Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top seed Pella advances in Comerica Challenger

   Top-seeded Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the $100,000 Comerica Bank Challenger in Aptos, Calif.
   Pella, ranked No. 96 in the world, was playing in his first match since losing to Jesse Levine of Canada in the first round at Wimbledon.
   Former Stanford star Bradley Klahn eliminated Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the opening round.
   Klahn, a 22-year-old left-hander, is ranked a career-high No. 147 just 13 months after turning pro. Aptos is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Stanford.
   Kops-Jones, Spears repeat -- Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears won their second doubles title in two weeks in their native state of California on Sunday.
   Seeded third, Kops-Jones and Spears beat unseeded Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Janette Husarova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad. Spears lives in nearby San Diego.
   Kops-Jones and Spears had edged wild cards Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Martina Hingis of Switzerland 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3) in the quarterfinals.
   The 32-year-old Hingis, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last month, was playing in her first tournament since announcing her retirement in November 2007.
   Kops-Jones, the NCAA doubles champion 10 years ago with Cal teammate Christina Fusano, and Spears also won the recent Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.
$100,000 COMERICA BANK CHALLENGER
In Aptos, Calif.
Final-round doubles qualifying
   Bjorn Fratangelo and Mitchell Krueger (2), United States, def. Jeff Dadamo and Dennis Novikov (1), United States, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
First-round singles
   Dennis Novikov, United States, def. Matt Reid, Australia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
   Mischa Zverev (7), Germany, def. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
   Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, def. Andre Dome, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-4.
   Guido Pella (1), Argentina, def. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-4, 6-2.
   Bradley Klahn, United States, def. Tatsuma Ito, Japan, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
First-round doubles
   Chris Guccione and Matt Reid (4), Australia, def. Roman Borvanov, Moldova, and Artem Sitak, New Zealand, 6-3, 6-4.
   Ruben Bemelmans, Belgium, and Frederik Nielsen, Denmark, Rick Kepler, United States, and Brad Weston, Australia, 6-4, 6-2.
Today's schedule
Center Court
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   John-Patrick Smith, Australia, vs. Evgeny Donskoy (2), Russia.
   Farrukh Dustov, Uzbekistan, vs. Olivier Rochus, Belgium.
   Donald Young, United States, vs. Steve Johnson (3), United States.
 (Not before 3 p.m.)
   James Duckworth, Australia, vs. Brian Baker, United States.
(Not before 5:30 p.m.)
   Ryan Harrison (4), United States, vs. James McGee, Ireland.
Court 5
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Denys Molchanov, Ukraine, vs. Hiroki Moriya, Japan.
   Wayne Odesnik (5), United States, vs. James Ward, Great Britain.
   Yuichi Sugita, Japan, vs. Bobby Reynolds (6), United States.
   Maxime Authom, Belgium, vs. Tennys Sandgren, United States.
   Greg Jones, Australia, vs. Jimmy Wang (8), Taiwan.
 (Not before 5 p.m.)
   Mitchell Krueger, United States, vs. Daniel Evans, Great Britain.

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