Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Roseville's Riffice advances in Orange Bowl

   Second-seeded Sam Riffice of Roseville in the Sacramento area defeated Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton, Fla., 7-5, 6-3 today in the second round of the boys 16s at the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla.
   Riffice, who won last week's Eddie Herr International Championships on hard courts in Bradenton, Fla., is scheduled to play qualifier Brian Cernoch of North Bethesda, Md., on Wednesday for a berth in the quarterfinals. Cernoch dominated Kristofer Siimar of Estonia 6-2, 6-0.
   In boys 16 doubles, second-seeded Riffice and Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, Fla., the Eddie Herr champions, downed Alexis Galarneau of Canada and Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarters.
  Brothers Paul and Dominic Barretto of Bel Tiburon in the San Francisco Bay Area also advanced to the quarters, beating Maxwell Mendelsohn of Little Rock, Ark., and Jake Van Emburgh of Verona, Wis., 6-3, 6-3.
   Bay Area residents CiCi Bellis, seeded second, and Michaela Gordon, unseeded, are scheduled to play their second-round singles matches in the girls 18s on Wednesday. Bellis, from Atherton, and Gordon, from Saratoga, are both 15.
   The Orange Bowl is the most prestigious non-Grand Slam junior tournament in the world.
   Past Orange Bowl champions on clay include Chris Evert (1969-70), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995).
   Former winners on hard courts include Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000-01), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005). 
    The Junior Orange Bowl, for boys and girls 14s and 12s, is scheduled for Dec. 17-23 at various sites in the Miami area.

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