Monday, May 3, 2021

Bay Area product Olmos loses in Madrid doubles

Giuliana Olmos, above, and Sharon Fichman fell to No. 7 seeds Xu
Yifan and Zhang Shuai in straight sets in the first round in Madrid.
2019 photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 7 seeds Xu Yifan and Zhang Shuai of China defeated Sharon Fichman of Canada and Giuliana Olmos — who was born in Austria, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and represents Mexico — 6-4, 6-3 today in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open, a WTA 1000 tournament on red clay.
   Xu reached the final at Wimbledon in 2019 with Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and the U.S. Open last year with Nicole Melichar of Stuart, Fla. Also, Xu won the 2015 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford with compatriot Zheng Saisai, the San Jose singles champion in 2019.
   Zhang captured the 2019 Australian Open with Samantha Stosur of Australia. Fichman and Olmos advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals in February.
   ITF Women's Tour — Tara Moore of Great Britain beat No. 15 seed Maria Sanchez, a 31-year-old product of Modesto, Calif., 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of qualifying for the $100,000 LTP 100 on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   In the opening round of qualifying for a $25,000 clay-court tournament in Naples, Fla., No. 6 seed Anna Siskova of the Czech Republic dispatched Maribella Zamarripa, 18, of Saint Helena, Calif., in the Napa area, 6-2, 6-2.


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