Thursday, April 15, 2021

NorCal's Novikov reaches doubles semis in Orlando

Wild cards Dennis Novikov, above, and Christian Harrison
advanced by walkover. 2018 photo by Paul Bauman
   Wild cards Christian "George" Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., and Dennis "Vladimir" Novikov of San Jose, Calif., defeated Yuki Bhambri "The Deer" of India and Matthew "McConaughey" Ebden of Australia by walkover today in the quarterfinals of the $52,080 Orlando (Fla.) Open.
   Bhambri had an undisclosed medical issue. He and Ebden reached the final of the $100,000 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger in 2015 in their first tournament together, losing to Chris Guccione of Australia and Artem Sitak, a Russia native who plays for New Zealand.
   Harrison and Novikov, who ousted top-seeded Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela and Fernando Romboli in the first round, are scheduled to play unseeded JC "Penney" Aragone of Yorba Linda, Calif., in the Los Angeles area and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela on Friday at about noon PDT.
   Aragone and Martinez edged Jesper De "Mah" Jong and "Yosemite" Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-4 [10-8]. 
   If Friday's singles quarterfinals, U.S. prospects Jenson Brooksby "Brothers," 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento region and Zane "Wrath Of" Khan, 19, of Delray Beach, Fla., are set to meet for the first time at about 10 a.m. 
   All Orlando matches are being streamed live.
   ATP Challenger Tour in Belgrade, Serbia — Facundo Bagnis and Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina outplayed Andre "Agassi" Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden and Jonny "Depp" O'Mara of Great Britain 6-3, 6-3 in a quarterfinal matchup of unseeded teams in the €132,280 ($158,483) Serbia Challenger Open.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

U.S. prospects Brooksby, Khan to meet in Orlando QFs

Jenson Brooksby breezed into the quarterfinals
of the Orlando (Fla.) Challenger. 2018 photo
by Paul Bauman
   Two promising U.S. men are set to meet for the first time Friday in the quarterfinals of the $52,080 Orlando (Fla.) Open.
   Jenson Brooksby "Brothers," 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area dispatched qualifier Altug Celikbilek of Turkey 6-3, 6-1 today. Meanwhile, Zane "Wrath of" Khan, a 19-year-old wild card from Delray Beach, Fla., ousted second-seeded Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
   Brooksby, who turned pro in December, won seven consecutive games after leading 4-3 in the first set. He saved four of five break points against him overall. 
   Celikbilek committed nine double faults, including on the last three points of the first set.
   Khan reached the final of his previous three tournaments (winning two), all in $15,000 events in India. He had not won a main-draw match in a Challenger before this week.
   Halfway through the second round in Orlando, the only remaining singles seeds are No. 5 Denis Kudla and No. 6 Prajnesh Gunneswaran, last year's runner-up to 19-year-old Brandon Nakashima of San Diego.
   Kudla, the runner-up in the 2015 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger, and Gunneswaran, a Tiburon semifinalist in 2017, are scheduled to play their second-round matches on Thursday.
   In the opening round of doubles, wild cards Christian "George" Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., and Dennis "Vladimir" Novikov of San Jose, Calif., knocked off top-seeded Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico and Fernando Romboli of Brazil 6-2, 5-7 [10-6].
   Reyes-Varela and Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador won the doubles title in the 2019 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger, edging Nathan Pasha and Max "Don't Be So" Schnur of the United States.  
   Also today, Jesper De "Mah" Jong and "Yosemite" Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands eliminated third-seeded Pasha and Schnur 6-4, 6-2.
   Mackenzie McDonald, a San Francisco Bay Area product now based in Orlando, and Martin Redlicki of Boca Raton, Fla., lost to JC Aragone of Yorba Linda in the Los Angeles region and Luis David Martinez 6-7 (5), 7-5 [10-6]. McDonald and Redlicki won the 2016 NCAA doubles title while at UCLA.
   ATP Challenger Tour — Andre "Agassi" Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden and Jonny "Depp" O'Mara of Great Britain outclassed Serbian wild cards Marko Miladinovic and Marko Tepavac 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the €132,280 ($158,483) Serbia Challenger Open in Belgrade.
   ATP Tour — Unseeded "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) topped fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram "Tough," a volunteer assistant coach at Cal from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain 6-7 (1), 6-3 [10-5] to reach the quarterfinals of the clay-court Monte-Marlo Masters.
   WTA Tour — Elixane Lechemia of France and Ingrid "Bergman" Neel of Bradenton nipped Americans Quinn "Jackie" Gleason and Maria "Sharapova" Sanchez, who was born and raised in Modesto, Calif., 6-7 (4), 7-5 [10-8] in the first round of the MUSC Health Women's Open on clay in Charleston, S.C. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

