Junior tourney to start Sunday

The fourth annual Carolinas/Georgia Junior Championship will be played Sunday and Monday at Mount Vintage Plantation in Edgefield County.

The stroke-play tournament brings together the top 20-ranked boys and top 10-ranked girls from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

The Chester and Vintage nines will be used for the tournament at the 27-hole course.



Fleming Center receives grant

Augusta’s MACH Academy at Fleming Tennis Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant by USTA Serves, the philanthropic and charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association.

MACH Academy, Inc., is a not-for-profit, community-based organization which provides year-round classes and camps at the Fleming Tennis Center, Smith Hazel Community Center in Aiken, and satellite locations throughout the area.

Programs and services inspire and nurture self-esteem in young people who often lack encouragement and support in their daily lives.

Its mission is to provide life skills development sessions for at-risk and disadvantaged youth, ages 3-18, through interactive academic, technology, nutrition and tennis and fitness activities.

• In Sydney, Caroline Wozniacki lost her quarterfinal at the Sydney International, opening the way for Petra Kvitova to take over the No. 1 ranking before next week’s Australian Open.

Wozniacki, who needed a medical timeout in the final set to have her left wrist taped, lost 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

In the previous match at the Olympic Tennis Centre, Wimbledon champion and No. 2 Kvitova continued her pursuit of the top ranking by beating Daniela Hantuchova 6-0, 6-4 to move into the semifinals against French Open winner Li Na. She defeated Lucie Safarova 6-2, 7-6 (3).

No. 3 Victoria Azarenka edged No. 9 Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-4 and will next face Radwanska.

• In Melbourne, Australia, weekend winners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic lost their opening matches at the invitational Kooyong Classic, a tuneup for next week’s Australian Open.

Andy Roddick also lost his first-round match, falling to Gael Monfils 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3).

Tsonga, who won the Qatar Open in an all-French final Saturday against Monfils, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Jurgen Melzer.

• In Hobart, Australia, qualifier Mona Barthel upset second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals of the Hobart International, another tuneup for next week’s Australian Open.

Defending champion Jarmila Gajdosova defeated Australian Fed Cup teammate Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and will play Barthel today.



16 MLS teams in U.S. Open Cup

All 16 eligible Major League Soccer teams will compete in the U.S. Open Cup, which is expanding from 40 to 64 teams this year.

The tournament will start May 15, with the second round May 22 and the MLS teams from the United States entering in the third round May 29, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday.

MLS had entered eight teams in recent years, with six qualifying automatically and two emerging from play-in rounds. MLS teams must win five games in the single-elimination tournament to earn the title. The final will be Aug. 7 or 8.

Seattle will attempt to become the first team to win four years in a row.



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