Monday, July 7, 2014

Brady surprises top seed in Challenger qualifying

   Jennifer Brady, a freshman on UCLA's national championship team in the spring, upset top seed and fellow American Jacqueline Cako 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday in the second round of qualifying for the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.
    Brady will face Anne-Liz Jeukeng of the United States today at 10 a.m. at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area for a berth in the main draw. Jeukeng, 18, edged Kelly Chen, 15, of Cerritos in the Los Angeles region 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
   Brady's teammate at UCLA, Chanelle Van Nguyen, also advanced to the final round of qualifying.
   Elizabeth Profit, a 17-year-old Los Angeles-area resident with type-1 diabetes, lost to third-seeded Ching-Wen Hsu of Taiwan 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Profit plays with a small insulin pump attached to her waist.
   Sixth-seeded Macall Harkins, a 28-year-old veteran based in Concord in the San Francisco Bay Area, dismissed Karina Vyrlan, 15, of Sacramento 6-2, 6-1.
At Gold River Racquet Club
In Gold River, Calif.
Second-round singles qualifying
   Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Jacqueline Cako (1), United States, 6-2, 6-4.
   Macall Harkins (6), United States, def. Karina Vyrlan, United States, 6-2, 6-1.
   Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States, def. Kelly Chen, United States, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (5).
   Natalie Pluskota (7), United States, def. Alexandra Cercone, United States, 6-3, 6-0.
   Julia Elbaba, United States, def. Brianna Morgan (4), United States, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
   Ching-Wen Hsu (3), Taiwan, def. Elizabeth Profit, United States, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
   Chanelle Van Nguyen, United States, def. Ayaka Okuno (8), Japan, 6-3, 6-2.
   Mari Osaka (2), Japan, def. Keri Wong, United States, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3).
Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m. on each court)
   Julia Elbaba, United States, vs. Macall Harkins (6), United States (final-round qualifying).
   Storm Sanders, Australia, vs. Denise Muresan, United States.
   Macall Harkins and Peggy Porter, United States, vs. Anne-Liz Jeukeng and Chiara Scholl, United States.
   Anamika Bhargava and Denise Muresan, United States, vs. Natalie Pluskota and Keri Wong (2), United States.
Court 3
   Jennifer Brady, United States, vs. Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States (final-round qualifying).
   Jamie Loeb and Allie Will, United States, vs. Julia Boserup and Madison Brengle, United States.
   Sanaz Marand and Asia Muhammad (1), United States, vs. Samantha Crawford and Sachia Vickery, United States.
   Daria Gavrilova, Russia, and Storm Sanders, Australia, vs. Kelly Chen and Alaina Miller, United States. 
Court 4
   Ching-Wen Hsu (3), Taiwan, vs. Natalie Pluskota (7), United States (final-round qualifying).
   Nao Hibino (8), Japan, vs. Emina Bektas, United States.
   Jacqueline Cako and Danielle Lao (3), United States, vs. Ching-Wen Hsu, Taiwan, and Ayaka Okuno, Japan.
Court 5
   Mari Osaka (2), Japan, vs. Chanelle Van Nguyen, United States (final-round qualifying).
   Maria Sanchez and Zoe Gwen Scandalis, United States, vs. Laura Pigossi, Brazil, and Marina Shamayko (4), Russia.

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