Monday, July 11, 2016

Record setter tops 50K Sacramento acceptance list

   Kristyna Pliskova, who holds the record for most aces in a match on the WTA tour, tops the acceptance list for the fifth annual $50,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in the Sacramento area.
   The tournament is scheduled for July 19-24 at the Gold River Racquet Club. Qualifying begins on Sunday.
   Pliskova, a 6-foot (1.84-meter) Czech, blasted a record 31 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 9-7 loss to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the second round of the Australian Open in January.
   Pliskova, ranked No. 116, is the 24-year-old twin sister of Karolina Pliskova, ranked No. 16 after reaching a career-high No. 7 last Aug. 17. Earlier that month, Karolina was the runner-up to Angelique Kerber in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.
   Kristyna Pliskova won the Wimbledon girls singles title in 2010 and advanced to the third round in women's singles at the All England Club last year.
   Gold River entries also include:
   --Alison Van Uytvanck, a Belgian who reached the French Open quarterfinals last year.
   --Julia Boserup, a Southern Californian who advanced the third round at Wimbledon last week.
   --American Kristie Ahn, who clinched Stanford's 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in the 2013 NCAA final.
   --Maria Sanchez and Japan's Mayo Hibi, the first two Gold River Challenger champions. Sanchez was born and raised in Modesto, Calif.
   --American Melanie Oudin, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist in 2009 and mixed doubles champion with Jack Sock at Flushing Meadows in 2011.
   --Former world No. 1 junior An-Sophie Mestach, 22, of Belgium. Mestach, already a Fed Cup veteran, was the runner-up in last year's Stockton and Gold River Challengers.
   --Laura Robson, a 22-year-old British left-hander who reached a career-high No. 27 in July 2013 but suffered a serious wrist injury in 2014.
   Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina, last year's Gold River champion, is not entered in the Gold River Challenger.
   Nicole Gibbs, a former Stanford star, heads the entry list for this week's $50,000 Stockton Challenger. However, the 76th-ranked Gibbs will play in the Bank of the West Classic on her former home courts instead of the Gold River Challenger.
   Four wild cards for the Gold River Challenger will be announced later.
Acceptance list (subject to change; rankings as of June 27)
1. Kristyna Pliskova, Czech Republic, No. 107.
2. Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, No. 132.
3. Grace Min, United States, No. 151.
4. Taylor Townsend, United States, No. 154.
5. An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium, No. 165.
6. Mayo Hibi, Japan, No. 185.
7. Robin Anderson, United States, No. 187.
8. Asia Muhammad, United States, No. 199.
9. Eri Hozumi, Japan, No. 200.
10. Anastasia Pivovarova, Russia, No. 203.
11. Sabina Sharipova, Uzbekistan, No. 218.
12. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, No. 220.
13. Jovana Jaksic, Serbia, No. 222.
14. Julia Boserup, United States, No. 225.
15. Kristie Ahn, United States, No. 226.
16. Tara Moore, Great Britain, No. 227.
17. Sofia Shapatava, Georgia, No. 232.
18. Arina Rodionova, Australia, No. 246.
19. Riko Sawayanagi, Japan, No. 254.
20. Jamie Loeb, United States, No. 257.
21. Maria Sanchez, United States, No. 260.
Qualifying (top three only)
1. Storm Sanders, Australia, No. 265.
2. Melanie Oudin, United States, No. 268.
3. Laura Robson, Great Britain, No. 283.

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