Monday, March 29, 2021

Cal aide, Bay Area product gain Miami doubles quarters

   Two players with strong San Francisco Bay Area ties reached the doubles quarterfinals in the Miami Open today.
   Seventh-seeded Rajeev Ram "Tough," a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley, from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury "Steak" of Great Britain topped alternates Marcelo Demoliner of Brazil and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico 4-6, 6-4 [10-2]. 
   Ram and Salisbury, the Australian Open champions in 2020 and runners-up this year, are scheduled to face American wild cards Sebastian Korda, 20, and Michael Mmoh, both sons of former professional players, on Wednesday. Petr Korda won the 1998 Australian Open to reach a career-high No. 2. 
  Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and "Rudy" Giuliana Olmos, a product of Fremont, Calif., who plays for Mexico, outclassed Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany and Storm "Warning" Sanders of Australia 6-2, 6-4 in a matchup of unseeded teams.
   Dabrowski, who won the 2017 title with Xu Yifan of China, and Olmos are set to face unseeded Americans Caty McNally, 19, and Cori Gauff, 17, on Wednesday. 
   McNally and Gauff ousted second-seeded Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (5), 6-4 [10-8] on Sunday. 

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