Friday, September 25, 2020

Bay Area native falls in Strasbourg doubles semifinals

   Top-seeded Nicole Melichar, a Czech-born American, and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands beat third-seeded Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan 6-2, 7-6 (3) today in the semifinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg.
   Shibahara, 22, was born in Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area and starred at UCLA. 
   Melichar and Schuurs are scheduled to play fourth-seeded Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Luisa Stefani of Brazil, on Saturday for the title. 
   Carter and Stefani — former standouts at North Carolina and Pepperdine, respectively — eliminated second-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.
   Aoyama and Shibahara reached the final of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif., a 20-minute drive from Mountain View, last August. The unseeded pair lost to top-seeded Melichar and Kveta Peschke, who was 44 at the time, 6-4, 6-4.
   Carter and Shibahara won the $60,000 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger in 2018, edging American Quinn Gleason and Stefani 7-5, 5-7 [10-7].

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