Thursday, March 4, 2021

Czech Machac snaps McDonald's win streak at six

Mackenzie McDonald had won nine of his last 10 matches
before today's loss in Kakakhstan. 2018 photo by Paul Bauman
   Tomas Machac, a 20-year-old Czech, beat Mackenzie McDonald, a 25-year-old product of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, 6-4, 6-1 today in a second-round matchup of unseeded players in the $156,240 Forte 125 Challenger in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. 
   McDonald, now based in Orlando, Fla., had won six consecutive matches and nine of his last 10. He reached the fourth round of the recent Australian Open, losing to eventual runner-up Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, and won last week's $104,160 Forte 100 Challenger in Nur-Sultan.
   ATP Challenger Tour in St. Petersburg, Russia — Top-seeded Jesper De Jong and Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands dominated Pavel Kotov and Roman Safiullin of Russia 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the $36,680 Grand Palace Championship.
   De Jong, 20, and Verbeek, a 25-year-old left-hander, are scheduled to meet unseeded Alessandro Bega of Italy and Skander Mansouri of Tunisia on Friday. Bega and Mansouri eliminated third-seeded Teymuraz Gabashvili and Kontstantin Kravchuk of Russia 6-3, 3-6 [10-6].
   ATP Tour in Buenos Aires —Tomislav Brkic of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Nikola Cacic of Serbia defeated Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14) of Sweden and Thiago Monteiro of Brazil by walkover in the quarterfinals of the Argentina Open.
   ITF Women's Tour in Newport Beach, Calif. — Jovana Jovic (formerly Jaksic), a 27-year-old Serb living in Sacramento, Calif., outlasted wild card Kayla Day, a 21-year-old left-hander born in Santa Barbara, Calif., 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the completion of a suspended first-round match in a $25,000 tournament. The match, which resumed after the first set, lasted 3 hours, 4 minutes.
   Jovic, ranked No. 250, is slated to meet second-seeded Mariam Bolkvadze, 23, of Georgia on Friday. Bolkvadze, ranked No. 191, beat qualifier Emina Bektas of the United States 6-4, 7-5.
   In the opening round of doubles later today, Jovic and Conny Perrin of Switzerland lost to Bektas and Tara Moore of Great Britain 7-6 (5), 6-4.
   Fourth-seeded Vania King and fellow Southern Californian Maegan Manasse (Cal, 2014-17) beat Naiktha Bains of Great Britain and Quinn Gleason of the U.S. 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals. 
  King, a former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis, won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010 with Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

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