Monday, October 25, 2021

Stanford's Fery sweeps in Northwest Super Regionals

   Stanford's Arthur Fery "Cross the Mersey" swept the singles and doubles titles today in the ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships in Seattle.
   Fery, a sophomore from Great Britain seeded first in singles, beat second-seeded Clement Chidekh of host Washington 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
   Fery and Alexandre Rotsaert, a senior from Boca Raton, Fla., routed Matthew Hollingworth and Sasha Trkulja of Gonzaga 6-2, 6-1. 
   College women — Fifth-seeded Alexandra Yepifanova of host Stanford beat top-seeded Vanessa Wong of Washington 6-4, 7-6 (3) to reach the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. 
   Yepifanova, a freshman from Lake Worth, Fla., is scheduled to play fourth-seeded Jessica Alsola of the University of California, Berkeley on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Alsola, a freshman from Fresno, Calif., topped sixth-seeded Angelica Blake of Stanford 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.
   In the other semifinal, also at 10 a.m., second-seeded Connie Ma of Stanford is set to meet third-seeded Mariia Kozyreva of Saint Mary's in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ma, a freshman from Dublin in the Bay Area, has not lost more than two games in a set in her five matches.
   The final will follow at 1 p.m.
   In the all-Stanford doubles final, No. 1 seeds Blake and Ma are slated to face No. 5-8 seeds Niluka Madurawe and Yepifanova.
   ATP Challenger Tour — No. 2 seed Jenson "The Great" Brooksby, 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area, withdrew from this week's €66,640 ($77,379) Challenger in Brest, France, because of fatigue.
   Brooksby reached the semifinals of last week's European Open in Antwerp, Belgium, on the ATP Tour as a qualifier to clinch a berth in the Next Gen ATP Finals, featuring the world's top 21-and-under players, Nov. 9-13 in Milan. 
   ATP Tour — In the first round of doubles in the St. Petersburg Open, "Lindsay" Rohan Bopanna, 41, of India and Denis Shapovalov of Canada ousted No. 2 seeds "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben "And Jerry's" McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) of Japan 7-5, 6-4. Klaasen and McLachlan are winless in their last four tournaments.
   USTA Pro Circuit — No. 13 seed and Bay Area product Giuliana Olmos, Cal's Haley Giavara and Manteca, Calif., product Hind Abdelouahid lost in the first round of qualifying for the $80,000 Christus Health Pro Challenge in Tyler, Texas.
   Meanwhile, No. 3 seed Ena Shibahara, a Bay Area native who represents Japan, and wild card Maribella Zamarripa of St. Helena in the Napa region won in the opening round of qualifying for a $25,000 tournament in Austin, Texas.
   In the world doubles rankings, Shibahara is seventh and Olmos 27th.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Rising star Sinner stops Schwartzman for Antwerp title

Jannik Sinner, shown at Indian Wells this
month, became the youngest player to collect
five tour-level titles since 19-year-old Novak
Djokovic in 2007. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Jannik Sinner looks more and more like a future Grand Slam champion.
   The 20-year-old Italian, seeded first, routed Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, seeded second, 6-2, 6-2 today to win the European Open, an ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.
   Sinner became the youngest player to collect five tour-level titles since 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in 2007. 
   Sinner did not lose a set in the indoor hardcourt tournament, dropping only eight total games in his last two matches. He improved two spots to a career-high No. 11 in the live rankings.
   Schwartzman, only 5-foot-7 (1.70 meters) and 141 pounds (64 kilograms) actually dropped two notches to No. 16.  He eliminated Jenson Brooksby, a 20-year-old qualifier from the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Carmichael, 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals. 
   College — No. 1 seed Arthur Fery of Stanford defeated No. 5 seed Yuta Kikuchi of the University of California, Berkeley 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals of the ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships in Seattle.
   Fery, a sophomore from Great Britain, is scheduled to play No. 2 seed Clement Chidekh of the host University of Washington on Monday.
   Among those advancing to Monday's quarterfinals in the rain-delayed ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford are No. 2 seed Connie Ma, No. 5 seed Alexandra Yepifanova and No. 6 seed Angelica Blake of the Cardinal, No. 3 seed Mariia Kozyreva of Saint Mary's and No. 4 seed Jessica Alsola of Cal. 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Diminutive Diego dominates Brooksby in Antwerp semis

