Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NorCal's Shekhera ousts No. 4 seed in Winter Nationals

Ajai Shekhera, playing in Sacramento
in April, beat fourth-seeded Richard
Ciamarra to reach the boys 18 quarter-
finals in the USTA National Winter
Championships. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Unseeded Ajai Shekhera of Campbell surprised No. 4 Richard Ciamarra of Southington, Conn., 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1 today to reach the boys 18 quarterfinals in the USTA National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.
   Shekhera has beaten three straight seeds in the tournament. He knocked off No. 17 Keanu Ellen of Lahaina, Hawaii, in the second round and No. 11 Joseph Rotheram of Manhattan Beach in the third round.
   Joining Shekhera in the boys 18 quarters are No. 8 Austen Huang of Elk Grove and No. 17 Paul Barretto of Tiburon.
   The only other NorCal boy left in singles in the tournament is No. 1 Stefan Leustian of Mather in the 14s.
   Five NorCal girls reached the quarterfinals in their respective age groups: No. 1 Sara Choy of Palo Alto and No. 8 Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough in the 16s, No. 1 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek and No. 2 Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks in the 14s, and No. 5 Yuu Ishikawa of Mountain View in the 12s.
   Union City's Rachel Eason, seeded fourth in the girls 16s, lost to unseeded Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, Nev., 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
  The boys and girls 18s and 16s are being played in Scottsdale, and the 14s and 12s are being held in Tucson, Ariz.
USTA NATIONAL WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Northern California results only)
Boys
Fourth-round singles
18 and under
   Paul Barretto (17), Tiburon, def. Brandon Lam (17), Westlake Village, 6-2, 6-1.
   Ajai Shekhera, Campbell, def. Richard Ciamarra (4), Southington, Conn., 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-1.
   Austen Huang (8), Elk Grove, def. Jarod Hing (16), Paradise Valley, Ariz., 6-1, 6-2.
16 and under
   Jared Pratt (17), Daniel Island, S.C., def. Arjith Jayaraman, Gold River, 6-3, 7-5.
14 and under
   Stefan Leustian (1), Mather, def. Justin Mandell, Harrison, N.Y., 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles quarterfinals
16 and under
   Zummy Bauer, Suwanee, Ga., and Andrew Ton (1), Milpitas, def. Hayden Cassone, South Salem, N.Y., and Carson Haskins (5), Ballwin, Mo., 3-6, 6-0 [10-7].
14 and under
   Robert Cash and Joel Jose (4), New Albany, Ohio, def. Stefan Dostanic, Irvine, and Aditya Gupta (6), Los Altos, 6-3, 6-1.
   Stefan Leustian, Mather, and Zachery Lim (7), Fairfield, def. Connor Fu, Andover, Mass., and Hunter Heck (2), New Brighton, Minn., 7-5, 6-7 (6) [10-6].
12 and under
   Tali Jarmond, Charlotte, N.C., and Braden Shick, Greensboro, N.C., def. Max Fardanesh, Albany, and Jake Vassel, Danville, 3-6, 7-5 [10-8].
Girls
Fourth-round singles
16 and under
   Sara Choy (1), Palo Alto, def. Jayci Goldsmith (13), Dripping Springs, Texas, 6-2, 6-3.
   Sedona Gallagher, Henderson, Nev., def. Rachel Eason (4), Union City, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
   Carolyn Campana (8), Hillsborough, def. Emilee Duong, Placentia, 7-5, 6-3.
14 and under
   Katie Volynets (1), Walnut Creek, def. Rosie Garcia Gross (17), New York, 6-2, 6-2.
   Jillian Taggart (2), Fair Oaks, def. Olivia McIntosh-Adams, Los Angeles, 6-2, 6-0.
12 and under
   Yuu Ishikawa (5), Mountain View, def. Matilyn Wang (17), Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-1, 6-1.
   Katrina Scott (2), Woodland Hills, def. Vivian Ovrootsky (13), San Jose, 6-2, 7-5.
Doubles quarterfinals
18 and under
   Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, and Diana Wong, Hilo, Hawaii, def. Jessica Anzo, Temecula, and Isabella Lorenzini, Clarendon Hills, Ill., 7-5, 6-3.
16 and under
   Daniela Bellini, Tierra Verde, Fla., and Imani Graham, Saint Johns, Fla., def. Carolyn Campana, Hillsborough, and Madison Hwang (1), Frisco, Texas, 2-6, 6-1 [10-6].
14 and under 
   Gabriella Price, Montebello, N.Y., and Katie Volynets (2), Walnut Creek, def. AnneMarie Hiser, Acworth, Ga., and Winslow Huth (5), Brentwood, Tenn., 6-1, 6-2.
12 and under
   Soren Leichter, Carmel, Ind., and Madison Sieg (1), Greenwich, Conn., def. Vivian Ovrootsky, San Jose, and Makenna Thiel (9), Piedmont, 3-6, 7-6 (4) [10-2].
   Zoe Hammond, Edmond, Okla., and Caroline Wernli (3), Austin, Texas, def. Yuu Ishikawa, Mountain View, and Katja Wiersholm (5), Kirkland, Wash., 7-6 (4), 2-6 [10-8].  

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