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Clara Lu / For the Ark

Andre Goransson and Florian Lakat of the University of California at Berkeley celebrate after winning the men's doubles title at the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon Peninsula Club on Oct. 1. They defeated three-time champions Marcelo Arévalo and Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela to take home the trophy.

Cal wildcard team upsets champions to win doubles tournament at Tiburon Challenger

By JEFF DEMPSEY
jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com
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A wild-card doubles team from Cal shocked crowds over the weekend, defeating the fourth-, second- and top-seeded tennis teams to win the Tiburon Challenger, while British underdog Cameron Norrie upset American Tennys Sandgren to capture the singles crown.

Andre Goransson of Sweden and Florian Lakat of France, who play tennis at the University of California at Berkeley, defeated No. 1-ranked Marcelo Arévalo of El Salvador and Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela of Mexico Oct. 1 in the final match two sets to none (6-4, 6-4), ending Arévalo and Reyes-Varela's 15-match winning streak. Going into the Tiburon final, Arévalo and Reyes-Varela had won three straight U.S. Tennis Association events.

"It's unreal," Goransson said. "We really didn't expect this at the beginning of the week."

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New York racers dash locals' hopes in Etchells sailing championships

In an Etchells World Championship race week that saw eight different winners in the first eight races and 30 of 51 teams with at least one top-10 finish, an Oyster Bay, N.Y., team dashed the hopes of a Belvedere sailor flying the burgee of the race host, the San Francisco Yacht Club.

The week got off to a slow start for the competitors, who faced delays of 2½ and two hours on the first two days of racing, respectively. The weather cooperated after that, however, with the final three days of racing seeing steady winds and no delays.

The Stella Blue team captained by Steve Benjamin of Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay came away with the win, netting 41 points and only once finishing outside of the top 10 in nine rounds of racing.

Belvedere's Don Jesberg finished seventh overall with 88 points, including three top-three finishes in the nine rounds of racing. Tiburon resident and San Francisco Yacht Club member Craig Healy finished 20th overall with 149 points, while Belvedere resident Ethan Doyle came in 36th with 221 points.

Iain Murray, who heads the Australian Sailing Team and was one of the more famous competitors in the field, finished 13th with a total of 118 points.
The story of the week heading into the final day had been the improbable performance of Senet Bischoff's boat KGB, competing in the amateur division. Bischoff's team, out of New York City's New York Yacht Club, led the field through the first seven rounds of racing before faltering in two the final three races, ultimately finishing in third place with 59 points.

The Etchells World Championship was held Sept. 22-30 and took place in the San Francisco Bay for the first time in 12 years. A total of 51 teams from around the world participated.
— Jeff Dempsey

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