Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Another men's blue-chip recruit commits to Stanford

   Stanford men's coach Paul Goldstein received his third commitment from a blue-chip recruit in three weeks on Monday.
   Michael Zheng of Montville, N.J., said he plans to attend Stanford. Now ranked sixth in the class of 2022 on tennisrecruiting.net, he reached the round of 16 in the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in August.
   Goldstein previously received commitments from Samir Banerjee, the reigning Wimbledon boys singles champion, and Nishesh Basavareddy. 
   Wednesday is the first day players can sign National Letters of Intent. 
   CollegeBob Bryan and Mike Bryan were inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday with Jayne Appel-Marinelli (women's basketball), Josh Childress (men's basketball), Toby Gerhart (football/baseball), Alix Klineman (women's volleyball), Elle Logan (women's rowing) and Julia Smit (women's swimming and diving).
   In their two years at Stanford, the Bryan twins helped the Cardinal win the NCAA team title in 1997 and 1998. Bob Bryan achieved a rare "Triple Crown" in 1998, sweeping the NCAA singles, doubles (with Mike) and team crowns.
   Professionally, the Bryans amassed a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles and won an Olympic gold medal in the 2012 London Games.
   WTA Tour — Three of the eight singles players in the WTA Finals, which begin Wednesday in Guadalajara, are former runners-up in San Francisco Bay Area stops on the tour: No. 1 seed Aryna Sabalenka (San Jose in 2019), No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova (Stanford in 2015) and No. 4 seed Maria Sakkari (San Jose in 2018). No. 6 seed Garbiñe Muguruza won the Stanford doubles title with just-retired Carla Suarez Navarro in 2014.
   In the eight-team doubles field, No. 7 seeds Darija Jurak and Andreja Klepac claimed the San Jose title this year.
   Nicole Melichar-Martinez, seeded fourth with Demi Schuurs, took the San Jose crown in 2019 with then-44-year-old Kveta Peschke.
   Ena Shibahara, seeded second with Shuko Aoyama, was born in the Bay Area, and Giuliana Olmos, seeded eighth with Sharon Fichman, grew up there.
   ATP Tour — In the first round of doubles in the Stockholm Open, wild cards Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) and Robert Lindstedt (Fresno State, 1995-97), 44, of Sweden beat alternates Karl Friberg of Sweden and Mohamed Safwat of Egypt 6-1, 3-6 [10-6].
   USTA Pro Circuit — In the opening round of doubles in a $25,000 tournament in Harlingen, Texas, No. 3 seeds Francis Casey Alcantara of the Philippines and Mark Whitehouse of Great Britain edged Yuta Kikuchi, a Cal senior, and Sho Shimabukuro of Japan 6-4, 3-6 [10-8]. 
   Kareem Al Allaf of Syria and Toby D. Boyer of the United States beat Americans Colin Markes and Keenan Mayo, a resident of Sacramento, Calif., 4-6, 6-3 [10-3].

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