The Weekend Edition

Welcome to the Saturday, November 1st edition of the Tennis Recruiting Network. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com checks in with her October Aces.
 
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October was full of treats especially for the teenagers competing around the world. Although ITA Division I major champions were crowned and Australia proved lucrative for one former college player, 11 teens provided a glimpse of the tennis's future last month.

Robin Anderson
 
The UCLA senior claimed her second ITA major in singles last month at the ITA Riviera All-American championships. The second seed, who won the USTA/ITA Indoor Intercollegiate title in 2012, beat teammate and No. 6 seed Chanelle Van Nguyen 6-0, 6-2 to become the first Bruin to win the singles title in Pacific Palisades.
Sebastian Stiefelmeyer
 
The University of Louisville had never had a player win an ITA or NCAA major title until Sebastian Stiefelmeyer won last month's Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships, beating No. 2 seed Yannick Hanfmann of Southern Cal 6-3, 6-2 in the final. The senior from Austria, with an ITA preseason ranking of 110, won three qualifying matches and a total of nine matches in eight days to claim the title.
Jarmere Jenkins
 
An ace in September for his Futures win in California, the former Virginia Cavalier kept an impressive fall season going with four titles in Australia last month. The 2013 NCAA singles finalist and doubles champion won two singles titles at $15,000 Futures, beating two young Australians in those finals: recent US Open boys champion Omar Jasika and former Wimbledon and Australian Open boys champion Luke Saville. Jenkins also won two doubles titles in a three-week span with Mitchell Krueger.
Ayaka Okuno
 
The former Georgia Bulldog also excelled in Australia, capturing her first ITF Women's Circuit title at a $15,000 tournament in Cairns. The 19-year-old from Japan was unseeded, but lost only one set en route to the title, beating qualifier Ellen Allgurin of Sweden 6-1, 7-5 in the final. With the win, Okuno broke into the WTA Top 500 for the first time.
Borna Coric
 
An ace in September for his Challenger win in Turkey, the 17-year-old Croatian made an even bigger splash in October, reaching the semifinals of the ATP 500 Swiss Indoor tournament. With victories over Ernests Gulbis, Andrey Golubev and world No. 3 Rafael Nadal, Coric became the first under-18 player since Nadal himself in 2004 to beat a member of the ATP Top 3. With that performance, the 2013 US Open boys champion, who turns 18 later this month, has moved into the ATP Top 100.
Quentin Halys
 
The 18-year-old from France won his first Futures title last month at a $10,000 tournament in Greece. The 2014 US Open boys finalist won three qualifying matches and five main draw matches in straight sets, defeating No. 2 seed Ricardo Rodriguez of Venezuela 6-3, 6-2 in the final. Halys also added the doubles title, the third ITF Men's circuit title of his career, with fellow French teen Benjamin Bonzi.

courtesy, Paul Ballard
Johan Sebastien Tatlot
 
Another French teenager making waves, Tatlot won his third career Futures title last month in Italy. The 18-year-old, seeded fourth, lost only one set all week, and that was in the final against No. 6 seed Walter Trusendi of Italy, whom he beat 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. With his victory, Tatlot moved into the ATP Top 400.
Marie Bouzkova
 
The 16-year-old from the Czech Republic won her first title on the professional circuit last month, at the $10,000 tournament in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The US Open girls champion, who was unseeded, benefitted from two retirements on her way to the final, where she defeated 17-year-old qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva of Russia 7-5, 6-1.
Viktoria Kuzmova
 
Another 16-year-old picking up her first ITF women's circuit title, Kuzmova's came at a $10,000 tournament in Heraklion Greece. The Slovakian defeated three seeds in straight sets to win the championship, including No. 2 seed Julia Stamatova of Bulgaria in the semifinals. In the final, Kuzmova topped No. 1 seed Barbara Haas of Austria 6-4, 6-3.
CiCi Bellis
 
Building on her first round upset of Dominika Cibulkova at the US Open, the 15-year-old Californian won back-to-back titles in $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments in South Carolina. Unseeded, Bellis defeated former University of Florida star Lauren Embree 6-4, 6-0 in the final at Rock Hill and No. 6 seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 in the final at Florence. With her first two Pro Circuit singles titles, Bellis moved to a career-high 257 on the WTA computers.
Raveena Kingsley
 
The 16-year-old from Maryland reached her second career ITF Grade 1 final at Tulsa's Pan American Closed and with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Claire Liu, the No. 3 seed earned her first Grade 1 title. Kingsley, who lost only one set in her six wins, moved into the ITF Junior Top 30 for the first time in her career.
Michael Mmoh
 
Saving match points during two runs to the singles titles he won last month, the 16-year-old won the Pan American Closed as the top seed, defeating No. 9 seed William Blumberg 7-5, 6-3 in the Tulsa final. After a semifinal showing in the $15,000 Mansfield Futures, Mmoh received another wild card into the $15,000 Brownsville Futures and won his first Pro Circuit title, defeating No. 3 seed Dennis Novikov 7-6(5), 6-1 in the final. Mmoh should enter the ATP Top 700 when those points are added next week.
Taylor Fritz
 
After winning the Pan American Closed doubles title with Mmoh, Fritz headed to Japan for the ITF Osaka Mayor's Cup. He returned to the United States with his first Grade A title, with the No. 4 seed beating No. 3 seed Yunseong Chung of Korea 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final. The Californian, who turned 17 on Tuesday, is now at a career-high 14 in the ITF Junior rankings.

courtesy, Paul Ballard
Shilin Xu
 
Sweeping the singles and doubles titles in Osaka moved the top-seeded 16-year-old to No. 1 in the ITF Junior rankings, the first Chinese player to hold that position. The Youth Olympic Games gold medalist, who spent the first five years of her junior career training in the US, defeated No. 3 seed Kimberly Birrell of Australia 7-5, 6-3 in final. Xu partnered with Sara Tomic of Australia to claim the doubles title over Emily Arbuthnott of Great Britain and Emilie Francati of Denmark.

Editors Note: Except where otherwise noted, all photos are courtesy of ZooTennis.com.

 
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