Sunday, June 26, 2016

Haviland, who took 11 years off, reaches 25K Tulsa final

   Ryan Haviland, a former Stanford All-American, defeated Paul Oosterbaan of Kalamazoo, Mich., 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in a matchup of unseeded players on Saturday to reach the final of the $25,000 Tulsa (Okla.) Pro Championships.
   Haviland, 35, launched a comeback last year after missing 11 years because of eight knee surgeries and one elbow operation over six years. He founded the Haviland Tennis Academy in Greenville, S.C., in 2014.
   Oosterbaan, 6-foot-7 (2.0 meters), recently finished his sophomore season at the University of Georgia. His father, JP, was a member of the University of Michigan's 1989 NCAA championship basketball team.
   Haviland will seek his first professional singles title today against unseeded Cameron Norrie of New Zealand.
   Norrie, a singles semifinalist in last month's NCAA Championships in Tulsa as a Texas Christian sophomore, beat third-seeded Tennys Sandgren of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-2, 1-0, retired.
   Sandgren played for the Sacramento-based California Dream in its inaugural World TeamTennis season last July. The Dream folded in January.
   Norrie also knocked off 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Reilly Opelka, last year's Wimbledon boys champion, in the first round, sixth-seeded Clay Thompson in the second round and top-seeded Mitchell Krueger in the quarterfinals.
   Haviland ousted eighth-seeded Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in the first round and fourth-seeded Michael Mmoh, one of the United States' top prospects, in the quarterfnals.
   All five of Norrie's opponents in the tournament are American.

Rankings, Wimbledon TV schedule, calendar

WORLD RANKINGS
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Collin Altamirano, 20-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 909 in singles (-109).
   Bob Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 4 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 5 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 40 in doubles (-2).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 418 in singles (+2), No. 555 in doubles (+3).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 146 in singles (-4), No. 191 in doubles (-3).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 33 in singles (-1), No. 41 in doubles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former NCAA Division III singles and doubles champion from UC Santa Cruz -- No. 246 in doubles (-13).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 453 in singles (+3), No. 259 in doubles (-3).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 224 in singles (-4), No. 446 in doubles (+2).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 23 in doubles (-1).
   CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 250 in singles (+1), No. 283 in doubles (+2).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (no change). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 606 in doubles (no change).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 76 in singles (-1), No. 129 in doubles (-3).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 658 in singles (no change), No. 603 in doubles (no change). 
   Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal junior -- No. 540 in doubles (no change), No. 749 in singles (no change).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- No. 68 in doubles (-2), No. 269 in singles (+3).
   Karina Vyrlan, 17-year-old Sacramentan -- Career-high No. 796 in doubles (no change).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- No. 173 in doubles (-1), No. 316 in singles (+1).
WIMBLEDON TV SCHEDULE
(All times in California)
Monday
   First round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Tuesday
   First round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Wednesday
   Second round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Thursday
   Second round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Friday
   Third round (men and women), 4 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Saturday
   Third round (men and women), 5 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Sunday, July 3
   First-week highlights (men and women), noon-3 p.m., ABC.
Monday, July 4
   Round of 16 (men and women), Centre Court, 5 a.m.-noon (live), ESPN.
   Round of 16 (men and women), Court 1 and outer courts, 4 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), ESPN2.
Tuesday, July 5
   Quarterfinals (women), Centre Court, 5 a.m.-1 p.m. (live), ESPN.
   Quarterfinals (women), Court 1, 5-11 a.m. (live), ESPN2.
Wednesday, July 6
   Quarterfinals (men), Centre Court, 5-11:30 a.m. (live), ESPN2.
   Quarterfinals (men), Court 1, 5 a.m.-1 p.m. (live), ESPN.
Thursday, July 7
   Semifinals (women), 5-10 a.m. (live), ESPN.   
Friday, July 8
   Semifinals (men), 5-11 a.m. (live), ESPN.
Saturday, July 9
   Final (women), 6 a.m.-noon (live), ESPN.
   Final (women), noon-3 p.m. (repeat), ABC.
Sunday, July 10
   Final (men), 6-11:30 a.m. (live), ESPN.
   Final (men), noon-3 p.m. (repeat), ABC.
CALENDAR
   Monday-July 10 -- WIMBLEDON. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.
   July 12-17 -- $50,000 Stockton Women's Challenger, Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, University of the Pacific. 2015 (inaugural) champions: Nao Hibino, Jamie Loeb/Sanaz Marand. 
   July 17-24 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Clay Court Championships, various sites.
   July 18-24 -- Bank of the West Classic, Stanford. Top entries: Agnieszka Radwanska, Venus Williams, Johanna Konta, Dominika Cibulkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko, CoCo Vandeweghe. 2015 champions: Angelique Kerber, Yi-Fan Xu/Saisai Zheng. 
   July 19-24 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club in Sacramento area. 2015 champions: Anhelina Kalinina, Ashley Weinhold/Caitlin Whoriskey.
   Aug. 2-7 -- $25,000 Heritage Bank of Commerce Championships, Moraga Country Club, Moraga, Calif.
   Aug. 5-14 -- USTA Boys and Girls National Championships, various sites.
   Aug. 5-21 -- 2016 SUMMER OLYMPICS, Rio de Janeiro.
   Aug. 8-14 -- $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos. 2015 champions: John Millman, Chris Guccione/Artem Sitak.
   AUG. 29-SEPT. 11 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Flavia Pennetta, Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

