Monday, July 26, 2021

Badosa, entered in San Jose, upsets Swiatek in Olympics

   Spain's Paula Badosa, who's entered in next week's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif., ousted No. 6 seed Iga Swiatek, last year's French Open champion at 19, 6-3, 7-6 (4) today in the second round of the Olympics in Tokyo. 
   Badosa, a 23-year-old New York native, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in the French Open in June. 
   Also losing today were No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and No. 10 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.
   Donna Vekic of Croatia defeated Sabalenka, a semifinalist at Wimbledon this month, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in 2 hours, 35 minutes. Vekic trailed 2-4 in the third set. Sabalenka beat Vekic in the San Jose semifinals in 2019 before losing to Zheng Saisai.
   Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, the 2016 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger champion, topped Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon titlist, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0. Van Uytvanck, who had knee surgery in February, won the last 10 games.
   Meanwhile, Ben McLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14) and Kei Nishikori of Japan reached the doubles quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 7 seeds Jamie Murray, Andy's older brother, and Neal Skupski of Great Britain. 
   Murray won the first of his 25 tour-level doubles titles in San Jose in 2007. Skupski played for the Sacramento-based California Dream of World TeamTennis in 2015, the squad's only year of existence.
   McLachlan, a New Zealand product who represents his mother's native country, and Nishikori are set to face top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia. Mektic and Pavic have won eight titles this year, including Wimbledon.
   ATP Tour — Sam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native now living in Las Vegas, leads Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4 in a first-round match suspended by rain in Atlanta. 
   Querrey is playing in the tournament for the first time since reaching the second round in 2014.
   USTA Pro Circuit — No. 7 seed Connor Farren and No. 13 seed William Griffith, Northern California natives and former Pacific-12 Conference standouts, easily advanced to the second (final) round of qualifying in the $25,000 Neitzel Family Open in Champaign, Ill. 

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