Sunday, August 1, 2021

Zverev hammers Khachanov for Olympic gold medal

Alexander Zverev won 87 percent of the points on his first serve
in his win over Karen Khachanov. 2016 photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev today became the first German to win an Olympic gold medal in men's singles.
   Zverev, 24, dominated No. 12 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in 79 minutes in Tokyo in a matchup of 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) players. 
   Zverev, who ended Novak Djokovic's bid for a historic Golden Slam in the semifinals, won 87 percent of the points on his first serve (26 of 30).
   In an all-Russian mixed doubles final, No. 4 seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev edged Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-7 (5) [13-11].
   Pavlyuchenkova (the "y" is silent), the French Open runner-up in June, played for the Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis as the world's top junior at 15 in 2006. Rublev lost to former world No. 2 Tommy Haas in the first round of the 2015 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger at 17.
   WTA Tour — No. 4 seed Ana Konjuh of Croatia, No. 6 seed Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands, Han Na-Lae of South Korea and alternate Emina Bektas of the United States won their final-round qualifying matches in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State University.
   Main-draw play will begin Monday at 10 a.m. (Tennis Channel). In the featured 7 p.m. match, 18-year-old wild card Emma Raducanu of Great Britain is set to play Zhang Shuai of China.
   Raducanu last month became the youngest British woman to reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon in the Open Era, which began in 1968.
   Here are the singles qualifying draw, singles and doubles main draws, and Monday's schedule.

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