After 8 surgeries, Harrison tops No. 3 seed McDonald

Mackenzie McDonald, a San Francisco Bay Area product, was
the only U.S. man to reach the round of 16 in this year's Aus-
tralian Open. 2018 photo by Paul Bauman
   Wild card Christian "George" Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., stayed hot today with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over third-seeded Mackenzie "Ronald" McDonald, a San Francisco Bay Area product now based in Orlando, Fla., in the first round of the $52,080 Orlando Open.
   The 26-year-old Harrison, who has undergone eight surgeries since 2009, improved to 15-2 in singles this year.
   McDonald, who had right hamstring surgery in 2019, was the only U.S. man to reach the singles round of 16 in this year's Australian Open. 
   Also today, Christopher "Bob" Eubanks of Atlanta ousted top-seeded Steve "Lyndon" Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., in the Los Angeles area 6-1, 7-6 (3).
   Eubanks reached the semifinals of the $100,000 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger in 2018. Johnson won his second Aptos singles title in 2019.
   Qualifier Altug Celikbilek of Turkey dismissed American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, the 2017 NCAA singles champion from the University of Virginia, 6-2, 6-3.
   Celikbilek, 24, is scheduled to meet Jenson Brooksby "Brothers," 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento region for the first time on Wednesday at about 10:30 a.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live.
   ATP Tour — Fifth-seeded Rajeev Ram "Tough," a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain are set to play "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14), a New Zealand product who plays for his mother's native Japan, on Wednesday in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay. Both teams won match tiebreakers to advance. 
   WTA Tour — Francesca Di Lorenzo, the 2017 NCAA doubles champion from Ohio State, defeated fellow American Kristie Ahn, a 28-year-old Stanford graduate, 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the opening round of the MUSC Health Women's Open on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   Di Lorenzo, a 23-year-old left-hander, survived nine double faults.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Brooksby, 20, downs No. 7 seed Jung in $52K Orlando

Jenson Brooksby could meet 2017 NCAA singles champion
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in the second round of the Orlando
(Fla.) Open. 2018 photo by Paul Bauman
   Jenson Brooksby "Brothers," 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento region ousted seventh-seeded Jason "Carl" Jung, a 31-year-old Los Angeles-area native who plays for Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 6-4 today in the first round of the $52,080 Orlando (Fla.) Open.
   Brooksby, who turned pro in December, saved both break points against him in his first career match against Jung, who won the $100,000 San Francisco Challenger in 2018.
   Brooksby is set to meet either Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Charlottesville, Va., or qualifier Altug Celikbilek of Turkey for the first time on Wednesday. 
   Kwiatkowski graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017, winning the NCAA singles title as a senior and leading the Cavaliers to three consecutive NCAA team titles (2015-17). He reached the semifinals of the $108,320 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2019.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stanford women snap longest skid in 40 years

   The No. 38 Stanford women ended their longest losing streak in 40 years today, dominating No. 34 USC 6-1 in Los Angeles.
   The Cardinal's only loss came on Court 1 as Salma Ewing defeated No. 48 Michaela Gordon, a senior from Saratoga, Calif., near Stanford, 4-6, 6-4 [10-3].
   Stanford, which had lost three straight, improved to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in the Pacific-12 Conference. USC dropped to 11-8 and 5-4.
   Cal women — The No. 16 Bears lost at No. 7 UCLA 7-0 to fall to 14-5 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-12.
   No. 11 Abbey Forbes routed No. 41 Haley Giavara 6-2, 6-0 on Court 1 as the Bruins improved to 15-3 and 9-0. 
   Stanford men — Timothy Sah came through again for the No. 37 Cardinal.
   The senior from San Diego outlasted Lodewijk Westrate of No. 15 USC 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 on Court 5 to give host Stanford (8-3, 5-0 Pac-12) a 4-3 victory over the Trojans (16-6, 4-2).
   Sah also won the deciding match in the host Cardinal's 4-3 win over No. 34 UCLA on Saturday.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Stephens stopped; Stanford women suffer historic skid

