Several local players have fared very well and advanced Sunday in their respective brackets. The No. 1 seed in the Boys’ 14 singles draw is McClain Kessler from Calhoun, and he won his first two matches, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-0.
He plays today at Darlington at 12:30 p.m. in the round of 16.
His sister, McCartney Kessler, won her opening two matches in the Girls’ 12 singles bracket, including a straight sets win over Felicia Jacques. McCartney Kessler will take on top seed Samantha Hirshberg today at 12:30 p.m. at Darlington.
Other local players in action Sunday included Calhoun’s Jake Briggs, who won his first two Boys’ 12 singles matches. He advances to the round of 16 to play No. 5 seed Sami Soufi today at 12:30 p.m. at Alto Park.
Calhoun’s Kate Hutchinson lost her second-round match in the Girls’ 18 singles draw, while Marlee Nichelson had a win and a loss in her Girls’ 10 singles bracket.
Rome’s Callie Maffett dropped her opening match in Girls’ 10 singles play.
The Georgia State Junior Winter Open runs through Thursday. Tournament sites include the Rome-Floyd Tennis Center, Shorter College, Georgia Highlands College, Alto Park, Etowah Park, Darlington School, Pepperell High and the Calhoun Tennis Center.