Sunday, January 1, 2012

Roseville's Riffice reaches two finals in Winter Nationals

   Sam Riffice of Roseville reached today's boys 12 singles and doubles finals at the USTA Winter National Championships in Tucson, Ariz.
   Riffice, seeded third in singles, breezed past second-seeded Noah Schachter of Steilacoom, Wash., 6-3, 6-1 Saturday to set up a title match against top-seeded Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel, Fla.
   Seeded first in doubles, Riffice and Schachter received a walkover from sixth-seeded Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Axel Nefve of Hinsdale, Ill.
   In the other doubles semifinal, fifth-seeded Ryan Seggerman of Coronado and Ivan Thamma of San Diego ousted Paul Barretto of Bel Tiburon and Conrad Russell of Los Altos Hills 6-1, 6-2.
   WTA -- Raquel Kops-Jones, a former NCAA doubles champion from Cal, and Abigail Spears of San Diego opened the year with a 6-4, 6-7 (1), 10-7 tiebreak victory over wild cards Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the first round of the $655,000 Brisbane (Australia) International.
   Sacramento Capitals veteran Vania King, seeded first in Brisbane singles qualifying, reached the main draw with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 decision over Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.
   Former Capital Coco Vandeweghe advanced to the final round of qualifying for the $220,000 ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, by upsetting fifth-seeded Romina Oprandi of Italy 7-5, 6-2.     

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