Thursday, June 17, 2021

Riffice hot; San Jose tickets on sale; Bryans to play WTT

   Sam Riffice continued his hot streak today.
   The 22-year-old wild card and Sacramento, Calif., native surprised No. 2 seed Jason Kubler, a former top-100 player from Australia, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Tulsa (Okla.) Pro Championships.
   All seeds have been eliminated from the hardcourt tournament. Riffice, now based in Orlando, Fla., will try to advance to his second semifinal in two weeks when he meets lucky loser Gage Brymer of Irvine, Calif., on Friday.  
   Last month, Riffice helped the University of Florida men win their first NCAA team championship and added the singles title. The individual crown gave him an automatic wild card into the U.S. Open, Aug. 30-Sept. 12. 
   WTA Tour — Individual session tickets for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, Aug. 2-8 at San Jose State University, are available at mubadalasvc.com.
   Early entries include 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 U.S. Open champion and Fresno, Calif., product Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, the champion of the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2017 and runner-up in the U.S. Open one month later. The full field will be announced on Tuesday.
   The Silicon Valley Classic, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, will mark 50 years of women's tour tennis in the San Francisco Bay Area.
   World TeamTennis — Bob and Mike Bryan (Stanford, 1997-98), who retired from the regular tour last August, announced they will play for the San Diego Aviators.
   The season, normally held in league cities in July, is set for Nov. 13-28 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the site of the popular BNP Paribas Open.
   ITF Women's Tour — Fernanda Contreras Gomez and Marcela Zacarias of Mexico overwhelmed Allura and Maribella Zamarripa, 18-year-old identical twins from St. Helena in the Napa Valley, 6-3, 6-0 in 55 minutes in the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Palmetto Pro Open on hardcourts in Sumter, S.C.

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