Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wake Forest men repeat 20-year-old Stanford feat

   For the first time in 20 years, two men from the same school will play for the NCAA title.
   No. 4 seed Petros Chrysochos and No. 7 Borna Gojo of NCAA champion Wake Forest are scheduled to meet on Monday at 10:30 a.m. PDT on their home courts in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Chrysochos, a junior from Cyprus, beat No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 early today. Then Gojo, a sophomore from Croatia, downed No. 3 Nuno Borges of Mississippi State 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
   Chrysochos and Gojo became the first men from the same school to reach the NCAA final since Stanford's Bob Bryan defeated Paul Goldstein in Athens, Ga., in 1998.
   Bryan has gone on to a professional doubles career that will land him and twin brother Mike, who also starred at Stanford, in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Goldstein is now Stanford's coach.
   In Monday's women's final, No. 6 Arianne Hartono of Mississippi will face her third straight Pepperdine player, No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey, at 9 a.m.
   Hartono, a senior from the Netherlands, edged Mayar Sherif of Pepperdine 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2). Sherif, a senior from Egypt who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, served for the match twice in the second set and had match points at 5-4.
   Lahey, a sophomore from Hawthorne in the Los Angeles area, outplayed No. 8 Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt 6-3, 6-3. Stanford nipped the Commodores 4-3 on Tuesday for its second NCAA team title in three years and record 19th overall.
   Monday's NCAA doubles finals will feature four unseeded teams. Redlicki and Evan Zhu will meet Martin Joyce and Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State at 1 p.m., and Jessica Golovin and Eden Richardson of LSU will play Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco of Oklahoma State at a time to be announced.
   All finals will be streamed live.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Wake men, Waves women dominate NCAA singles

   It's unlikely, but the NCAA Championships could feature all-Wake Forest and all-Pepperdine singles finals.
   Today, No. 4 seed Petros Chrysochos and No. 7 Borna Gojo of host and NCAA champion Wake Forest reached the men's semifinals, and No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey and unseeded Mayar Sherif of Pepperdine advanced to the women's semis.
   Chrysochos, a junior from Cyprus, edged No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Torpegaard, a senior from Denmark, reached the NCAA final two years ago.
   Chrysochos will meet No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA.
   Gojo, a sophomore from Croatia, topped No. 2 William Blumberg of North Carolina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Blumberg, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., advanced to last year's final.
   Gojo will face No. 3 Nuno Borges, a Mississippi State junior from Portugal who reached the semis for the second consecutive year.
   Lahey, a sophomore from Hawthorne in the Los Angeles region, beat No. 9-16 Andrea Lazaro of Florida International 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.
   Lahey will play No. 8 Fernanda Contreras, a Vanderbilt junior from Austin, Texas. Stanford edged Vanderbilt 4-3 in the NCAA final on Tuesday.
   Sherif, a senior from Egypt, nipped No. 9-16 Astra Sharma of Vanderbilt 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5).
   Sherif, who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, will take on No. 6 Arianne Hartono, a Mississippi senior from the Netherlands who defeated another Pepperdine player, 2016 semifinalist Luisa Stefani of Brazil, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Stefani ousted top-seeded Bianca Turati of Texas in the first round.
   The women's semifinals are scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. PDT, and the men's semis are set for 10:30 a.m. Both matches, as well as the doubles semis beginning at noon, will be streamed live.
   Both of the top seeds in doubles lost to unseeded teams 10-7 in match tiebreakers.
   Redlicki and Evan Zhu outlasted Borges and Strahinja Rakic 4-6, 6-3 [10-7], and Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford of North Carolina nipped Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech 6-4, 1-6 [10-7].

