Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Berkeley champion breezes in BNP qualifying

Usue Arconada, shown Sunday in the final of the $60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Chal-
lenger, lost only three games in her BNP Paribas Open debut. Photo by Mal Taam
   A short turnaround didn't hurt Usue Arconada. 
   One day after winning the $60,000 Berkeley (Calif.) Challenger, the 22-year-old American romped in her BNP Paribas Open debut.
   Arconada, a wild card ranked No. 188, whipped Australia's Arina Rodionova, seeded 18th and ranked No. 154, 6-3, 6-0 in 66 minutes on Monday in the first round of qualifying in Indian Wells.
   The 5-foot-4 (1.63-meter) Arconada, who has lost a total of only seven games in her last two matches, is scheduled to play ninth-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil on Tuesday for a main-draw berth in the tournament, considered the "fifth Grand Slam." Haddad Maia, a 6-foot (1.85-meter) left-hander, outclassed Lucrezia Stefanini of Italy 6-4, 6-1.
   Meanwhile, Berkeley semifinalists Kurumi Nara and Mayo Hibi of Japan lost to seeds. Sixth-seeded Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan beat Nara 6-4, 6-3, and 13th-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus beat Hibi, a longtime Southern California resident, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
   Chinese Taipei's Liang En-Shuo, the doubles runner-up in Berkeley with Lu Jia-Jing of China, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 victory over 10th-seeded Wang Xinyu, who lost in the first round of singles in Berkeley as the second seed. 
   College — Stanford's Alexandre Rotsaert, Tristan Boyer and Max Basing won their first-round qualifying matches in the ITA Men's All-American Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
   Also advancing were Yuta Kikuchi of the University of California, Berkeley and Eric Hadigian (Sacramento, Calif.) of Pepperdine. Falling were Timothy Sah of Stanford and Luke Casper (Santa Cruz, Calif.) of Texas A&M.
    Meanwhile, Cal's Jessica Alsola (Fresno, Calif.), Valentina Ivanov and Hannah Viller Moeller lost in the second round of qualifying for the ITA Women's All-American Championship in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
   Main-draw play in both tournaments is set to begin Wednesday.

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