Saturday, August 11, 2012

NorCal players ousted in Aptos Challenger

   Friday was a good day for ex-USC stars at the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, Calif.
   Not so much for Northern California players.
   In a quarterfinal matchup of former Pacific-10 Conference rivals, unseeded Robert Farah (USC) of Colombia topped wild card Bradley Klahn (Stanford) of Poway in the San Diego area 6-4, 7-5 at the Seascape Sports Club.
   In the other half of the draw, wild card Steve Johnson, who completed his eligibility at USC in May, outclassed unseeded Rik de Voest, a 32-year-old South African, 6-3, 6-4.
   Johnson, who played on four NCAA team champions and won the last two NCAA singles crowns, will meet unseeded Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic in today's first semifinal at about 12:30 p.m.
   Hernych, 33, downed Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 7-6 (5). Wang trains part-time at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay.
   Farah will take on Ilija Bozoljac, last year's runner-up, after the first semifinal. Bozoljac, a qualifier from Serbia, eliminated lucky loser Michael McClune of Irvine, Calif., 7-6 (4), 6-2.   
 TV SCHEDULE  
(All times PDT)
   Today -- Toronto (men), semifinal, ESPN2, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (delay). Toronto (men), semifinal/Montreal (women) quarterfinal, ESPN2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (live).
   Sunday -- Montreal (women), semifinal, ESPN2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (live). Toronto (men), final, ESPN2, 4-6 p.m. (live).
   Monday -- Montreal (women), final, ESPN2, 7-9 p.m. (delay).
CALENDAR
   Through Sunday -- $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger, Seascape Sports Club, 1505 Seascape Blvd., Aptos, Calif., 95003, www.seascapesportsclub.com/challenger, (831) 688-1993. 
   Through Sunday -- USTA National Championships, boys 18s and 16s, Kalamazoo, Mich., www.usta.com.
   Through Sunday -- USTA National Championships, girls 18s and 16s, San Diego., www.usta.com.
   Aug. 27-Sept. 9 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y., www.usopen.org.
   Sept. 9-16 -- $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, 3452 Argyle Road, Redding, Calif., 96002, www.sunoakschallenger.com, (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, www.natomaschallenger.com, (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 challenger.com, (415) 789-7900.

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