Shuai Shines Under Lights In Second Round

August 5, 2021 01:00 AM

SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 4, 2021) – A pair of upset wins from China’s Zhang Shuai and Croatia’s Ana Konjuh highlighted a dramatic day of play on Wednesday at the 2021 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

A 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over No. 3 seed Madison Keys punched Shuai’s ticket to her first Bay Area quarterfinal. It appeared as if Keys had saved match point with a near-perfect forehand that was initially ruled in, but a subsequent challenge from Shuai reversed the call to end the match. 

Shuai will face qualifier Konjuh in a must-see quarter on Friday. 

It was a dominant opening set for Konjuh that paved the way to her 6-1, 6-4 win over No. 9 seed Alison Riske. The Croatian closed that first set winning five straight games in a tidy 27 minutes. 

She now advances to the quarterfinals for a second straight appearance in the Bay Area, her last trip coming in 2017. 

Wednesday’s play opened with an upset on Stadium as Poland’s Magda Linette earned a straight set win against No. 6 seed Petra Martic. Linette came through late in both sets, taking the first 7-5 and the second in a tiebreak. 

Linette will meet fourth-seeded Daria Kasatkina on Friday. Kasatkina outlasted France’s Caroline Garcia 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.  

In doubles action, the four remaining first round matches were all completed.  

The all-American pair of 16-year-old Robin Montgomery and 17-year-old Ashlyn Krueger ended the night with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over the Dutch team of Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove and Rosalie van der Hoek. Montgomery and Krueger are the youngest doubles team to compete in the 50-year history of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

The teams of No. 1 seed Gabriela Dabrowski/Luisa Stefani, third-seeded Ellen Perez/Kvetoslava Peschke, and Americans Catherine McNally/Coco Vandeweghe also advanced on Wednesday. 

Second round action at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic continues Thursday at 11 am when No. 8 seed Yulia Putintseva meets Australian Olympian Ajla Tomljanovic on Stadium Court. 

The evening session will get underway at 7 pm with an American showdown as seventh-seeded Danielle Collins faces Sloane Stephens.  

Individual session tickets are available now starting at $30. Get your tickets today for this historic Bay Area event as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
Co-founded by the legendary sportswoman, visionary, and activist Billie Jean King, the tournament was the first event of the historic 1971 women's professional tennis tour, a precursor to the WTA. Its list of past champions reads like a who's who of women's tennis, including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, and Kim Clijsters.

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ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: Co-founded by Billie Jean King in 1971, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic celebrates its 50th Anniversary and is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA 1000 level event is the first women's stop on the US Open Series and features a 28-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $565,530. 

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