Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Stephens beats Keys in rematch of '17 U.S. Open final

   Sloane "Ranger" Stephens, a Fresno, Calif., product now based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., beat close friend and eighth-seeded Madison "Where The Hell Are My" Keys of Orlando, Fla., 6-4, 6-4 tonight in the second round of the Volvo Car Open on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   Stephens improved to 4-1 against Keys, including a 6-3, 6-0 victory in the 2017 U.S. Open final. Both players have won the Charleston title, Stephens in 2016 and Keys in 2019.
   Keys also captured the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2017. The tournament moved down the road to San Jose, Calif., as the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in 2018.
   Keys has tumbled from a career-high No. 7 in 2016 to No. 24, and Stephens has plummeted from a career-high No. 3 in 2018 to No. 57. Neither had advanced past the second round of a tournament this year. 
   Stephens is set to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, the runner-up in the 2017 Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger, on Thursday at about 2 p.m. PDT (Tennis Channel) in the round of 16. Stephens is 5-0 against Tomljanovic.
   ATP Tour — Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17) of Sweden and Nicholas Monroe of Austin, Texas, edged Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain 6-3, 1-6 [12-10] in the first round of the Andalucia Open in Marbella, Spain.
   Bublik won the singles title in the $100,000 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger in 2017.

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