Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gordon, Leschly ousted in Orange Bowl openers

   Both Northern Californians in action Monday lost to seeds in the first round of the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla.
   Michaela Gordon, 14, of Los Altos Hills fell to sixth-seeded Ioana Ducu of Romania 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the girls 18s.
   Lane Leschly, a 15-year-old Atherton resident, dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to eighth-seeded Soon Woo Kwon of South Korea in the boys 16s. Leschly's grandfather, Jan Leschly, played Davis Cup for Denmark.
   Los Altos Hills and Atherton are located near Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay Area.
   The only other NorCal player in the Orange Bowl, wild card CiCi Bellis of Atherton, is scheduled to face qualifier Katherine Sebov of Canada today in the opening round of the girls 18s. Both players are 14.
   Bellis has won the USTA National Grass Court 18s and Clay Court 16s and the Easter Bowl 16s this year. She and Gordon also will play separately in the first round of doubles today. Leschly is not entered in doubles.
   The Orange Bowl features many of the world's top juniors. It was played on clay from 1947 through 1997 and hardcourt from 1998 through 2010 before returning to clay.
   Past champions 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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