NorCal players face tough openers at Wimbledon

No. 28 seed Sam Querrey drew Lukas Rosol, who stunned
Rafael Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012,
in this year's tournament. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   All four Northern California singles representatives face tough first-round matches at Wimbledon.
   The draw was held Friday, and play is scheduled to begin on Monday.
   San Francisco native Sam Querrey, whose No. 28 seeding matches his age, will face Lukas Rosol, a 30-year-old Czech who stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal in the second round in 2012 at the All England Club.
   The winner of the match between the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey and the 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Rosol could face top seed Novak Djokovic, the two-time defending champion and three-time titlist overall, in the third round.
   Dmitry Tursunov, a 33-year-old Moscow native who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, will meet No. 31 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal.
   But Sousa has never won a main-draw match at Wimbledon, losing to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in the past two years.
   The injury-plagued Tursunov reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2006 but hasn't won a singles match there in five years.
   Dennis Novikov, a Moscow native who grew up in San Jose, Calif.,  and now lives in nearby Milpitas, will make his Wimbledon main-draw debut against Australia's Luke Saville, the 2011 boys singles champion, in a matchup of 22-year-old qualifiers.
   The winners of the Tursunov and Novikov matches will play each other in the second round.
   And Nicole Gibbs, a 23-year-old former Stanford star living in Marina del Rey in the Los Angeles area, will take on Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013. Gibbs seeks her first Wimbledon main-draw victory.
   There is one consolation for first-round losers in singles at Wimbledon. Each pockets $41,000.

Novikov earns first Wimbledon main-draw berth

Dennis Novikov, playing in the Tiburon Challenger
last September, defeated Hiroki Moriya in the final
round of Wimbledon qualifying. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 28 seed Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area beat unseeded Hiroki Moriya of Japan 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday at Roehampton to earn his first Wimbledon main-draw berth.
   "Unreal feeling qualifying for Main draw Wimbledon! Time for the real show!" tweeted Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star.
   Novikov will play another 22-year-old qualifier, Luke Saville of Australia, in the first round on Monday or Tuesday, weather permitting. Monday's order of play will be announced Sunday.
   Saville won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2011.
   Novikov is one of three U.S. qualifiers, two men and one women, at Wimbledon. No. 6 seed Bjorn Fratangelo defeated No. 22 Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 6-3, and Julia Boserup beat Barbara Haas of Austria 6-0, 6-4 in a matchup of unseeded players.
   Fratangelo, 22, and Boserup, 24, also will make their Wimbledon main-draw debuts.
   First-round losers in singles at Wimbledon receive $41,000.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Novikov's Wimbledon qualifying match postponed

Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area will try to earn
his first berth in the main draw at Wimbledon. 2015 photo by Paul Bauman
  Dennis Novikov must wait at least one more day to learn whether he'll earn his first berth in the main draw at Wimbledon.
   A resident of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 28th-seeded Novikov was unable to play today as rain virtually wiped out play at Roehampton.
   Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star, is scheduled to face unseeded Hiroki Moriya, 25, of Japan for the first time on Friday in the final round of qualifying.
   Moriya seeks his second main-draw berth at Wimbledon. As a qualifier last year, he lost to ninth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia in straight sets in the first round. Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, went on to reach the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
   Novikov is ranked No. 146 to Moriya's No. 224 and, at 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), dwarfs his 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 143-pound (65-kilogram) opponent.
   Novikov is one of three American men in the final round of qualifying. Sixth-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo will meet 22nd-seeded Austin Krajicek, guaranteeing at least one U.S. qualifier in the main draw.
   Novikov turned pro in 2013 after leading UCLA to the NCAA final as a sophomore.
    He won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2012 to earn wild cards for both main draws in the U.S. Open.
   Novikov reached the second round in each event at Flushing Meadows. He shocked 86th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole and Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013, in singles and teamed with Michael Redlicki to knock off U.S. veterans Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell in doubles.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Novikov wins thriller in Wimbledon qualifying

Dennis Novikov, playing in the Tiburon (Calif.)
Challenger last September, reached the last
round of Wimbledon qualifying. Photo by
Paul Bauman
   With a dramatic victory today, Dennis Novikov of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area moved within one match of his first main-draw berth at Wimbledon.
   Novikov, seeded 28th, edged Uladzimir Ignatik of Belarus 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8 in the second round of qualifying.
   Novikov, a 22-year-old former UCLA star, will face Hiroki Moriya, 25, of Japan for the first time. Moriya upset 14th-seeded Tim Smyczek of Tampa, Fla., 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
   Novikov is ranked No. 146 to Moriya's No. 224 and, at 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), dwarfs his 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 143-pound (65-kilogram) opponent.
   Novikov is one of three American men in the final round of qualifying. Sixth-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo will meet 22nd-seeded Austin Krajicek, guaranteeing at least one U.S. qualifier in the main draw.
   Novikov turned pro in 2013 after leading UCLA to the NCAA final as a sophomore.
    He won the singles and doubles titles in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2012 to earn wild cards for both main draws in the U.S. Open.
   Novikov reached the second round in each event at Flushing Meadows. He shocked 86th-ranked Jerzy Janowicz, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Pole and Wimbledon semifinalist in 2013, in singles and teamed with Michael Redlicki to knock off U.S. veterans Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell in doubles.

