Feisty, un­seeded Blokhina reaches 3rd round

Plan­ta­tion 12-year-old claws back from a set down

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - By Har­vey Fialkov Staff writer hfi­alkov@ sun-sen­tinel.com; On Twit­ter @hfi­alkov

game and has a pas­sion for it. She has the whole pack­age, is a very smart player who re­ally thrives in those sit­u­a­tions.’’

Blokhina, a na­tive of San Ma­teo, Calif., said Ser­ena Wil­liams is her fa­vorite player be­cause of her fe­roc­ity on the court and that while she hopes to turn pro in six years, col­lege is an op­tion. Her ul­ti­mate dream is to win ei­ther the U.S. Open or Wim­ble­don.

For now, she awaits her third-round op­po­nent, Mi­aAn­gelina Ruja, the 21st-seed from El Paso, Texas.

“I knew in my heart I wanted to play the 14s and have a good chance to win it,’’ Blokhina said.

In other ac­tion, third­seeded Tara Ma­lik of Se­cau­cus, N.J., de­feated Daniela Porges of Plan­ta­tion, 6-3, 6-0; while 14-year-old twin sis­ters 19th-seeded Al­lura and Mari­bella Za­mar­ripa eas­ily ad­vanced with straight-set vic­to­ries. The sis­ters, from Napa Val­ley, Calif., are also the top-seeds in dou­bles.

In an­other match fea­tur­ing a Rus­sian fla­vor, El­iz­a­beth Kuznetsov of Hol­ly­wood shed a few tears en route to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 loss to the more pow­er­ful Nas­ta­sya Se­men­ovski of Brook­line, Mass., the 30th seed.

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