Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bay Area juniors to play in elite Orange Bowl

Lane Leschly of Atherton is scheduled
to play in the first round of boys 16
singles in the Orange Bowl on Monday.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Three San Francisco Bay Area juniors are scheduled to compete in the Orange Bowl, one of the top junior tournaments in the world, this coming week.
   CiCi Bellis and Michaela Gordon, both 14, are entered in girls 18 singles, and Lane Leschly, 15, will play in boys 16 singles.
   The clay-court tournament is set for Monday through next Sunday in Plantation, Fla.
   Gordon, from Los Altos Hills, and Leschly, a resident of Atherton, will challenge seeds on Monday.
   Gordon will face No. 6 Ioana Ducu of Romania. Leschly, the grandson of former Danish Davis Cup veteran Jan Leschly, will meet No. 8 Soon Woo Kwon of South Korea.
   Bellis, a wild card from Atherton, will play qualifier Katherine Sebov, also 14, of Canada on Tuesday.
   The Orange Bowl was played on clay from 1947 through 1997 and hardcourt from 1998 through 2010 before returning to clay.
   Past winners include Chris Evert (1969-70), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Roger Federer (1998) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005).

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