Friday, April 27, 2012

Pac-12 men's semis set; USTA 30's to start

   The third-seeded Stanford men and fourth-seeded Cal won rain-delayed quarterfinals Thursday in the Southern California town of Ojai in the first Pac-12 Championships.
   The Cardinal defeated seventh-seeded Utah 4-2, and the Bears edged fifth-seeded Washington 4-3.
   Daniel Ho clinched the match for Stanford with a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Devin Lane at No. 5 singles in a match that ended at 11:30 p.m. Meanwhile, 44th-ranked Ben McLachlan lifted Cal with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 decision over No. 22 Kyle McMorrow at No. 1 singles.
   Cal's Nick Andrews, a senior from the Sacramento suburb of Folsom, lost to Marton Bots 7-6 (4), 6-4 at No. 2 singles but teamed with Christoffer Konigsfeldt to beat McMorrow and Bots 8-5 at No. 1 doubles.
   Andrews is ranked No. 56 in singles, and he and Konigsfeldt are No. 5 in doubles.
   In today's semifinals, Stanford (17-7) will play second-seeded USC, and Cal (12-10) will meet top-seeded UCLA.
   While the men play a team tournament, the women are using an individual format with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams.
   All nine Stanford and Cal women won first-round singles matches. Advancing for Stanford were top-seeded Nicole Gibbs, No. 3 Mallory Burdette, Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay. Moving on for Cal were No. 4 Jana Juricova, No. 5 Zsofi Susanyi, Tayler Davis, Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting.
   Rain postponed the round of 16 until today, when doubles play begins.
   USTA National 30's in Gold River -- The $10,000 USTA National Men, Women & Mixed 30's Indoor Championships begin today at 3 p.m. at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in the Sacramento suburb of Gold River.  
   Play is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Monday's finals are set for 10 a.m. (women's singles), noon (men's singles), 1 p.m. (women's doubles), 2 p.m. (mixed doubles) and 4 p.m. (men's doubles).
   Reno's Jan Tiilikainen, seeded first in men's singles, is scheduled to play Arnie Dun of Sacramento on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the second round. Both drew first-round byes.
   Tracy's Romana Tedjakusuma, the top seed in women's singles, also received a first-round bye and will meet Zeynep Aynaci of San Francisco or Ioulia Bolotova of Philadelphia in the semifinals Sunday at 10 a.m.
   Admission to all matches is free.
   ATP World Tour in Barcelona, Spain -- Seventh-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer of the Sacramento Capitals and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan tipped brothers Andy and Jamie Murray of Great Britain 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 tiebreak in the second round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.
   Andy Murray won his first career ATP singles title at 18 years old in the 2006 SAP Open in San Jose and repeated the following year. Jamie Murray captured the doubles title in the 2007 SAP Open with Eric Butorac, who played for the Capitals in 2008.
   Men's Challenger in Kaohsiung, Taiwan -- Second-seeded Go Soeda of Japan beat Taiwan's Jimmy Wang, who trains in Granite Bay in the Sacramento area, 6-4, 5-5, retired in the second round of the $125,000 OEC Kaohsiung.
   The reason for Wang's retirment was not available. Soeda won the 2009 Tiburon Challenger.
   Women's Challenger in Charlottesville, Va. -- Irina Falconi and CoCo Vandeweghe, who's scheduled to return to the Capitals in July after playing for them in 2009, knocked off top-seeded Alexa Glatch and Melanie Oudin 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 tiebreak in an all-American quarterfinal at the $50,000 Boyd Tinsley Women's Clay Court Classic.
   Falconi and Vandeweghe will face fourth-seeded Maria Sanchez of Modesto and Yasmin Schnack, a member of her hometown Capitals. They eliminated Carly Gullickson and Ashley Weinhold 7-6 (6), 6-2 in another all-American encounter.

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