Thursday, July 27, 2017

Stockton runner-up Kratzer falls in 60K Sacramento

   Ashley Kratzer, the runner-up in Stockton last week as an 18-year-old wild card, lost to Danielle Lao, only 5-foot-3 (1.61 meters), 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in a first-round matchup of Americans in the $60,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger in the Sacramento area.
   Lao, a quarterfinalist in the 2014 Gold River Challenger, will face seventh-seeded Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg, Fla., today at about 2 p.m. on the Stadium Court at the Gold River Racquet Club.
   Two seeds fell on Wednesday. No. 4 Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., lost to former top-50 player Ajla Tomljanovic, a Croatian based in Boca Raton, Fla., 6-3, 6-1. Also, No. 5 Jamie Loeb of Ossining, N.Y., succumbed to qualifier Chanel Simmonds 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Both Tomljanovic and Loeb reached the Stockton semifinals.
   Top-seeded Jennifer Brady, who advanced to the round of 16 in the Australian Open in January as a qualifier, outlasted 17-year-old American Claire Liu, the reigning Wimbledon girls champion who's ranked No. 1 in the world in the juniors, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
   Defending champion and eighth seed Sofia Kenin, 18, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., routed Jillian Taggart, a 16-year-old wild card from the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks, 6-1, 6-2. Kenin is coming off the Stockton title.
   U.S. qualifier Victoria Duval, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014, edged Jovana Jaksic of Serbia 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in 3 hours, 5 minutes.
   Emina Bektas, a 24-year-old wild card from Indianapolis, defeated 46-year-old Japanese marvel Kimiko Date 3-6, 6-2, 2-0, retired.
   Here are the Sacramento singles and doubles draws and today's schedule.

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