Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Stanford soph Fery stuns seed in Wimbledon qualifying

   British wild card Arthur Fery, a Stanford rising sophomore, shocked No. 29 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India 6-1, 7-6 (5) today in the first round of Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton in London.
   Fery, who will turn 19 on July 12, won 88 percent of the points on his first serve (36 of 41) and converted all three of his break-point opportunities. 
   Gunneswaran, a 31-year-old left-hander ranked No. 148, won only 33 percent of the points on his second serve (6 of 18). He reached the semifinals of the 2017 Tiburon Challenger in the San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 2 seed Mackenzie McDonald, a Bay Area product now based in Orlando, Fla., defeated Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2. McDonald advanced to the fourth round of the main draw at Wimbledon in 2018.
   Advancing in the women's draw were No. 11 seed Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt, No. 13 seed and Stanford graduate Kristie Ahn and Bay Area resident Katie Volynets. Sherif, 25, and Volynets, 19, made their Wimbledon women's debut. 
   Sherif dismissed Irina Fetecau of Romania 6-3, 6-1 in 57 minutes, and Ahn topped fellow American Caroline Dolehide 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. Volynets crushed Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia 6-1, 6-0 in 55 minutes.
   ATP Tour — Sam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native now living in Las Vegas, edged qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the opening round of the inaugural Mallorca (Spain) Championships on grass. 
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2017, blasted 22 aces and saved seven of eight break points against him.
   Querrey is scheduled to face No. 7 seed Ugo Humbert of France for the second consecutive week. Humbert, a 22-year-old left-hander, nipped Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the first round on grass in Halle, Germany, en route to his third career singles title.
   ITF Women's Circuit — No. 7 seed Maria Sanchez, a 31-year-old Modesto, Calif., product, defeated No. 14 seed Gabriella Price, 18, of Montebello, N.Y., 6-3, 4-6 [10-6] in the final round of qualifying for the LTP 60K on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   ITF Men's Circuit — No. 3 seed Connor Farren, a former USC standout from Foster City in the Bay Area, defeated ex-Bucknell star Nicholas Bybel in the final round of qualifying for the $15,000 Fighting Illini Open on hardcourts in Urbana, Ill.
   Frenchman Olivier Stuart, a graduate transfer from Mercer to Illinois, beat Ryan Haviland, a 40-year-old former Stanford All-American, 7-5, 6-2.

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