Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Farren advances in USTA boys 16s

  Top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough defeated ninth-seeded Spencer Papa of Edmond, Okla., 6-1, 7-6 (7) Wednesday to reach the 16-and-under singles quarterfinals at the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
  Farren, coached by ex-Stanford star and former world No. 7 Sandy Mayer, next faces 13th-seeded JC Aragone of Yorba Linda.
   In boys 18 singles, top-seeded Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., beat 10th-seeded Emmett Egger of Issaqua, Wash., 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 16. Egger won the West Coast Junior Championships last month at the Rio del Oro  Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   In San Diego, 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton reached the round of 16 in 18-and-under singles at the USTA Girls National Championships. Tsay, who's also in the doubles quarterfinals with Robin Anderson of Matawan, N.J., next meets fourth-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Santa Monica in singles.
   Gibbs reached the NCAA singles semifinals, falling to top-ranked and eventual champion Jana Juricova of Cal in three sets, in May as a Stanford freshman.
   In 16-and-under singles, unseeded Mary K. Closs of Menlo Park lost to Emma Alderman of Hingham, Mass., 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 16.
   In San Antonio, second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose breezed into the boys 14 singles semifinals. As the top seeds in doubles, Klinger and Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C., will face seventh-seeded Ryan Dickerson of Marlton, N.J., and Kyle Seelig of Hatfield, Pa., today for the title.
   In North Little Rock, Ark., eighth-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville fell to top-seeded Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J., 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the boys 12-and-under quarterfinals. Second-seeded Riffice and Noah Schachter of Steilacoom, Wash., have reached the doubles quarterfinals. 
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton and fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills gained the girls 12-and-under semifinals. Both are in the doubles semifinals on separate teams.


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