Feisty, unseeded Blokhina reaches 3rd round
Plantation 12-year-old claws back from a set down
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.