Cal graduate and New Zealand product Ben McLachlan is finding success playing in futures tournaments on the professional tennis circuit in Japan, his mother's homeland. The former Bear reached the doubles final and singles semifinals of the recent Showanomori Open Tennis Tournament in Akishima and is playing singles in a tournament in Sapporo.
McLachlan won three matches in the singles main draw before falling to eventual champion Yuuya Kibi of Japan, 7-6(3), 7-6(3), in the June 21 semis at the Showanomori Tennis Center in Akishima, a Tokyo suburb.
McLachlan earlier defeated Japan's Masato Chiga 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the round of 32, Masaki Sasai in the round of 16 6-3, 6-4, and Gengo Kikuchi in the quarterfinals 7-6( 6), 7-6 (5).
McLachlan had won three times in the qualifying draw.
The Cal alum moved on to play in Sapporo International Open Tennis on clay at Nakajima Park on the northern island of Hokkaido. He won two qualifying matches to advance to the singles main draw for the event which runs through Sunday.
McLachlan and his brother and fellow former Bear, Riki, are the sons of Japanese immigrant Yuriko and New Zealand native Craig McLachlan. Ben McLachlan completed his Cal career in May in the NCAA singles championships. The Bears No. 1 singles player fell in the quarterfinals at NCAAs, after leading Cal to the round of 16 in the NCAA team tournament. He earned a No. 42 ranking in the final ITA singles poll of 2013-14 and garnered All-America honors as well as All-Pac-12 first-team selection in his last season for Cal.
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Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.