Saturday, August 14, 2021

Fresno's Quinn falls in National boys 18 doubles final

   No. 1 seeds Bruno Kuzuhara of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Ben Shelton of Gainesville, Fla., defeated No. 2 seeds Sebastian Gorzny of Fountain Valley in the Los Angeles area and Ethan "The Mighty" Quinn of Fresno, Calif., 6-4, 6-4 today in the final of the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Quinn won the Orange Bowl boys 16 doubles title with Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, on clay in December.
   Godsick's mother, Mary Joe Fernandez, reached the top five in singles and doubles as a professional. She now works as a tennis commentator on ESPN. Godsick's father, Tony Godsick, is Roger Federer's agent.
   ATP Tour — In the doubles semifinals in Toronto, No. 3 seeds Rajeev "Los Angeles" Ram, a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain beat unseeded Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen of Belgium 6-3, 7-5.
   Ram and Salisbury are scheduled to play No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia on Sunday. Mektic and Pavic edged No. 4 seeds Kevin Krawietz of Germany and Horia Tecau of Romania 7-6 (3), 7-6 (12), saving four set points in the second set tiebreaker and converting their fourth match point.
   Mektic and Pavic have won nine tour-level titles this year, including Wimbledon and the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. They are 4-0 against Ram and Salisbury in 2021.
  Ram and Salisbury, the Australian Open champions in 2020 and runners-up this year, seek their first title of 2021.
   WTA Tour — Kristie Ahn, a 29-year-old Stanford graduate, and Katie Volynets, 19, of Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay Area, lost in the first round of qualifying in Cincinnati.

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