Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Querrey advances at Wimbledon; Bellis, Tursunov fall

Sam Querrey addresses the crowd after winning the
2014 Napa (Calif.) Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   After Day 1 at Wimbledon, Northern California's singles hopes rest with Sam Querrey.
   And the 29-year-old San Francisco native's day of reckoning could come soon.
   Querrey, seeded 24th, defeated Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-2 on Monday at the All England Club.
   Another San Francisco native, 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, lost in her Wimbledon women's main draw debut to former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 on Court 1.
   And Dmitry Tursunov, a 34-year-old Russian who trains in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, fell to 28th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3,
6-3.
   Querrey, who stunned Novak Djokovic in the third round at Wimbledon last year en route to the quarterfinals for his best Grand Slam result, is scheduled to play Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia for the first time on Wednesday.
   Basilashvili, ranked 54th to Querrey's 28th, beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
   The winner of the Querrey-Basilashvili match probably will face 12th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, in the third round on Friday. Tsonga is 4-1 against Querrey, including a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 14-12 victory in the second round at Wimbledon in 2014.
   Bellis, the youngest woman in the top 50 at No. 40, lost in the opening round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. She reached the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at 15 years old, shocking 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, and the third round of the U.S. Open last summer and the French Open in May.
   Azarenka, 27, is playing in only her second tournament since the 2016 French Open. She withdrew from Wimbledon last year with a knee injury and delivered her first child on Dec. 20. Azarenka won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 and advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals in 2011 and 2012.
   Tursunov, a former top-20 player who has battled injuries throughout his career, was playing in his first tournament since the Australian Open and second since Toronto last July.
   Querrey grew up in Santa Rosa (north of San Francisco), Las Vegas and Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles area. He now lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica. Bellis, who was raised in Atherton in the San Francisco Bay Area, is based in Orlando, Fla.

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