Five-foot-7 (1.70-meter) Diego Schwartzman, right,
shakes hands after beating 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter)
 Maxime Cressy in the second round at Indian Wells
this month. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Diego Schwartzman turned the tables on Jenson Brooksby today.
   Reeling off the last nine games, the second-seeded Schwartzman defeated Jenson Brooksby, a 20-year-old qualifier from the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Carmichael, 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals of the European Open, an ATP 250 indoor hardcourt tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.
   Brooksby had won the last eight games in his 7-5, 6-0 victory over unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain on Friday.
   Brooksby, who played today with tape on his right (playing) arm and stomach, was trying to beat his third consecutive 2021 Grand Slam quarterfinalist. But the 14th-ranked Schwartzman, lightning fast at 5-foot-7 (1.70 meters) and 141 pounds (64 kilograms), outslugged Brooksby from the baseline, no mean feat.
   Schwartzman, 29, climbed to a career-high No. 8 by reaching the French Open semifinals last October. He has beaten Rafael Nadal on clay, the toughest task in tennis.
   Brooksby, who was ranked No. 307 when he turned pro last December, is projected to rise 11 places to No. 59 on Monday. He will turn 21 the next day. 
   By reaching the semifinals, Brooksby qualified for the Next Gen ATP Finals, featuring the world's top 21-and-under players, Nov. 9-13 in Milan.
   Schwartzman is scheduled to face another 20-year-old, top-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy, on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. PDT (Tennis Channel). Sinner, ranked No. 13, routed seventh-seeded Lloyd Harris of South Africa 6-2, 6-2.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Brooksby beats another major quarterfinalist in Antwerp

Jenson Brooksby serves during practice
at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Photo
by Paul Bauman
    Jenson Brooksby dismantled his second consecutive 2021 Grand Slam quarterfinalist today to reach the semifinals of the European Open, an ATP 250 tournament in Antwerp, Belgium.
    Not only that, he bageled both of them in the second set.
    The 20-year-old qualifier from the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Carmichael, beat unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-0 on an indoor hardcourt in their first career meeting.
    Brooksby, playing with tape on his right (playing) arm, frustrated the 22-year-old Spaniard, who reached the last eight in the French Open in June and won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2017, with his consistency and amazing ability to turn defense into offense.
   Brooksby led 5-2 in the first set, lost the next three games and won the last eight. Davidovich Fokina, ranked No. 44, saved four set points in the first set.
   Tennis Channel commentator Tracy Austin, an International Tennis Hall of Famer, said Brooksby's "mental toughness is incredible. On the big points, he digs in and hits closer to the line. It's really quite impressive."
    Brooksby, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters), has not lost a set in five matches in Antwerp. He demolished Botic Van De Zandschulp, who last month became the third qualifier to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round.
   Brooksby, who was ranked No. 307 when he turned pro last December, is projected to rise at least 11 places to No. 59. He will try to knock off yet another 2021 major quarterfinalist when he faces second-seeded Diego Schwartzman, who advanced to the last eight at Roland Garros (and semifinals there last fall), for the first time on Saturday not before 8:30 a.m. PDT (Tennis Channel).
   The 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 141-pound (64-kilogram) Argentine, ranked No. 14 after climbing to a career-high No. 8 last October, beat qualifier Brandon Nakashima, 20, of San Diego 6-4, 6-2.
   In Saturday's first semifinal, top-seeded Jannik Sinner, also 20, of Italy is set to meet seventh-seeded Lloyd Harris of South Africa at 6 a.m. (Tennis Channel). Harris won one Northern California Challenger and reached the final of another.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Wimbledon boys champ reportedly commits to Stanford

   Wimbledon boys singles champion Samir Banerjee reportedly has verbally committed to Stanford. 
   Banerjee, the third-ranked junior in the world from Basking Ridge, N.J., had planned to attend Columbia in New York. 
   Banerjee defeated Victor Lilov of Raleigh, N.C., 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final in July. Both players were unseeded.
   Ethan Quinn of Fresno, Calif., has verbally committed to Georgia. He reached the U.S. Open boys doubles semifinals with Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, last month.
   Godsick's parents are Mary Joe Fernandez, a former top-five player in singles and doubles who now works as an ESPN tennis commentator, and Tony Godsick, Roger Federer's agent.
   Signing day is Nov. 10.

