Dent, Glatch set for U.S. Open

Local products get wild-card qualifying bids for Grand Slam event, set to begin Aug. 31 in New York.

August 22, 2009

Former Corona del Mar High standout Taylor Dent and Newport Beach resident Alexa Glatch have earned men’s and women’s wild-card qualifying berths, respectively, into the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 at the United States Tennis Assn. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

Dent, 28, who played at Wimbledon in June, will return to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2005. He has missed much of the past three years with a back problem, for which he had two surgeries in 2007.

Once ranked No. 21 in the world before his back problems, Dent is ranked No. 202.

Glatch represented the U.S. in the Fed Cup in April and also competed at Wimbledon and the French Open this year.


— From staff reports

UCI women drop opener

TEMPE, Ariz. — The UC Irvine women’s soccer team had a stormy start to its season Friday night at Arizona State.

The host Sun Devils posted a 2-0 nonconference victory in a game shortened due to the threat of lightning in the area.

After ASU took a 2-0 lead in the first half, the game was halted by a 100-minute lightning delay.

Play resumed, but the game was halted in the 78th minute due to more concern over lightning.

Junior UCI goalie Danielle de Seriere had three saves for the visitors, whose lone shot was produced by sophomore Lexi Kopf. UCI had no shots on goal.

There were six yellow cards and one red card issued. UCI sophomore Kelly Block earned the red card in the 75th minute, forcing UCI to briefly play a player short.

UCI plays at Arizona tonight at 7.

— From staff reports

Anteaters’ Chin lauded

UC Irvine golfer John Chin, a junior last season, has been named to the Division I PING All-West Region team for the second straight year by the Golf Coaches Assn. of America.

Chin was also selected Big West Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after leading UCI with a 71.39 average and six top-10 finishes.

He placed second at the Anteater Invitational and Del Walker Intercollegiate, seventh at the U.S. Intercollegiate and Callaway Match Play Qualifier, eighth at the Fresno State Lexus Classic and ninth at the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan to open the season.

His low score of the season was a six-under-par 65 in the second round of the Del Walker Intercollegiate Oct. 16 at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach.

Chin led UCI with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA West Regional May 14-16 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

He is No. 54 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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