Wednesday, May 30, 2018

No. 12 Querrey falls, No. 10 Stephens rolling in French

   Sam Querrey now can focus on his wedding.
   The 12th-seeded Querrey lost to Gilles Simon of France 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-1 today in the second round of the French Open in Paris.
   Querrey, ranked 15th, fell to 4-12 lifetime in singles at Roland Garros with four losses in his last five matches there.
   The 30-year-old San Francisco native -- who swept the singles titles on the three-week Northern California Challenger swing in 2014 -- also lost in the first round of doubles with Mike Bryan on Tuesday. Querrey, who is not playing mixed doubles, is scheduled to marry Abigail Dixon in Florida on June 9.
   The 33-year-old Simon is ranked 65th after climbing to a career-high sixth in 2009. He reached the final last week in Lyon, losing to Dominic Thiem.
   In the French Open women's draw, 10th-seeded Sloane Stephens dismissed 20-year-old Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion who grew up in Fresno, has lost only six games in two matches.
   Stephens, ranked 10th, is scheduled to play Italy's Camila Giorgi, ranked 57th, on Friday. Giorgi, who routed Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-0, 6-3, has lost only eight games in two matches.
   Giorgi, 26, is 2-1 against Stephens, 25, all on hard courts.
   In doubles, former collegiate stars Ben McLachlan (Cal), Florian Lakat (Cal) and Scott Lipsky (Stanford) lost in the opening round.
   Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Jamie Cerretani of Reading, Mass., defeated 14th-seeded McLachlan, a New Zealand native who plays for his mother's native Japan, and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3. McLachlan and Struff reached the Australian Open semifinals in January in their first tournament together.
   Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia and John Millman of Australia beat wild cards Lakat and Arthur Rinderknech of France 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Millman has won two singles titles in NorCal Challengers (Sacramento in 2010 and Aptos in 2015) and was the runner-up in another (Tiburon in 2014).
   Wild cards Benjamin Bonzi and Gregoire Jacq of France downed Americans Lipsky and Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 6-4. Sandgren played for the Sacramento-based California Dream of World TeamTennis in 2015, the franchise's only year of existence, and advanced to the singles final in the Tiburon Challenger last fall.

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