Sunday, May 4, 2014

Top two boys 18 seeds fall in NorCal Juniors

   The top two seeds lost Saturday in the boys 18 semifinals of the NorCal Junior Excellence tournament at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   No. 1 J.T. Nishimura of San Jose defaulted to fourth-seeded Adrian Chamdani of Santa Clara with a back injury. No. 2 Cameron Klinger, the 16-year-old defending champion from Elk Grove, fell to unseeded Andrew Gu of Santa Clara 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
   Today's final is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. If Gu wins, he will have knocked off the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.
   In the girls 18 final at 11 a.m., top-seeded Alaina Miller of Saratoga will face second-seeded Rachel Chong of Danville. Miller, 15, outslugged third-seeded Vanessa Nommensen of San Jose 6-1, 6-3. Chong, 17, topped Kristy Jorgensen of San Carlos 6-2, 7-6 (0).
   USTA 30 Indoors -- Heather Nobler of Lincoln, Neb., edged Marisue Jacutin-Mariona of Los Altos 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the USTA National Men's, Women's and Mixed 30 Indoor Championships at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Center in the Sacramento suburb of Gold River.
   In the other women's round-robin match, Petra Wallace of Sacramento defeated Amy McCampbell of Austin, Texas, 6-3, 6-4.
   Play continues today at 9 a.m.
   Meanwhile, top-seeded Clayton Almeida of West Palm Beach, Fla., and second-seeded Jan Tiilikainen of Reno breezed in the men's quarterfinals. Almeida routed David Johnson of Grand Junction, Colo., 6-0, 6-2, and Tiilikainen crushed Joshua Prager of Yuba City 6-0, 6-0.
   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.   
   In today's semifinals at 9 a.m., Almeida will meet unseeded Brett Van Linge of San Luis Obispo, and Tiilikainen will play third-seeded Michael Kwong of Woodland.

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