Friday, June 1, 2018

Buzarnescu creates buzz with French Open upset

   No. 31 seed Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania shocked No. 4 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5 today to reach the round of 16 in the French Open.
   Buzarnescu, ranked No. 377 a year ago because of injuries, recorded her first victory over a top-five player.
   The 30-year-old left-hander is playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time. She lost to Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of last year's U.S. Open.
   Svitolina reached the French Open quarterfinals in 2015 and last year.
   Buzarnescu next will play No. 13 seed Madison Keys, who topped No. 21 Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (7). Keys won last summer's Bank of the West Classic at Stanford and advanced to the U.S. Open final, in which she lost to Sloane Stephens.
   Today's scheduled match between the 10th-seeded Stephens, who grew up in Fresno, and Camila Giorgi of Italy was postponed by rain. They are scheduled to play on Saturday at 2 a.m. PDT (Tennis Channel).
   In the first round of mixed doubles, second-seeded Latisha (formerly Yung-Jan) Chan of Taiwan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia beat Makoto Ninomiya and ex-Cal star Ben McLachlan of Japan 7-5, 6-3.

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