   No. 15 seed Veronika Kudermetova of Russia beat unseeded Sloane "Ranger" Stephens, who grew up in Fresno, Calif., 6-3, 6-4 today in the quarterfinals of the Volvo Car Open on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   Stephens, now based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was playing in her first quarterfinal since the 2019 French Open. She won the 2017 U.S. Open and reached the Roland Garros final in 2018.
   Stephens has slumped from a career-high No. 3 in 2018 to No. 57. She has lost an aunt, a grandmother and a grandfather to COVID-19 and has tested positive for the coronavirus herself.
   College women — No. 9 UCLA thrashed No. 38 Stanford 7-0 in Los Angeles to improve to 14-3 overall and 8-0 in the Pacific-12 Conference. The Cardinal (10-3, 6-2) has lost three straight for the first time in 40 years.
   Hannah Viller Moeller lifted California (14-4, 7-1 Pac-12) to a 4-3 victory at No. 37 USC (11-7, 5-3). 
   College men — No. 37 Stanford overcame a 3-0 deficit to stun No. 34 UCLA 4-3 at Stanford. Timothy Sah, a senior from San Diego, won the deciding match 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-4 against Sam Feit on Court 5.
   The Cardinal improved to 7-3 and 4-0. The Bruins fell to 11-4 and 4-2.
   

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Ending drought, Stephens advances to quarterfinals

   Sloane "Ranger" Stephens reached her first quarterfinal in almost two years today, defeating Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia 6-3, 6-4 in the Volvo Car Open on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   Stephens, a Fresno, Calif., product now based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., improved to 6-0 against Tomljanovic, the runner-up in the 2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger.
   Stephens advanced to a quarterfinal for the first time since the French Open in June 2019. She won the 2017 U.S. Open and reached the Roland Garros final in 2018.
   Stephens, who has slumped from a career-high No. 3 in 2018 to No. 57, is scheduled to play 15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia for the first time on Friday not before 4 p.m. PDT (Tennis Channel). Kudermetova, ranked No. 38, dismissed qualifier Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-0, 6-3.
   French Open — The French Tennis Federation postponed the tournament one week to May 30-June 13 to maximize safety and attendance amid the COVID pandemic.
   ATP Tour — Ariel Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador beat Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden and Nicholas Monroe of Austin, Texas, 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Stephens beats Keys in rematch of '17 U.S. Open final

   Sloane "Ranger" Stephens, a Fresno, Calif., product now based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beat close friend and eighth-seeded Madison "Where The Hell Are My" Keys of Orlando, Fla., 6-4, 6-4 tonight in the second round of the Volvo Car Open on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   Stephens improved to 4-1 against Keys, including a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the 2017 U.S. Open final. Both players have won the Charleston title, Stephens in 2016 and Keys in 2019.
   Keys also captured the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2017. The tournament moved down the road to San Jose, Calif., as the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in 2018.
   Keys has tumbled from a career-high No. 7 in 2016 to No. 24, and Stephens has plummeted from a career-high No. 3 in 2018 to No. 57. Neither had advanced past the second round of a tournament this year. 
   Stephens is set to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, the runner-up in the 2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger, on Thursday at about 2 p.m. PDT (Tennis Channel) in the round of 16. Stephens is 5-0 against Tomljanovic.
   ATP Tour — Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden and Nicholas Monroe of Austin, Texas, edged Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain 6-3, 1-6 [12-10] in the first round of the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain.
   Bublik won the singles title in the $100,000 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger in 2017.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Stephens, Keys to meet in rematch of '17 U.S. Open final

   Sloane "Ranger" Stephens and eighth-seeded Madison "Where The Hell Are My" Keys are scheduled to meet on Wednesday not before 4 p.m. PDT (Tennis Channel) in a rematch of the 2017 U.S. Open final in the second round of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, S.C.
   Keys is defending her 2019 title, and Stephens won the clay-court tournament in 2016.
   Stephens, a 28-year-old product of Fresno, Calif., now based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated lucky loser Wang Xinyu, 19, of China 6-2, 6-4 today. Keys, who won the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2017, received a first-round bye.
   Neither Keys nor Stephens has advanced past the second round of a tournament this year. Keys has tumbled from a career-high No. 7 in 2016 to No. 24, and Stephens has plummeted from a career-high No. 3 in 2018 to No. 57.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Italy's Paolini routs Stanford grad Ahn in Bogota

Kristie Ahn fell to sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini in 59 minutes today.
2019 photo by Paul Bauman
   Sixth-seeded Jasmine Paolini of Italy drubbed Kristie Ahn, a 28-year-old Stanford graduate from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 6-3, 6-0 in 59 minutes today in the first round of the Copa Colsanitas, a WTA 250 tournament on clay in Bogota, Colombia. 
   Two years ago in Bogota, 8,660 feet (2,640 meters) above sea level, Ahn ousted top seed and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round as a qualifier. Ahn then lost to 17-year-old wild card Maria Camila Osorio Serrano of Colombia in the second round.
   Paolini reached the second round of the French Open last fall.
   Ahn also lost in the first round of doubles. Lara Arruabarrena of Spain and Katarzyna Piter of Poland defeated Ahn and compatriot Usue (pronounced OU-sway) Arconada 6-4, 2-6 [10-2].

