For many IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis student-athletes who competed in last week's Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships, there was not much rest as they traveled to south Florida to take part in the 2013 Orange Bowl Tennis Championships. The Orange Bowl got underway this week, and today Nandini Das of India stole the show with a monumental upset of Alexa Graham. Graham recently turned professional, and is five-star prospect regarded as the No. 1 player in the state of New York for the Class of 2016. Das made an early exit from the Eddie Herr Girls 18s, but played one of the finest matches of her young career earlier today. Graham put away the first set quickly, 1-6. Then in the second, facing an 0-3 deficit, Das re-focused herself and stormed back. Das bounced back in the second to force a tiebreak and won, then dueled to another tiebreak in the third. Das advanced to the Round of 16, 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5).
Also in the Girls 16s, India's O.J. Singh recorded an equally impressive win. Her opponent, Adrianna Raemi of Miami, Fla., is a five-star prospect according to TennisRecruiting.net and the No. 73 ranked Girls 16s player in the country. The match was delayed more than 20 minutes, but Singh turned in gutty win against her highly ranked opponent, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 to reach the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, in the Boys 16s, Robert Levine has reached the Round of 16 after knocking off Andrew Heller, 7-6, 6-3.
On Wednesday, Michael Mmoh and Tommy Mylnikov will continue their quest toward the Boys 18s title.