Monday, December 19, 2011

Levine routs Ginepri for Aussie Open berth

   Second-seeded Jesse Levine crushed fourth-seeded Robby Ginepri 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 Sunday in the final of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in Norcross, Ga., to earn a berth in next month's Grand Slam tournament.
   Levine reached the final of the 2009 Sacramento Challenger, losing to Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, and Ginepri advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 SAP Open in San Jose.
   Levine, a 24-year-old native of Canada from Boca Raton, Fla., needed only 1 hour, 24 minutes to dispatch the 29-year-old Ginepri, who was playing near his home in Kennesaw, Ga.
   "I was just in the zone today," Levine, a left-hander listed at 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, told "I was just wondering after the first set if I could really stay with it. I wasn’t expecting to come out like that. I know Robby’s fit."
   Sixth-seeded Madison Keys also is headed to the Australian Open. The 16-year-old resident of Boca Raton beat fifth-seeded Gail Brodsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., 6-3, 6-4 in the women's final.
   Junior Orange Bowl -- Second-seeded Cameron Klinger (boys 14s) of San Jose, ninth-seeded Sam Riffice (boys 12s) of Roseville and seed Catherine Bellis (girls 12s) of Atherton breezed into the third round of the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.

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