Julia has had some tough luck with draws in her first few tournaments in California, but this time breezed through an easy first-round match without dropping a game and followed that up with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win over #1-seed Yu Mu. Mu trains full-time at Weil Tennis Academy and is currently ranked #498 in the country in the senior class.
In the finals, Gan faced a challenging 2.5-hour match against Dominique Derse. In the first set, Gan had a 4-2 lead and several break-point opportunities to go up 5-2, but Derse fought through the long service game and came roaring back to win the first set 7-5. The second set was also close, taking over an hour to complete, with Gan taking it 6-4.
The beginning of the third set looked troublesome for the Cate junior, with Derse breaking in the first game and going up 40-0 in the next. However, Julia Gan’s tenacious style-of-play was taking its toll on her opponent and Derse began to fatigue, making more unforced errors than in the previous two sets. Gan took the break back and from there she rolled on to a 6-1 third-set victory.
Julia Gan now sits at #534 in the nation for the junior class and holds the #16 spot in her native North Carolina, according to tennisrecruiting.net.