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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ojai Update; SEC, ACC Finals Set; Cox Reaches Futures Final; Eastern US Open Playoff Qualifiers Determined

I have every intention of making my first visit to The Ojai next year, but this year, I'm just following the results online. Ken Thomas will be broadcasting the finals of the Pac-10 individual championships there tomorrow on radiotennis.com, and he has a couple of great championship matches. Number 2 seed and defending champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford will meet top seed Robert Farah of Southern Cal in the men's final, and in the women's final, top seed Hilary Barte of Stanford will play No. 2 seed Yasmin Schnack of UCLA. In today's semifinals, Klahn downed No. 8 seed Daniel Nguyen of USC in three sets, while Farah defeated No. 3 seed Ryan Thacher of Stanford in two sets. Barte beat No. 3 seed Marina Cossou of Cal and Schnack got by No. 6 seed Mari Andersson, also of Cal, both in straight sets. For completes results, including doubles and invitational draws, see the TennisLink site.

In the Open tournament, International Spring Champion Daniel Kosakowski lost in today's semifinals to defending champion Lester Cook, the top seed, by a 6-3, 6-1 score. Cook will play unseeded Brian Wilson, who advanced to the final when No. 2 seed Scoville Jenkins retired with an injury at 4-6, 6-1, 3-1. Wilson, the former Illinois star, beat last year's Ojai CIF boys champion Marcos Giron yesterday, and Rhiannon Potkey of the Ventura County Star wrote about the match in this article. For her story on Daniel Nguyen, click here.

The CIF boys championship today went to USD recruit Clarke Spinosa. For all junior results, click here.

The Pac-10 women's team title went to Stanford, when the Cardinal won the long-delayed doubles point from Southern Cal earlier this week in Ojai. The USC and Stanford men share the title this year, with USC losing to UCLA last Friday while Stanford beat Cal last Saturday to tie the Trojans with a 5-1 conference mark. There is no season-ending team tournament in the Pac-10.

The automatic conference bids for the SEC and ACC will be decided tomorrow. In the SEC, No. 1 Florida will play No. 3 Tennessee for the women's bid, and it's Gators vs. Vols for the men's bid too, with No. 1 Tennessee facing No. 2 Florida. In the ACC, No. 1 Virginia will play No. 2 Duke on the men's side, and on the women's, it's No. 1 North Carolina against No. 7 Georgia Tech, who upset No. 3 Clemson in today's semifinal. For more, see the SEC Men's, SEC Women's and ACC conference websites.

In checking on the Futures results outside of the U.S. this week, I saw that Jordan Cox was in the final of a $15,000 hard court event in Korea. Cox, 18, has played three consecutive weeks in Korea, and this is his best result; ironically, he got in as a lucky loser. For the draw, see the ATP website.

The first of the sectional tournaments for a qualifying wild card into the U.S. Open was completed in New York, with Katerina Sevcikova and Nikita Kryvonos earning an opportunity to play at the national tournament that will decide a US Open qualifier. For more on the two winners, see usta.com.