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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Final Round of Qualifying for D'Novo All-American Set for Wednesday; Raonic to Play Nadal; Robson Downs McHale; Scholl Qualifies in Kansas City 50K

The second round of qualifying for the ITA D'Novo All-American was held today in Tulsa, with four pre-qualifiers and a lucky loser still in the hunt for one of the 16 spots in the main draw. Duke's Chris Mengel is the only freshman in the group; the others are Chris Kearney of UC-Irvine, Juan Spir of Georgia Tech, John Collins of Maryland and the lucky loser, Benedikt Lindheim of Nebraska. Collins, unseeded in pre-qualifying, has already won six matches in the past four days and will play Ohio State's highly-touted freshman Blaz Rola, the No. 3 seed, Wednesday for a main draw berth. According to the Ohio State twitter feed, Rola saved three match points at 3-6 in the second set tiebreaker against Michigan's Evan King, ultimately winning the Big Ten battle 4-6, 7-6, 6-1. Rola is joined by two other Buckeyes, Matt Allare and Devin McCarthy, in the last round of qualifying.

The 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 seeds survived to reach Wednesday's final round, but top seed Alex Clayton of Stanford did not. Clayton lost to Viktor Maksimcuk of Louisville in the second round today, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. In all, there are 12 seeded and 20 unseeded players still playing.

For complete results, including doubles qualifying, see the ITA tournament website.

The women's qualifying for the ITA Riviera All-American is still underway, because they do not play Monday, opting instead for two rounds on Tuesday. After today's first round, six of the pre-qualifiers advanced, as well as a lucky loser, with Florida's Joanna Mather, Alex Cercone and Sophie Oyen (the lucky loser) reaching the second round. For results, see the ITA tournament website.

One of the most impressive teenagers on the men's tour this fall has been 19-year-old Canadian Milos Raonic, who was set to attend the University of Virginia before deciding to forego college for the pros. Raonic, who played several of the top ITF events here in the U.S. as a junior, qualified for the U.S. Open main draw this year, and last week reached the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Malaysia, where he beat No. 31 ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to Igor Andreev. Today in Tokyo, Raonic, now ranked 200, defeated Florent Serra of France to advance to a meeting with top seed Rafael Nadal. In his three-set win over Serra, Raonic had 22 aces. For more on Raonic's thoughts about his recent form and his upcoming match with Nadal, see this story in the Toronto Star.

In the $100,000 ITF women's challenger in Tokyo, Laura Robson defeated Christina McHale in first round action. For more results from that event, see the ITF women's site.

At the $50,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Kansas City, Chichi Scholl was one of four players to advance to the main draw. On Wednesday, Beatrice Capra makes her first appearance on the court since the U.S. Open when she plays Canada's Ekaterina Shulaeva.

See the Pro Circuit results page for more.