Monday, April 16, 2012

Bay Area's McDonald wins Easter Bowl title

  After sitting out for eight months last year with a blood disorder, Mackenzie McDonald is playing the best tennis of his life.
   A resident of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area who turned 17 today, McDonald won the boys 18 singles title at the Easter Bowl in the Palm Springs suburb of Rancho Mirage.
Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont in the
San Francisco Bay Area competes in the
2012 Australian Open. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The third-seeded McDonald, who missed last year's Easter Bowl, rallied to beat No. 4 Alexios Halebian of Glendale in the Los Angeles area 6-4, 6-1 Sunday for his second title in the tournament. He also won the singles title in the 14s three years ago.
   "This is so big, one of the most prestigious events we have in the nation," McDonald, a boys semifinalist at the Australian Open in January, said on "It shows all my hard work has paid off. When you've been away from the game as long as I have, you begin to appreciate things more."    
   Halebian started fast, breaking serve twice to lead 4-1 in the first set and holding game points for 5-1, reported.
   "I was looking good and hoping to make it 5-1, and he started playing better," Halebian said. "That was my best chance to win the match -- to win the first set. He started hitting the ball bigger."
   See below for results of all boys and girls divisions over the weekend.
   ATP World Tour in Casablanca, Morocco -- Unseeded Jean-Julien Rojer, a member of the Sacramento Capitals from the Netherlands Antilles, and Robin Haase of the Netherlands fell to fourth-seeded Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini of Italy 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 tiebreak Saturday on clay in the semifinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II. 
   Bracciali and Fognini then lost in the final to unseeded Dustin Brown of Germany and Paul Hanley of Australia 7-5, 6-3.
   Rojer is playing with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan in this week's Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. They are scheduled to face Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez on Tuesday in the first round.
   Men's Challenger in Sarasota, Fla. -- Jesse Levine of Boca Raton, Fla., and Marinko Matosevic of Australia defeated Scott Lipsky, an ex-Stanford star living in Huntington Beach, and Vasek Pospisil of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the $100,000 Sarasota (Fla.) Open.  
   Men's Futures in Oklahoma City -- Second-seeded Greg Ouellette, a 5-foot-10 left-hander from Ormond Beach, Fla., routed qualifier Pedro Zerbini, a former Cal standout from Brazil, 6-2, 6-1 Sunday to win the $15,000 Oklahoma City Open. It was the 25-year-old Ouellette's fifth Futures singles title, including Chico two years ago.
   Colleges -- Cal's Annie Goransson was named the Pacific-12 Conference Women's Player of the Week.
   Goransson, a junior from Sweden ranked 99th in singles, went undefeated in her four matches (two singles and two doubles) last weekend as the No. 10 Bears (16-5, 8-1) upended top-ranked and undefeated UCLA 4-3 Friday, then fell to No. 4 USC 4-3 Saturday.
   The Bruins (21-1, 8-1) rebounded Saturday at Stanford to hand the No. 6 Cardinal its first loss of the season, 5-2. Stanford (16-1, 7-1) had been the nation's last remaining undefeated team.
   At No. 1 singles, fourth-ranked Robin Anderson, a freshman, handled third-ranked Nicole Gibbs, a sophomore who reached the NCAA semifinals last year at Stanford, 6-2, 6-2.
   The No. 11 Stanford men (14-7, 4-2) were crushed 7-0 at No. 1 USC (25-0, 6-0) and 6-1 at No. 6 UCLA (20-2, 6-0) over the weekend. The Cardinal's victory came at No. 1 singles from 46th-ranked Bradley Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion. He beat No. 62 Clay Thompson 6-4, 6-4.
   The No. 12 Cal men (11-9, 4-2) lost 7-0 at UCLA and 6-1 at USC. The Bears' win came at No. 2 singles as 41st-ranked Ben McLachlan topped 20th-ranked Ray Sarmiento 6-4, 6-2.
   The Sacramento State women (15-9, 8-0) earned their 11th straight Big Sky Conference regular-season title with a 6-1 victory at Northern Colorado on Sunday. The Hornets have won 90 straight conference matches dating to 2002. The Sac State men (9-12, 7-1) finished the regular season with a 6-1 win over visiting Idaho State on Sunday.
  The Hornets women will be seeded first and the men second in the Big Sky Tournament, Saturday and Sunday at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area.
   The UC Davis women (9-11, 4-2 Big West Conference) swept home matches, winning 5-2 against No. 66 UC Irvine and 6-1 vs. San Jose State.  The UC Davis men (4-14, 1-4) split home contests, winning 5-2 against UC Riverside and falling 7-0 to UC Irvine.
   New pro rankings -- Following are this week's rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 10 in singles (-1), No. 102 in doubles (+3).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 94 in doubles (+6), unranked in singles.
   Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 780 in singles (-9), No. 1,260 in doubles (-2).
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 66 in doubles (+3), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 36 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 164 in doubles (-11), No. 770 in singles (-7).
