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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Top Seeds Advance at Men's All-American Championships; Mmoh Saves Match Points to Reach Quarterfinals in Stockton; Li, Sewing Move on in Hilton Head

Seeds often exit early at the ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, but that didn't happen in today's first round, which was played indoors due to rain.  Only three seeds went into the back draw today, two 9-16 seeds, and No. 6 seed William Bushamuka of Kentucky.  Bushamuka was defeated by Notre Dame junior Alexander Lebedev, while Georgia's Wayne Montgomery[9] lost to North Carolina State sophomore Alexis Galarneau 6-2, 7-6(6) and Oklahoma's Spencer Papa[9] fell to Utah junior Dan Little 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Top seed Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State beat qualifier Giovanni Oradini of Mississippi State 6-1, 6-4 and No. 2 seed Nuno Borges of Mississippi State defeated qualifier Walker Duncan of Georgia 6-3, 7-5.  Ferran Calvo of Oklahoma wins the tournament's Iron Man award. The transfer from Tyler Junior College won three matches in pre-qualifying, three matches in qualifying, and today won his first round main draw match, beating qualifier Artem Kapshuk of Texas Tech 7-5, 6-4. He will play Timo Stoddard[9] of Tennessee in the second round Friday.

The scores from the first round of the Women's ITA All-American Championships in California are not yet available, with no live scoring the primary reason.

See Bobby Knight's College Tennis Today for more information about both tournaments.

Sofia Sewing at US Open Junior Championships 2017
Qualifier Sofia Sewing defeated No. 7 seed Caty McNally 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the $15,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Hilton Head South Carolina, Sewing's first appearance in a quarterfinal on the Pro Circuit.  LSU recruit Ann Li, who has won a USTA Pro Circuit $15,000 tournament this summer, also advanced to the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Ronit Yurovsky was beaten by former Penn State standout Petra Januskova of Canada 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in just under three hours.

At the $100,000 ATP Challenger in Stockton, Michael Mmoh saved two match points serving at 5-6 in the third set to beat Mackenzie McDonald 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).  The 19-year-old Mmoh[3], the 2016 Kalamazoo champion, will play veteran Dmitry Tursurnov of Russia, a qualifier, in Friday's quarterfinals.  Tim Smyczek joins fellow Americans Mmoh, Tennys Sandgren[2] and Stefan Kozlov[4] in the quarterfinals after a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Christian Harrison.

Several Americans are still alive in the $100,000+Hospitality Challenger in Mexico, with three of them playing second round matches tonight.  Kevin King has already advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3) win over No. 6 seed Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador.

Two Americans have reached the quarterfinals at the ATP 500 event in Tokyo, with Steve Johnson and Ryan Harrison beating No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria and No. 5 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in second round matches.  No. 6 seed John Isner has advanced to the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 China Open in Beijing, and he will play top seed Rafael Nadal next.