The 2013 Orange Bowl continues in Miami, Fla., and IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis student-athletes are still going strong.
In the Boys 16s, Robert Levine continues his amazing run in 2013. Levine overpowered Andrew Heller on Tuesday, and picked up where he left off with another powerful showing against Finland's Eero Vasa. Levine, the No. 9 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals by a score of 6-4, 6-4. More impressively, Levine is overcoming the effects of a seriour spinal injury suffered in 2011. Not only has Levine been impressive in his performances in the Orange Bowl and last week's Eddie Herr, he won two ITF events in September.
In the Girls 16s, Nandini Das, noted by her coach Margie Zesinger as playing aggressive at all the right times, continues to impress in Miami. Das upset Alexa Graham on Tuesday, and on Wednesday made short work of Stephanie Nemtsova of Dennis Port, Mass. Das advanced to the quarterfinals by a score of 6-2, 6-4. On Thursday, she will face Minnesota's best, Alexis Nelson.
In the Boys 18s, Michael Mmoh moved on following an all-IMG Academy match when he faced Deiton Baughman. Baughman reached the semifinals of the Eddie Herr, but fell to Mmoh, 6-3, 6-2. Mmoh will face Brazil's Marcelo Zormann, ranked No. 30 ITF in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, Japan's Naoki Nakagawa fought through a tough bout with Brazil's Rafael Matos. Nakagawa fought back after dropping the first set to advance, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. Next up for Nakagawa is a chance at redemption, when he faces Eddie Herr Boys 18 champion, Poland's Kamil Majchrzak, who ended Nakagawa's bid for the Eddie Herr title in the semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 7.