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 340 in singles (-23), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 98 in singles (+5), No. 24 in doubles (+9).
   Jean-Julien Rojer, Capitals (2012) -- No. 37 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 87 in singles (-12), No. 227 in doubles (+1).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 195 in singles (-2), No. 379 in doubles (+1).
   Pedro Zerbini, Pacific-10 All-Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 1,232 (-6) in singles, unranked in doubles.
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 24 in doubles (no change), No. 722 in singles (no change).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 181 in doubles (-1), No. 392 in singles (-6).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 185 in doubles (-1), No. 384 in singles (-1).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 173 in doubles (-4), No. 379 in singles (-1).
   Coco Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 165 in singles (-1), No. 376 in doubles (+2).
In Rancho Mirage
Boys 18s
Singles final  
    Mackenzie McDonald (3), Piedmont, def. Alexios Halebian (4), Glendale, 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles final
   Alexios Halebian, Glendale, and Mitchell Krueger (1), Aledo, Texas, def. Jordan Daigle, Lafayette, La., and Austin Siegel (2), Tarrytown, N.Y., 6-2, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (7).
Boys 16s
Singles final
   Joseph Di Giulio (12), Newport Beach, def. Aron Hiltzik (9), Wilmette, Ill., 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles final
   Joseph Di Giulio, Newport Beach, and Logan Smith (5), Carlsbad, def. Jake Devine, Boca Raton, Fla., and Cameron Klinger, San Jose, 6-3, 6-3.
Doubles consolation (third place)
   Garrett Auproux, Studio City, and Fabian Schaefer, Ventura, def. Winston Limhengco, Sacramento, and Cody Rakela, Scotts Valley, 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles semifinals 
   Devine and Klinger def. Limhengco and Rakela 6-4, 6-4.
Boys 14s
Singles final
   William Blumberg (14) Greenwich, Conn., def. Kyle Seelig (2), Hatfield, Pa., 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles final
   William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn., and Brian Tsao (8), Sparks Glencoe, Md., def. Anudeep Kodali, Durham, N.C., and Johnathan Small (1), Midland, Mich., 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles consolation (third place)
   Lane Leschly, Atherton, and Victor Pham (7), Saratoga, def. Alexander Hwang, Orinda, and Sreyas Kolachalam, Campbell, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Doubles semifinals
   Kodali and Small (1) def. Leschly and Pham (7), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).
   Blumberg and Tsao (8) def. Hwang and Kolachalam, 6-2, 6-1.
Girls 18s
Singles final 
   Taylor Townsend (1), Stockbridge, Ga., def. Brooke Austin, Indianapolis, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles final
   Samantha Crawford, Tamarac, Fla., and Alexandra Kiick (3), Plantation, Fla., def. Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, and Taylor Townsend (1), Stockbridge, Ga., 3-1, retired.
Girls 16s
Singles final
   Brooke Broda (8), West Chester, Ohio, def. Meredith Xepoleas, Huntington Beach, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles final
   Alexis Pereira, San Gabriel, and Elizabeth Profit (6), Bellflower, def. Shannon Hudson, Virginia Beach, Va., and Olivia Sneed (1), Prairie Village, Kan., 6-2, 7-5.
Doubles consolation (third place)
   Caroline Brinson, Metarie, La., and Megen Cochran (2), Calhoun, Ga., def. Hadley Berg, Greenbrae, and Kristina Hovsepyan (9), Danville, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Doubles semifinals
   Hudson and Sneed (1) def. Berg and Hovsepyan (9), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
 Doubles quarterfinals
   Berg and Hovsepyan (9) def. Aryn Greene, Alpharetta, Ga., and Adi Milstein (5), Boca Raton, Fla., 6-7 (5), 6-2, 1-0 (8).  
   Brinson and Cochran (2) def. Paige Cline, Kentfield, and Annika Ringblom, Palos Verdes Estates, 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Girls 14s
Singles final
   Emma Higuchi (1), Los Angeles, def. Catherine Bellis (17), Atherton, 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles final
   Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Savannah Slaysman, Phoenix, def. Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Parris Todd (8), Irvine, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles consolation (third place)
   Helen Altick, Monroe, La., and Catherine Bellis (1), Atherton, def. Jessie Aney, Rochester, Minn., and Alexis Nelson (6), Saint Paul, Minn., 6-1, 6-4.
In Delray Beach, Fla.
Boys 12s
Singles final
   Sangeet Sridhar (4), Simi Valley, def. Ryan Seggerman (5), Coronado, 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles final 
   Timothy Sah, San Diego, and Sangeet Sridhar (4), Simi Valley, def. Trent Bryde, Suwanee, Ga., and Boris Kozlov (3), Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-0, 6-7, 6-0.  
Girls 12s
Singles final
   Nicole Conard (1), Boca Raton, Fla., def. Rachel Papavasilopoulos (13), Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles final
   Danielle Quevedo, Tyler, Texas, and Emily Thomas (4), Cincinnati, def. Sasha Belaya, Melbourne, Fla., and Emma Decoste, Stuart, Fla., 6-3, 6-3.

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