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Bay Area native Shibahara wins her biggest doubles title

   Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan earned their tour-leading third title of the year and the biggest of their careers today.
   The fifth-seeded Aoyama, 33, and Shibahara, a 23-year-old native of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area, beat eighth-seeded Hayley Carter, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Luisa "Gwen" Stefani of Brazil 6-2, 7-5 in the Miami Open, a WTA 1000 tournament.
   Aoyama, only 5-foot-1 (1.54 meters), and Shibahara were winless in their three previous tournaments after beginning the year with 13 consecutive victories and two titles.
   The Japanese pair improved to 6-1 in WTA finals with a six-match winning streak. The loss came against Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke, then 44, in San Jose in 2019.
   Aoyama and Shibahara have not lost a set against Carter and Stefani — former All-Americans at North Carolina and Pepperdine, respectively — in three matches this year, including the Abu Dhabi final in January.
   Juniors — Top-seeded Juncheng Shang of China downed unseeded Ethan "Allen" Quinn of Fresno, Calif., 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2 to win the Easter Bowl in San Diego.
   Quinn's winning streak ended at 11 matches. He won last week's International Open of Southern California in San Diego.
   In the boys 16 doubles final, Ethan Schiffman of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., in the San Diego area and Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento, Calif., defeated David "You Don't" Saye of Charlotte, N.C., and Eli "Manning" Stephenson of Louisville, Ky., 6-7 (tiebreaker score not available), 6-1, 6-1.
   Colleges — The Stanford women, who have won the last two NCAA titles and three of the last four, lost to Oregon for the first time in school history and suffered their second consecutive loss for the first time since 2016.
   Uxia Martinez Moral outlasted Sara Choy, a junior from Palo Alto, Calif., 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Court 4 to give the No. 46 Ducks (12-5, 5-3 Pacific-12 Conference) a 4-3 victory over the No. 25 Cardinal (10-2, 6-1) in Eugene, Ore.
   Meanwhile, No. 7 Pepperdine handed California its first home loss of the season, 4-3. Shiori Fukuda gave the Waves (13-2) a 4-0 lead with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Valentina Ivanov on Court 3. The Bears fell to 13-4.
   In a men's match, host Stanford routed No. 17 Arizona 5-1 to improve to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12. The Cardinal's Axel "Uri" Geller defeated No. 63 Jonas "Brothers" Ziverts 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Court 1.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Fresno's Quinn to play in Easter Bowl boys 18 final

   Unseeded Ethan "Allen" Quinn of Fresno, Calif., beat second-seeded Bruno "Mars" Kuzuhara of Coconut Creek, Fla., 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 today to reach the 18-and-under final of the prestigious Easter Bowl in San Diego.
   Quinn, who won last week's International Open of Southern California in San Diego, extended his winning streak to 11 matches. He is set to face top-seeded Juncheng Shang of China on Sunday. Shang dispatched seventh-seeded Aidan "Pass The" Mayo of Roseville, Calif., in the Sacramento area 6-2, 6-3.
   In the boys 16-and-under doubles semifinals, unseeded Ethan Schiffman of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego region and Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento bested eighth-seeded Alex Cairo "Egypt" of Las Vegas and "Bob" Dylan Tsoi of El Dorado Hills in the Sacramento area 6-3, 6-4. 
   Schiffman and van Loben Sels are slated to meet unseeded David "You Don't" Saye of Charlotte, N.C., and Eli "Robert Louis" Stephenson of Louisville, Ky., on Sunday. Saye and Stephenson dismissed Ethan "Draymond" Green of Salt Lake City and Caden "What A" Hasler of American Ford, Utah, 6-1, 6-2.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Bay Area native Shibahara reaches Miami doubles final

