Friday, July 16, 2021

Brooksby, 20, routs German vet to reach Newport semis

Unseeded Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael, Calif., in the
Sacramento area is set to meet seventh-seeded Jordan
Thompson on Saturday in the semifinals of the Hall of
Fame Open in Newport, R.I. Photo courtesy of USTA
   Another day, another impressive victory by 20-year-old Jenson Brooksby.
   Playing in the first grass-court tournament of his life and in his first ATP Tour main draw, the resident of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area dominated Germany's Peter Gojowczyk, who turned 32 on Thursday, 6-0, 6-3 today in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I.
   Brooksby improved to 31-6 since turning pro in December, including three titles in Challenger tournaments and a runner-up finish in another. Ranked No. 310 at the beginning of 2021, he will jump at least 18 spots to a career-high No. 134. 
   Gojowczyk, ranked No. 131 after climbing to a career-high No. 39 in 2018, had not lost more than three games in a set in his first two matches this week.
   In a matchup of unseeded players, Brooksby saved two break points in the first set was broken at love in the opening game of the second set. Gojowczyk then held for 2-0. No matter, as Brooksby regained control and wrapped up the match in 62 minutes.
   Brooksby is scheduled to face seventh-seeded Jordan Thompson, a 27-year-old Australian Davis Cup veteran, for the first time after Saturday's 10 a.m. PDT semifinal between top-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa (Tennis Channel).
   Thompson, ranked No. 71 after reaching a career-high No. 43 in 2019, eliminated unseeded Maxime Cressy, a 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Paris native who plays for the United States, 6-3, 7-6 (6).
   Cressy, coming off a three-set victory over second seed and 2009 champion Sam Querrey, saved two match points at 4-5 in the second set and held a set point at 5-6.
   Thompson reached his third ATP semifinal, all on grass. He seeks his second ATP final, having lost to Adrian Mannarino of France in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, in 2019.
   Thompson advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open last year and the third round at Wimbledon, ousting 12th-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway in the first round, two weeks ago.
   Seeded first in the 2018 Stockton and Fairfield Challengers in Northern California, Thompson gained the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively, in consecutive weeks.
   Brooksby eyes his second victory over a top-100 player. He stunned No. 98 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up, in the first round of the 2019 U.S. Open as a qualifier.
   Bublik, a 24-year-old Russia native, won the 2017 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger.
   The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, 35, reached the final of the 2017 U.S. Open and at Wimbledon in 2018. He had right knee surgery in September 2019 and February 2020.
USTA NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
BOYS
18-and-under
In Delray Beach, Fla.
Singles quarterfinals
   Luke Casper, Santa Cruz, Calif., def. Alex Finkelstein, Raynham, Mass., 6-0, 7-5.
16 and-under 
In Delray Beach, Fla.
Singles quarterfinals
   Cooper Woestendick (4), Olathe, Kan., def. Dylan Tsoi (17), El Dorado Hills, Calif., 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Owen Megargee, Washington, D.C., and Emon van Loben Sels (3), Sacramento, Calif., def. Ari Cotoulas, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Ariel Zauber (8), Great Neck, N.Y., 4-1, 4-0.
   Caden Hasler, American Fork, Utah, and Dylan Tsoi (10), El Dorado Hills, Calif., def. Tygen Goldammer, Estero, Fla., and Kase Schinnerer (17), Lewisburg, Pa., 4-1, 1-4 [8-6].
14-and-under
In Miami Beach, Fla.
Singles round of 16
   Oliver Narbut (23), Chapel Hill, N.C., def. Cooper Han (46), Los Altos, Calif., 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
GIRLS
14-and-under
In Plantation, Fla.
Singles round of 16
   Kenzie Nguyen (17), Irvine, Calif., def. Bianca Brown (33), Folsom, Calif., 6-2, 6-1.
12-and-under
In Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Singles semifinals
   Kristina Penickova (17), Campbell, Calif., def. Sena Yoon (4), Buford, Ga., 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-1.
Doubles quarterfinals
   Bela Martinez, Puerto Rico, and Anita Tu (3), Melbourne, Fla., def. Annika Penickova and Kristina Penickova (13), Campbell, Calif., 1-6, 6-3 [10-5].

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