Friday, January 20, 2017

No upset this time as Querrey falls to Murray

Sam Querrey, shown in 2014, lost to Andy Murray
in the third round of the Australian Open after stun-
ning Novak Djokovic in the same round at Wimble-
don last year. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey couldn't pull off another Grand Slam shocker.
   The 29-year-old San Francisco native, seeded 31st, lost to top-ranked Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday (California time) in the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
   Querrey ousted then-No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the same round at Wimbledon last July.
   Murray had 40 winners and 22 errors as he improved to 7-1 against Querrey.
   Murray, a three-time Grand Slam singles champion, seeks his first Australian Open. He has five runner-up finishes, falling short the last two years and in three of the last four. All five losses have come against the top-ranked player, Roger Federer in 2010 and Djokovic the subsequent four times.
   Djokovic, seeded second in Melbourne, lost to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round.
   Murray went undefeated in the now-defunct SAP Open in San Jose, winning the title at 18 in 2006 and repeating the following year.
   Also Thursday:
   --Liezel Huber, a 40-year-old U.S. citizen from South Africa, and Maria Sanchez, a Modesto product, lost to third-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of women's doubles.
   Huber, formerly ranked No. 1, was playing in her third tournament since retiring after Wimbledon in 2014.
   Makarova and Vesnina won the 2013 French Open and 2014 U.S. Open and reached the final of the 2014 Australian Open, losing to Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
   --Top-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix and Mike Bryan (Stanford, 1997-98) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., edged Arina Rodionova and John-Patrick Smith of Australia 6-4, 4-6 [10-6] in the first round of mixed doubles.
   Mattek-Sands and Bryan won the 2015 French Open title.

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