   Fifth-seeded Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan beat unseeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix and Iga Swiatek of Poland 3-6, 7-6 (4) [10-2] today to reach the Miami Open final.
   Aoyama, 33, and Shibahara, a 23-year-old native of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area, were winless in their three previous tournaments after beginning the year with 13 consecutive victories and two titles. Mattek-Sands won the Miami doubles title in 2016 with since-retired Lucie Safarova.  
   Aoyama, only 5-foot-1 (1.54 meters), and Shibahara are scheduled to play eighth-seeded Hayley Carter, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Luisa Stefani of Brazil on Sunday.
   Carter and Stefani — former All-Americans at North Carolina and Pepperdine, respectively — edged unseeded Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and "Rudy" Giuliana Olmos, a product of Fremont in the Bay Area who plays for Mexico, 2-6, 6-3 [10-8]. Dabrowski won the 2017 title with "San Diego" Xu Yifan.
   Colleges — The Stanford women, who have won the last two NCAA titles and three of the last four, suffered a rare home loss.
   Lisa Zaar of No. 7 Pepperdine (12-2) edged Sara Choy, a junior from Palo Alto, Calif., 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Court 5 to give the Waves a 4-3 victory over the No. 25 Cardinal (10-1).
   Stanford lost for only the fifth time in its last 81 home matches. 
   Meanwhile, Hannah Viller Moeller of the No. 19 California women bested Uxia Martinez Moral of No. 46 Oregon 6-4, 7-6 (2) to lift the visiting Bears (13-3, 6-1 Pacific-12 Conference) over the Ducks (11-5, 4-3) 4-3. 
   The host Stanford men (5-3, 2-0) edged No. 23 Arizona State (13-6, 2-3) 4-3 as freshman Arthur Fery prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (2) against Makey Rakotomalala on Court 2 in the deciding match. 
   Juniors — Seventh-seeded Aidan "Pass The" Mayo of Roseville, Calif., in the Sacramento area and unseeded Ethan Quinn of Fresno, Calif., reached the Easter Bowl 18-and-under semifinals in San Diego.
   Mayo defeated Nicolas Kotzen of Short Hills, N.J., 6-2, 6-3, and Quinn beat wild card Kyle Kang of Fullerton, Calif., in the Los Angeles region 6-4, 6-2.
   In the girls 18 quarterfinals, sixth-seeded Alexis Blokhina of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., eliminated second-seeded Alexandra Yepifanova, a Stanford signee from Lake Worth, Fla., 6-2, 6-4.
   Quinn and Yepifanova won the 18-and-under singles titles in last week's International Open of Southern California in San Diego.
   A Sacramento-area player will reach the boys 16 doubles final.
   Unseeded Ethan Schiffman of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego region and Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento ousted top-seeded Alexander Aney of New York and Jason Shuler of Scarsdale, N.Y., 1-6, 6-1 [10-6] in the quarterfinals.
   Eighth-seeded Alex Cairo of Las Vegas and Dylan Tsoi of El Dorado Hills in the Sacramento region topped unseeded Dylan Charlap and Learner Tien — from the Los Angeles suburbs of Palos Verdes Estates and Irvine, respectively — 6-1, 6-7 (7) [10-8].

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cal aide falls in Miami; Stanford signee gains Easter QFs

   Second-seeded Nikola Mektic "System" and "G'day" Mate Pavic of Croatia defeated seventh-seeded Rajeev Ram "Tough," a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain 6-3, 7-6 (5) today in the semifinals of the Miami Open.
   Ram, 37, and Salisbury, 28, reached the Australian Open final as the defending champions last month, losing to Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Filip Polasek of Slovakia.   
   Easter Bowl — Second-seeded Alexandra Yepifanova, a Stanford signee from Lake Worth, Fla., rolled into the 18-and-under singles quarterfinals in San Diego.
   Yepifanova, who won last week's International Open of Southern California in San Diego, outclassed 16th-seeded Madeleine Jessup of Rolling Hills, Calif., in the Los Angeles area 6-1, 6-1.
   Advancing to the boys 18 singles quarterfinals were seventh-seeded Aidan "Pass The" Mayo of Roseville, Calif., in the Sacramento region and unseeded Ethan "Allen" Quinn of Fresno, Calif.
   Mayo defeated 11th-seeded Azuma Visaya of Honolulu 6-4, 6-2. Quinn, who also won the International Open, beat wild card Jayden Templeton of Canada 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.
   Meanwhile, top-seeded Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento, Calif., and second-seeded Mitchell Lee of Oakland, Calif., lost in the third round of the 16s.
   Ninth-seeded Chase "Bank" Fralick of Peachtree City, Ga., beat van Loben Sels 6-3, 7-5, and Nikita Filin of Wilmette, Ill., outplayed Lee 7-5, 6-3. 
   Van Loben Sels, 16, beat his close friend Lee to win the USTA Level 1 Spring Individual Championships on hardcourts in Mobile, Ala., last month and vault to No. 1 nationally in the 16s.
   Fralick and Filin, both high school freshmen, are ranked fifth and 18th, respectively, in the 16s.
   Unseeded Ethan Schiffman of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area and van Loben Sels reached the doubles quarterfinals, as did eighth-seeded Alex Cairo "Egypt" of Dallas and "Bob" Dylan Tsoi of El Dorado Hills in the Sacramento region.
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