Friday, October 29, 2021

Kontaveit stays hot, gains semifinals in Romania

Anett Kontaveit has won eight consecutive matches and
24 of her last 26 under her new coach, Dmitry Tursunov.
2016 photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 2 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia dismissed No. 8 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes today in the quarterfinals of the Transylvania Open, a WTA 250 tournament on an indoor hardcourt in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
   Kontaveit, ranked a career-high No. 14, has won eight consecutive matches and 24 of her last 26 with three titles under her new coach, Dmitry Tursunov, a 38-year-old Moscow native who trained in Northern California as a junior and professional. Kalinina won the 2015 Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger.
   Kontaveit, 25, is scheduled to play unseeded Rebecca Peterson, 26, of Sweden for the first time in 10 years on Saturday not before 5 a.m. PDT (Tennis Channel). Peterson, ranked No. 99, outlasted qualifier Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
   Kontaveit beat Peterson 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round in a $10,000 hardcourt tournament in Stockholm in their only previous meeting.
   In Saturday's other semifinal, No. 1 seed Simona Halep is set to meet No. 6 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine not before 7 a.m.
   Kostyuk, 19, routed No. 3 seed and reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, 18, of Great Britain 6-2, 6-1 in 57 minutes. Halep drubbed fellow Romanian Jaqueline Cristian 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes.
   Halep beat Kostyuk 7-6 (2), 6-1 in the second round at Indian Wells this month in their only previous encounter.
   USTA Pro Circuit — Unseeded Marcela Zacarias of Mexico upended No. 1 seed Madison Brengle of Dover, Del., 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the $75,000 Christus Health Pro Challenge in Tyler, Texas.
   Zacarias, the runner-up in the $60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Challenger five weeks ago, ended Brengle's winning streak at seven matches. Brengle, a former champion in Berkeley (2019) and Stockton, Calif. (2018), won last week's $80,000 tournament in Macon, Ga.
   Zararias also advanced to the doubles final with Giuliana Olmos, a product of Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area who represents Mexico. Seeded second, they outclassed third-seeded Jessy Rompies and Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia 6-3, 6-3.
   In Austin, Texas, unseeded Elysia Bolton, a UCLA senior from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., and Maegan Manasse, a University of California, Berkeley assistant coach and former Bears All-American, topped unseeded Kylie Collins of Savannah, Ga., and Lulu Sun of Switzerland 6-1, 5-7 [10-5] in the semifinals of a $25,000 tournament.
   Meanwhile, No. 4 seed Govind Nanda, 20, of Sacramento, Calif., beat No. 7 seed Gage Brymer of Irvine, Calif., 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-0 in a quarterfinal matchup of former UCLA stars in the $25,000 USTA Men's Pro Tennis Championship of Calabasas in the Los Angeles region.
   Nanda is scheduled to play Tristan Boyer, a Stanford sophomore from Altadena in the L.A. area who outlasted 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) Jaimee Floyd Angele, 21, of France 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a battle of unseeded players.
   Unseeded Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., eliminated qualifier Max Basing, a Stanford freshman from Great Britain, 6-4, 6-4.
   In the doubles semifinals, unseeded Johannes Seeman of Estonia and Wally Thayne of Newbury Park in the L.A. area topped No. 2 seeds Arthur Fery, a Stanford sophomore, and Mark Whitehouse of Great Britain 6-4, 5-7 [10-3]. 

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