Friday, May 25, 2018

Last NorCal players eliminated from NCAA tourney

   Northern California players are done in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
   Emily Arbuthnott, a Stanford sophomore from England, and Cameron Klinger, a Vanderbilt junior from San Jose, lost today in the singles round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   No. 9-16 seed Astra Sharma, a Vanderbilt senior from Australia, defeated Arbuthnott 6-2, 6-4. Stanford edged Vanderbilt 4-3 on Tuesday for its second NCAA team title in three years. Sharma beat Arbuthnott in doubles; they did not meet in singles.
   No. 2 seed William Blumberg of North Carolina beat Klinger 6-4, 6-1. Blumberg reached last year's final as a freshman, losing to senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia.
   By reaching the round of 16, Arbuthnott and Klinger earned All-America status.
   Sharma will meet Mayar Sherif, a Pepperdine senior who transferred from Fresno State two years ago, on Friday. The other women's quarterfinal matchups are No. 6 seed Arianne Hartono of Mississippi against Luisa Stefani of Pepperdine, No. 9-16 Ashley Lahey of Pepperdine versus No. 9-16 Andrea Lazaro of Florida International and No. 8 Fernanda Contreras of Vanderbilt against No. 9-16 Anna Danilina of Florida.
   Blumberg will face No. 7 Borna Gojo of host and NCAA champion Wake Forest. The other men's quarterfinal matchups are No. 1 Martin Redlicki of UCLA against No. 9-16 Mazen Osama of Alabama, No. 4 Petros Chrysochos of Wake Forest versus No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State and No. 3 Nuno Borges of Mississippi State against No. 9-16 Timo Stodder of Tennessee.
   Only two women, Contreras and Lahey, and two men, Redlicki and Blumberg, in the quarterfinals are American.

Querrey to face fellow Yank Tiafoe in French Open

   No. 12 seed Sam Querrey will play fellow American and rising star Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the French Open.
   The draw for the year's second Grand Slam tournament was held on Thursday in Paris. The main draw begins Sunday at 2 a.m. PDT (Tennis Channel).
   Querrey, a 30-year-old San Francisco native, is 1-0 against Tiafoe, 20. Querrey won 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the second round at Shanghai last October.
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey is 4-11 in the French Open with three consecutive first-round losses. His best result was a third-round appearance in 2013. Tiafoe is 0-2 at Roland Garros.
   Querrey is ranked 13th and Tiafoe 61st.
   On the women's side, 10th-seeded Sloane Stephens will play a qualifier to be determined.
   Stephens, a 25-year-old Fresno product, missed last year's French Open while recovering from foot surgery. In her fifth tournament back, she won the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title.
   Stephens reached the fourth round at Roland Garros for four consecutive years (2012-15), her best showings there.
   Querrey and the 10th-ranked Stephens are situated in the bottom quarter of their respective draws. Also in those quarters are No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev and No. 7 Dominic Thiem among the men, and No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 8 Petra Kvitova among the women.
   Another San Francisco native, 19-year-old CiCi Bellis, remains out with a right elbow injury. She has not played since losing to Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-0 in the first round at Miami in late March.
   Ex-Stanford star Nicole Gibbs, seeded eighth in French Open qualifying, lost to Veronika Kudermetova of Russia 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 in the second round.

Klinger, Arbuthnott reach NCAA singles round of 16

   Only Cameron Klinger and Emily Arbuthnott survived a brutal day for Northern California players on Thursday in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Klinger, a Vanderbilt junior from San Jose, and Arbuthnott, a Stanford sophomore from England, reached today's singles round of 16.
   Klinger dismissed Mitch Harper of Virginia Tech 6-3, 6-2, and Arbuthnott held off Josie Kuhlman of Florida 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 two days after helping the Cardinal win the NCAA title. Kuhlman reached the 2015 semifinals as a freshman.
   Klinger, who upset 9-16 seed Alex Knight of Michigan 6-4, 6-0 in the first round, is scheduled to face second-seeded William Blumberg, a North Carolina sophomore who advanced to last year's final. Arbuthnott will take on Astra Sharma, a 9-16 seed from NCAA runner-up Vanderbilt. Both matches are scheduled for 7 a.m. PDT and will be streamed live.
   Sharma, a redshirt senior from Australia, has lost only two games in two matches.
   No. 9-16 seed Michaela Gordon, a Stanford freshman from Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost to Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the second round.
   Billy Griffith, a Cal senior from Fresno, bowed out to Jose Salazar of Arkansas 6-1, 7-5 after ousting eighth-seeded Ryotaro Matsumura of Kentucky in the first round on Wednesday.
   Arbuthnott and Gordon, seeded third in doubles, fell to Chandler Carter and Emma Davis of Wake Forest 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round.
   Other results of matches involving NorCal players:
   Alfredo Perez (9-16), Florida, def. Victor Pham (Saratoga), Columbia, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.
   Fernanda Contreras (8), Vanderbilt, def. Felicity Maltby (Sunnyvale), Texas Tech, 6-1, 6-1 in the second round.
   Johannes Ingildsen and Perez (4), Florida, def. Tom Fawcett and Axel Geller, Stanford, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 10-4 in the first round.
   Blumberg and Robert Kelly (2), North Carolina, def. Griffith and J.T. Nishimura (San Jose), Cal, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.
   Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith, UCLA, def. Klinger and Billy Rowe, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.
   Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono (5-8), Mississippi, def. Georgia Lawson and Emma Wilson, Fresno State, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cal's Griffith stuns No. 8 seed in NCAA singles

