Monday, February 1, 2021

Querrey, seeded 10th, survives test in Melbourne opener

Sam Querrey narrowly avoided an upset in the first
round of the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne.
File photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 10 seed Sam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native, beat Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0 tonight (PST) in the first round of the Great Ocean Road Open on the ATP Tour in Melbourne. 
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey, now based in Las Vegas, hammered 15 aces and committed five double faults.
   Laaksonen reached the doubles final in the $100,000 Fairfield (Calif.) Challenger in 2018 with Harri Heliovaara of Finland. 
   Querrey, ranked No. 51 after climbing to a career-high No. 11 in 2018, is scheduled to play Italy's Stefano Travaglia, ranked No. 71, for the first time. Travaglia edged Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2) on Monday. 
   The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, is scheduled for Sunday through Feb. 21 in Melbourne.
   ATP TourMackenzie McDonald, a 25-year-old product of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Tommy Paul of Delray Beach, Fla., defeated Andres Molteni of Argentina and Hugo Nys of Monaco 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Murray River Open in Melbourne.
   Paul won the singles title in the $108,320 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger in 2019. Tiburon is on the other side of San Francisco Bay from Piedmont.
   WTA Tour — Third-seeded Ena Shibahara, 22, and Shuko Aoyama of Japan lead Ankita Raina of India and Rosalie Van Der Hoek of the Netherlands 6-2, 1-1 in the second round of the Yarra River Classic in Melbourne.
   Shibahara, a 22-year-old native of Mountain View in the Bay Area, and Aoyama received a first-round bye.
   UTR Pro Tennis Series — Taylor Ng, 25, of Collingswood, N.J., defeated Priya Nelson, 15, of Sacramento, Calif., 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the third-place playoff in Newport Beach, Calif.
   In the fourth-place final in the $25,000 singles-only tournament, Mika Ikemori, a high school sophomore from Huntington Beach in the Los Angeles area, beat Hind Abdelouahid, a former Saint Mary's standout from nearby San Jose, 7-6 (4), 3-0, retired. 

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