Saturday, February 22, 2014

Altamirano, 18, wins first title in pro tourney

Collin Altamirano teamed with Deiton
Baughman to win the doubles title
in a Futures tournament in Florida.
2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Collin Altamirano, an 18-year-old amateur from the Sacramento area, won his first title in a professional tournament on Friday.
   The wild-card team of Altamirano and 17-year-old Deiton Baughman of Carson toppled No. 1 seeds Daniel Garza of Mexico and Darian King of Barbados 6-4, 6-4 in the $10,000 Vespan Tennis Futures in Boynton Beach, Fla.
   Altamirano, who trains under Joseph Gilbert at Arden Hills in Sacramento and lives in Elk Grove, also earned his first ATP ranking point in singles by reaching the second round as a qualifier.
   Last August, Altamirano became the first unseeded player in the 71-year history of the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., to win the singles title. Past winners include International Tennis Hall of Famers Michael Chang, Stan Smith and Dennis Ralston.
   Altamirano was unseeded in the nationals because he had played primarily men's professional and open tournaments, limiting his opportunities to earn junior ranking points.
   No. 2 UCLA def. No. 4 Cal 4-3 in Los Angeles. No. 1 singles: Anett Schutting (C), ranked 28th, def. Robin Anderson, ranked second, 6-2, 3-6 [10-6]. Clinching match: At No. 2, ninth-ranked Chanelle Van Nguyen def. 15th-ranked Denise Starr 7-6 (6), 6-1 to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Records: UCLA 10-1, Cal 5-2.
   Fresno State def. No. 63 Santa Clara 4-3 in Fresno. No. 1 singles: Katie Le, ranked 28th, def. Sophie Watts, ranked 41st, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3). Clinching match: At No. 6, Claire Yang def. Nicolette Wolny 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Records: Fresno State 3-7, Santa Clara 2-3.
   No. 2 USC def. UC Davis 7-0 in Los Angeles. No. 1 singles: Roberto Quiroz def. Kyle Miller 6-1, 6-2. Clinching match: At No. 5, Rob Bellamy def. Parker Kelley 6-2, 6-2. Records: USC 8-1, UC Davis 4-5. Notes: Connor Farren, a freshman from Foster City in the San Francisco Bay Area, won at No. 2 singles for USC. He and Quiroz led 7-5 at No. 1 doubles when the match was stopped. ... The Trojans ended the Aggies' winning streak at four matches in the first meeting between the schools.

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