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A thread for 13 yo Melisa (born Sept 1, 2005), who comes from Adana and lives in Istanbul, and has cruised to the U14 Junior Orange Bowl title this week! :rocker2:

She was the 4th seed there, beat Aubrey Nisbet 1 & 0 in R1, Jasmin Makela 2 & 0 in R2, Josie Usereau 1 & 1 in R3, 14 yo (9)Katerina Dimitrova 0 & 3 in R4, 14 yo (9)Solana Sierra 4 & 3 in QF, (9)Violeta Martinez (who upset top seed Yang in R4) 1 & 4, and 12 yo Canadian Victoria Mboko (who had also slain a few seeds on her way to the final), 3 & 1! :dance: :worship:

Before this, 2 weeks ago, she reached the SFs of U14 Eddie Herr, where she was the 4th seed, beat 10th seed Alexia Blokhina 4-6 6-2 6-4 in QF before falling to 11 yo prodigy (5)Brenda Fruhvirtova in SF, 4 & 1. :awww: :hug:

Before Eddie Herr, she played her first G18, a month after turning 13 and being eligible to play them. This was a G5 on home hard in Istanbul, in which she was given a MDWC and reached the SFs, destroying (7)Makhamatjonova 2 & 0 in R2, routined fellow Turkish hope Melisa Senli (same age) 2 & 4 in R3 and double-bagelled 16 yo Oleksandra Dobranos in QF, before falling to fellow Turk (1)Ozlem Uslu (14 yo, #470/CHR 324) 3 & 3 in SF - Ozlem then dismantled (3)Uyar to win the title. :awww:

And before that she had won 4 consecutive G14s, in Bulgaria, Serbia & Germany. :)

She is 44-5 this year :sport: We should see her in the highest U14 tournaments and some more G18s next year, GL! :armed: :cheer:
 

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Admittedly, this edition of the JOB was quite weak for the standard, but it's still impressive how Melisa blitzed through to the title, and overall it's really nice to have a few up-and-coming Turkish junior prospects! :yeah: :cheer:
 

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Melisa is playing Les Petits As (ie the U14 Slam) next week, she has sneaked into MD! :D :yippee: She has played no warmup tournament though, hope she'll be ready :scared:
 

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Congrats to Melisa on winning her 1st U18 singles title this week! :D

She won the J4 in Istanbul, where she was the 12th seed: had a bye in R1, and beat Anastasia Vorobyova 2 & 3 in R2, (6)Doga Akyurek 2 & 3 in R3, (1)Maria Sholokhova (15 yo, #225) 2 & 3 in QF, (7)Aysegul Mert 6-4 1-6 6-2 in SF and (4)Eva Prokopenko (17 yo, Top 500), who took out (2)Ercetin in SF, 1 & 4 in the final - not too shabby! :rocker2: :yeah: :bounce:


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