Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sanchez loses in French Open qualifying

   Maria Sanchez from Modesto lost to third-seeded Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1 today in the second round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
   Sanchez, a 25-year-old USC graduate, was seeking her first berth in the singles main draw at Roland Garros. In her only other appearance, she also lost in the second round of qualifying in 2013.
   Sanchez has not played in the doubles main draw of the French Open but could this year. She is ranked No. 89 in doubles and No. 187 in singles.
   Karatantcheva reached the French Open quarterfinals 10 years ago at age 15. Later in 2005, she was suspended for two years after testing positive twice for nandrolone.
   Also falling today were Americans Grace Min and Anna Tatishvili. That leaves Alexa Glatch and Jessica Pegula, whose billionaire father owns the NFL's Buffalo Bills and the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, as the lone U.S. women in the final round of qualifying.
   Only one U.S. man, 18-year-old Jared Donaldson, advanced to the last round. Donaldson, who has lost only three games in two matches, will face 27th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Friday.
   Basilashvili eliminated American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-1, 6-7 (9), 6-3. Fratangelo, who's named after Bjorn Borg, in 2011 joined John McEnroe (1977) as the only Americans in the Open era to win the French Open junior boys title.

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