Friday, September 15, 2017

Sacramento's Jaksic reaches semis in 25K Redding

   Fourth-seeded Jovana Jaksic, a Serbian living in Sacramento, subdued unseeded American Caitlin Whoriskey 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours, 40 minutes today in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Ascension Project Women's Challenger in Redding, Calif.
   Sacramento is a 2 1/2-hour drive south of Redding.
   Jaksic, 23, will face unseeded Robin Anderson, a 5-foot-3 (1.61-meter) American, for the first time in Saturday's second semifinal at Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness.
   Anderson, the 2013 singles runner-up and doubles champion (with Lauren Embree), outlasted fifth-seeded Karman Kaur Thandi of India 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 in 2 hours, 51 minutes.
   In the first semifinal at 4 p.m., No. 6 seed Chanel Simmonds of South Africa will meet No. 8 Katie Swan of Great Britain for the first time.
   Simmonds, a 25-year-old left-hander, advanced when qualifier Urszula Radwanska, a former top-30 player, withdrew with foot blisters. Radwanska, the younger sister of 11th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, needed 3 hours, 28 minutes to beat third-seeded Harriet Dart of Great Britain 7-6 (2), 1-6, 7-6 (5) on Thursday.
   Swan, 18, dispatched Ana Veselinovic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-3. Veselinovic, a 29-year-old left-hander, ousted top-seeded Sofya Zhuk, the 2015 Wimbledon junior girls champion at age 15, in the opening round.
   Maria Sanchez, a 27-year-old Modesto product, reached the doubles final with Dart. The third seeds outclassed second-seeded Jaksic and Simmonds 6-3, 6-1. Dart and Sanchez, who won the 2011 title with since-retired Yasmin Schnack of Sacramento, will play unseeded Daneika Borthwick of Great Britain and Veselinovic on Sunday.
   Admission to the tournament is free. Here are the singles and doubles draws and Saturday's schedule.

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