Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ovrootsky, Keenan Mayo win Eddie Herr titles

   Vivian Ovrootsky and Keenan Mayo continued Northern California's recent success in the prestigious Eddie Herr International Championships.
   The second-seeded Ovrootsky, from San Jose, beat fourth-seeded Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4 today for the girls 14 title on hard courts in Bradenton, Fla.
   Ovrootsky, ranked second nationally in the 14s, lost only one set in her six matches. She prevailed 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 against Remika Ohashi of Japan in the second round.
   Unseeded Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and Mayo, from the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, topped eighth-seeded Alan Fernando Rubio Fierros of Mexico and Dostanbek Tashbulatov of Kazakhstan 3-6, 6-4 [10-4] for the boys 18 doubles crown on clay in Bradenton.
   Andreev and Mayo won three of their five encounters in match tiebreakers, including 12-10 in the semifinals. Mayo will enroll at the University of Illinois next fall.
    Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area won the girls 16 singles championship last year, and Sam Riffice, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Mayo, captured the boys 16s in 2014. Riffice will play at the University of Florida.
   Past competitors in the Eddie Herr tournament 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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