Friday, July 28, 2017

Top seed, defending champ to meet in 60K Sacramento

   In a dream quarterfinal, top-seeded Jennifer Brady will face defending champion Sofia Kenin in the $60,000 FSP Gold River Women's Challenger.
   The Floridians will meet tonight after a 6:30 doubles semifinal at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento area.
   Kenin, from Pembroke Pines, beat Usue (pronounced OOO-sway) Maitane Arconado, a Puerto Rico product, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1 in a meeting of 18-year-olds in Thursday's featured night match.
   Kenin extended her winning streak to seven matches. She swept the singles and doubles titles in last week's $60,000 Stockton Challenger.
   Kenin played with Arconada in Stockton, but neither entered doubles in Sacramento.
   Brady, a 22-year-old former UCLA star based in Orlando, defeated U.S. qualifier Ena Shibahara, who completed her freshman season at UCLA in May, 6-2, 6-4.
   Brady, who reached the round of 16 in the Australian Open in January as a qualifier, is the only top-100 player in the draw at No. 77. Kenin is No. 165.
   Ajla Tomljanovic (pronounced Eye-la Tom-lee-on-o-vich), a 24-year-old Croatian based in Boca Raton, Fla., will meet Irina Falconi, 27, of Orlando in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive week. That will follow the noon match between No. 2 seed Kristie Ahn of Orlando and No. 7 Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg, Fla.
  Tomljanovic outslugged Falconi 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 in Stockton. Both are former top-100 players rebounding from surgery.
   Both Ahn and Collins are college graduates, a rarity in professional tennis. Ahn, along with Nicole Gibbs, led Stanford to the NCAA team title in 2013. Collins won the NCAA singles crown in 2014 and 2016 while playing for Virginia.
   After the Tomljanovic-Falconi showdown, 15-year-old U.S. sensation Amanda Anisimova will play qualifier Chanel Simmonds, a 24-year-old left-hander from South Africa.
   Here are the Sacramento singles and doubles draws and today's schedule. Live streaming is available.

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