Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lucky loser stuns top seed in Gold River Challenger

   Alison Van Uytvanck ran out of magic today.
   The 22-year-old Belgian played her fourth consecutive three-set singles match after dropping the second set today in the first round of the $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.
   This time, she lost.
   Van Uytvanck, seeded first, fell to lucky loser Caroline Romeo of France 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area. Van Uytvanck converted only 47.9 percent of her first serves and committed 11 double faults.   
   Van Uytvanck also lost in the first round of doubles at Gold River on Tuesday after sweeping the singles and doubles titles in last week's $50,000 Stockton Challenger in sweltering heat.
   A French Open quarterfinalist last year, Van Uytvanck underwent ankle surgery in the spring and missed two months. She is ranked No. 116 after reaching a career-high No. 41 last October.
   The 434th-ranked Romeo, who turned 22 on Saturday, lost to Chanel Simmonds of South Africa on Monday in the final round of qualifying but advanced to the main draw because Melanie Oudin pulled out with an undisclosed illness.
   Meanwhile, 17-year-old Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., surprised fifth-seeded Jovana Jaksic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3. Kenin won the USTA Girls 18 Hardcourt National Championships in San Diego last August to earn a wild card into the U.S. Open, in which she lost to Mariana Duque-Marino in the first round.
   Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands wore down wild card Sabrina Santamaria, a former USC standout, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-2 in 3 hours, 22 minutes.
   Krajicek, 27, has won three singles and five doubles titles on the elite WTA tour. She climbed to career-high rankings of No. 30 in singles in 2008 and No. 23 in doubles last year.
In Gold River, Calif.
At Gold River Racquet Club
First round
   Sofia Kenin, United States, def. Jovana Jaksic (5), Serbia, 6-3, 6-3.
   Priscilla Hon, Australia, def. Karina Kristina Vyrlan, Sacramento, 6-2, 6-3.
   Greet Minnen, Belgium, def. Freya Christie, Great Britain, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
   Tara Moore (6), Great Britain, def. Laura Robson, Great Britain, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
   Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Sabrina Santamaria, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-2.
   Riko Sawayanagi, Japan, def. Alexandra Stevenson, United States,6-4, 6-0.
   Caroline Romeo, France, def. Alison Van Uytvanck (1), Belgium, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
   An-Sophie Mestach (3), Belgium, def. Cristiana Ferrando, Italy, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
   Valeria Solovyeva, Russia, def. Chanel Simmonds, South Africa, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
   Ellie Halbauer, United States, def. Lizette Cabrera, Australia, 6-4, 6-4.
   Elizaveta Ianchuk, Ukraine, def. Shiho Akita, Japan, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5.  
First round
   Shiho Akita, Japan, and Caroline Romeo, France, def. Deimante Bulatovaite, Lithuania, and Alina Soltanici, Moldova, 6-7 (6), 6-0 [10-4].
   Kristie Ahn and Grace Min, United States, def. Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon, Australia, 6-2, 6-3.
   Isabella Kling, Orangevale, and Laura McGaffigan, Folsom, def. Freya Christie and Laura Robson (4), walkover.
Thursday's schedule
(Starting at noon)
   An-Sophie Mestach (3), Belgium, vs. Riko Sawayanagi, Japan.
   Mayo Hibi (7), Japan, vs. Valeria Solovyeva, Russia.
   Greet Minnen, Belgium, vs. Sofia Kenin, United States.
   An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium, and Tara Moore (1), Great Britain, vs. Jacqueline Cako, United States, and Jovana Jaksic, Serbia (possible court change).
   Grace Min (2), United States, vs. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands (not before 6:30 p.m.).
   Shiho Akita, Japan, and Caroline Romeo, France, vs. Isabella Kling, Orangevale, Calif., and Laura McGaffigan, Folsom, Calif.
Court 3
   Sabina Sharipova (8), Uzbekistan, vs. Pricilla Hon, Australia.
   Tara Moore (6), Great Britain, vs. Kristie Ahn, United States.
   Jamie Loeb, United States, and Chanel Simmonds (3), South Africa, vs. Yuki Kristina Chiang, United States, and Elizaveta Ianchuk, Ukraine.
Court 4
   Elizaveta Ianchuk, Ukraine, vs. Eri Hozumi, Japan.
   Caroline Romeo, France, vs. Ellie Halbauer, United States.

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