LSU’s Simpson advances at ITA event

LSU’s Chris Simpson helped the Tigers overcome a slow start on Monday as qualifying play opened at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Simpson defeated Richmond senior Ethan Dunbar 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the qualifying bracket.

The Tigers also notched two victories in consolation play as sophomore Jordan Daigle fought his way to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Boise State junior Thomas Tenreiro, and junior Tam Trinh beat Cal sophomore Filip Bergevi 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Simpson will continue qualifying play for the Tigers at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.

LSU’s Vale Costa set for ITA competition

LSU sophomore Joana Vale Costa will compete in the singles qualifying bracket of the 2014 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships on Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Vale Costa will square off against Texas Tech sophomore Lynn Kiro in the first round of the qualifying bracket. The match is set to start at 2:15 p.m. CT.

The winner will advance to take on the winner of Miami’s Lina Lileikite and Clemson’s Romy Kolzer at 5:45 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

Chitimacha Open to host charity luncheon

The Chitimacha Louisiana Open will hold its annual charity luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Petroleum Club in Lafayette’s Oil Center.

The tournament, which celebrated its 23rd renewal this season at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, will award checks to dozens of local and regional charities and youth groups at the luncheon that officially wraps up the year for Acadiana’s premier professional sports event.

Tournament director Danny Jones said this year’s Open charitable contributions will easily surpass last year’s $158,184 total. The final figures will be announced during the luncheon.

VooDoo to host open tryout Nov. 15

The New Orleans VooDoo will hold an open tryout Saturday, Nov. 15, at Pan American Stadium in City Park in New Orleans.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the tryout starting at 10 a.m. The registration fee will be $80 and will be due on the day of the tryout, which will consist of the 40-yard dash, short shuttle, broad jump, individual drill and one-on-one drills. The workouts will be conducted on artificial turf fields, so participants are encouraged to wear cleats. Kickers will be included in the open tryout.

VooDoo head coach Dean Cokinos will conduct the workouts and evaluate the players.

Prospective players need to pre-register for the open tryout and may do so by downloading the tryout application and sending the completed forms to the VooDoo Football Operations Department via fax, at (318) 224-2771, or via email to The registration form is available for download at

For any questions regarding the open tryout, call (888)-277-5526, ext.132

Serena avoids bagel, cruises at China Open

BEIJING — Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory Monday in the first round of the China Open.

Williams looked lethargic and flat-footed at the start, dropping serve three times to fall behind 5-0 in only 15 minutes.

She saved a set point in the next game and cruised the rest of the way.

The last player to bagel Williams was another Spaniard, Anabel Medina Garrigues, last year in Madrid. Williams won that match 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

On the men’s side, U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic played his first match since winning his only Grand Slam title this month and beat Chinese wild-card entry Bai Yan 6-3, 6-4.

Granollers beats Ferrer at Japan Open

TOKYO — Marcel Granollers of Spain rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Monday and advance to the second round of the Japan Open.

Granollers converted four of nine break points at Ariake Coliseum and will next face Steve Johnson of the United States. Johnson lost only seven of his first service points and hit 12 aces to beat Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya 7-6 (4), 6-2.

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