Friday, August 10, 2012

Last remaining seed falls in Aptos Challenger

   The last remaining seed lost Thursday in the second round of the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, Calif.
   No. 6 Florent Serra of France fell to Serbian qualifier Ilija Bozoljac, last year's runner-up, 6-3, 6-4 at the Seascape Sports Club.
   Also losing were wild card Robby Ginepri, a U.S. Open semifinalist in 2005, and Maxime Authom, who upended top seed Brian Baker on Tuesday in the first round.
   Lucky loser Michael McClune took out Ginepri 6-1, 7-6 (4) in an all-American matchup, and Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei outclassed Authom 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Wang trains part-time at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, Calif.
   In today's quarterfinals, beginning at 11 a.m., Wang will face 33-year-old Czech Jan Hernych, wild card Bradley Klahn of Poway (near San Diego) will meet Robert Farah of Colombia, wild card Steve Johnson of Orange will play 32-year-old Rik de Voest of South Africa, and McClune will take on Bozoljac.
   Klahn, the 2010 NCAA singles champion, and Farah are former Pacific-10 Conference rivals from Stanford and USC, respectively.
   Johnson, Farah's ex-teammate, ended his collegiate career in May by helping the Trojans win their fourth consecutive NCAA title and capturing his second straight NCAA singles crown.
   Through today -- USTA National Championships, boys 14s, San Antonio.,
   Through today -- USTA National Championships, boys 12s, North Little Rock, Ark..,
   Through today -- USTA National Championships, girls 12s, Alpharetta, Ga.,
   Through Sunday -- USTA National Championships, boys 18s and 16s, Kalamazoo, Mich., 
   Through Sunday -- USTA National Championships, girls 18s and 16s, San Diego.,
   Through Sunday -- $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos, Calif., 95003,, (831) 688-1993.
   Aug. 27-Sept. 9 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y.,
   Sept. 9-16 -- $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, 3452 Argyle Road, Redding, Calif., 96002,, (530) 227-3498.
   Sept. 14 -- World TeamTennis, Western Conference finals, Sacramento Capitals vs. Orange County Breakers, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 15 -- WTT, Eastern Conference finals, Washington Kastles vs. New York Sportimes, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 16 -- WTT Finals, Western Conference champion vs. Eastern Conference champion, 12:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 29-Oct. 7 -- Natomas Men's $100,000 Challenger, Natomas Racquet Club, 2450 Natomas Park Drive, Sacramento, Calif., 95833,, (916) 649-0909.
   Oct. 6-14 -- First Republic Bank Men's $100,000 Challenger, Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon, Calif., 94920, www.tiburon, (415) 789-7900.

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