Saturday, March 15, 2014

Altamirano, 18, reaches Futures singles semifinal

   Collin Altamirano reached his first singles semifinal in a professional tournament.
   The 18-year-old qualifier from Elk Grove in the Sacramento area routed his doubles partner, 17-year-old wild card Deiton Baughman of Carson, 6-3, 6-1 Friday in the $15,000 Three-Way Cadillac Bakersfield (Calif.) Tennis Open.
   Altamirano, who won the USTA Boys 18 National Championships last August, remains an amateur. He and Baughman won the doubles title in a $10,000 pro tournament in Boynton Beach, Fla., last month.
   Altamirano has a tough assignment in the Bakersfield semis against third-seeded Daniel Kosakowski, a 22-year-old former UCLA star.
   Kosakowski won two qualifying matches -- including one over Belgium's David Goffin, ranked 95th in the world -- last week to reach the main draw of the prestigious BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Kosakowski then lost to Dominic Thiem, a 20-year-old Austrian qualifier ranked No. 101, in the first round.
   The BNP Paribas Open is one of nine Masters 1000 tournaments, the highest level of men's professional tennis below the Grand Slams, on the ATP World Tour.
   In the other Bakersfield semifinal, seventh-seeded Marek Michalicka of the Czech Republic will meet eighth-seeded Mitchell Krueger of Aledo, Texas.
   No. 4 Stanford def. No. 42 Washington 7-0 at Stanford. No. 1 singles: Kristie Ahn, ranked second, def. Elianne Douglas-Miron, ranked 97th, 6-0, 6-0. Clinching match: At No. 6, Caroline Doyle def. Angela Chen 6-0, 6-2. Records: Stanford 9-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-12 Conference; Washington 10-5, 0-3. Note: Doyle is a freshman from San Francisco.

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