Chaudhary, Willy earn Sectional 14 singles titles

No. 1 seed Aryan Chaudhary, left, of Santa Clara subdued No. 2
Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville for the boys 14 singles title in the
NorCal Junior Sectional Championships. Photo by Paul Bauman
   SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Aryan Chaudhary should have lost the first set.
   And the second set.
   Instead, he pulled out both to claim the boys 14 singles title in the NorCal Junior Sectional Championships.
   The top-seeded Chaudhary, from Santa Clara, overcame deficits of 3-5 in both sets and a set point against him in the second set to subdue second-seeded Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville 7-5, 7-6 (1) on Tuesday at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.
   "I was making a lot more balls (than McDaniel)," the 13-year-old Chaudhary, ranked second in the 14s in Northern California, explained after the baseline battle in 91-degree (32.8 Celsius) heat. "He just wasn't (on) his game today. I wasn't playing too well, but I was able to force him to make some mistakes. That's how I was able to close out the match."
   McDaniel, ranked fourth in the NorCal 14s at 14 years old, agreed but added that he made a strategic mistake.
   "I just couldn't make that many balls," said the 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter), 130-pound (59-kilogram) McDaniel, who has a punishing forehand. "I played the wrong shot (of Chaudhary's). I should have played the other side. I played his backhand too much, and he's too solid on the backhand side."     
   On the adjacent court, second-seeded Avantika Willy of Dublin beat fifth-seeded Laura Sanders of El Cerrito 6-3, 7-5 for the girls 14 crown.
No. 2 seed Avantika Willy, above, of Dublin
beat No. 5 Laura Sanders of El Cerrito for
the girls 14 crown. Photo by Paul Bauman
   McDaniel served for both sets at 5-3 but surrendered the last four games of the first set and squandered a set point at 5-4 in the second set when he sailed a routine backhand long.
   "I was just starting to press too much, trying to keep pressure on him," McDaniel said. "I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I could, which led to me missing even more and led to me going downhill faster instead of letting him make the errors."
   The 5-foot-9 (1.75-meter), 140-pound (63.5-kilogram) Chaudhary, meanwhile, said he "started staying more calm and trying to reduce my errors and force him to make more errors."
   McDaniel still had a chance to force a decisive third set but dropped the last six points of the tiebreaker to end the match. During the stretch, he committed four unforced errors and a double fault and returned a first serve long.
   "I felt his ball was coming off the strings faster," McDaniel said of the tiebreaker. "He was kind of loose because he had the (first) set under his belt. ... I couldn't make my backhand. It's usually pretty solid."
   McDaniel strongly resembles Piedmont's Mackenzie McDonald, who turned pro this month after sweeping the NCAA singles and doubles titles as a UCLA junior, in several ways. Their first and last names are similar, they look alike facially, and both have slight builds.
   Chaudhary swept in singles and doubles, as he did last year in the 12s in Sunnyvale. Willy, however, won her first sectional title.
   "I just came out mentally prepared," said Willy, who will turn 14 on July 25. "(Sanders) is a great player. I was just really focused, and every point, I was mentally in it."
   Sanders, who was not available for comment, was coming off long three-setters in the quarterfinals and semifinals. But Willy said Sanders didn't appear tired.
   "She may have been, but I couldn't tell," Willy admitted.
NORCAL JUNIOR SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuesday's finals
At UC Santa Cruz
Girls 18
Singles
   Carolyn Campana (4), Hillsborough, def. Hind Abdelouahid (9), San Jose, walkover.
Doubles
   Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, and Katie Volynets (3), Walnut Creek, def. Niluka Madurawe, Sunnyvale, and Katya Tabachnik (1), San Francisco, 7-5, 6-4.
Girls 16
Singles
   Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Angela Huang, Piedmont, 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles
   Katherine Duong, Cupertino, and Connie Ma (2), Dublin, def. Pamela Duke, San Jose, and Jacquie Tan (1), Elk Grove, 6-3, 6-4.
At Arden Hills Resort & Spa in Sacramento
Boys 14
Singles
   Aryan Chaudhary (1), Santa Clara, def. Marcus McDaniel (2), Vacaville, 7-5, 7-6 (1).
Doubles
   Aryan Chaudhary, Santa Clara, and Hugo Hashimoto (1), San Jose, def. Marcus McDaniel, Vacaville, 0-6, 7-6 (4) [10-2].
Girls 14
Singles
   Avantika Willy (2), Dublin, def. Laura Sanders (5), El Cerrito, 6-3, 7-5.
Doubles
   Allura Zamarripa and Maribella Zamarripa (1), Saint Helena, def. Tiffany Boudagian, South San Francisco, and Vivian Ovrootsky, San Jose, 6-2, 6-1.