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27 October 2021, 12:14

Ivashka, Vasilevski lose their St Petersburg doubles openers

MINSK, 27 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian tennis players lost their doubles opening matches at the St Petersburg Open, BelTA has learned.

Belarus' Andrei Vasilevski and Jonathan Erlich of Israel lost to Brazil's Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray of the UK, 1-6, 4-6. Belarus' Ilya Ivashka and Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik lost to Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan and Hugo Nys of Monaco, 3-6, 1-6.

In the men's singles event Belarus' world number 46 Ilya Ivashka needed an hour and 15 minutes to solve Serbia's world number 52 Laslo Dere, 6-3, 6-2, in the opener. Ilya Ivashka will face world number 6 Andrei Rublev of Russia for a spot in the quarterfinal.

Belarus' world number 109 Egor Gerasimov, who went through qualifying to reach the main draw, lost to world number 56 Mackenzie McDonald of the United States, 5-7, 4-6.

The hard-court competitions at Sibur Arena will be over on 31 October.

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