Sunday, July 19, 2015

One of "next Williams sisters" quits Sacramento match

   Ena Shibahara beat second-seeded Tornado Alicia Black 3-2, retired, in a matchup of 17-year-old Americans today in the first round of qualifying for the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area.
   Black, the girls runner-up to Ana Konjuh of Croatia in the 2013 U.S. Open, and her younger sister, Hurricane Tyra, have been referred to as "the next Williams sisters."
   Their father and coach, Sylvester Black, nicknamed his older daughter "Tornado Ali" for her quick feet and his younger daughter "Hurricane Tyra" for her aggressive style.
   Shibahara, from Rancho Palos Verdes in the Los Angeles area, will face 26-year-old American Ashley Weinhold on Monday at 10 a.m.
   Top-seeded Alexandra Stevenson, a 34-year-old San Diego-area resident, defeated Rianna Valdes, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-3.
   Stevenson, the daughter of basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving and a Wimbledon semifinalist in 1999, will play Rosie Johanson of Canada on Monday following a 10 a.m. match. Johanson eliminated Alaina Miller, 16, of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1.
   Two of the United States' top juniors -- third-seeded Usue Maitane Arconada, 16, and Michaela Gordon, a Saratoga resident who will turn 16 next Sunday -- will meet on Monday at 10 a.m.
At Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, Calif.
First-round qualifying
   Brynn Boren, United States, def. Jessi Muljat, Sacramento, 6-0, 6-0.
   Alexandra Stevenson (1), United States, def. Rianna Valdes, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
   Usue Maitane Arconada (3), United States, def. Ema Burgic Bucko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6-3, 6-2.
   Kat Facey, Cameron Park, def. Jillian Taggart, Fair Oaks, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
   Renata Zarazua (7), Mexico, def. Mary Closs, Menlo Park, 6-3, 6-3.
   Maegan Manasse (Cal), Redondo Beach, def. Jacquie Tan, Elk Grove, 6-0, 6-0.
   Michaela Gordon, Saratoga, def. Andreea Ghitescu, Romania, 6-0, 6-1.
   Nicole Frenkel (8), United States, def. Nicole Baloescu, Canada, 6-2, 6-2.
   Ena Shibahara, United States, def. Tornado Alicia Black (2), United States, 3-2, ret.
   Mari Osaka (6), Japan, def. Alexandra Facey, Cameron Park, 6-2, 6-1.
   Kylie McKenzie, United States, def. Julia Elbaba, United States, 6-1, 6-3.
   Tori Kinard (4), United States, def. Seriana Saltzen, Cameron Park, 6-4, 6-4.
   Ashley Weinhold, United States, def. Sophia Bursulaya, United States, 6-1, 6-1.
   Rosie Johanson, Canada, def. Alaina Miller, Saratoga, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1.
   Jacqueline Cako (7), United States, def. Mishel Okhremchuk, Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4.
   Kelly Chen, United States, def. Tory Parravi, United States, 6-0, 6-1.
Monday's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Ashley Weinhold, United States, vs. Ena Shibahara, United States.
   Nicole Frenkel (8), United States, vs. Kat Facey, Cameron Park. 
Court 3
   Usue Maitane Arconada (3), United States, vs. Michaela Gordon, Saratoga.
   Alexandra Stevenson, United States, vs. Rosie Johanson, Canada.
Court 4 
   Brynn Boren, United States, vs. Renata Zarazua (7), Mexico.
   Tori Kinard (4), United States, vs. Kelly Chen, United States.
Court 5 
   Maegan Manasse, United States, vs. Mari Osaka (6), Japan.
   Jacqueline Cako (5), United States, vs. Kylie McKenzie, United States.

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