Resurgent Simon mauls McDonald in Moscow

Gilles Simon, a former top-10 player, has endured a horrific year.
2016 photo by Paul Bauman
   Gilles Simon finally seems to be regaining his form.
   The 36-year-old Frenchman, a former top-10 player, dismissed Mackenzie McDonald, a 26-year-old San Francisco Bay product, 6-3, 6-2 today in the second round of the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
   Simon, who has plunged from a career-high No. 6 in 2009 to No. 117, reached his first quarterfinal since Cologne last October.
   Simon came to the Kremlin Cup, an ATP 250 tournament on indoor hardcourts, with four consecutive first-round losses and a 4-21 singles record this year. Simon went 0-11 from April until August.
   WTA Tour — Maria Camila Osorio Serrano, 19, of Colombia defeated Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Tenerife (Spain) Ladies Open, a WTA 250 tournament on hardcourts.
    Osorio Serrano, who won her first WTA title in Bogota on clay in April and reached the third round at Wimbledon as a qualifier, ousted Elina Svitolina, seeded first at No. 6 in the world, in the opening round. 
   USTA Pro Circuit — Qualifier Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., beat Katie Volynets, 19, of Walnut Creek in the Bay Area, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the $80,000 Mercer Tennis Classic on hardcourts in Macon, Ga.  

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Brooksby belts Botic to reach Antwerp quarterfinals

Jenson Brooksby smiles at his parents in the stands
after a recent practice in Indian Wells. Photo by
Paul Bauman
   Continuing his stunning rise, Jenson Brooksby demolished a U.S. Open quarterfinalist today.
   The 20-year-old qualifier from the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Carmichael crushed Botic Van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-0 in 63 minutes to reach the quarterfinals of the European Open, an ATP 250 tournament on indoor hardcourts in Antwerp, Belgium.
   Brooksby swatted his usual array of spectacular shots against the 26-year-old Van De Zandschulp, who last month became the third qualifier to advance to the last eight at Flushing Meadows. Early in the match, Brooksby almost went into the stands to retrieve a shot yet won the point. Two games later, he ran down a lunging backhand volley and ripped a sharply angled cross-court passing shot, eliciting applause from Van De Zandschulp.
   Brooksby has lost his serve only once and has not dropped more than four games in a set in his four matches in Antwerp. He has faced only one break point, which he saved today, in his two main-draw matches.
   Ranked No. 307 when he turned pro last December, Brooksby will improve at least seven spots to a career-high No. 63 on Monday.
   Brooksby is set to meet another 2021 Grand Slam quarterfinalist, unseeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain, for the first time on Friday.
   The 22-year-old Davidovich Fokina, who reached the last eight in the French Open in June and won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2017, ousted third-seeded Cristian Garin of Chile 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. 
   In the first round of doubles, Oliver Marach, 41, and Philipp Oswald, 6-foot-7 (2.01 meters), of Austria topped Jonathan Erlich, 44, of Israel and Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden 4-6, 6-4 [10-6].
   ATP Tour in Moscow — Yoshihito Nishioka makes Mackenzie McDonald look gigantic.
   The 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter), 160-pound (73-kilogram) McDonald, a San Francisco Bay Area product, beat 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 141-pound (64-kilogram) Nishioka, a Japanese left-hander, 6-3, 6-4 in a first-round matchup of 26-year-olds in the VTB Kremlin Cup. 
   Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna, 41, of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan ousted top-seeded Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) of Japan 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round.
   USTA Pro Circuit Katie Volynets, 19, of Walnut Creek in the Bay Area surprised eighth-seeded Rebecca Marino, a former top-40 player from Canada, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in the first round of the $80,000 Mercer Tennis Classic on hardcourts in Macon, Ga. 
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