Monday, March 5, 2018

Rain ends $2,500 Rio del Oro tournament early

   The $2,500 Rio del Oro Open/Senior/NTRP, a Sacramento tournament featuring four current or former professional players, ended prematurely on Sunday because of rain.
   All three open doubles events were completed, but men's and women's open singles were halted in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, at the Rio del Oro Racquet Club. Tournament director Todd Stanley said work, school and tournament commitments prevent those draws from finishing.
   Advancing to the men's open singles quarters were No. 1 seed Alexios Halebian of Glendale, No. 2 Leonardo Kirche of Granite Bay, No. 4 Anton Stryhas, No. 5 Stefan Leustian of Mather, No. 5 Nitzan Ricklis of Sunnyvale, No. 5 Stevie Gould of Corte Madera, No. 5 Max Pham of Newport Coast and No. 9 Cambell Nakayama of San Francisco.
   Halebian, a 23-year-old left-hander, is ranked No. 686 in the world. He qualified for Washington on the elite ATP World Tour last August and lost to Lukas Lacko, a Slovakian now ranked No. 103 after reaching a career-high No. 44 in 2013, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round.
   Kirche, a 33-year-old Brazil native, climbed to a career-high No. 196 in 2013. He played one Davis Cup match, beating Mauricio Echazu of Peru 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth match of Peru's 4-1 victory in 2004.
   Unseeded Dan Goldie, a 54-year-old resident of Los Gatos who peaked at No. 27 in the world in 1989, lost in the second round to ninth-seeded James Roberts of Sacramento 7-5, 5-7 [11-9].
   The semifinal matchups in women's open singles were No. 1 seed Oleksandra Andrieieva of San Jose against No. 4 Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks and unseeded Maryia Hrynashka vs. unseeded Deimante Bulatovaite of Sacramento.
   Winning doubles titles were Halebian and Benjamin Keyser of Vienna, Va., Taggart and Elena Van Linge of Menlo Park, and Rajan Bhatia of Benicia and Allie Will of Modesto. Each team was seeded first. Will, 26, reached a career-high No. 98 in the world in women's doubles in 2014.

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