Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quinzi Wins Grade 2 in Uruguay; Stanford Women Down Cal to Extend Home Streak; Kudla Gets Indian Wells Qualifying WC; Pacific Coast Doubles Sunday


Fifteen-year-old qualifier Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy won the ITF Grade 2 Uruguay Bowl this weekend, his fifth ITF title, but his first above a Grade 5. Quinzi won four Caribbean Grade 5 tournaments last fall and was one of the favorites for the 16s titles at the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl, but was surprised by Markus Ahne of Austria in Bradenton in the round of 16, and fell to finalist and top seed Lucas Pouille of France in the third round at Crandon Park. His ITF 18s singles record remains perfect however, with three qualifying wins on the clay in Uruguay and five more in the main draw, all in straight sets. Quinzi beat unseeded Kaichi Uchida of Japan 6-4, 6-2 in the final. No. 3 seed Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay defeated fifth seed Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the girls final. For complete draws, see the ITF junior website.

The Stanford women bolstered their claim for the top spot in the next rankings by beating No. 6 Cal-Berkeley 5-2 today in Palo Alto. Stanford won the doubles point and got quick victories from Nicole Gibbs, Carolyn McVeigh and Kristie Ahn to post their 173rd consecutive home victory. This match did not count in the conference standings, with the two teams playing again in a match that will figure in determining the conference champions. For more on the win, see gostanford.com. By the way, the Ohio State men have a home streak that now stands at 121.

Denis Kudla announced on twitter that he had received a qualifying wild card into the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells next week. Mark Philippoussis decided he would be better off financially competing in the Champions event in Zurich, so he declined the wild card given to him. It also appears that Greg Ouellette has gotten into the qualifying on his own ranking, so his qualifying wild card might also be available.

The Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championships are down to the semifinals, with two Stanford teams still in the running for the prestigious title. No. 1 seeds Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher of Stanford will play University of San Diego's Clarke Spinosa and Thibaut Visy, who are unseeded, in one semifinal, while Matt Kandath and Denis Lin of Stanford, a nine seed, will face Fresno State's Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers, who are seeded sixth, in the other. Ken Thomas is calling the matches from the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club on radiotennis.com. Complete draws are available at the TennisLink site.

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