Wednesday, January 10, 2018

American Men Go 10-7 in Opening Round of Australian Open Qualifying; Ten US Women Begin Play Tonight in Melbourne

The first round of the Australian Open men's qualifying is complete, with American men going 10-7 on Wednesday.  Most of the matches were exceedingly close: Stefan Kozlov saved four match points in his 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(3) win over Australian wild card Blake Ellis; Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul also won third set tiebreakers, which are new this year for qualifying at the Australian Open, to reach the second round. After winning the Noumea Challenger last week, Noah Rubin could muster only one game against Mackenzie McDonald, and Michael Mmoh, who had such a great start to the year in Brisbane lost in straight sets to Andrew Whittington of Australia.

The international men with college backgrounds who advanced to the second round are Yannick Hanfmann(USC), JP Smith(Tennessee) and Cameron Norrie(TCU).

Below are Wednesday's results, and the second round matchups, five of which will be played Thursday (tonight in the US)

Taylor Fritz[1] def. Sam Groth(AUS) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)
Bjorn Fratangelo[4] def. Mitchell Krueger 7-6(4), 6-3
Stefan Kozlov def. Blake Ellis[WC](AUS) 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(3)
Yannick Hanfmann[10](GER) def. Evan King 6-1, 7-6(8)
Christian Harrison def. Reilly Opelka 7-6(0), 7-6(8)
Tommy Paul def. Blaz Rola(SLO) 6-7(3) 7-6(2), 7-6(5)
Dennis Novikov def. Marinko Matosevic[WC](AUS) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Ramkumar Ramanathan[28](IND) def. Bradley Klahn 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 6-2
Ernesto Escobedo[11] def. Pablo Andujar(ESP) 6-2, 6-2
Stefan Napolitano(ITA) def. Alexander Sarkissian 6-7(5), 7-6(4) 4-0, ret.
Andrew Whittington(AUS) def. Michael Mmoh 7-6(2), 6-1
Mackenzie McDonald def. Noah Rubin 6-1, 6-0
Denis Kudla def. Roberto Carballes Baena[7](ESP) 6-3, 7-5
Kevin King def. Uladzimir Ignatik[31](BLR) 7-6(2), 6-2

Taylor Fritz[1] v Mathias Bourgue(FRA)
Bjorn Fratangelo[4] v Zsombor Piros[WC](HUN)
Kevin King v Zdenek Kolar(CZE)*
Denis Kudla v Tobias Kamke(GER)*
Mackenzie McDonald v Jozef Kovalik(SVK)*
Dennis Novikov v Elias Ymer[27](SWE)*
Stefan Kozlov v Yannick Hanfmann[10](GER)*
Ernesto Escobedo[11] v Alessandro Giannessi(ITA)
Tommy Paul v Bernard Tomic[29](AUS)
Christian Harrison v Peter Polansky[26](CAN)

*Thursday matches

The ten US women in the qualifying all play their first round matches on Thursday. As is the case in the men's draw, an American is the top seed.  The streaming of all Australian Open qualifying courts is not available in the US except through Tennis Channel's Plus product.

Sachia Vickery[1] v Lesley Kerkhove(NED)

Julia Boserup[24] v Cagla Kuyukakcay(TUR)

Louisa Chirico v Lin Zhu[3](CHN)

Bernarda Pera[14] v Patty Schnyder(SUI)

Irina Falconi[15] v Basak Eraydin(TUR)

Danielle Collins v Irina Khromacheva(RUS)

Asia Muhammad v Elitsa Kostova(BUL)

Caroline Dolehide v Conny Perrin(SUI)

Jamie Loeb v Daniela Seguel(CHI)

Kayla Day v Katie Boulter(GBR)

The women with college ties in the qualifying draw:
Ellen Perez[WC](AUS) Georgia
Irina Falconi(USA) Georgia Tech
Danielle Collins(USA) Virginia
Carol Zhao(CAN) Stanford
Jamie Loeb(USA) North Carolina

Complete draws can be viewed at the tournament website.