Friday, September 17, 2021

Former Cal star reaches Challenger doubles final

Andre Goransson, left, plays with former University of California, Berkeley
teammate Florian Lakat in the 2015 Tiburon Challenger in the San Francisco
Bay Area. Goransson and Lakat won the title in 2017. Photo by Paul Bauman 
   No. 2 seeds Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) and Nathaniel Lammons of Dallas defeated No. 3 seeds Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov, 29-year-old twins from Croatia, 7-5, 6-2 today in the semifinals of the €132,280 ($155,700) Szczecin (Poland) Open on clay.
   Goransson, 27, and Lammons, 28, are scheduled to meet No. 1 seeds Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Andres Molteni of Argentina on Saturday. Gonzalez, 38, and Molteni, 33, beat No. 4 seeds Roman Jebavy and Zdenek Kolar of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5.
    Goransson, ranked No. 69, seeks his third Challenger doubles title of the year and second with Lammons. Goransson and Casper Ruud of Norway reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July.
   Gonzalez and Molteni are coming off an appearance in the U.S. Open round of 16.
   In the doubles semifinals of the $52,080 Atlantic Tire Championships II on hardcourts in Cary, N.C., unseeded William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., and Max Schnur of New York topped No. 4 seeds Christian Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., and Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., 3-6, 6-1 [10-5].
   Novikov, 27, has won three Challenger crowns in Cary: singles in 2015, doubles last year with Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia and doubles in July with Harrison.

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