Sunday, February 26, 2017

Junior star Brooksby routs one of his coaches

Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby, ranked second nationally in the 16-and-
unders, eyes a forehand against Anton Stryhas, a former Sacra-
mento State star, on Saturday in the men's open quarterfinals at
Rio del Oro in Sacramento. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby hits with assistant coach Anton Stryhas several times a week at the JMG Tennis Academy at the Arden Hills Club & Spa in Sacramento.
   They met Saturday in the men's open quarterfinals of the $2,500 Rio del Oro Open/Senior/NTRP tournament.
   Brooksby, seeded second and ranked No. 2 nationally in the 16-and-unders, outslugged Stryhas, seeded fifth, 6-3, 6-1 at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento.
   Brooksby, a 16-year-old Carmichael resident who trains under JMG director Joseph Gilbert, reached the 16-and-under final in the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla., last summer. He won the 12-and-under title in the 2013 USTA National Championships in Little Rock, Ark.
   Stryhas, a Belarus native who lives in Fair Oaks, was named the 2008 Big Sky Conference MVP as a sophomore at Sacramento State.
   Brooksby will face ninth-seeded Karl Lee, an eighth-grader from Los Altos who also trains at JMG, today at 8 a.m. Lee outlasted Eric Hadigian, also seeded ninth, from Sacramento 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4.
   In the other semifinal at 8 a.m., fourth-seeded Andrew Ton of Milpitas will play unseeded Tam Duong of Rancho Cordova.
   The women's open semis also are scheduled for 8 a.m. No. 1 seed Allie Will of Modesto will meet No. 4 Madeline Almeida of El Dorado Hills, and No. 3 Muskan Mahajan of San Ramon will take on unseeded Klara Kosan of Carmichael.
   Will led Florida to the NCAA title in 2011 and 2012. She played briefly on the pro tour, reaching career highs of No. 280 in singles in 2013 and No. 98 in doubles in 2014.
   The men's and women's open singles finals are set for today at 11 a.m.

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