Southern California Tennis

UCLA Freshman Zhu Keeps Winning in Claremont

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 14, 2016) – A day after UCLA’s top player, who is known widely within tennis circles having played in the US Open main draw just three weeks ago, upset the top-seeded player at the USTA Claremont Club Pro Classic Pro Circuit Futures tournament, Wednesday belonged to a future Bruin from Southern California who wants nothing more than be a household name soon, too.

Eighteen-year-old Evan Zhu of Irvine won his fifth consecutive match in Claremont, never dropping serve in a 6-3, 6-4 first-round win over unseeded Federico Moreno of Argentina. Zhu, who has spent the past two and a half years training with the Dent Academy in Fountain Valley, won four qualifying matches before his main-draw victory and joined future UCLA teammate and Tuesday’s big upset winner Martin Redlicki in the Round of 16 on Thursday.


FIle shot of Evan Zhu.

“Sometimes I think it’s good to have to qualify because you get used to the courts and the overall atmosphere and get some more matches,” said Zhu, who moves onto campus in Westwood on Saturday and starts school a week from Thursday. “I’m excited to be here and to be winning.”

Zhu, who will be studying business at UCLA and considered Stanford and Harvard University before deciding on staying close to home, will face a former UCLA Bruin in the second round on Thursday as No. 2-seeded and former No. 1 player in college tennis Clay Thompson also advanced to the second round. “He’s going to be tough,” said Zhu. “His serve is huge and I expect him to give me a great match.”

Thompson beat former UCLA teammate and Weil Tennis Academy player Ryoto Tachi, a qualifier from Japan, 6-4, 6-4, on Wednesday. Another qualifier also advanced as University of San Diego freshman Guus Koevermans from the Netherlands did not drop a game in his double-bagel, 6-0, 6-0 win against fellow qualifier Pedro Iamachkine from Peru.

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Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

wc: wild card; q: qualifier; ll: lucky loser

Alex Blumberg, Brazil, def. Isaiah Strode, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8)

Lucas Gomez, Mexico (3), def. Gary Kushnirovich, U.S. (ll), 6-0, 6-4

Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (4), def. Michael Genender, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (2), 6-3

Florent Diep, France (8), def. Lucas Catarina, Monaco, 6-4, 7-5

Farzin Amiri, U.S., def. Elmar Ejopovic, Germany (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3

Alexi Popyrin, Australia (q), def. Federico Bertucci, Argentina, 7-6 (2), 6-2

Evan Zhu, U.S. (q), def. Federico Moreno, Argentina, 6-3, 6-4

Guus Koevermans, Netherlands (q), def. Pedro Iamachkine, Peru (q), 6-0, 6-0

Gage Brymer, U.S. (wc), def. Jake Douglas, U.S. (q), 6-4, 6-2

Clay Thompson, U.S. (2), def. Ryoto Tachi, Japan (q), 6-4, 6-4

Wednesday’s Quarterfinal Doubles Results

Max Cressy, France/Romain Sichez, France, def. Alex Blumenberg, Brazil/Patrick Daciek, U.S., 7-6 (2), 6-4

Alexios Halebian, U.S./Luis Patino, Mexico (1) def. Alan Kohen, Argentina/ Taverna Santiago, Argentina, 7-6 (0), 6-2

Sebastian Bader, Austria/Sebastian Fanselow, Germany (2), def. Lucas Catarina, Monaco/Florent Diep, France, 6-2, 6-3

Gary Kushnirovich, U.S./Isaiah Strode, U.S., def. Hunter Callahan, U.S./Martin Redlicki, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)

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