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Ashley Lahey continues to impress at US Open Junior Championships

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Ashley Lahey, a 16-year-old Hawthorne resident who is currently a freshman at Pepperdine University, continued her winning ways at the 2016 US Open Junior Championships taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Lahey won her fourth consecutive match in New York City as she defeated American wild card Natasha Subhash, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round on Tuesday.

“This is my first major, and it’s just been incredible,” said Lahey, who won two matches in qualifying to make the 64-player main draw last weekend. “I was so excited to come out to New York. I had an emotional qualifying and started crying when I finally won. I’ve worked so hard to get here.”

She continued: “I mean, just walking around and seeing all the pros, like (Rafael) Nadal and (Caroline) Wozniacki. They both acknowledged me, and were nice to me. It makes me feel like I belong. It makes me feel like a real pro.”

There were several other Southern Californians in action on Tuesday at the Open. USC freshman Brandon Holt, the son of tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, fell in his second-round singles match to No. 5-seedeed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia, 7-5, 6-2.

Last year, Holt of Rolling Hills Estates, and partner Riley Smith of Los Alamitos turned heads making it all the way to the final in doubles at the Open as wild cards.

Redondo Beach’s Taylor Johnson eliminated qualifier Irina Siermers of Germany, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the Round of 16 on Tuesday. Thousand Oaks 16-year-old Claire Liu, the No. 10 seeded player, lost her second-round match to Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Future UCLA Bruins teammate Jada Hart of Colton, and Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes will play a second-round doubles match on Wednesday. In the first round, the wild card team upset the No. 1  team in the tournament.

On Wednesday, City of Orange wild card Carson Branstine is in action in the second round, as is No. 5-seeded Kayla Day of Santa Barbara.