Top seeds Blaesche, Mathews advance to DODDS tennis semis
WIESBADEN-NORDENSTADT, Germany — Top seeds Jessica Blaesche of AFNORTH and Jordan Mathews of Bitburg easily moved into Saturday’s semifinals of the DODDS-Europe high school tennis championships Friday.
Blaeshce, defending girls champion, outgunned Vilseck’s Lucie Zaryova and Aviano’s Shadi Kerbo, winning both matches 6-0, 6-0.
Mathews, who placed fifth last year as a junior, dispatched Baumholder’s Patrick Villarreal 6-0, 6-0 in his opening match, then toppled eighth-seeded Jason Robinson of Hohenfels 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
The two favorites will attempt to keep it rolling in Saturday’s semifinals at the Tennis Center Vitis in this Wiesbaden suburb. Blaesche will face fifth-seeded Brittany Garcia of Bitburg, while Mathews will take on Hanua’s Devin Hayes, who is seeded fourth.
Bitburg’s doubles team of Erik Martz and John Pendergrass also reached Saturday’s semifinals. After a first-round bye, the top seeds defeated Brussels’ Mike Zupi and Andrew Stark 6-1, 6-1.
In the girls doubles, Wiesbaden’s unseeded duo of Kate Gerry and Jenna Slagter pulled off the only first-round upset of the tournament. Gerry and Slagter bounced Lakenheath’s Kallie Hedberg and Morgan Parkerson 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4).
The top girls seeds, Janice Reinold and Paula Glover of ISB, however, had little trouble reaching the semifinals. Losing only one game in their two matches.
The tournament, which determines the European champs, gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday.