Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Defending champ withdraws from Redding Challenger

   Third seed and defending champion Julia Boserup on Tuesday withdrew from the $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger in Redding, Calif.  
   Boserup, 21, of Newport Beach, Calif., suffered an undisclosed injury while practicing at the Sun Oaks Racquet Club, tournament supervisor Billie Lipp said.
   Replacing Boserup in the draw is Kristy Frilling, a doubles All-American as a senior at Notre Dame last season. Frilling, from Sidney, Ohio, is scheduled to meet Keren Shlomo of Israel today at 10 a.m. in the opening round.
   Meanwhile, Allie Will continued her Redding success. A semifinalist last year as a University of Florida junior, Will upset fifth-seeded Adriana Perez of Venezuela 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.
   The 5-foot-10 Will, who has led Florida to the last two NCAA championships, will face qualifier Macall Harkins on Thursday in the second round. Harkins, a 26-year-old former TCU star from Palos Verdes in the Los Angeles area, routed Caroline Doyle, a 16-year-old wild card from San Francisco, 6-2, 6-1.
   Also advancing as a qualifier was Chelsey Gullickson, who won the 2010 NCAA singles title on her home courts as a University of Georgia sophomore. Gullickson, the daughter of former major-league pitcher Bill Gullickson and a resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., outlasted Romana Tedjakusuma, a 36-year-old Indonesian living in Tracy, Calif., 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
  Top-seeded Florencia Molinero, an Argentine ranked No. 199 in the world, is set to play qualifier Kristie Ahn, a Stanford junior, in the opening round today after a 10 a.m. match. Second-seeded Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay is scheduled to face Klara Fabikova in the first round at 10 a.m.
   Grand Slam singles champions Victoria Azarenka and Samantha Stosur played one year each in Redding as teenagers.
   Azarenka, the reigning Australian Open titlist, reached the singles quarterfinals at 15 in 2005 and did not play doubles. Stosur, last year's U.S. Open winner, lost in the first round of singles and advanced to the doubles semifinals at 18 in 2003.
   Admission to the tournament is free.
TV SCHEDULE
(All times PDT)
   Friday -- Davis Cup semifinals, United States at Spain, singles, Tennis Channel, 3-9 a.m. (live), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat); Davis Cup semifinals, Czech Republic at Argentina, singles, Tennis Channel, 5-11 p.m. (delay).
   Saturday -- Davis Cup semifinals, United States at Spain, doubles, Tennis Channel, 5-8 a.m. (live), 2-5 p.m. (repeat); Davis Cup semifinals, Czech Republic at Argentina, doubles, Tennis Channel, 5-8 p.m. (delay); Tashkent (women), semifinals, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-noon (delay), final, noon-2 p.m. (delay). 
   Sunday -- Davis Cup semifinals, United States at Spain, reverse singles, Tennis Channel, 3-9 a.m. (live), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (repeat); Davis Cup semifinals, Czech Republic at Argentina, reverse singles, Tennis Channel, 5-11 a.m. (delay).
CALENDAR
   Through Sunday -- $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, 3452 Argyle Road, Redding, Calif., 96002, www.sunoakschallenger.com, (530) 227-3498.
   Friday -- World TeamTennis, Western Conference finals, Sacramento Capitals vs. Orange County Breakers, 3:30 p.m. PDT (live streaming at www.wtt.com), Charleston, S.C.
   Saturday -- WTT, Eastern Conference finals, Washington Kastles vs. New York Sportimes, 3:30 p.m. PDT (live on NBC Sports Network), Charleston, S.C.
   Sunday -- WTT Finals, Western Conference champion vs. Eastern Conference champion, 12:30 p.m. PDT (live on NBC Sports Network), 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.
PRO RANKINGS
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 37 in singles (-3), No. 93 in doubles (no change).
   Nick Andrews, Cal All-American in 2012 -- No. 1,420 in singles (+1), No. 1,520 in doubles (-5).  
   Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Capitals (2012) -- No. 22 in singles (+3), No. 728 in doubles (+9).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 100 in doubles (-4), unranked in singles.
   Artem Ilyushin, Granite Bay resident -- No. 862 in singles (no change), No. 1,227 in doubles (+6).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 349 in singles (+140), No. 1,029 in doubles (+9). 
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 126 in doubles (-25), unranked in singles.
   Alex Kuznetsov, Capitals (2012) -- No. 199 (+4) in singles, No. 432 in doubles (-9) in doubles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 27 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 26 in singles (+2), No. 44 in doubles (-3).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 131 in singles (+1), No. 833 in doubles (+14).
   Ryan Thacher, 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1,275 in singles (+2), No. 1,435 in doubles (-2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 147 in singles (-3), No. 181 in doubles (no change).
   Jimmy Wang, trains part-time in Granite Bay -- No. 155 in singles (+27), No. 343 in doubles (+1).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 620 in singles (-1), No. 706 in doubles (+8).
Women
   Mallory Burdette, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 159 in singles (+93), No. 681 in doubles (-384). 
   Jana Juricova, NCAA singles (2011) and doubles (2009) champion from Cal -- No. 932 in singles (+5), unranked in doubles.
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-12) -- No. 13 in doubles (-5), No. 57 in singles (-5).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 20 in doubles (no change), No. 705 in singles (+4).
   Asia Muhammad, Capitals (2012) -- No. 183 in doubles (+3), No. 552 in singles (-3).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 122 in doubles (+29), career-high No. 186 in singles (+25).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 150 in doubles (-2), No. 456 in singles (no change).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 465 in singles (+2), No. 1,132 in doubles (-4).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 88 in singles (-13), No. 497 in doubles (+2).

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