UCLA at 2022 Wimbledon: Day 8
MONDAY, JULY 4
UCLA's representatives at the All England Club had their stays ended Monday, as the final two Bruins in contention, Jean-Julien Rojer and Ena Shibahara, were eliminated.
Shibahara and partner Asia Muhammad, seeded fifth, reached the women's doubles third round before bowing out against the 11th-seeded pair of Alicja Rosolska and Erin Routliffe. Shibahara and Muhammad were able to nab just one break of serve, which extended the match with a second-set tiebreaker. Rosolska and Routliffe prevailed, however, 6-4, 7-6(3), moving on to the quarterfinals.
Shibahara also had a chance to pick up her second Grand Slam mixed doubles title in as many events. Alongside another former UCLA standout in Rojer, Shibahara was unable to match her French Open success. Matthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur downed the tournament's No. 1 seed in a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4 thriller. Rojer and Shibahara were broken at 4-5 in the third set, closing out the match.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30 – SATURDAY, JULY 2
R2 – Jack Sock (USA) def. Maxime Cressy (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1)
R2 – Alex Molcan (SVK) def. Marcos Giron (USA) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
R2 – Richard Gasquet (FRA) def. Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
R2 – Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) def. Catherine Harrison (USA) 6-2, 6-2
R1 - No. 7 John Peers/Filip Polasek def. McDonald/Botic van de Zandschulp 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
R1 – Harrison/Sabrina Santamaria def. Kaja Juvan/Tamara Zidansek 2-6, 6-4, 5-2, retired
R2 – No. 11 Alicja Rosolska/Erin Routliffe def. Harrison/Santamaria 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(7)
R2 – No. 5 Ena Shibahara/Asia Muhammad def. Xinyun Han/Lin Zhu 6-1, 6-4
Up next: Shibahara/Muhammad vs. Rosolska/Routliffe – Monday (time TBD)
R1 – No. 1 Shibahara/Jean-Julien Rojer def. Alexa Guarachi/Austin Krajicek 6-4, 7-6(10)
Up next: Shibahara/Rojer vs. TBD
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Doubles play got underway Wednesday and four Bruins were in action at the All England Club. Victorious was Ena Shibahara on the women's side, while Maxime Cressy, Marcos Giron and Jean-Julien Rojer suffered losses.
Shibahara once again teamed with Asia Muhammad, forming the draw's No. 5 seed. The pair made quick work of Sarah Beth Grey and Yuriko Miyazaki, recording a 6-1, 6-1 win to set up a second-round tilt with Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu.
Cressy and Feliciano Lopez were felled by Lukasz Kubot and Szymon Walkow in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 decision. Giron and James Duckworth's marathon Set 2 win was all they could muster in what proved to be a 6-3, 6-7(10), 6-1, 6-2 victory for Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi. Finally, defending French Open men's doubles champions Rojer and Marcelo Arevalo – seeded fourth – were bested by Denis Kudla and Jack Sock, 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4.
The mixed doubles field features an all-Bruin top seed, as Rojer and Shibahara will meet up for the first time, starting Friday.
Thursday will see returns to action for Cressy, Giron and Mackenzie McDonald, as well as Catherine Harrison. Cressy meets Sock at approximately 6:30 a.m. PT, Giron will take on Alex Molcan and McDonald is set to meet Richard Gasquet – both at 3 a.m. Harrison also has a 3 a.m. start, against Ajla Tomljanovic. McDonald and Botic van de Zandschulp will try to take down No. 7 John Peers and Filip Polasek at about 7:30 a.m. Harrison and Sabrina Santamaria have a 6:15 a.m. matchup with Kaja Juvan and Tamara Zidansek set.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
The UCLA tennis programs had a flawless day at the All England Club, as three former men's standouts and a women's tennis alumna all advanced to second-round singles action.
Maxime Cressy and Catherine Harrison continued to be the stories of the week, as they recorded victories in their singles main-draw debuts following strong lead-up performances. Also prevailing were Grand Slam veterans Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald.
Cressy, who achieved runner-up status at the Eastbourne International event June 25, pulled off the upset of the day with his 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) decision over No. 6 seed and World No. 9 Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada. Cressy previously made the third round of qualifying in 2021 before this year's breakthrough. He will next meet qualifier and fellow American Jack Sock. Cressy is also teaming with Feliciano Lopez in men's doubles.
Harrison, who ran off three wins from June 21-23 to make the field, continued her run with a 6-1, 6-4 result opposite Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands. Harrison entered play with a WTA singles ranking of 262. Ajla Tomljanovic is next up for Harrison, who will also partner with Sabrina Santamaria in women's doubles play.
Giron also downed a seeded counterpart in No. 24 Holger Rune of Denmark. The straight-set showing, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, advanced Giron to the event's second round for the second time in as many years. He is coming off a quarterfinal-round singles performance at the Mallorca Open and will try to continue his success versus Alex Molcan of Slovakia. Giron also has men's doubles with James Duckworth on his slate.
McDonald also posted a straight-set effort in his match with Nuno Borges of Portugal, who was a late add to the field. McDonald's 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3) triumph gave him his second-career trip to the singles second round at Wimbledon. He reached Round 4 in 2018. Richard Gasquet of France lines up next against McDonald, who too will compete in men's doubles, with Botic van de Zandschulp.
Also scheduled to compete in men's doubles is Jean-Julien Rojer, who alongside partner Marcelo Arevalo, took the top prize at the French Open earlier this month. Ena Shibahara will play with Asia Muhammad on the women's side. The mixed doubles field will be announced Wednesday.
A #Wimbledon debut to remember 👏
Maxime Cressy shocks Felix Auger-Aliassime in four sets to reach the second round pic.twitter.com/CIUOGuVoxn
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 28, 2022