Tuesday, July 13, 2021

British teen star Raducanu receives San Jose wild card

   Emma Raducanu, 18, of Great Britain accepted a wild card in next month's Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif., tournament officials announced today.
   Raducanu this month became the youngest British woman to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era, which began in 1968. She soared from No. 338 in the world to No. 179.
   Raducanu retired from her fourth-round match at Wimbledon against Ajla Tomljanovic, the runner-up in the last (2017) Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger, because of difficulty breathing. Tomljanovic led 6-4, 3-0 at the time. 
   The Silicon Valley Classic is scheduled for Aug. 2-8 at San Jose State University, 
   ATP Tour — Austin Krajicek of Plano, Texas, and Vasek Pospisil of Canada ousted top-seeded Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Ben McLachlan (University of California, Berkeley, 2011-14) of Japan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Hall of Fame Open on grass in Newport, R.I.
   Both Krajicek and Pospisil have reached singles finals in Northern California Challengers. At Wimbledon, Pospisil won the doubles title with Jack Sock in 2014 and advanced to the singles quarterfinals in 2015. Pospisil had surgery for a herniated disk in 2019.
   Also in the opening round of Newport doubles, wild cards Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., edged Robert Galloway of Greenville, S.C., and Alex Lawson of Tempe, Ariz., 4-6, 7-6 (2) [10-8]. Bublik wo the singles title in the 2017 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger.
   In the first round of doubles in Bastad, Sweden, Swedish wild cards Filip Bergevi (Cal, 2014-17) and Markus Eriksson beat Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Purav Raja of India 5-7, 6-3 [10-6]. Raja reached the doubles final of the 2014 Aptos Challenger with countryman Sanam Singh.
   WTA Tour — Wild card Panna Udvardy of Hungary dispatched Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round of the Hungarian Grand Prix on clay in Budapest. 
   USTA Pro Circuit — Ivana Corley, a rising senior at the University of Oklahoma from Albuquerque, N.M., eliminated Sabastiani Leon (San Jose State, 2011-14) of San Diego 6-4, 6-1 in the final-round qualifying for the $25,000 Women's Hospital Classic in Evansville, Ind.
   In the opening round of doubles, Jessica Failla, a graduate student at Pepperdine University last season from Ramona, Calif., in the San Diego area, and Katarina Jokic of Serbia surprised third-seeded Allura and Maribella Zamarripa, 18-year-old identical twins from St. Helena in the Napa Valley, 6-2, 4-6 [10-3].
   Also, Abigail Forbes, a rising junior at UCLA from Raleigh, N.C., and Katrina Scott, 17, of Woodland Hills, Calif., in the Los Angeles region defeated Nadia Echevarria of Venezuela and Leon by walkover.
   World TeamTennis — Mackenzie McDonald, a 26-year-old product of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, will play for the Springfield Lasers. The season is scheduled for Nov. 13-28 in Indian Wells, Calif.  
   Juniors — The second-round match between top-seeded Emon van Loben Sels of Sacramento and 33rd-seeded Dillon Beckles of Round Rock, Texas, in the USTA Boys 16 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla., was postponed by rain. There is a 70 percent chance of rain on Wednesday. 

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