Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Defending champ withdraws from Tiburon Challenger

Tiburon defending champion Peter Polansky, shown in the Napa
Challenger two weeks ago, pulled out with a right wrist injury.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Defending champion Peter Polansky, a right-hander from Canada, withdrew from the $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger today with a right wrist injury.
   Polansky, 26, will tumble from No. 126 in the world to about No. 158.
   Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa replaced  Polansky in the draw and upset Wayne Odesnik of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round.
   Odesnik retired from his second-round matches in the Napa and Sacramento Challengers in the past two weeks with an inflamed left big toe. He is ranked No. 170 and Wolmarans No. 451. Both are 28 years old.
   The top three seeds -- Sam Querrey, Tim Smyczek and Bradley Klahn, respectively -- advanced in straight sets, but Nos. 4-8 are already out.
   Querrey, who was born across the bay in San Francisco, turned 27 today. The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Davis Cup veteran, ranked No. 48 after climbing to a career-high No. 17 in 2011, is trying to sweep the three-week Northern California Challenger swing.
   Klahn, a 24-year-old left-hander, starred at nearby Stanford from 2009 through 2012.
   John Millman of Australia demolished Chase Buchanan of Columbus, Ohio, 6-0, 6-0 in 45 minutes. Millman, 25, reached the semifinals in Sacramento last week and won the title there in 2010. Buchanan, 23, captured the 2012 NCAA doubles title with Ohio State teammate Blaz Rola.
   The second round of the Tiburon Challenger features three qualifiers (Matt Reid, Nils Langer and Marcos Giron), two lucky losers (Wolmarans and Liam Broady) and two wild cards (Bjorn Fratangelo and 17-year-old Jared Donaldson). 
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
First-round singles
   John Millman, Australia, def. Chase Buchanan, United States, 6-0, 6-0.
   Marcos Giron, United States, def. Alex Bolt, Australia, 6-0, 6-3.
   Liam Broady, Great Britain, def. Frank Dancevic (7), Canada, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
   Bradley Klahn (3), United States, def. Tennys Sandgren, United States, 6-4, 7-6.
   Matt Reid, Australia, def. Tom Fawcett, United States, 7-5, 7-5.
   Nils Langer, Germany, def. Thiemo de Bakker (6), Netherlands, 6-1, 6-3.
   Sam Querrey (1), United States, def. Daniel Nguyen, United States, 6-1, 6-4.
   Jared Donaldson, United States, def. Dennis Novikov, San Jose, 6-3, 6-2.
   John-Patrick Smith, Australia, def. Thomas Fabbiano, Italy, 6-1, 6-4.
   Fritz Wolmarans, South Africa, def. Wayne Odesnik, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
   Tim Smyczek (2), United States, def. Ryan Harrison, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
First-round doubles
   Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak (1), New Zealand, def. Denis Kudla and Rhyne Williams, United States, 6-2, 6-0.
Today's schedule
Stadium Court
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Bjorn Fratangelo, United States, vs. Louk Sorensen, Ireland.
   Matt Reid, Australia, vs. Fritz Wolmarans, South Africa (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   James McGee, Ireland, vs. Jordan Thompson, Australia (not before 2 p.m.).
   Sam Querrey (1), United States, vs. Rhyne Williams, United States (not before 4 p.m.).
Court 1
(Starting at 11 a.m.)
   Adam Hubble and John-Patrick Smith, Australia, vs. James Cluskey, Ireland, and Frederik Nielsen (3), Denmark.
   Nils Langer, Germany, and Louk Sorensen, Ireland, vs. Chase Buchanan and Tennys Sandgren, United States.
   Bradley Klahn, United States, and Adil Shamasdin (2), Canada, vs. Dennis Novikov, San Jose, and Greg Ouellette, United States (not before 3 p.m.).
Court 4
(Starting at noon)
   Alex Bolt, Australia, and Frank Dancevic, Canada, vs. Thomas Fabbiano and Luca Vanni, Italy.
   Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh, United States, vs. Sebastian Bader, Austria, and Erik Elliott, United States.
   Carsten Ball and Matt Reid, Australia, vs. Thiemo de Bakker and Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands.


  1. What happened to Harrison? His match last week didn't look like himself! Nor this week! Andrew.

    1. Good question. His confidence is probably shot. He cracked the top 50 two years ago at 20, wasn't ready for the big time and went into a tailspin. His volatile temper doesn't help. Harrison lost in the first round of each Northern California Challenger in the past three weeks, twice to U.S. teenagers. Ouch.