Friday, January 1, 2016

NorCal's Huang reaches National Winter semifinals

   No. 8 seed Austen Huang of Elk Grove defeated No. 14 Matthew Lord of Bloomfield, Conn., 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday in the boys 18 quarterfinals of the USTA National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.
   Huang will meet No. 10 Jason Lui of Bellevue, Wash., today for a berth in the final. Lui beat unseeded Eric Morris of Corinth, Texas, 6-4, 6-3.
   Top-seeded William Genesen, a Tulsa, Okla., resident who's headed to Stanford, topped No. 17 Paul Barretto of Tiburon 6-2, 7-6 (7).
   Mac Kiger of Katonah, N.Y., outlasted Ajai Shekhera of Campbell 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a battle of unseeded players. Shekhera had eliminated the No. 17, No. 11 and No. 4 seeds in his previous three matches.
   Top seeds Sara Choy (girls 16s), Katie Volynets (girls 14s) and Stefan Leustian (boys 14s) also reached the semifinals. Volynets and Milpitas' Andrew Ton (boys 16s) advanced to doubles finals.
   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
Singles quarterfinals
18 and under
   William Genesen (1), Tulsa, Okla., def. Paul Barretto (17), Tiburon, 6-2, 7-6 (7).
   Mac Kiger, Katonah, N.Y., def. Ajai Shekhera, Campbell, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
   Austen Huang (8), Elk Grove, def. Matthew Lord (14), Bloomfield, Conn., 6-2, 6-3.
14 and under
   Stefan Leustian (1), Mather, def. Jerry Wang (9), Fayetteville, N.C., 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Doubles semifinals
16 and under
   Zummy Bauer, Suwanee, Ga., and Andrew Ton (1), Milpitas, def. Trey Hilderbrand, San Antonio, and Kevin Zhu (3), Pearland, Texas, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
14 and under
   Robert Cash and Joel Jose (4), New Albany, Ohio, def. Stefan Leustian, Mather, and Zachery Lim (7), Fairfield, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Girls
Singles quarterfinals
16 and under
   Sara Choy (1), Palo Alto, def. Sophia Edwards (7), Sarasota, Fla., 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
   Hannah Zhao (2), San Diego, def. Carolyn Campana (8), Hillsborough, 6-1, 6-1.
14 and under
   Katie Volynets (1), Walnut Creek, def. Elizabeth Goldsmith, Chula Vista, 6-2, 6-1.
   Amy Huang (5), San Diego, def. Jillian Taggart (2), Fair Oaks, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0.
12 and under
   Christine Canete (3), Los Angeles, def. Yuu Ishikawa (5), Mountain View, 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles semifinals
18 and under
   Annette Goulak, Oak Park, and Ena Shibahara (2), Rancho Palos Verdes, def. Hind Abdelouahid, San Jose, and Diana Wong, Hilo, Hawaii, 6-3, 6-4.
14 and under
   Gabriella Price, Montebello, N.Y., and Katie Volynets (2), Walnut Creek, def. Elizabeth Goldsmith, Chula Vista, and Rachel Wagner (9), Calabasas, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6).

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