Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gordon withdraws from Easter Bowl with injury

   Fifth-seeded Michaela Gordon of Saratoga withdrew from her second-round match in the girls 18s at the prestigious Easter Bowl in Indian Wells on Wednesday.
   Gordon, the 22nd-ranked junior in the world at 15 years old, pulled out against Emma Higuchi, 17, of Los Angeles with an abdominal injury.
   Last year, Gordon reached the Easter Bowl semifinals and, as a qualifier, the Wimbledon girls quarterfinals in her first tournament on grass.
   Another Saratoga resident, 16-year-old Alaina Miller, lost to Ena Shibahara, 17, of Rancho Palos Verdes 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday in the second round of the girls 18s.
   Meanwhile, three Northern Californian boys -- Sam Riffice of Roseville, Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove and Jake DeVine of Los Altos Hills -- advanced to the 18 doubles quarterfinals with separate partners.  
   The Easter Bowl is one of the top junior tournaments in the United States.
EASTER BOWL
Northern California players only
Boys 18
Second-round singles
   Sam Riffice (14), Roseville, def. Kyrylo Tsygura, North Potomac, Md., 6-4, 6-3.
   Cameron Klinger, Elk Grove, def. Jakub Wojcik, Delray Beach, Fla., 7-5, 6-0.
   William Blumberg (2), Greenwich, Conn., def. Alexander Keyser, Danville, 6-0, 6-2.
Second-round doubles
    Jake DeVine, Los Altos Hills, and Patrick Kypson, Greenville, N.C., def. Connor Hance, Torrance, and Alexander Lebedev, Island Park, N.Y., 3-6, 6-2 [14-12].
    Cameron Klinger, Elk Grove, and Nathan Ponwith, Scottsdale, Ariz., def. John McNally, Cincinnati, and Gianni Ross, La Grange, Ill., 6-3, 6-4.
    Vasil Kirkov, Tampa, Fla., and Sam Riffice (6), Roseville, def. Emanuel Llamas, El Paso, Texas, and Jakub Wojcik, Delray Beach, Fla., 6-0, 6-2.
Boys 16
Third-round singles
   Brian Cernoch (11), North Bethesda, Md., def. Austen Huang (2), Elk Grove, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
   Oliver Crawford (1), Spartanburg, S.C., def. Paul Barretto (12), Tiburon, 6-3, 6-2. 
Girls 18
Second-round singles
   Emma Higuchi, Los Angeles, def. Michaela Gordon (5), Saratoga, walkover.
   Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, def. Alaina Miller, Saratoga, 6-2, 7-5.
Girls 16
Third-round singles
   Victoria Emma (12), Naples, Fla., def. Carolyn Campana, Hillsborough, 6-4, 6-1.

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