Saturday, September 25, 2021

Wang, entered in Berkeley, reaches $115K Columbus final

   No. 8 seed Wang Xinyu, who's entered in next week's $60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Women's Challenger, beat unseeded CoCo Vandeweghe of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area 7-6 (3), 6-2 today in the semifinals of the $115,000 Tennis Ohio Championships in Columbus.
   Vandeweghe, a former top-15 player, is rebounding from an ankle injury. She reached the final of the 2012 and 2017 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford on the WTA Tour.
   China's Wang, who will turn 20 on Sunday, is scheduled to meet No. 2 seed Nuria Parrizas Diaz, 30, of Spain on Sunday. Parrizas Diaz outlasted No. 4 seed Zheng Saisai of China 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. 
   Zheng, who won her only WTA singles title in San Jose, Calif., in 2019, also is set to play in Berkeley.
   In the Columbus doubles final, Wang and Zheng routed Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia and Parrizas Diaz 6-1, 6-1 in a matchup of unseeded teams.
   ATP Tour — Unseeded Hubert Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski of Poland ousted top-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Ben McLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14) of Japan 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France.
   Hurkacz, 24, reached his first Grand Slam singles semifinal at Wimbledon in July. Kontinen, 31, became the first Finnish player to be ranked No. 1 in doubles in 2017. He is now No. 46.
   College — Cal senior Yuta Kikuchi, ranked No.124, edged No. 4 Duarte Vale of Florida 4-6, 6-4 [11-9] on Friday, the first day of the Chowderfest, Harvard's annual invitational, in Cambridge, Mass.
   Three young Cal women reached the top-flight singles quarterfinals on the first day of the Cal Fall Invitational at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday. Advancing were freshmen Jessica Alsola of Fresno, Calif., and Makenna Thiel of Piedmont, which neighbors Berkeley, and sophomore Hannah Viller Moeller of Denmark.
   The Bears also placed two pairs, Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov and Alsola/Viller Moeller, in the doubles quarters.

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