Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Brooksby, 18, advances in U.S. Open qualifying

   Jenson Brooksby, an 18-year-old wild card from Carmichael in the Sacramento area, defeated Kaichi Uchida, 24, of Japan 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the first round of qualifying for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
   Brooksby, ranked No. 393, did not face a break point in the 66-minute match against Uchida, ranked No. 256.
   Brooksby, who won last year's USTA Boys 18 National Championships to earn an automatic wild card in the main draw of the U.S. Open, is scheduled to meet another Japanese player, 27th-seeded Yuichi Sugita, on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Sugita, ranked No. 134, beat Marc Polmans of Australia 6-3, 6-4.
   Stefano Napolitano, a 24-year-old Italian, eliminated Sam Riffice, a 20-year-old wild card who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, 6-2, 6-4.

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