Monday, June 14, 2021

McDonald advances in Nottingham Challenger

Mackenzie McDonald did not face a break
point in his 6-4, 6-2 win over Antoine Hoang
of France. 2016 photo by Paul Bauman
   Mackenzie McDonald, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, defeated Antoine Hoang of France 6-4, 6-2 today in the first round of the €132,280 ($160,315) Nottingham Trophy on grass in England.
   McDonald, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 160 pounds (73 kilograms) did not face a break point in the match. The 26-year-old Orlando, Fla., resident, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2018, is scheduled to play the winner of Tuesday's match between No. 3 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy and lucky loser Zhang Zhizhen of China. 
   ATP Tour — Another Bay Area native, Sam Querrey, teamed with Austin Krajicek of Plano, Texas, to beat German qualifiers Daniel Masur and Rudolf Molleker 6-3, 7-5 in the opening round on grass in Halle, Germany.
   Krajicek and Querrey are set to face No. 1 seeds and reigning Australian Open champions Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Filip Polasek of Slovakia. 
   WTA Tour — Sharon Fichman of Canada and Giuliana Olmos, a 28-year-old product of Fremont in the Bay Area who represents Mexico, ousted No. 2 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on grass in Berlin. 
   Fichman and Olmos also defeated Aoyama and Shibahara, a 23-year-old native of Mountain View in the Bay Area, in straight sets in the Italian Open semifinals last month en route to the biggest title of their career. 

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