Monday, August 2, 2021

Zhang beats British teenage sensation in San Jose

Zhang Shuai, above, defeated Emma Raducanu, below, on Monday night in the first
round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, Calif. Photos by Mal Taam
   Zhang Shuai, 32, of China dispatched 18-year-old wild card Emma Raducanu of Great Britain 6-3, 6-2 tonight in the first round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State University.
   Shuai reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open after losing all 14 of her Grand Slam matches. Raducanu last month became the youngest British woman to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era, which began in 1968.
   Earlier today, No. 9 seed Alison Riske defeated CoCo Vandeweghe, a former top-10 player rebounding from foot and hand injuries, 6-3, 6-4 in an all-American matchup.
   Vandeweghe reached the final of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2012 and 2017. Riske advanced to the Stanford semifinals in 2016 and quarterfinals in 2015.    
   Here are the San Jose singles and doubles draws and Tuesday's schedule.
   ATP Tour Jenson Brooksby, a 20-year-old wild card from Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area, downed Kevin Anderson, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the opening round of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
   Brooksby avenged a 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss to Anderson, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) South African formerly ranked No. 5, last month in the final of the Hall of Fame Open on grass in Newport, R.I.
   Kei Nishikori, the 2015 champion, eliminated Sam Querrey, a 33-year-old San Francisco native, 6-4, 6-3. Querrey, who has tumbled from a career-high No. 11 in 2018 to No. 68, is winless in his last four tournaments.
   USTA Pro Circuit — In first-round qualifying, No. 15 seed Connor Farren, a San Francisco Bay Area native, beat Joshua Peck of Canada 5-4, 6-3 in the $25,000 USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.
   No. 13 seed Ezekiel Clark of Tulsa, Okla., topped William Griffith, a former University of California, Berkeley standout from Fresno, Calif., 4-6, 7-6 (6) [10-4].

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