Monday, August 26, 2019

McNally, Brooksby Earn First Slam Victories Monday at US Open; No. 2 Seed Black Suffers Second Round Loss at Repentigny ITF Grade 1

Seventeen-year-old Caty McNally and 18-year-old Jenson Brooksby won their first matches at the slam level today at the US Open, while Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda lost a four-hour and 24-minute, five-set battle in his first match above the Futures level.

McNally, a wild card, beat Timea Bacsinzsky of Switzerland 6-4, 6-1, her second win over the former WTA Top 10 player this year, after also defeating her in the final round of qualifying at Indian Wells. McNally faces Serena Williams in Wednesday's second round.

Brooksby, who made his slam debut last year at the US Open with the wild card from winning the 2018 18s title in Kalamazoo, was able to build on that experience this year, beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after winning three qualifying matches.  Berdych was obviously not at his best, but Brooksby looked comfortable and in control in the final two sets to earn the win. I remember discussions last year on whether a main draw wild card was appropriate for the Kalamazoo winner, suggesting that a qualifying wild card would be enough, but I think that ignores the very real possibility that Brooksby's opportunity to play in the main draw last year directly contributed to his victory today. Brooksby now has earned $100,000 for reaching the second round if he decides to turn pro, rather than beginning at Baylor in January, as he had previously planned. He said his results the rest of this week and in the fall will play a role in that decision. Next up for Brooksby is No. 17 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

This year's Kalamazoo champion Zachary Svajda was tantalizingly close to earning a victory in his match with lucky loser Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, leading two sets to one and up a break early in the fourth, but cramps, which surfaced late in the third, proved too much to overcome, and he lost 3-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2. Svajda was forced to play more aggressively, which showed off his point construction and his willingness to volley, and he also was able to hit ground strokes winners, but his serve was an obvious weakness. The physicality of the match also was a factor in the 37-year-old Italian's victory, but it's safe to say that Svajda made many new fans today in New York.

Results from Americans in action Monday:

Men (4-6):
Juan Ignacio Londero(ARG) d. Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3), 7-5
Paolo Lorenzi([LL](ITA) d. Zachary Svajda[WC] 3-6, 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2
Yoshihito Nishioka(JPN) d. Marcos Giron[WC] 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Cristian Garin[31](CHI) d. Chris Eubanks[WC] 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
Bradley Klahn d. Thiago Monteiro(BRA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Pablo Cuevas(URU) d. Jack Sock[WC] 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(5)
Jenson Brooksby[Q] d. Tomas Berdych(CZE) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Reilly Opelka d. Fabio Fognini[11](ITA) 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3
Denis Kudla d. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1
Feliciano Lopez(ESP) d. Taylor Fritz[26] 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Women (6-6):
Serena Williams[8] d. Maria Sharapova(RUS) 6-1, 6-1
Sonya Kenin[20] d. Coco Vandeweghe 7-6(4), 6-3
Venus Williams d. Saisai Zheng(CHN) 6-1, 6-0
Madison Keys[10] d. Misaki Doi(JPN) 7-5, 6-0
Caty McNally[WC] d. Timea Bacsinzsky(SUI) 6-4, 6-1
Mariam Bolkvadze[Q](GEO) d. Bernarda Pera 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Shuai Peng[Q](CHN) d. Varvara Lepchenko[LL] 6-2, 7-6(5)
Qiang Wang[18](CHN) d. Caroline Dolehide[Q] 6-4, 6-4
Lauren Davis d. Johanna Larsson[Q] 7-5, 6-2
Aliaksandra Sasnovich(BLR) d. Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
Elina Svitolina[5](UKR) d. Whitney Osuigwe[WC] 6-1, 7-5

Tuesday's schedule features 11 US women, including wild cards Coco Gauff and Katie Volynets, and six US men.

Sloane Stephens[11] v Anna Kalinskaya[Q](RUS)
Alison Riske v Garbine Muguruza[24](ESP)
Nicole Gibbs[LL] v Simona Halep[4](ROU)
Coco Gauff[WC] v Anastasia Potapova(RUS)
Kristie Ahn[WC] v Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)
Jessica Pegula v Alize Cornet(FRA)
Taylor Townsend[Q] v Kateryna Kozlova(UKR)
Danielle Collins v Polona Hercog(SLO)
Katie Volynets[WC] v Bianca Andreescu[15](CAN)
Madison Brengle v Yulia Putintseva(KAZ)
Francesca Di Lorenzo[WC] v Veronika Kudermetova(RUS)

John Isner[14] v Guillermo Garcia-Lopez(ESP)
Steve Johnson v Nick Kyrgios[28](AUS)
Tennys Sandgren v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga(FRA)
Ernesto Escobedo[WC] v Hyeon Chung[Q](KOR)
Bjorn Fratangelo[WC] v Gilles Simon(FRA)
Frances Tiafoe v Ivo Karlovic(CRO)

Some of the seeds were in action today in the second round of the ITF Grade 1 in Repentigny Canada, and No. 2 seed Hurricane Tyra Black was eliminated, falling to Joanna Garland of Taiwan 6-1, 6-4. That was a tough draw for Black, with Garland a former ITF Top 20 junior. No. 4 seed  Mananchaya Sawangkaew of Thailand was also beaten in her first match of the tournament by Carole Monnet of France. Karlis Ozolins of Latvia, last week's boys champion at the Grade 1 in College Park, was beaten in the first round by Murphy Cassone of the United States 6-4, 6-0.