Tuesday, January 26, 2021

NorCal players endure rough day in $60K Rome, Ga.

   If you think Katie Volynets and Maria Sanchez suffered tough losses today in the $60,000 Rome (Ga.) Challenger, consider Allura and Maribella Zamarripa
   The third-seeded Volynets, a 19-year-old professional from Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area, fell to Kimmi Hance, a UCLA signee from nearby Torrance, Calif., 7-6 (3), 3-6 [10-6] in the second and final round of qualifying.
   The ninth-seeded Sanchez, a 31-year-old product of Modesto, Calif., lost to wild card Sarah Hamner, a South Carolina signee from Boca Raton, Fla., 3-6, 6-1 [10-4] in the last round of qualifying. It was Sanchez's second singles match since last March.
   Meanwhile, the 18-year-old Zamarripa twins, University of Texas signees from Saint Helena in the Napa Valley, succumbed to Americans Catherine Harrison and Sophia Whittle 5-7, 6-3 [18-16] in the first round of the doubles main draw.
   Francesca Di Lorenzo of the United States and Sanchez are scheduled to meet Olga Govortsova of Belarus and Jovana Jovic (formerly Jaksic), a 27-year-old Serbian living in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
   Di Lorenzo and Sanchez eliminated third-seeded Usue Arconada of the United States and Conny Perrin of Switzerland 6-2, 6-2. Govortsova and Jovic topped Americans Hailey Baptiste and Maria Mateas 7-6 (5), 7-5. 
   UTR Pro Tennis Series — Two players from San Jose improved to 2-0 in round-robin play in Newport Beach, Calif.
   Vivian Ovrootsky, 16, routed Julia Rosenqvist, a 6-foot-1 (1.85-meter) senior at the University of California, Berkeley from Sweden, 6-0, 6-3 in the $25,000 singles-only tournament.
   Hind Abdelouahid, a former Saint Mary's standout, defeated Priya Nelson, 15, of Sacramento 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. Nelson fell to 1-1. 

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