ST. HELENA, Calif. – Nikhil Jayashankar won his second straight singles match at the Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic on Saturday, after the California junior and the rest of the field waited out a four and a half hour rain delay at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort. Jayashankar bested Boise State’s Nathan Sereke, 6-3, 6-0, in a match that began at 3 p.m. but was slated to start at 10:30 a.m.
The Golden Bear (2-0) currently holds the best record in Group 8, with the winner of each of the eight singles groups moving on to the Solinco USTA Wild-Card Shoot-Out on Sunday. The playoff will determine the 2013 Solinco USTA Shoot-Out champion.
The other three Bears who played singles on Saturday had a more challenging time at Meadowood, after all three had won their Friday matches. Freshman Andre Goransson (1-1) fell to Florida State’s 116th-ranked Benjamin Lock, 7-6(4), 6-3. Lock has a 2-0 record and the lead in Group 4. First-year Bear Filip Bergevi (1-1) likewise dropped his Saturday match, a 6-3, 6-2, result against Alabama’s 95th-ranked Daniil Proskura (2-0), who leads Group 3. Junior Gregory Bayane (1-1) lost another Cal-Florida State battle, with a 6-4, 6-1, setback against 57th-ranked Dominic Cotrone (2-0), the Group 2 leader.
Only one doubles match – not featuring any Bears – took place on Saturday, late in the day, but all the other doubles action was cancelled due to the rain delay.
The Audi Napa Valley Tennis Classic concludes on Sunday, with singles matches scheduled to start at 8 a.m.