Sunday, December 18, 2011

Levine, Ginepri to meet for Aussie Open wild card

   Second-seeded Jesse Levine, the runner-up in the 2009 Sacramento Challenger, will meet fourth-seeded Robby Ginepri, a semifinalist in the 2008 SAP Open in San Jose, today for a berth in next month's Australian Open.
   Levine, a 24-year-old left-hander from Boca Raton, Fla., topped third-seeded Denis Kudla, 19, of Arlington, Va., 7-5, 6-2 Saturday in the semifinals of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in Norcross, Ga.
   Ginepri, 29, of nearby Kennesaw, Ga., beat eighth-seeded Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, Tenn., by the same score. Williams, the runner-up to Steve Johnson in the NCAA Men's Singles Championships at Stanford in May, had defeated Ginepri, a semifinalist in the 2005 U.S. Open, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Aptos Challenger in July.
   On Friday, Levine defeated Daniel Kosakowski, who won the Sacramento Futures in June, 6-2, 6-4.
   The top two women's seeds lost Saturday. No. 5 Gail Brodsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., edged No. 1 Coco Vandeweghe, a former Sacramento Capital living in Newport Beach, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7, and No. 6 Madison Keys, 16, of Boca Raton, outlasted No. 2 Alison Riske of McMurray, Pa., 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
   Junior Orange Bowl -- Scoring straight-set victories in the first round of the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla., were second-seeded Cameron Klinger (boys 14s) of San Jose, ninth-seeded Sam Riffice (boys 12s) of Roseville and top-seeded Catherine Bellis (girls 12s) of Atherton.
   But Keenan Mayo (boys 12s) of Roseville and Michaela Gordon (girls 12s) of Los Altos Hills fell in the opening round.
   Klinger and Bellis won singles titles in the USTA National Championships in August, and Klinger and Riffice captured doubles crowns. Gordon lost to Bellis in the singles final.

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