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NorCal Tennis Czar NorCal Tennis Czar focuses on Northern California professional, collegiate, junior and recreational tennis. The blog includes tournament coverage, player profiles, examination of issues and trends, columns, book reviews and more.

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French Open Day 6 recap: No. 8 Suarez Navarro falls

May 30, 2015
French Open Day 6 recap: No. 8 Suarez Navarro falls

No. 28 seed Flavia Pennetta, defending her titleat Indian Wells in March, beat No. 8 Carla SuarezNavarro on Friday. Photo by Paul Bauman   Upset of the day -- No. 28 seed Flavia Pennetta, a 33-year-old Italian, dismissed No. 8 Carla Suarez Na...

French Open Day 5 recap: Wozniacki joins exodus

May 28, 2015

   Note: This post will be updated after midnight PDT.   Upset of the day -- Fifth-seeded "Sweet" Caroline Wozniacki's struggles in the French Open continued as the former world No. 1 fell to Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (4) in...

French Open Day 4 recap: Lucic-Baroni upsets Halep

May 27, 2015
French Open Day 4 recap: Lucic-Baroni upsets Halep

No. 3 seed and 2014 French Open runner-upSimona Halep, shown en route to the titleat Indian Wells in March, lost to MirjanaLucic-Baroni today in the second roundRoland Garros. Photo by Paul Bauman   Upset of the day -- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a...

Stanford women finish out of top 10

May 26, 2015

   Despite reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Waco, Texas, the Stanford women finished outside the top 10 in the national rankings for the first time since at least 1987.   The Cardinal (18-6) rose three places ...

French Open Day 3 highlights: No. 6 Bouchard exits

May 26, 2015
French Open Day 3 highlights: No. 6 Bouchard exits

No. 6 seed Eugenie Bouchard lost to Kristina Mladen-ovic in the first round. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman   Upset of the day -- You could see this one coming.   Kristina Mladenovic, playing in her home country, dispatched sixth-seeded ...

French Open Day 2 highlights: Stephens ousts Venus

May 26, 2015

   Match of the day -- Sloane Stephens dispatched fellow American Venus Williams, seeded 15th, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the first round. It was Williams' second opening-round loss in three years at Roland Garros. Stephens has plunged from a career-hig...

Stanford, Cal women fall in NCAA individual finals

May 25, 2015
Stanford, Cal women fall in NCAA individual finals

North Carolina's Jamie Loeb defeated Stanford's CarolZhao for the NCAA title. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman   This is getting a bit old for Stanford and Cal women.   Today in Waco, Texas, they fell to 0-3 in NCAA singles or doubles fina...

Stanford’s Zhao rallies to gain NCAA final

May 24, 2015

   It turns out that Carol Zhao plays pretty well from behind, too.   The Stanford star, seeded second, reeled off the last nine games in her 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over No. 9-16 Josie Kuhlman of Florida today in Waco, Texa...

French Open Day 1: Johnson tops seed in five sets

May 24, 2015

   Match of the day -- Steve Johnson of Redondo Beach in the Los Angeles area ousted 26th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 3-6, 6-3.    Upset of the day -- No. 24 Peng Shuai, a semifinalist at last year...

Players to watch in the French Open

May 24, 2015
Players to watch in the French Open

Novak Djokovic, playing at Indian Wells in March, will tryto complete a career Grand Slam. Photo by Paul Bauman    The French Open began today in Paris and continues through June 7. Seedings are in parentheses. MEN Novak Djokov...

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