Tuesday, September 28, 2021

No. 3 seed Udvardy, No. 6 Di Lorenzo ousted in Berkeley

Louisa Chirico of Westchester, N.Y., outlasted No. 3 seed Panna
Udvardy of Hungary 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 today in the first round of the
$60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Challenger. 2014 photo by Rob Vomund
   Two singles seeds played today in the first round of the $60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Challenger at the Berkeley Tennis Club, and both lost. 
   Louisa Chirico of Westchester, N.Y., outlasted No. 3 seed Panna Udvardy of Hungary 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenia dismissed No. 6 seed Francesca Di Lorenzo of Columbus, Ohio, 6-3, 6-2.
   Chirico, 25, converted her third match point after failing to capitalize while serving at 5-2 in the third set and returning at 5-3. She missed almost two years from the summer of 2019 until late May this year.
   Udvardy, 23, reached the quarterfinals on clay in Budapest on the WTA Tour in July.
   Di Lorenzo, a 24-year-old left-hander, advanced to the doubles final in the last (2019) Berkeley Challenger and the singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals in the inaugural (2018) edition.
   Also today, Maria Kozyreva, a fifth-year senior at nearby Saint Mary's College from Russia, and No. 14 seed Maegan Manasse, a University of California, Berkeley assistant coach and former Bears All-American, won their final-round qualifying matches.
   Kozyreva is scheduled to face No. 1 seed Zheng Saisai of China on Wednesday in the first round after the 10 a.m. match between No. 5 seed Katie Volynets, 19, of Walnut Creek, Calif., 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) from Berkeley, and Marcela Zacarias of Mexico.
   Here are the Berkeley singles, doubles and qualifying draws and Wednesday's schedule.
   ATP Tour — Wild cards Brandon Nakashima, 20, of San Diego and Sem Verbeek (University of the Pacific, 2013-16) of the Netherlands edged Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Jean-Julien Rojer, 40, of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3 [10-8] in the opening round of the inaugural San Diego Open.

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