Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chaudhary, Nelson gain Easter Bowl singles finals

   Two Northern Californians will play for singles titles on Thursday in the prestigious Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.
   No. 2 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara outlasted unseeded Martin Damm Jr. of Bradenton, Fla., 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 today in the boys 14s. Damm's father won the 2006 U.S. Open doubles title with Leander Paes of India and peaked at No. 5 in the world in doubles the following year.
   Also, unseeded Priya Nelson of Sacramento beat No. 9 Violeta Martinez of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 6-4, 2-6 [10-2] in the girls 12s.
   Chaudhary will try to sweep the boys 14 titles when he faces No. 9 Alexander Bernard of Naples, Fla. No. 3 seeds Chaudhary and Timothy Li of Valley Village, Calif., downed unseeded Damm and Aidan Mayo from Roseville 7-5, 6-1 in the doubles final.
   Bernard knocked off No. 1 Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach 6-3, 6-1.
   Nelson will meet unseeded Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio. Yu surprised No. 1 Matilyn Wang of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2.
    Meanwhile, No. 4 Sam Riffice from Roseville and unseeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon won their second-round matches in the boys 18s.
   Riffice dismissed unseeded Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-2, 6-1. Kozlov's 19-year-old brother, Stefan, is a professional ranked No. 122 in the world. They were named after Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.
   Barretto routed No. 16 Keenan Mayo from Roseville 6-0, 6-3. Barretto will take on No. 1 Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga.
   Columbia-bound Austen Huang of Elk Grove lost to No. 14 Kyrylo Tsygura of North Potomac, Md., 6-0, 6-3.
   Katie Volynets, 15, of Walnut Creek topped Grace Joyce of Newton, Mass., 6-1, 7-5 in a second-round matchup of unseeded players in the girls 18s. Volynets will face No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla.
   No. 8 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio reached the boys 16 quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Pierce Rollins of Tulsa, Okla. No. 16 Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville fell to No. 4 Andrew Dale of Leesburg, Va., 6-1, 6-2.

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