Saturday, March 31, 2018

NorCal's Houghton reaches Easter Bowl girls 16 final

   Unseeded India Houghton of Belvedere Tiburon routed Hibah Shaikh of Teaneck, N.J., 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the girls 16 final in the Easter Bowl at Indian Wells.
   Houghton will play No. 11 seed Anessa Lee of San Marino on Saturday. Lee beat No. 8 Chidimma Okpara of Bronxville, N.Y., 6-2, 6-4.
   Northern California also will have a representative in the girls 16 doubles final. No. 4 seeds Allura Zamarripa and Maribella Zamarripa of Saint Helena eliminated unseeded Rosie Garcia Gross of New York and Elizabeth Goldsmith of Chula Vista 6-3, 6-2.
   The Zamarripa twins, who have not lost a set in the tournament, will meet No. 3 seeds Amanda Chan of Pasadena and Okpara.
   In the boys 16 doubles semifinals, No. 1 seeds Keshav Chopra of Marietta, Ga., and Coy Simon of Charleston, S.C., defeated No. 4 Zachery Lim of Fairfield and Alex Lin of Gold River 7-5, 6-1.
   Meanwhile, unseeded Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael and No. 15 seed Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek advanced to the boys and girls 18 singles semifinals, respectively.
   Brooksby, 17, dominated No. 11 seed Brandon Nakashima of San Diego 6-2, 6-3. Brooksby will meet unseeded Siem Woldeab of La Mesa. Woldeab surprised No. 2 Drew Baird of Holly Springs, N.C., 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
   Volynets, 16, advanced by walkover against No. 11 Chloe Beck of Watkinsville, Ga. Volynets will play unseeded Emma Navarro, a resident of Charleston, S.C., who ousted No. 2 Margaryta Bilokin of New Canaan, Conn., 6-3, 6-4.

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