Sunday, July 6, 2014

15-year-olds advance in Challenger qualifying

   Two 15-year-olds won first-round qualifying matches on Saturday in the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.
   Kelly Chen of Cerritos in the Los Angeles area routed fifth-seeded Anamika Bhargava, 25, of the United States 6-3, 6-0 at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area. Also, Karina Vyrlan of Sacramento dominated Alexandra Champion, also 15, of Houston 6-0, 6-2.
    Elizabeth Profit, a 17-year-old who has type-1 diabetes and plays with a small insulin pump on her waist, edged fellow American Kristina Smith 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
  Another 15-year-old, Alaina Miller of Saratoga (near San Jose), lost to Miami's Chanelle Van Nguyen, who helped UCLA win the NCAA team title in May, 6-2, 6-2.
   Miller, who uses two hands on both sides, won the 18-and-under title in the NorCal Girls' Sectional Championships last month at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa in Sacramento. 
   In today's featured match, top-seeded Jacqueline Cako of Brier, Wash., will face Jennifer Brady of Boca Raton, Fla., and UCLA at noon.
   Main-draw play is scheduled for Monday through Saturday night. Admission is free for all day sessions and $10 for night sessions.
At Gold River Racquet Club
Gold River, Calif.
   Jacqueline Cako (1), United States, def. Julia Moriarty, Australia, 6-1, 7-5.
   Alexandra Cercone, United States, def. Alina Soltanici, Moldova, 6-2, 6-1.
   Ayaka Okuno (8), Japan, def. Abigail Bacharach, United States, 6-1, 6-1. 
   Karina Vyrlan, United States, def. Alexandra Champion, United States, 6-0, 6-2. 
   Jennifer Brady, United States, def. Maria Meliuk, Belarus,6-1, 6-0.
   Chanelle Van Nguyen, United States, def. Alaina Miller, United States, 6-2, 6-2.
   Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States, def. Jessica-Mariama Josiah, United States, 6-3, 7-5.
   Ching-Wen Hsu (3), Taiwan, def. Anna Ustinova, Russia, 6-2, 6-1.
   Julia Elbaba, United States, def. Nicole Collie, Australia, 6-0, 6-1.
   Kelly Chen, United States, def. Anamika Bhargava (5), United States, 6-3, 6-0.
   Natalie Pluskota (7), United States, def. Casey Robinson, United States, 6-3, 6-4.
   Macall Harkins (6), United States, def. Maria Smith, United States, 6-4, 6-1.
   Mari Osaka (2), Japan, def. Sophia Bursulaya, United States, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
   Brianna Morgan (4), United States, def. Lara Rafful, Italy, 6-2, 6-0.
   Keri Wong, United States, def. Mary Weatherholt, United States, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. 
   Elizabeth Profit, United States, def. Kristina Smith, United States, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
Today's schedule
(Starting at noon on each court)
   Jacqueline Cako (1), United States, vs. Jennifer Brady, United States.
   Karina Vyrlan, United States, vs. Macall Harkins (6), United States.
 Court 3
   Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States, vs. Kelly Chen, United States.
   Alexandra Cercone, United States, vs. Natalie Pluskota (7), United States.
Court 4
   Brianna Morgan (4), United States, vs. Julia Elbaba, United States.
   Ching-Wen Hsu (3), Taiwan, vs. Elizabeth Profit, United States.
Court 5
   Chanelle Van Nguyen, United States, vs. Ayaka Okuno (8), Japan.
   Mari Osaka (2), Japan, vs. Keri Wong, United States. 

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