Kingsley, Sorokko claim titles at USTA National Indoor Championships

November 28, 2017 10:12 AM
Cannon Kingsley (l) and Carson Haskins following the boys' 18s final.

By Sally Milano

The USTA Boys’ and Girls’ National Indoor Championships returned to the junior calendar last week for the first time in 18 years – which turned out to be two years older than its 2017 titlists.

A pair of 16-year-olds from Long Island, N.Y., emerged as the returning tournament's champions, with Cannon Kingsley, of Northport, N.Y., and Michelle Sorokko, of Little Neck, N.Y., winning the singles titles at the first National Indoors event held since 1999.

Kingsley defeated 18-year-old University of Indiana recruit Carson Haskins of Ballwin, Mo., 6-3, 6-0, to win the Boys’ 18s title at the Overland Park Racquet Club in Overland Park, Kan.

Sorokko, who is coached by her sister, Kathrin, beat 16-year-old New Yorker Sonia Tartakovsky, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, to win the Girls’ 18s championship at the Weymouth Club in Weymouth, Mass.

The USTA National Junior Indoor Championships were first played at the 18s level in 1915 for the boys and 1920 for the girls, expanded to incorprate the 12s and 14s age groups in 1972. The tournament was phased out of the national junior circuit in 1999 as the USTA implemented an “optimum” competition calendar for junior players but was brought back this year in recognition of the number of indoor events being played in northern or cold-weather states.

Click here for complete draws from the tournament, and see below for complete results from the event:

USTA Boys’ 18s National Indoor Championships
Overland Park Racquet Club; Overland Park, Kan.
(14) Canon Kingsley (Northport, N.Y.) d. (3) Carson Haskins (Ballwin, Mo.), 6-3, 6-0
Doubles: (2) William Peters (Duxbury, Mass.) / Jared Pratt (Charleston, S.C.) d. (5) Britton Johnston (Snellville, Ga.) / Robert Siniakowicz (West Windsor, N.J.), 6-3

USTA Girls’ 18s National Indoor Championships
Weymouth Club; Weymouth, Mass.
(15) Michelle Sorokko (Little Neck, N.Y.) d. Sonia Tartakovsky (New York), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Doubles: (4) Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) / Amber O’Dell (New Milford, N.J.) d. (5) Andrea Cerdan (Bloomfield, N.J.) / Raissa Lou (Pittsford, N.Y.), walkover

USTA Boys’ 16s National Indoor Championships
The Longfellow Tennis and Fitness Club; Wayland, Mass.
(4) Ryder Jackson (Nicasio, Calif.) d. (2) Andrew Zhang (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 7-5, 6-3
Doubles: (1) Robert Cash / Jackson d. (2) Nicholas Condos (Wilton, Conn.) / Connor Fu (Andover, Mass.), 6-4

USTA Girls’ 16s National Indoor Championships
University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center; Minneapolis
(1) Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas) d. (2) Karina Miller (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 6-3, 6-1
Doubles: Jaedan Brown (Granger, Ill.) / Yashna Yellayi (Hinsdale, Ill.) d. (2) Winslow Huth (Brentwood, Tenn.) / Chidimma Okpara (Bronxville, N.Y.), 6-1

USTA Boys’ 14s National Indoor Championships
Midtown Athletic Club; Chicago
(1) Noelle Andrey Ampong (Downers Grove, Ill.) d. (5) Max Fardanesh (Albany, Calif.), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Doubles: (6) Alexander Chang (Berkeley, Calif.) / Ryan Colby (Alexandria, Va.) d. (3) Andrew Chang (Trophy Club, Texas) / Louis Cloud (San Antonio), 6-4

USTA Girls’ 14s National Indoor Championships
Twos Athletic Club; Toledo, Ohio
(1) Valencia Xu (Livingston, N.J.) d. (3) Alexandra Torre (Brentwood, Tenn.), 7-5, 6-3
Doubles: (4) Sanjana Tallamraju (Munster, Ind.) / Olivia Weiss (Royal Oak, Mich.) d. (3) Elisabeth Jones (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) / Kathryn Treiber (Hinsdale, Ill.), 6-3

USTA Boys’ 12s National Indoor Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; Flushing, N.Y.
(2) Nicholas Herdoiza (West Bloomfield, Mich.) d. (1) Cooper Williams (New York), 1-6, 6-4 [10-6]
Doubles: (1) Alan Hua (Ridgewood, N.J.) / Williams d. (3) Xander Barber (Asheville, N.C.) / Nicholas Mangiapane (Davidson, N.C.), 6-4

USTA Girls’ 12s National Indoor Championships
Centercourt Athletic Club; Chatham, N.J.
(9) Kaitlyn Carnicella (Whippany, N.J) d. (2) Stephanie Yakoff (Fort Lee, N.J.), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: (3) Aubrey Nisbet (Wilmington, Del.) / Esha Velaga (Colmar, Pa.) d. (4) Meera Jesudason (Berwyn, Pa.) / Grace Levelston (Vero Beach, Fla.), 7-6(7)