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Johnson reaches quarterfinals of Copper Bowl tennis tournament

Bonsall’s Hailey Johnson twice reached quarterfinal rounds at the Copper Bowl tennis tournament January 2-7 in Tucson.

Johnson and Murrieta’s Meghan Sheehan Dizon reached the quarterfinals of the girls under-18 doubles competition while Johnson advanced to the consolation quarterfinals of the girls under-18 singles division.

“It was a pretty good tournament,” Johnson said. “I got to play a lot of matches.”

The doubles competition consisted of one set played to eight games. “We played really great doubles,” Johnson said.

Johnson and Sheehan Dizon began the tournament with an 8-0 win over Maia Bernick of Las Vegas and Maddie Broeren of Evergreen, Colorado, and then took an 8-2 victory against Isabel Aldunate of Bowie, Maryland, and Christiana Ferrari of Stockton.

Johnson and Sheehan Dizon then played the top-seeded duo consisting of Pennsylvania players Jennifer Learmonth of York and Casey Robinson of Radnor.

“I think we’re both pretty confident players,” Johnson said. “I think we put a lot of pressure on them. We just play super aggressive.”

Johnson and Sheehan Dizon won the match by an 8-6 score to advance to the quarterfinals, where Meghan Blevins of North Charleston, South Carolina, and Melissa Kardinata of Cary, North Carolina, advanced to the semifinals with an 8-5 victory.

“Neither of us started out really well,” Johnson said. “We started playing better towards the end.”

Blevins and Kardinata eventually won the division.

The singles brackets required a player to win two sets to advance to the next round. Johnson began singles play in the round of 128 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brittney Reed of Richland, Washington. In the round of 64 Johnson defeated Alexandra Ferrara of Skillman, New Jersey, by a 6-4, 6-1 score.

Alanna Wolff of Boca Raton, Florida, would eventually place third in the girls under-18 singles, and in the round of 32 Wolff relegated Johnson to the consolation bracket with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph.

Johnson’s first consolation bracket match was against Emily McNall of Altadena. The first set was tied at six games before McNall won the tiebreaking game, but Johnson took a 6-1 victory in the second set to force a third set. Johnson was leading the third set three games to none when McNall retired with an injury.

Johnson then faced Alexandra Dawson of Irvine, who opened that match with a 6-4 victory in the first set. Johnson came back with 6-1 and 6-2 triumphs to win that match.

In the next round Courtney Wild of Carmel, Indiana, also defeated Johnson by a 6-4 score in the first set, but Johnson salvaged the match with a pair of 6-1 victories in the next two sets.

Johnson’s next opponent was Katherine Yau of Manhasset, New York. Johnson advanced to the quarterfinals with a pair of 6-2 victories.

In the consolation quarterfinals Johnson was eliminated by Elizabeth Profit of Long Beach. Johnson won the first set, six games to three, but Profit triumphed in the second set by a 6-2 margin and won the third set by a 6-1 score.

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