Thursday, January 28, 2021

NorCal's Jovic reaches doubles semis in $60K Rome, Ga.

Jovana Jovic (formerly Jaksic), a 27-year-old Serbian,
is based in Sacramento, Calif. 2018 photo by Paul Bauman 
   Olga Govortsova of Belarus and Jovana Jovic (formerly Jaksic), a 27-year-old Serbian living in Sacramento, Calif., defeated Americans Francesca Di Lorenzo and Maria Sanchez, a 31-year-old Modesto, Calif., product, 7-6 (5), 6-4 today in a quarterfinal matchup of unseeded teams in the $60,000 Rome (Ga.) Challenger.
   Sanchez was playing in only her second doubles event since last March.
   Govortsova, 32, and Jovic are scheduled to meet unseeded Americans Catherine Harrison and Sophia Whittle on Friday. Harrison and Whittle beat top-seeded Quinn Gleason and Ingrid Neel of the United States 6-0, 7-6 (6).
   The top seed also lost in singles as four qualifiers — Emina Bektas and Robin Montgomery, 16, of the U.S.; Ana Sofia Sanchez of Mexico; and Irene Burillo Escorihuela of Spain — reached the quarterfinals. Montgomery is scheduled to face Burillo Escorihuela, 23, on Friday.
   The only remaining singles seed is No. 5 Usue (pronounced EW-sway) Arconada of the U.S.
   Bektas ousted the top-seeded Govortsova 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1, and Ana Sofia Sanchez eliminated Gabriela Talaba of Romania 6-4, 7-5 in a battle of left-handers.
   Talaba, a former All-American at Texas Tech, and Bektas, who starrred at Michigan, won the singles and doubles titles, respectively, in the $25,000 Redding (Calif.) Challenger in 2019.
   Talaba, a former Texas Tech All-American, took out second-seeded Renata Zarazua in the opening round. In last year's French Open, the 5-foot-3 (1.60-meter) Zarazua became the first Mexican woman in 20 years to win a main-draw singles match in a Grand Slam tournament.
   Bektas is set to play Katherine Sebov of Canada on Friday. Sebov dismantled Alycia Parks of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6-1, 6-3.
   Sebov and Parks got into a brief shoving match after Sebov's victory in the second round of the $60,000 Las Vegas Challenger in November 2019. Sebov said Parks mocked the Canadian's celebration, and Sebov allegedly squeezed Parks' right thumb during the handshake.
   UTR Pro Tennis Series — Julia Rosenqvist, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley from Sweden, defeated Skyler Grishuk, playing in her hometown, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in Newport Beach, Calif.
   Rosenqvist improved to 1-1 in the $25,000 singles-only tournament. Grishuk fell to 1-2.
   Hind Abdelouahid (2-2), a former Saint Mary's standout from nearby San Jose, Calif., lost to Veronika Miroshnichenko (2-1), a Loyola Marymount senior from Russia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
   Vivian Ovrootsky (3-1), 16, of San Jose fell to Anna Shkudun (3-0), a former Syracuse star from Ukraine, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
   In a late match, 15-year-old Priya Nelson (1-2) of Sacramento lost to Megan McCray (3-0), an ex-Oklahoma State standout from Oceanside, Calif., 6-0, 6-2.

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