Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Stanford's Fery wins again in Wimbledon qualifying

   British wild card Arthur Fery, a rising sophomore at Stanford, outlasted Matthew Ebden, a former top-40 player from Australia, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-5 in 2 hours, 55 minutes today in the second round of Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton in London.
   Fery, who will turn 19 on July 12, is scheduled to face No. 8 seed Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands on Thursday for a main-draw berth. The 24-year-old Griekspoor, ranked No. 124, crushed 18-year-old Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan 6-0, 6-1 in 44 minutes. Mochizuki won the Wimbledon boys singles title in 2019.
   Meanwhile, No. 2 seed Mackenzie McDonald, a San Francisco Bay Area product now based in Orlando, Fla., topped Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
   Katie Volynets breezed again in women's qualifying. The 19-year-old resident of Walnut Creek in the Bay Area dismissed British wild card Eden Silva 6-1, 6-2 in 63 minutes after routing Tereza Mrdeza of Croatia 6-1, 6-0 in 55 minutes in the first round.
   Jule Niemeier of Germany defeated No. 11 seed Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt 6-4, 6-3.
   Kristie Ahn, a 29-year-old Stanford graduate from Englewood Cliff, N.J., is set to play her second-round qualifying match against Ekaterine Gorgodze of Georgia on Thursday.
   ATP TourSam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native now living in Las Vegas, beat No. 7 seed Ugo Humbert of France by walkover to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Mallorca (Spain) Championships on grass. 
   Humbert, a 22-year-old left-hander, edged Querrey 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the first round in Halle, Germany, on grass last week en route to his third career ATP singles title.
   In the first round of doubles in Eastbourne, England, on grass, No. 3 seeds Rajeev Ram, a volunteer assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley from Carmel, Ind., and Joe Salisbury of Great Britain beat Frederik Nielsen of Denmark and Franko Skugor of Croatia 7-5, 6-3. 
   No. 2 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia eliminated Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Ben McLachlan (Cal, 2011-14) of Japan 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) [10-3]. 
   WTA Tour — In Eastbourne, No. 2 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan are slated to play Sharon Fichman of Canada and Giuliana Olmos, a product of Fremont in the Bay Area who represents Mexico, in the doubles quarterfinals on Thursday. Shibahara was born in Mountain View in the Bay Area and starred at UCLA.
   ITF Women's Circuit — No. 6 seed Gabriela Ce of Brazil overwhelmed qualifier Maria Sanchez, a 31-year-old Modesto, Calif., product, 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of the LTP 60K on clay in Charleston, S.C.
   In the opening round of doubles, Maria Mateas of the United States and Despina Papamichail of Greece ousted No. 2 seeds Quinn Gleason of the U.S. and Sanchez 6-3, 6-4. 
   No. 4 seeds Kyoka Okamura of Japan and Conny Perrin of Switzerland beat 18-year-old identical twins Allura and Maribella Zamarripa of St. Helena in the Napa Valley 6-3, 0-6 [10-6].
   ITF Men's Circuit — Qualifier Connor Farren, a 26-year-old native of Redwood City in the Bay Area, beat Strong Kirchheimer, originally from Highland Park, Ill., in the Chicago area, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the $15,000 Fighting Illini Open on hardcourts in Urbana, Ill. 

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