CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 15, 2016) – Qualifier and American teenager Evan Zhu upset the tournament’s No. 2 seed and former No. 1 college player Clay Thompson on Thursday during second-round singles action at the USTA Claremont Club Pro Classic Pro Circuit Futures tournament.
A promising 18-year-old UCLA freshman from Irvine, Zhu eliminated the former UCLA Bruin Thompson, 6-4, 6-4, and will next move into the quarterfinals where he will face the other qualifying winner on the day, Alexei Popyrin of Australia. Popyrin is actually younger than Zhu at just 17 years of age and is currently ranked No. 23 in the ITF world junior rankings.
Besides Zhu, there were two other Americans who advanced into the final eight as No. 5-seeded Alexios Halebian and UCLA junior wild card Martin Redlicki each posted victories.
Halebian, who also advanced to the final in doubles and is part of the No. 1-seeded team with Mexico’s Luis Patino, will take on former Pepperdine All-American Sebastian Fanselow, the No. 4-seed from Germany as Fanselow beat current UCLA player and wild card Gage Brymer, 6-3, 6-4.
Brymer and Redlicki will battle for the Bruins’ No. 1 spot this year, once again making UCLA a heavy favorite to contend for a national championship.
Redlicki had a tough time with Ty Trombetta, before prevailing, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Trombetta, who used a protected ranking to get into the main draw, is a former top junior from South Florida who is 26 years old and recovering from right shoulder surgery a year ago May. “It’s something I’ve been plagued with my entire career,” Trombetta said. “The first tournament I played this year was the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures because it was near my home in Aventura.”
Trombetta is being coached this week by former world No. 22 player Ronald Agenor, who lives in Southern California but also splits his time in Florida. “I’ve known Ronald’s brother since I was 8 years old growing up in Florida,” said Trombetta, who taught tennis while recovering from surgery. “I’m back to 100 percent now and I’m feeling good. I’ve played these Southern California Futures tournaments before and really like it out here. So I decided to get back out here and give it a try.”
Halebian and Patino will contest the doubles final against the Sebastians, Fanselow and Sebastian Bader from Austria, not before 2 p.m.
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Thursday’s Round of 16 Singles Results
wc: wild card; q: qualifier
Alex Blumberg, Brazil, def. Farzin Amiri, U.S., 4-1, ret. (injury)
Lucas Gomez, Mexico (3), def. Patrick Daciek, U.S., 6-4, 6-3
Florent Diep, France (8), def. Gustav Hansson, Sweden (q), 7-6 (5), 7-5
Alexei Popyrin, Australia (q), def. Taverna Santiago, Argentina, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Evan Zhu, U.S. (q), def. Clay Thompson, U.S. (2), 6-4, 6-4
Alexios Halebian, U.S. (5), def. Guus Koevermans, Netherlands (q), 7-6 (11), 6-3
Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (4), def. Gage Brymer, U.S. (wc), 6-3, 6-4
Martin Redlicki, U.S. (wc), def. Ty Trombetta, U.S., 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Thursday’s Semifinal Doubles Results
Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Max Cressy, France/Romain Sichez, France, 7-6 (5), 6-1
Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2), def. Gary Kushnirovich, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S., 6-4, 6-2