Friday, May 10, 2013

Big weekend set for Sacramento-area tennis

Calle Hansen, above, and Romana Tedja-
kusuma, below, will defend their singles
titles at the National 30 Indoors in Gold
River. Photos by Paul Bauman
   From the not-so-old timers to the youngsters, this is a big weekend for Sacramento-area tennis.
   The $10,000 USTA National Men's, Women's & Mixed 30 Indoor Championships are scheduled for Saturday through Monday at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in Gold River. The USTA National Boys and Girls 16 Open is set for the same days at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club in Elk Grove.
   Meanwhile, the Sacramento State men and women will visit USC today and Saturday, respectively, in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The USC men are ranked No. 4 and the Trojans women No. 5.
   Top seeds Calle Hansen and Romana Tedjakusuma will defend their men's and women's singles titles, respectively, in the 30 Indoors.
   Hansen, 6-foot-5 (1.96 meters), is a 33-year-old native of Sweden living in the Los Angeles suburb of Newbury Park.
   Tedjakusuma, 5-foot-2 (1.57 meters), is a 36-year-old native of Indonesia living in Tracy, near San Francisco. She reached a career-high No. 82 in the world at 17.
   Kalman Boyd of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area and Nadia Gizdova of Columbia, Md., are seeded first in Boys and Girls 16 Open singles, respectively.    
   Singles play in both Sacramento-area tournaments will start Saturday at 9 a.m. The singles finals of the 30 Indoors will be Monday at 9 a.m. (women) and 11 a.m. (men). The singles title matches of the 16 Open will be Monday at 10 a.m. for the boys and girls.
   Leading the Sac State men is sophomore Marek Marksoo, the Big Sky Conference co-Player of the Year from Estonia. Pacing the Sac State women is senior Rebeca Delgado, the Big Sky Player of the Year from Mexico. 
   Here's the schedule for San Francisco Bay Area teams in the first round of the NCAA Championships:
   --No. 8 Cal women vs. Stony Brook today at 1 p.m. at Cal.
   --No. 12 Stanford women vs. Miami of Ohio today at 2 p.m. at Stanford.
   --No. 40 Saint Mary's women vs. No. 25 Auburn today at 10 a.m. at Cal.
   --No. 18 Cal men vs. No. 20 Florida Sate today in Gainesville, Fla.
   --No. 40 Stanford men vs. No. 33 LSU today in Malibu.
   --No. 63 San Jose State women vs. No. 32 UC Irvine on Saturday at USC.  
   Pac-12 Conference -- Cal and Stanford were shut out of the All-Pac-12 first team. But three Bears -- junior Ben McLachlan, senior Christoffer Konigsfeldt and freshman Campbell Johnson -- and Cardinal  sophomore John Morrissey made the second team. No one from Cal or Stanford received honorable mention.
   Named to the first team were sophomore Marcos Giron of UCLA, junior Emilio Gomez of USC, senior Kyle McMorrow of Washington, sophomore Dennis Novikov of UCLA, junior Adrien Puget of UCLA and junior Ray Sarmiento of USC.

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