Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Bay Area's Lin wins opener in Junior Orange Bowl

   Qualifier Sabrina Lin of Saratoga in the San Francisco Bay Area defeated Madison McLeod of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-3, 6-3 today in the first round of the girls 14s in the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Fla.
   Many matches in the singles-only tournament were postponed by rain.
   Lin is scheduled to play No. 17 seed Alanis Hamilton of Bentonville, Ark., on Thursday. Hamilton beat JoAnna Kennedy of Denver 6-4, 6-2.
   Two other Bay Area players, No. 17 seeds Annika Penickova of Campbell and Sephi Sheng of Palo Alto, won their openers in the girls 12s. Penickova overwhelmed Fernanda Antonella Marin Gonzalez of Mexico 6-2, 6-0, and Sheng beat Aurora Lugo of Puerto Rico 5-2, retired.
   No. 2 seed Kristina Penickova, Annika's twin, is set to open on Thursday against Noor Sandhu of Memphis, Tenn. Kristina Penickova won the Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla., two weeks ago.
   In the first round of the Junior Orange Bowl boys 12s, No. 7 seed Vihaan Reddy of San Jose, Calif., dominated Tomas Giachero of Canada 6-2, 6-2. Seung Jun Yu of South Korea downed Connor Lin of Santa Clara in the Bay Area 6-2, 6-3.

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