Friday, August 13, 2021

Van Loben Sels falls in National 16s singles, doubles

   No. 5 seed Cooper Woestendick of Olathe, Kan., defeated No. 2 seed Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento, Calif., 6-4, 7-5 today in the quarterfinals of the USTA Boys 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
   Van Loben Sels also lost in the boys 16 doubles semifinals with Dylan Tsoi of El Dorado Hills in the Sacramento area. Seeded No. 4, they fell to No. 1 seeds Lucas Brown of Plano, Texas, and Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 7-5, 6-2.
   Godsick's mother, Mary Joe Fernandez, reached the top five in singles and doubles as a professional. She now works as a tennis commentator for ESPN. Godsick's father, Tony Godsick, is Roger Federer's agent.
   Meanwhile, No. 2 seeds Sebastian Gorzny of Fountain Valley in the Los Angeles region and Ethan "The Mighty" Quinn of Fresno, Calif., reached the boys 18 doubles final in Kalamazoo. They downed No. 7 seeds Braden Shick of Greensboro, N.C., and Colton Smith of Tenino, Wash., 6-3, 7-6 (3).
   Gorzny and Quinn are set to meet No. 1 seeds Bruno Kuzuhara of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Ben Shelton of Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday. 
   ATP Tour — In the doubles quarterfinals 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 No. 8 seeds Rohan Bopanna, 41, of India, and Ivan "The Terrible" Dodig of Croatia 4-6, 6-3 [10-4].
   Dodig and Marin "County" Cilic won the silver medal in men's doubles in the Tokyo Olympics.

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