Saturday, May 26, 2012

Showdown set in NCAA quarterfinals

   The blockbuster rematch is set.
   Third-seeded Nicole Gibbs of Stanford will face sixth seed and defending champion Jana Juricova of Cal today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Women's Singles Championship in Athens, Ga. Video streaming of the 9 a.m. PDT match will be available at
   Gibbs, from Santa Monica, and Juricova, from Slovakia, played a thriller in last year's NCAA semifinals at Stanford. Juricova, then a junior, outlasted Gibbs, a freshman at the time, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (2) in 2 hours, 57 minutes.
   Gibbs advanced Friday with a 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) victory over unseeded Natalie Pluskota of Tennessee. Juricova eliminated Aeriel Ellis of Texas 7-6 (4), 6-2.   
   On the men's side, unseeded Bradley Klahn of Stanford reached the quarterfinals, but No. 9-16 seed Artem Ilyushin of Mississippi State lost. Ilyushin, a senior, lives in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay.  
   Gibbs is 2-0 against Juricova this season, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford last October and 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the host Cardinal's 4-3 victory over Cal on April 21. Juricova missed Cal's 5-2 loss to Stanford on March 2 in Berkeley with a reported lower back strain that sidelined her from Feb. 12 until March 16.
   Also reaching the quarterfinals were Stanford junior Mallory Burdette, seeded fifth, and Cal freshman Zsofi Susanyi, seeded 9-16. Susanyi, from Hungary, knocked off fourth-seeded Robin Anderson, a UCLA freshman, 7-5, 6-4.
   Burdette, playing near her home in Jackson, Ga., will meet second-seeded Beatrice Capra from Duke, and Susanyi will go against unseeded Sabrina Santamaria of USC. Capra reached the third round of the 2010 U.S. Open as an 18-year-old wild card.
   In the other women's quarterfinal, top-seeded Allie Will of Florida will take on seventh-seeded Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar of Texas A&M.
   Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion in Athens who had surgery for a herniated disc last offseason, topped No. 9-16 seed Chase Buchanan of Ohio State 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to set up a match against No. 9-16 seed Nik Scholtz of Mississippi. The winner will face the survivor of the clash between top seed and defending champion Steve Johnson of USC and unseeded Alex Domijan of Virginia.
   Ilyushin fell to third-seeded Eric Quigley of Kentucky 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in a battle of Southeastern Conference rivals. Quigley will face fifth-seeded Henrique Cunha of Duke.
   The other men's quarterfinal pits second-seeded Mitchell Frank of Virginia against No. 9-16 seed Blaz Rola of Ohio State.
   See below for Friday's singles and doubles results of Northern California players in the NCAA Championships.
   French Open in Paris -- Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native and member of the Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis, will play eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the first round of the French Open.
  Dmitry Tursunov, a longtime Sacramento-area resident originally from Moscow, drew Japan's Go Soeda, who won the 2009 Tiburon Challenger. It will be Tursunov's third tournament since he missed three months with a strained tendon in his left wrist. He is right-handed but has a two-handed backhand.
  The French Open, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, begins Sunday.
   Open de Nice Cote d'Azur in Nice, France -- Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan, the 1998 NCAA doubles champions, defeated third-seeded Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.
   Rojer, who was drafted by the Capitals in March but withdrew from the July season, won the Nice title last year with former Capital Eric Butorac.
   The 34-year-odl Bryan twins, who grew up in Camarillo in the Los Angeles area, seek their 78th title today against unseeded Oliver Marach of Austria and Filip Polasek of Slovakia.
  World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany -- Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn edged Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko 2-6, 6-3, 10-3 tiebreak in Russia's 2-1 victory over Croatia.
   Russia finished 1-2 in round-robin play. The Czech Republic and Serbia will meet in today's final.
   ITF Women's Circuit in Sumter, S.C. -- Romana Tedjakusuma of Tracy was eliminated in singles and doubles at the $10,000 Palmetto Pro Open.
   Tedjakusuma, a 35-year-old Indonesian, lost to sixth-seeded Di Zhao of China 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals and paired with Diana Ospina of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in a 7-6 (2), 6-3 semifinal loss to Jan Abaza of the United States and Nicola Slater of Great Britain.
In Athens, Ga.
Men's singles
Round of 16
   Bradley Klahn, Stanford, def. Chase Buchanan (9-16), Ohio State, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. Eric Quigley (3), Kentucky, def. Artem Ilyushin (9-16, Granite Bay), Mississippi State, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
Men's doubles
Round of 16
   Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher (4), Stanford, def. Henrique Cunha and Chris Mengel, Duke, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2. Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar, Texas Tech, def. Nick Andrews (Folsom) and Christoffer Konigsfeldt (5-8), Cal, 6-3, 6-1.
Women's singles
Round of 16
   Nicole Gibbs (3), Stanford, def. Natalie Pluskota, Tennessee, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6). Mallory Burdette (5), Stanford, def. Zoe Scandalis (9-16), USC, 6-0, 6-3. Jana Juricova (6), Cal, def. Aeriel Ellis, Texas, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Zsofi Susanyi (9-16), Cal, def. Robin Anderson (4), UCLA, 7-5, 6-4.
Women's doubles
Round of 16
   Mallory Burdette and Nicole Gibbs (2), Stanford, def. Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath, Rice, 6-2, 6-2. Jana Juricova and Zsofi Susanyi, Cal, def. Lauren Mira and Jackie Wu, Vanderbilt, 6-0, 7-5. Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather, Florida, def. Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting (5-8), Cal, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
(All Times PDT)
   Today – Brussels (women), final, Tennis Channel, 6:30-8:30 a.m. (live), 4:30-6:30 p.m. (repeat). Dusseldorf (men), final, Tennis Channel, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (delay). Nice (men), final, Tennis Channel, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (delay). 
    Sunday -- French Open, early rounds, ESPN2, 2-7 a.m. (live); Tennis Channel,
7 a.m.-noon (live); NBC, 9 a.m.-noon (live); Tennis Channel, 4-7 p.m. (French Open Tonight). 
   Monday-June 1 -- French Open, early rounds, ESPN2, 2-7 a.m. (live); Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (live), 4-7 p.m. (French Open Tonight).
   Through Monday -- NCAA Division I Singles and Doubles Championships, men and women, Athens, Ga.,
   Sunday-June 3 -- $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger, Gold River Racquet Club, 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River, Qualifying Sunday and Monday. Main-draw sessions begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, noon and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and noon on June 2 (semifinals) and June 3 (finals).
   June 2-10 -- $15,000 Sacramento Men's Futures, Park Terrace Swim & Tennis Club, 5500 Parkfield Court, Sacramento,
   June 9-10, 16-18 -- NorCal 18 Junior Sectional Championships, Sacramento State,
   June 9-17 -- $15,000 Chico Men's Futures, Chico Racquet Club & Resort, 1629 Manzanita Ave.
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford,
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m.,
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m.,

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