Defending champion Sofia Kenin, a 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines who reached the final of the U.S. Open girls’ tournament, is back at Plantation’s Frank Veltri Tennis center this week for the Orange Bowl International.
Kenin could wind up facing the girl who beat her in the U.S. Open final — Dalma Galfi of Hungary, who is also in the 18-under Orange Bowl field.
Galfi is coming off a disappointing upset to unseeded 16-year-old American Kylie McKenzie in the semifinals at the Eddie Herr tournament in Bradenton.
Other top girls to watch include junior Wimbledon champion Sofya Zhuk of Russia and junior Australian Open winner Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia.
The tournament, featuring many of the top 18-under and 16-under players from around the world, is Tuesday through Sunday.
Top Americans include Ingrid Neel (17, Rochester, Minnesota); top-10 world-ranked junior Usue Arconada (17, College Park, Maryland); 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Michaela Gordon (16, Los Altos Hills, California); 2014 U.S. Open semifinalist Caroline Dolehide (17, Hinsdale, Illinois); 2014 USTA Girls’ 16s national champion Kayla Day (16, Santa Barbara, California); and Claire Liu (15, Thousand Oaks, California), the youngest player in the Top 600 of the WTA rankings.
On the boys’ side, the 18s field includes Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada; 2014 Orange Bowl 18s finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece; and Casper Ruud of Norway.
Top college-bound American boys, such as TCU recruit Alex Rybakov (18, Coral Springs) and Georgia recruit Nathan Ponwith (17, Scottsdale, Arizona), are playing, as is 2014 Boys’ 16s champion Sam Riffice (16, Roseville, California).