Youth is served at MV Open

Photos by John Togasaki/Multimedia Tennis
Jenson Brooksby, 16, won the men’s singles title at the Mountain View Open. He defeated the top seed in straight sets in the final.

Teens took top honors in singles at the 49th Mountain View Open, and several more junior players advanced to the latter stages of the three-day tennis tournament, which concluded Memorial Day at Cuesta Park.

“There were many up-and-coming young players in the tournament this year,” tournament director John Togasaki said.

Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael won the men’s singles division, and fellow 16-year-old Sara Choy of Sacred Heart Prep claimed the women’s singles title.

Second-seeded Brooksby – the No. 2 ranked 16-year-old boy in the nation – defeated top seed Andy Zhou, a sophomore on the Harvard University tennis team and a Palo Alto native, 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

Choy, a two-time Central Coast Section singles champ, won her final by walkover. Opponent Carolyn Campana, 17, of Hillsborough “had to pull out with a hamstring injury after her dramatic semifinal win over No. 1 seed Allie Will,” Togasaki said. Campana injured her leg in the third set “but fought through it to win the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-4,” he added.

Will was ranked among the top 300 players in the world just a few years ago, according to Togasaki, and she played No. 1 singles on the University of Florida’s 2012 national championship team.

In men’s doubles, Brooksby joined forces with 14-year-old Karl Lee of Los Altos to reach the quarterfinals. Eighth-grader Lee also played in singles as the 17th seed, falling in the round of 32.

Other high school-age or younger players who advanced in the tournament:

• Sophomore Stephanie Nguyen, a 5-Star recruit (top 75 in her class nationally) from Fremont, lost in the finals of mixed doubles and in the quarterfinals of women’s singles.

• Junior Niluka Madurawe, a 5-Star recruit who has verbally committed to Dartmouth College, lost in the semifinals of women’s singles.

• Seventh-grader Vivian Ovrootsky, a Blue Chip recruit (top 25 in her class nationally) from San Jose, lost in the quarterfinals of women’s singles.

• Freshman Muskan Mahajan, a Blue Chip recruit from San Ramon, lost in the quarterfinals of women’s singles.

• Westmont High senior Ajai Shekhera, a 5-Star recruit who has verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara, lost in the quarterfinals of both men’s singles and mixed doubles.

• St. Ignatius senior Katya Tabachnik, 5-Star recruit from San Jose who has verbally committed to Santa Clara University, reached the round of 16 in women’s singles and the quarterfinals of mixed doubles.

• Sixth-grader Anushka Khune, a Blue Chip recruit from Palo Alto, lost in the round of 16 of women’s singles.

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