Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Keys, two other seeds fall in second round in San Jose

No. 3 seed Madison Keys, who won the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford
in 2017, lost to Zhang Shuai of China tonight in the second round of the Mubadala
Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif. 2017 photo by Mal Taam
   Four seeds played today in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State University, and three lost.
   In the featured night match, Zhang Shuai of China ousted No. 3 seed Madison Keys of Orlando, Fla., 7-5, 7-6 (5) after eliminating 18-year-old British sensation Emma Raducanu in the first round on Monday night. In 2017, Keys won the last Bank of the West Classic at Stanford and reached the U.S. Open final.
   Zhang is scheduled to play qualifier Ana Konjuh of Croatia in Friday's quarterfinals. Konjuh, a former top-20 player rebounding from her second right elbow surgery, defeated No. 9 seed Alison Riske of Nashville, Tenn., 6-1, 6-4 to reach her first WTA 500 quarterfinal in four years. Riske advanced to the Stanford semifinals in 2016 and quarterfinals in 2015.
   In another San Jose quarterfinal, No. 4 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia is set to meet Magda Linette of Poland. Kasatkina downed Caroline Garcia of France 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a battle of former top-10 players. Linette beat No. 6 seed Petra Martic of Croatia 7-5, 7-6 (5). 
   In the first round of doubles, U.S. teenagers Ashlyn Krueger and Robin Montgomery dismissed Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove and Rosalie Van Der Hoek of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2. Krueger, 17, and Montgomery, 16, became the youngest team to compete in the San Francisco Bay Area stop on the women's tour.
   Here are the singles and doubles draws and Thursday's schedule.
   WTA Tour in Cluj-Napoca, Romania — In the opening round of doubles, Katarzyna Piter of Poland and Mayar Sherif (Fresno State, 2015-16) of Egypt surprised No. 2 seeds Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia and Lidziya Marozava of Belarus 7-5, 6-4.
   ATP TourMackenzie McDonald, a 26-year-old product of Piedmont in the Bay Area, outlasted No. 13 seed Benoit Paire of France 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
   McDonald will return to the top 100 for the first time in almost two years, rising at least seven spots to No. 100. He achieved a career-high No. 57 in April 2019 but had right hamstring surgery less than two months later.

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