Monday, November 27, 2017

Rotsaert, headed to Stanford, survives in Eddie Herr

   Stanford-bound Alexandre Rotsaert, seeded sixth from Boca Raton, Fla., edged Andrew Paulson of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0) today in the first round of the 18s in the prestigious Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla.
   Rotsaert, who will join the Cardinal next fall, will meet the winner of the match between Seon Yong Han of South Korea and qualifier Allan Deschamps of France.
   Dostanbek Tashbulatov of Kazakhstan wore down Keenan Mayo, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0. Mayo will attend Illinois next fall.
   In the girls 18s, Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area defeated Himari Sato of Japan 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-0. Volynets, who won the 16s last year, will turn 16 on Dec. 31.
   Second-seeded Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina dismissed wild card Carolyn Campana of Hillsborough 6-1, 6-0. Also, Victoriia Dema of Ukraine beat Niluka Madurawe of Sunnyvale 7-5, 6-1. Hillsborough and Sunnyvale also are Bay Area suburbs.
   Third-seeded Aidan Mayo, Keenan's brother, and second-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky, from San Jose, advanced in straight sets in the boys and girls 14s, respectively.
   Past competitors in the Eddie Herr include Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic. Herr, the father of international junior tennis, died in 2000 at 93.

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