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Eastern Juniors Compete at US Open

September 5, 2012 11:16 AM
Jamie Loeb signing autographs
Louisa Chirico in action
Last year, Jamie Loeb of Ossining, NY lost her first match in straight sets at the Junior US Open qualifying tournament.
This past Sunday, after winning her first set and losing a second set tiebreaker, Loeb battled back to bagel her opponent in the third, and advance to the second round of the main draw in the Junior US Open.
"It’s a great feeling and match point was definitely a relief," said Loeb. "I just stayed composed and stayed mentally tough, even though I was getting a little tired."
Loeb was not the only Eastern player to compete in the Jr US Open. Noah Rubin (Rockville Centre, NY) and Louisa Chirico (Harrison, NY) both competed in the first round of the main draw, with Chirico advancing through the qualifying tournament to the main draw. 
Also competing in the qualifying tournament on Friday and Saturday were Daniel Kerznerman and Denise Starr (Brooklyn, NY), William Blumberg (Greenwich, CT) and Rima Astarian (Tenafly, NJ). While Loeb ended up losing in the second round, Rubin and Chirico lost in the first round, and Chirico and Starr lost in the first round of doubles, they all displayed enormous talent and promise.
Rubin’s mother, Melanie Rubin, said she was very proud of her son.
"What an unbelievable experience, just to see my boy out there in front of family and friends and the local crowd," said Rubin. "He handled himself beautifully. He’s a champion."
Later in the day, Rubin advanced to the second round in doubles with Alexios Halebian (Glendale, CA). Their second round opponents have not yet been determined.
Be sure to follow all of the Eastern juniors at usopen.org and on USTA eastern's social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.