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Saleh stays alive

Newport Beach resident attempting to qualify into main draw of Costa Mesa Pro Classic.

March 19, 2012

COSTA MESA — Dante Saleh, a 16-year-old from Newport Beach, secured another victory Monday on his bid to gain a main draw entry into the Costa Mesa Pro Classic at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

Saleh defeated Deiton Baughman, 6-1, 6-2, then Alejandro Moreno Figueroa, 6-2, 6-2. Saleh faces fifth-seeded Dennis Novikov in the final qualification round Tuesday.

Four of the CMTC courts will host 16 matches throughout the day, the highlight coming shortly after 10 a.m. on Court 2, when top-seeded Andre Begemann of Germany, currently ranked 286th in the world, of Germany faces Croatian Roko Karanusic in the first match of the main draw.

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Later in the day, Begemann and doubles partner Carsten Ball, of Newport Beach, will play Torrance's Jason Jung and Joel Kincaid in the first doubles match of the event.

Singles and doubles match play continues daily through Sunday, when the championships in each will be held.

The event is free.

— From staff reports

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