Monday, July 18, 2016

Cal star Manasse upsets seed in Gold River qualifying

Cal star Maegan Manasse beat No. 4 seed Jacqueline Cako today
in the second round of qualifying for the $50,000 FSP Gold River
Women's Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- Cal star Maegan Manasse upset No. 4 seed Jacqueline Cako 6-3, 6-4 today in an all-American matchup in the second round of qualifying for the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.
   Manasse, from Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area, reached the singles round of 16 and the doubles final with Denise Starr in the NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., in May as a junior.
   Manasse will play Lizette Cabrera of Australia on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento region for a berth in the main draw.
Cabrera ousted No. 7 seed Caroline Dolehide, 17, of Hinsdale, Ill., 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2.
   Also advancing were No. 1 seed Valeria Solovyeva of Russia and unseeded American Alexandra Stevenson, the 35-year-old daughter of basketball legend Julius Erving.
   Solovyeva, who will play No. 8 Tori Kinard of the United States, advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural Gold River Challenger in 2012 at 19 years old. She took 2015 off to earn a master's degree in sports and health science, graduating with honors.
   In 1999, the 6-foot-1 (1.85-meter) Stevenson became the first female qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. She climbed to a career-high No. 18 in 2002 before shoulder problems derailed her career.
   Stevenson will face 17-year-old Alexandra Sanford of Westerville, Ohio. Sanford, who plans to attend North Carolina in the fall, gained the quarterfinals of the $100,000 Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland, Mich., as a qualifier in February.
$50,000 FSP GOLD RIVER WOMEN'S CHALLENGER
In Gold River, Calif.
At Gold River Racquet Club
Singles
Second-round qualifying
   Chanel Simmonds (3), South Africa, def. Michaela Gordon, Saratoga, Calif., 6-1, 6-3.
   Maegan Manasse, United States, def. Jacqueline Cako (4), 6-3, 6-4.
   Alexandra Sanford, United States, def. Nicole Frenkel (6), United States, 6-3, 7-5.
   Caroline Romeo (5), France, def. Caitlin Whoriskey, United States, 6-7 97), 7-5, 6-3.
   Valeria Solovyeva (1), Russia, def. Ashley Kratzer, United States, 6-2, 6-2.
   Tori Kinard (8), United States, def. Camille Favero, Sacramento, Calif., 6-1, 6-3.
   Alexandra Stevenson, United States, def. Yuki Kristina Chiang, United States, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0.
   Lizette Cabrera, Australia, def. Caroline Dolehide (7), United States, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2.
Tuesday's schedule
Starting at 10 a.m.
Stadium
   Maegan Manasse, United States, vs. Lizette Cabrera, Australia (final-round qualifying).
   Jamie Loeb, United States, vs. Mayo Hibi (7), Japan (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   Claire Liu, United States, vs. Grace Min (2), United States (not before 1 p.m.).
   Jamie Loeb, United States, and Chanel Simmonds (3), South Africa, vs. Caroline Dolehide and Sofia Kenin, United States (not before 2:30 p.m.).
Court 3
   Chanel Simmonds (3), South Africa, vs. Caroline Romeo (5), France (final-round qualifying).
   Eri Hozumi, Japan, vs. Robin Anderson, United States (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium, and Tara Moore (1), Great Britain, vs. Alexandra Facey and Kat Facey, Cameron Park, Calif. (not before 1 p.m.).
   Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, vs. Ashley Weinhold and Caitlin Whoriskey (2), United States (not before 2:30 p.m.).
Court 4
   Alexandra Stevenson, United States, vs. Alexandra Sanford, United States (final-round qualifying).
   Sabina Sharipova (8), Uzbekistan, vs. Storm Sanders, Australia (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   Ashley Mackey, United States, and Karina Kristina Vyrlan, Sacramento, Calif., vs. Jacqueline Cako, United States, and Jovana Jaksic, Serbia (not before 1 p.m.).
   Yuki Kristina Chiang, United States, and Elizaveta Ianchuk, Ukraine, vs. Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria, United States (not before 2:30 p.m.).
Court 5
   Valeria Solovyeva (1), Russia, vs. Tori Kinard, United States (final-round qualifying).
   Renata Zarazua, Mexico, vs. Kristie Ahn, United States (not before 11:30 a.m.).

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