Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gordon, 15, upsets eighth seed in Eddie Herr

   Michaela Gordon of Saratoga ousted eighth-seeded Sandra Samir of Egypt 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the girls 18s in the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla.
   Also, top-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton outclassed Charlotte Robillard-Millette of Canada 6-1, 6-3.
   Both San Francisco Bay Area residents are 15.
   Top-seeded Sam Riffice (boys 16s) and ninth-seeded Keenan Mayo (boys 14s), both from Roseville in the Sacramento area, advanced in straight sets.
   Bellis will face Destanee Avaia of Australia for the first time in the second round on Wednesday. Gordon will meet Maia Lumsden of Great Britain for the second time. Gordon won 6-2, 6-1 in the girls round of 16 at Wimbledon in July.
   Bellis became a national sensation when she stunned 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, the Australian Open runner-up in January, in the first round of women's singles at the U.S. Open.
   Gordon reached the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Redding Challenger the week after the U.S. Open and came within a tiebreaker of a semifinal berth.
   The Eddie Herr is one of the top junior tournaments in the world. Past competitors include Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Herr, the father of international junior tennis, died in 2000 at 93.   

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