   Billy Griffith, a Cal senior from Fresno, ousted No. 8 seed Ryotaro Matsumura of Kentucky 6-4, 6-3 today in the first round of the NCAA Men's Singles Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Griffith, ranked No. 54, is scheduled to play No. 18 Jose Salazar of Arkansas on Thursday at 6 a.m. PDT. All matches are being streamed live.
   Cameron Klinger, a Vanderbilt junior from San Jose, knocked off No. 9-16 seed Alex Knight of Michigan 6-4, 6-0. Klinger, ranked No. 26, will take on No. 29 Mitch Harper of Virginia Tech at 5 a.m.
  Victor Pham of Columbia and Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area topped Jordi Arconada of Texas A&M 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Pham, a junior, will meet 9-16 seed Alfredo Perez of Florida at 8:30 a.m.
   No. 9-16 seed Tom Fawcett, a Stanford senior and 2017 semifinalist, lost to Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
   Top-seeded Martin Redlicki of UCLA beat Tim Sandkaulen of Mississippi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
   On the women's side, Stanford's Michaela Gordon and Emily Arbuthnott advanced one day after the Cardinal won its second NCAA crown in three years.
   Gordon, a freshman from Saratoga seeded 9-16, dismissed Fatima Bizhukova of Wichita State 6-2, 6-3. Arbuthnott beat Ingrid Gamarra Martins of South Carolina 6-3, 7-5. Gamarra Martins replaced fourth-seeded Samantha Harris of Duke after Harris withdrew.
   Gordon, ranked 15th, is scheduled to face No. 21 Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech on Thursday. The 43rd-ranked Arbuthnott will play No. 52 Josie Kuhlman of Florida. Both matches are scheduled for 8 a.m.
   Melissa Lord, who won the deciding match in Stanford's 4-3 victory over Vanderbilt in the NCAA final, lost to No. 9-16 seed Andrea Lazaro of Florida International 6-4, 6-1.
   Alternate Felicity Maltby of Texas Tech and Sunnyvale in the Bay Area routed Maria Kononova of North Texas 6-1, 6-1. Maltby, a junior ranked No. 58, will face Vanderbilt's Fernanda Contreras, ranked and seeded 10th, at 7:30 a.m.
   Top-seeded Bianca Turati of Texas fell to Pepperdine's Luisa Stefani, a semifinalist two years ago as a freshman, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3.
   All three Cal women in NCAA singles -- junior Olivia Hauger and freshmen Anna Bright and Julia Rosenqvist -- lost in the opening round.
   In the first round of doubles on Thursday:
   --Griffith and J.T. Nishimura, a senior from San Jose, will take on second-seeded William Blumberg and Robert Kelly of North Carolina at 11:30 a.m.
   --Klinger and Billy Rowe will face Austin Rapp and Keegan Smith of UCLA at 12:30 p.m.
   --Arbuthnott and Gordon will meet Chandler Carter and Emma Davis of host Wake Forest at 1:30 p.m.
   --And Fawcett and Axel Geller will play fourth-seeded Johannes Ingildsen and Perez at 2 p.m.

Ex-Stanford teammates fall in French Open qualifying

   Former Stanford teammates Carol Zhao and Kristie Ahn each lost 6-3 in the third set today in the first round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
   Zhao, a 22-year-old Canadian, fell to 37-year-old Italian Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 champion at Roland Garros, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The match had been suspended by rain at one set apiece on Tuesday.
   Ahn, 25, from Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowed out to Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-3.
   U.S. women went 6-4 in the first round of French Open qualifying, including Caroline Dolehide's victory over fellow American Irina Falconi. U.S. men, meanwhile, went 2-9.
   Nicole Gibbs, who won two NCAA titles in singles (2012 and 2013) and one in doubles (2012) before leaving Stanford one year early, is scheduled to play Veronika Kudermetova of Russia for the first time on Thursday in the second round of qualifying.