Asia won their second round match today!
Asia MUHAMMED (USA) defeated Chrissie SEREDNI (USA) (5) 62 62
Melanie OUDIN (USA) (6) defeated Erin Carol STEPHENS (USA) 61 62

Asia will meet Kim-Ahn Nguyen and Melanie would play another young American Kimberley Couts.

Janie, we should add Kim Couts, Jamie Hampton and Ashley Weihold since three of them are making their waves to the ITF tour this season!



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