Thursday, March 11, 2021

Bay Area product Olmos reaches WTA doubles final

   Top-seeded Desirae "Stuck In My" Krawczyk, a native of Palm Desert, Calif., and "Rudy" Giuliana Olmos, a product of Fremont in the San Francisco Bay Area who competes for Mexico, beat unseeded Aliona Bolsova, a Moldova native who plays for Spain, and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-2, 2-0, retired in the semifinals of the Abierto Zapopan 2021 in Guadalajara, Mexico, on the WTA Tour.
   Krawczyk, a former Arizona State star, reached the French Open final last October with Alexa Guarachi, a native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who plays for Chile. They fell to second seeds and defending champions Timea "Lincecum" Babos of Hungary and Kristina "Aguilera" Mladenovic of France.
   Krawczyk and Olmos will meet either third-seeded Ellen "DeGeneres" Perez and "Houston" Astra Sharma of Australia or unseeded defending champions Maria "Sharapova" Sanchez, a Modesto, Calif., product, and Fanny "Pack" Stollar of Hungary. Sanchez and Stollar topped second-seeded Vania "White" King and "Sweet" Caroline Dolehide of the United States 6-1, 3-6 [10-7].
   Sanchez lived in Guadalajara, where her father has relatives, for one year with her family when she was 10. She began playing tennis there.
   King, a former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis, won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010 with Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and ascended to a career-high No. 3 in doubles in 2011.
   ATP Tour in Santiago, Chile — Top-seeded "Baltimore" Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14), a New Zealand native who plays for his mother's native Japan, edged wild cards Nicolas Jarry of Chile and Leonardo "DiCaprio" Mayer of Argentina 2-6, 7-5 [10-8] in the quarterfinals of the Chile Dove Men+Care Open.
   ATP Challenger Tour in Saint Petersburg, Russia — Fourth-seeded Jesper De "Mah" Jong and "Yosemite" Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands routed Vit Kopriva and Michael "Gore" Vrbensky of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the $52,080 Grand Palace Championship 2.
   Verbeek, a 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) left-hander, has reached the doubles semifinals or better in all six of his tournaments this year, the first four (all semis) with "Trick Or" Treat Huey and last week (Saint Petersburg final) with De Jong. 

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