Stanford grad Klahn set for first appearance in Australian Open

Stanford grad Bradley Klahn will be making his first appearance in a Grand Slam event outside of the United States when he meets Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the Australian Open, which gets under way on Monday.

Former Menlo School standout Dmitry Tursunov, seeded 30th in the event, opens against American Michael Russell. Tursunov will also partner with Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the main doubles.

Cardinal grad Scott Lipsky and partner Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico are the 16th-seeded doubles team and will meet Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea in the first round.

Stanford product Nicole Gibbs, currently ranked 185th, split two matches in the women's singles qualifying tournament and failed to secure a spot in the main draw.

Gibbs downed Austria's Priscilla Hon, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round and then fell to Marla Sirotkina, 6-4, 6-2, in the second round.

Klahn, ranked a career-best 95, has appeared in three U.S. Open singles tournaments and four doubles tournaments. Dimitrov is seeded No. 22.

Tursunov did not play in last year's Australian Open because of an injury, but will be making his eighth appearance at the event. He reached the third round in 2007.

Women's basketball

Vanessa D'Amico scored 19 of her game-high 22 points in the second half in helping the 17th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team rally from behind for a 65-62 victory over host William Jessup in a Cal Pac Conference contest Saturday.

Jolise Limcaco scored six of her 15 points in the final three minutes as the Lady Oaks (4-0, 15-4) won their fifth straight and 12 of 13 overall.

D'Amico sank a pair of free throws with just over a minute remaining to break a 62-all tie and put Menlo ahead to stay.

Amber Lane made one of two foul shots with 8.9 seconds left and the Warriors missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

The Lady Oaks were down by 12 points in the first half of their Cal Pac tournament championship rematch of a year ago.

William Jessup took a six-point lead into halftime and it took nearly 10 minutes before Jenna Arnett made a basket to give Menlo a 46-45 lead.

The lead changed hands six times and was tied on three other occasions over the final 10 minutes.

Menlo continues Cal Pac play at home Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. against Cal State Maritime.

Men's basketball

The last time Menlo College and William Jessup met, the Oaks handed the then-No. 1 seeded Warriors an overtime loss in the first round of the Cal Pac tournament last year.

In that rematch on Saturday night in Rocklin, both teams showed their ability to battle through adversity, but it was ultimately the Warriors who came out on top with a 53-49 conference victory. The loss dropped Menlo to 2-2 in league (4-13 overall) while William Jessup improved to 2-1 (8-9).

Keith Bowman was dominant for Menlo as he had a double-double with his game-high 27-point, 18-rebound performance. His 18 rebounds serve as a season high for the senior who also leads the Cal Pac in scoring with an average of 18.4 points per game.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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