Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sanchez, Schnack reach Phoenix doubles final

   The unseeded Northern California team of Maria Sanchez and Yasmin Schnack knocked off second-seeded Elena Bovina of Russia and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg
6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-5 tiebreak Saturday to reach the doubles final of the $75,000 Goldwater Women's Tennis Classic in Phoenix.
   Sanchez, from Modesto, and Schnack, a resident of Elk Grove in the Sacramento area, will face fourth-seeded Jamie Hampton of Auburn, Ala., and Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia in today's final.
   Schnack, a 23-year-old former UCLA All-American, will seek her sixth career doubles title on the ITF Women's Circuit and Sanchez, a 21-year-old ex-USC All-American, her fourth. They won the Redding crown in September.
   In the singles final, Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal will meet unseeded Sessil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan.
   Four years ago at 14, Larcher De Brito helped the Sacramento Capitals win the 2007 World TeamTennis title. Known as one of the loudest grunters on the tour, she has plummeted from a career-high No. 76 in the world in 2009 to No. 173.
  Sacramento Clay Court final set -- Jordan Boyls and Mark Tappan are scheduled to play Chris Evers and Dave Hagiwara today in the final of the Sacramento Clay Court League. The match is set for noon at 8582 Westin Lane in Orangevale.
   In Saturday's semifinals, Boyls and Tappan defeated Bryan Paveglio and Mike Smith 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, and Evers and Hagiwara beat Dan Becker and John Spoerl 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.  

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