Saturday, December 5, 2015

NorCal's Campana edged in Eddie Herr doubles final

   Unseeded Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough in the San Francisco Bay Area and Abigail Forbes of Raleigh, N.C., lost a heartbreaker in the girls 16 doubles final of the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championship.
   Campana and Forbes fell to top-seeded Selma Cadar of Romania and Ulyana Shirokova of Russia 6-4, 6-7 (6) [13-11] today in Bradenton, Fla.
   Earlier today, Campana and Forbes outclassed unseeded Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass., and Melissa Sakar of Lauderdale Lake, Fla., 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
   Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia ended the surprising run of 14-year-old wild card Amanda Anisimova with a 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory in the girls 18 semifinals.
   Anisimova, from Hallandale Beach, Fla., had ousted seeds in her previous three matches. Among them were No. 11 Michaela Gordon of Saratoga in the Bay Area in the third round.
   Zidansek, 17, will play unseeded Kylie McKenzie, 16, of Anthem, Ariz., for the title. McKenzie beat top seed and defending champion Dalma Galfi of Hungary 6-4, 6-3. Galfi won the U.S. Open girls title in September.
   In a boys 18 semifinal, No. 6 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada took out No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-4. Auger-Aliassime will face No. 4 Alex De Minaur of Australia for the title.
   McKenzie saved one match point and Auger-Aliassime three in their third-round matches on Thursday.
   The Eddie Herr Championship is one of the most prestigious 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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