Friday, May 2, 2014

Top 30-and-overs, juniors to play this weekend

   Some of the top 30-and-overs and juniors in the nation will play in separate tournaments this weekend in the Sacramento area.
   On Saturday, the USTA National Men's, Women's and Mixed 30 Indoor Championships will begin at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in Gold River, and the NorCal Junior Excellence tournament will resume at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento. Admission to both is free.
   Eleven men and four women are entered in singles in the 30 Indoors. Play will begin at 9 a.m.
   The men's seeds -- No. 1 Clayton Almeida of West Palm Beach, Fla., No. 2 Jan Tiilikainen of Reno, No. 3 Michael Kwong of Woodland and No. 4 Robert Stang of San Francisco -- received first-round byes and will play in the quarterfinals at noon.
   Almeida, 33, won the USTA 30 Hard Court Championships in Austin, Texas, in March. Tiilikainen, 42, has won the 30 Indoor singles title four times, most recently in 2011.
   Competing in the women's round robin format will be Marisue Jacutin-Mariona of Los Altos, Amy McCampbell of Austin, Texas, Heather Nobler of Lincoln, Neb., and Petra Wallace of Sacramento. All are unseeded.
   Two-time defending champions Calle Hansen (men) and Romana Tedjakusuma (women) did not enter this year.
   The men's semifinals and final are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, respectively, at 9 a.m. The women will play at the same time.
   The men's doubles final and the last round of women's round-robin doubles are set for Monday at noon, followed by the mixed doubles final at 3 p.m.
   The NorCal Junior Excellence tournament features boys and girls 18, 16, 14 and 12 singles and doubles.
   In Saturday's boys 18 singles semis, top-seeded J.T. Nishimura of San Jose will face fourth-seeded Adrian Chamdani of Santa Clara at 12:30 p.m., and second seed and defending champion Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove will meet unseeded Andrew Gu of El Cerrito at 1 p.m.
   Klinger, 16, is ranked 46th nationally in the 18s. Chamdani is 54th and Cal-bound Nishimura 67th. Bears coach Peter Wright called Nishimura "one of the best ball-strikers in the country."
   In Saturday's girls 18 singles semis at 12:30 p.m., top-seeded Alaina Miller of Saratoga will play third-seeded Vanessa Nommensen of San Jose, and second-seeded Rachel Chong of Danville will take on fifth-seeded Kristy Jorgensen of San Carlos.
   Miller, 15, is ranked fifth nationally in the girls 16s. Nommensen, 16, and Chong, 17, are 64th and 98th, respectively, in the 18s.
   The girls and boys 18 singles finals are scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively.

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