Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brooksby, 20, to put win streak on line in quarterfinals

Jenson Brooksby of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento
area poses after winning the $52,080 Orlando (Fla.) Open
 on Sunday. Photo courtesy of ATP Tour
   Jenson Brooksby, 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area is scheduled to play eighth-seeded Michael Mmoh, 23, of Bradenton, Fla., for the first time on Friday at 9 a.m. PDT in the quarterfinals of the $152,080 Tallahassee (Fla.) Tennis Challenger. The clay-court tournament is being streamed live.
   Brooksby, who turned pro in December, is 16-2 in Challengers this year with a seven-match winning streak. He won last week's Orlando (Fla.) Open on hardcourts to reach a career-high No. 194 in the world and ousted top-seeded Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil in the second round in Tallahassee on Wednesday.
   Mmoh, the son of Nigerian former pro Tony Mmoh, claimed the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2018 to climb to a career-high No. 96. Having missed four months in 2019 with a right shoulder injury, he has fallen to No. 173.
    Mmoh reached the second round of the Australian Open as a qualifier in February, losing to Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-4 , 6-2.
   In the doubles quarterfinals, unseeded Nathan Pasha of Atlanta and Max Schnur of New York edged second-seeded Treat Huey, a Washington, D.C., native who plays for the Philippines, and Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-7 (1) [10-7].
   Facundo Mena of Argentina and Joao Menezes of Brazil topped third-seeded Matthew Ebden of Australia and Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., 6-4, 6-7 (3) [10-7].
   ATP Tour — Third-seeded Rajeev Ram, a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Jamie Murray of Great Britain 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open. Murray is the older brother of Andy Murray.
   WTA Tour — Top-seeded Desirae Krawczyk, a native of Palm Desert, Calif., and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix outclassed Sharon Fichman of Canada and Giuliana Olmos, a San Francisco Bay Area product who plays for Mexico, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

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