Monday, August 20, 2018

Six NorCal players entered in U.S. Open qualifying

   Six players with Northern California ties are set to compete in U.S. Open qualifying, which will begin on Tuesday at 8 a.m. California time (Tennis Channel).
   Four ex-Stanford stars will be in action on Tuesday. In the women's draw, No. 10 seed Nicole Gibbs (2011-13) of Venice in the Los Angeles area will face Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia. Gibbs reached the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open. Carol Zhao (2014-16) will take on No. 16 Eugenie Bouchard in an all-Canada matchup, and Kristie Ahn (2011-14) will meet Katarina Zavatska of Ukraine. On the men's side, Tom Fawcett (2015-18) of Winnetka, Ill., will play Alexey Vatutin of Russia.
   Also in the men's draw, San Jose product Dennis Novikov will face American Sebastian Korda, the 18-year-old son of former world No. 2 Petr Korda of the Czech Republic, on Tuesday, and Collin Altamirano of Sacramento will meet Tomislav Brkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday.
   Fawcett, 22, Novikov, 24, and Altamirano, 22, are wild cards.
   The U.S. Open men's and women's draws will be held Thursday, and the tournament is scheduled for Monday through Sept. 9.

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