Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Harbatsiuk has bad luck; Tsodikov falls in juniors

   The tennis gods were not on Kiryl Harbatsiuk's side Tuesday.
   But the former Sacramento State star made the best of it.
   On the first day of the $10,000 Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures, Harbatsiuk lost to the second seed in singles but teamed with Boris Nicola Bakalov of Bulgaria to knock off the top seeds in doubles.
   Harbatsiuk, a native of Minsk, Belarus, fell to Blake Strode 6-4, 6-3 but won 7-6 (6), 6-2 against Erik Crepaldi of Italy and Tal Eros of Israel.
   Harbatsiuk, arguably the best men’s tennis player in Sac State history, turned pro in June after completing his eligibility. A three-time Big Sky Conference MVP and first-team all-conference selection all four years, he  also was named Sac State’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in April.
   Strode, a former University of Arkansas All-American, has deferred his acceptance to Harvard Law School to play professional tennis.
   USTA junior nationals -- Seventeenth-seeded Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco lost to top-seeded Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round of 18 singles at the USTA Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Sock, the defending champion and 2010 U.S. Open boys champion, turned pro two weeks ago after graduating from high school. He will face 10th-seeded Emmett Egger of Issaqua, Wash., in the round of 16.
   Egger won the boys 18 singles title in the West Coast Junior Championships at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento last month. He will play on scholarship at the University of Washington in the fall.
   In 16 singles in Kalamazoo, top-seeded Connor Farren of Hillsborough defeated 18th-seeded Elliott Orkin of Marietta, Ga., 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the round of 16.
   In San Diego, 10th-seeded Ellen Tsay of Pleasanton and unseeded Mary K. Closs of Menlo Park advanced to the round of 16 in 18 and 16 singles, respectively, at the USTA Girls National Championships.
   In San Antonio, second-seeded Cameron Klinger of San Jose moved into the boys 14 singles quarterfinals, but 13th-seeded Victor Pham of Saratoga lost to sixth-seeded Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-2, 6-1.
   In North Little Rock, Ark., eighth-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville gained the boys 12 singles quarterfinals, in which he will face top-seeded Nathan Perrone of Mount Laurel, N.J. Jenson Brooksby of Sacramento and Keenan Mayo of Roseville fell in the second round earlier in the tournament.  
   In Alpharetta, Ga., top-seeded Catherine Bellis of Atherton and fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Los Altos Hills reached the girls 12 singles quarterfinals. However, 16th-seeded Katya Tabachnik of San Francisco lost to fourth-seeded Anna Bright of Fort Worth, Texas, 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 16.   


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