Saturday, June 26, 2021

Querrey falls to Medvedev in Mallorca final

Sam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native,
 played in his first final since Eastbourne two years
ago. 2017 photo by Paul Bauman
   Daniil Medvedev won his first grass-court title today, defeating Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2 in the inaugural Mallorca (Spain) Championships.
   Medvedev, seeded first and ranked second, claimed his second crown of the year and 11th on the ATP Tour. 
   The unseeded Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native now living in Las Vegas, played in his first final on any surface since losing to countryman Taylor Fritz on grass in Eastbourne in 2019. Querrey was seeking his 11th career title and first since 2017 in Los Cabos. 
   Medvedev, a 25-year-old Russian, has not lost a set in two career matches, both on grass, against Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017 and quarterfinalist in 2016 and 2019.
   Medvedev is seeded second at Wimbledon, which begins Monday. 
   WTA Tour — In the Eastbourne doubles final, second-seeded Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan upended top-seeded Nicole Melichar, a Czech-born American, and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-4.  
   Aoyama, 33, and Shibahara, a 23-year-old native of Mountain View in the San Francisco Bay Area, won their fourth title of the year. 
   Melichar and Kveta Peschke beat Aoyama and Shibahara for the title in the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif. Peschke was 44 at the time.

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