Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gordon brews up Coffee Bowl sweep

Michaela Gordon won her first ITF Grade 1 
singles title and added the doubles crown.
2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   Michaela Gordon, 15, of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday swept the titles in the Coffee Bowl junior tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica.
   And countrywoman Usue Arconada was a victim both times.
   The fourth-seeded Gordon outplayed the second-seeded Arconada, a 16-year-old native of Buenos Aires living in Puerto Rico, 7-6 (5), 6-2 for her first ITF Grade 1 championship. 
   Gordon had surprised top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in semifinals. Kenin won the girls 18 title in the Orange Bowl, the most prestigious non-Grand Slam junior tournament in the world, last month in Plantation, Fla.
   In the Coffee Bowl doubles final, the second-seeded Gordon and Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles area held off top-seeded Arconada and Evgeniya Levashova of Russia 7-5, 6-4.
   Gordon advanced to the singles quarterfinals of the $25,000 Redding Challenger in September before losing to Alexandra Stevenson, a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist and the daughter of basketball legend Julius Erving, in a third-set tiebreaker.
   Here's a link to my September profile of Gordon: http://norcaltennisczar.blogspot.com/2014/09/gordon-15-takes-unlikely-route-to.html  

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