Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tursunov loses to nemesis; Gibbs reaches final

Denis Istomin rallied to beat Dmitry
Tursunov for the third straight time.
2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Denis Istomin is giving Dmitry Tursunov fits.
   After the 29th-seeded Tursunov pulled out the first set on Saturday, Istomin reeled off nine consecutive games in a 6-7 (8), 6-0, 6-3 victory in the second round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
   Istomin converted 71 percent of his first serves, fired 19 aces and committed only two double faults. Tursunov, meanwhile, put in only 50 percent of his first serves and had eight aces against 14 double faults.
   It was the fourth meeting between the Moscow natives this year and sixth overall. Istomin, who plays for Uzbekistan, has won the last three encounters after losing the first three against Tursunov, who plays for Russia but trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay.
   Istomin will face top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who dismissed former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3.
   USTA Pro Circuit -- Unseeded Nicole Gibbs, a former Stanford star from Santa Monica, defeated qualifier Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to reach the final of the $25,000 Innisbrook (Fla.) Women's Open.
   Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA singles champion, will meet Grace Min of Boca Raton, Fla., today for the title. Min, who won the Innisbrook title in 2012, beat qualifier Gioia Barbieri of Italy 7-6 (5), 6-2.  
COLLEGE RESULTS
Women
   No. 36 Pepperdine 4, No. 72 Santa Clara 2: http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/w-tennis/2013-14/releases/20140323hb8prh
   Sacramento State 7, Eastern Washington 0; Sac State 7, Portland State 0: www.hornetsports.com/sports/wten/2013-14/releases/201403223mnez1
   BYU 5, Saint Mary's 2: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101598&SPID=12531&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209441619&DB_OEM_ID=21400  
Men
   Saint Mary's 4, BYU 3: http://www.smcgaels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=101589&SPID=12530&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=209441675&DB_OEM_ID=21400 
   Loyola Marymount 5, USF 2: http://usfdons.com/news/2014/3/22/MTEN_0322145222.aspx 

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