Having a Ball at L.A. Open

LOS ANGELES — Carsten Ball is putting together quite a run at the Los Angeles Tennis Open.

The former Corona del Mar High standout, unseeded at the tournament, advanced to the semifinals Friday at the UCLA Tennis Center. Ball will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer today in the semifinals.

Ball, representing Australia, made it out of the qualifying rounds and opened the main draw with a 6-2, 7-6 (6) win against Marc Cicquel of France. In the next round, Ball recorded an upset against No. 3-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. Ball won the first set, 6-4, then the Russian retired after taking the first game in the second set.

In the quarterfinals Friday, Ball kept it going with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against American John Isner.

Mayer is also unseeded in the tournament. He didn’t even need to play against No. 2 seeded Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals. Fish stepped out with an abdominal strain.

Top-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany takes on sixth-seeded Sam Querry in the other semifinal.

— From staff reports


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