Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Bay Area natives Querrey, McDonald lose in Melbourne

No. 10 seed Sam Querrey fell to Stefano Travaglia of
Italy in the second round of the Great Ocean Road Open.
File photo by Paul Bauman
   San Francisco Bay Area natives Sam Querrey and Mackenzie McDonald lost close matches today in the second round of Australian Open tuneup tournaments in Melbourne. 
   Stefano Travaglia of Italy topped the 10th-seeded Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 in the Great Ocean Road Open. 
   Travaglia, 6-foot-1 (1.85 meters), pounded 14 aces, won 93 percent of the points on his first serve (53 of 57) and saved all six break points against him. He broke serve at 4-4 in the third set.
   Querrey, 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), had 11 aces, won 82 percent of the points on his first delivery (45 of 55) and escaped four of six break points against him. 
   Alex Bolt, a 28-year-old Australian left-hander, outlasted McDonald, a 25-year-old Piedmont product, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 in the Murray River Classic in Melbourne.
   McDonald won his first Challenger singles title in Fairfield, Calif., 40 miles (64.4 kilometers) north of Piedmont, in 2017. Bolt reached the Fairfield final the following year, losing to American Bjorn Fratangelo.
   In a second-round doubles match, sixth-seeded Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen of Belgium edged McDonald and countryman Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-7 (4) [10-8].
   Paul won the singles title in the 2019 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger. Tiburon is on the other side of San Francisco Bay from Piedmont.
   Wild cards Querrey and Robin Haase of the Netherlands are scheduled to play Australian alternates Tristan Schoolkate and Dane Sweeny in a late first-round contest.
   Querrey and McDonald are now based in Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., respectively. Nevada and Florida do not have state income tax.
   The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, is scheduled for Sunday through Feb. 21 in Melbourne. The men's and women's singles draws are set for Wednesday at 11 p.m. PST.
   WTA Tour — Sloane Stephens, a 27-year-old Fresno, Calif., product, is set to meet Leylah Fernandez, an 18-year-old Canadian left-hander, in a late first-round match in the Grampians Trophy in Melbourne.
   Stephens, a Florida native and resident, won the 2017 U.S. Open and reached the final of the 2018 French Open

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