Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Querrey falls short of U.S. Open seeding

Sam Querrey, shown after winning the Napa Valley
Challenger last September, has reached the fourth
round of the U.S. Open twice to equal his best
Grand Slam result. Photo by Paul Bauman
   San Francisco native Sam Querrey narrowly missed being seeded for the U.S. Open.
   Italy's Fabio Fognini, ranked No. 32 in the world, received the 32nd and last seeding in the year's final Grand Slam tournament.
   The 38th-ranked Querrey could face a high seed early in the U.S. Open, which begins Monday in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   The seeds, announced today, were based on Monday's ATP World Tour and WTA rankings.
   Querrey, 27, has reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open twice (2008 and 2010) to equal his best Grand Slam result. The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) veteran advanced to the third round last year, losing to top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. 
   Shortly after Querrey was born, he moved with his family to Santa Rosa, near San Francisco. He then relocated to Las Vegas at age 7 and to Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles area at 10.
   Querrey, whose father is a mortgage banker, turned pro in 2006 after graduating from Thousand Oaks High School. He lives in Las Vegas; Nevada, unlike California, has no state income tax.
   Three-time defending champion Serena Williams and Djokovic, the 2011 winner and four-time runner-up, received the top seedings for the U.S. Open. It's the first time that the same man and woman have been seeded first for three straight years since Ivan Lendl and Steffi Graf from 1987 through 1989.
   Williams will try to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, last accomplished by Graf in 1988. Williams also can tie Graf with 22 major singles titles, second all-time behind Margaret Court's 24, and win her seventh U.S. Open singles crown. That would break the Open-era (since 1968) record she shares with Chris Evert.
   Czech Karolina Pliskova, the runner-up to Angelique Kerber of Germany in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford three weeks ago, is seeded eighth. Kerber is 11th. 
   No. 2 Roger Federer is seeded at the U.S. Open for the 15th straight year, suprassing Lendl for the second-longest streak in the Open era behind Jimmy Connors at 18.
   The United States has four women's seeds (Serena Williams, No. 19 Madison Keys, No. 23 Venus Williams and No. 29 Sloane Stephens) and two men's seeds (No. 13 John Isner and No. 28 Jack Sock). Venus Williams won the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001.    
   The singles draws will be held on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. California time (live streaming at usopen.org).
U.S. OPEN MEN'S SINGLES SEEDS 
   1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
   2. Roger Federer, Switzerland
   3. Andy Murray, Great Britain
   4. Kei Nishikori, Japan
   5. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
   6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
   7. David Ferrer, Spain
   8. Rafael Nadal, Spain
   9. Marin Cilic, Croatia
   10. Milos Raonic, Canada
   11. Gilles Simon, France
   12. Richard Gasquet, France
   13. John Isner, United States
   14. David Goffin, Belgium
   15. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
   16. Gael Monfils, France
   17. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
   18. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
   19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
   20. Dominic Thiem, Austria
   21. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
   22. Viktor Troicki, Serbia
   23. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
   24. Bernard Tomic, Australia
   25. Andreas Seppi, Italy
   26. Tommy Robredo, Spain
   27. Jeremy Chardy, France
   28. Jack Sock, United States
   29. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
   30. Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil
   31. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain
   32. Fabio Fognini, Italy
U.S. OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES SEEDS 
   1. Serena Williams, United States
   2. Simona Halep, Romania
   3. Maria Sharapova, Russia
   4. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
   5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
   6. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
   7. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
   8. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic
   9. Garbine Muguruza, Spain
   10. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
   11. Angelique Kerber, Germany
   12. Belinda Bencic, Switzerland
   13. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia
   14. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland
   15. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
   16. Sara Errani, Italy
   17. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine
   18. Andrea Petkovic, Germany
   19. Madison Keys, United States
   20. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus
   21. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
   22. Samantha Stosur, Australia
   23. Venus Williams, United States
   24. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
   25. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada
   26. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
   27. Alize Cornet, France
   28. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania
   29. Sloane Stephens, United States
   30. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
   31. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
   32. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia

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