Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ahn beats former Pac-12 rival, qualifies for San Jose

Stanford graduate Kristie Ahn, playing in the Berkeley semifinals last
week, defeated Danielle Lao 6-1, 6-4 today in the final round of qual-
ifying for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, a WTA tournament
at San Jose State.
   Kristie Ahn, a 27-year-old Stanford graduate, qualified today for the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State.
   The fifth-seeded Ahn, from Englewood Cliffs, N.J., beat fourth-seeded Danielle Lao, a 28-year-old resident of Arcadia in the Los Angeles area, 6-1, 6-4 in a matchup of former Pacific-12 Conference rivals. Lao, only 5-foot-2 1/2 (1.59 meters) and 115 pounds (52.2 kilograms), starred at USC.
   Ahn, ranked No. 176, is scheduled to play Ajla Tomljanovic, a Croatia-born Australian ranked No. 43, on Monday in the third match on the stadium court. The first one will begin at 10 a.m.
   It will be Ahn's third appearance in the main draw of the WTA tournament, which moved from Stanford last year. She lost in the first round in 2014 and 2017.
   Japan's Mayo Hibi, ranked No. 272, will meet Hungary's Timea Babos, ranked No. 123 in singles and No. 3 in doubles, in Monday's second match on the Stadium Court. Both players survived qualifying.
   Fans may watch Monday's first-round doubles match, featuring the team of former world No. 1s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Peng Shuai, on Court 1 at 1 p.m. and observe practice for free. Spectators must purchase tickets to watch matches on the Stadium Court.
   Here are the San Jose singles qualifying draw, singles main draw, doubles main draw and Monday's schedule.
   Bryan brothers fall in final – Second-seeded Dominic Inglot of Great Britain and Austin Krajicek of Bryan, Texas, edged top-seeded Bob Bryan of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and Mike Bryan of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-4, 6-7 (5) [11-9] in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open.
   The 41-year-old Bryan twins (Stanford, 1997-98) were seeking their third title in the 10-year history of the Atlanta tournament.
   Third-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia topped second-seeded Taylor Fritz of Rancho Palos Verdes in the Los Angeles region 6-3, 7-6 (2) for the singles title.
   Former Cal, Pacific stars win doubles title – Third-seeded Andre Goransson, a former Cal star from Sweden, and Sem Verbeek, an ex-Pacific standout from the Netherlands, beat top-seeded Zhe Li of China and Hugo Nys of Monaco 6-2, 6-4 Saturday to win the $81,240 Challenger Banque Nationale de Granby, near Montreal.

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