In early March, Canadians were pleased to welcome Carson Branstine to its global tennis squad. The 16-year-old from California had always held dual citizenship between Canada and the United States, and in 2016 she made the decision to represent the north.
On Sunday, at the USTA International Spring Championships held in – appropriately – Carson, California, Branstine completed her Canadian debut in a tournament with singles and doubles titles.
As of today will be my first tournament under the ?? flag. Couldn't be more excited to represent a country and federation that I love!
— Carson Branstine (@carsonbranstine) March 20, 2017
Branstine was the no. 2 seed in the draw and breezed through the tournament. She won eight consecutive sets between her first round and quarterfinal matches. The lone set she dropped this week was in her semifinal (she lost the opening set in a tiebreak to no. 9 seed Elysia Bolton).
The championship match was a battle between Branstine and no. 1 seed Taylor Johnson, who are very good friends off the tennis court. Branstine’s power from the baseline was enough to outlast her opponent, who primarily relied on a serve-and-volley game.
Carson Branstine of Canada is International Spring Championships winner. She defeats Taylor Johnson 64, 63#ITFISC17
— Colette Lewis (@zootennis) March 26, 2017
In the end, Branstine’s plan triumphed 6-4, 6-3, as she captured her first singles title as a Canuck. Soon after, Branstine went on to win the doubles title as well with American partner Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-1.
The new Canadian junior star is no stranger to lifting trophies.
This past January, Branstine teamed up with fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu and the pair captured the Australian Open girls’ doubles title, the first Grand Slam trophy for both players.