Monday, May 24, 2021

NorCal product Riffice reaches NCAA round of 16

   No. 6 seed Sam Riffice of Florida overcame another slow start to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA Championships.
   Riffice, a Sacramento-area product who helped the Gators win their first team title on Saturday, defeated Andres Martin of Georgia Tech 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the second round at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. In the first round, Riffice beat Nathan Ponwith of Arizona State 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
   Riffice, a 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) junior, will try to reach the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time when he meets Siphosothando Montsi of Illinois on Tuesday. Montsi, a 5-foot-8 (1.73-meter) sophomore from South Africa, downed Finn Reynolds of Mississippi 6-4, 7-6 (4). 
   On the women's side, Bunyawi Thamchaiwat of Oklahoma State eliminated Anna Campana, a Wake Forest sophomore from Hillsborough in the San Francisco Bay Area, 7-5, 6-2.
   In the first round of doubles:
   —Carolyn Campana, Anna's older sister, and Eliza Omirou of Wake Forest defeated Margaryta Bilokin and Meible Chi of Duke 6-1, 1-6 [10-4].
   —Rosie Johanson and Emma Navarro of Virginia edged Haley Giavara and Valentina Ivanov of California 4-6, 7-6 (2) [10-7].
   —Alana Smith and Anna Rogers of North Carolina State eliminated Michaela Gordon and Niluka Madurawe — from Saratoga and Sunnyvale, respectively, in the Bay Area — of Stanford 7-5, 6-1.
   —Marcus McDaniel, from Vacaville in Northern California, and Martin dispatched Daniel Rodrigues and Connor Thomson of South Carolina 6-3, 6-3.
   —Guy Den Ouden and Adrian Oetzbach of Pepperdine beat Riffice and Duarte Vale 6-3, 6-3.
   French Open — No. 13 seed Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt and wild card Carol Zhao (Stanford, 2014-16) of Canada survived three-set matches in the first round of qualifying in Paris.
   Sherif outlasted Maja Chwalinska of Poland 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 47 minutes. In the Australian Open in February, Sherif became the first woman from her country to win a main-draw match in a Grand Slam tournament.
   Zhao topped Valeria Savinkh of Russia 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 for her first victory in a major.  
   ATP Tour — In the opening round of doubles in the Belgrade (Serbia) Open, Andre Goransson (Cal, 2014-17) of Sweden and Rafael Matos of Brazil beat Divij Sharan of India and John-Patrick Smith of Australia 6-4, 5-7 [10-6].

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