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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ten Americans Advance to Australian Open's Final Round of Qualifying; ITF Grade 1 Traralgon Begins; Stanford Women, Wake Forest Men Top 2019 D-I Team Rankings; Pitt Cuts Women's Tennis

Friday's final round of qualifying at the Australian Open will feature six US women and four US men after the second round was completed Thursday, with Americans going 10-6. Only one American was seeded to get through qualifying, Jennifer Brady, so to have this many in the final round is a good showing. American results from Thursday's second round are below:

Christopher Eubanks d. Felix Auger-Aliassime[2](CAN) 7-6(4), 6-3
Christina McHale d. Sofya Zhuk[12](RUS) 6-3, 6-3
Danielle Lao d. Caroline Dolehide[19] 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko[23] d. Tereza Mrdeza(CRO) 6-1, 6-3
Jennifer Brady[16] d. Conny Perrin(SUI) 6-1, 6-1
Victorija Golubic[3](SUI) d. Kristie Ahn 6-4, 6-4
Nicole Gibbs[18] d. Paula Ormaechea(ARG) 7-5, 6-2
Paolo Lorenzi[4](ITA) d. Tommy Paul 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3
Jamie Loeb def. Anhelinka Kalinina[5](UKR) 6-3, 6-4
Kamil Majchrzak(POL) d. Noah Rubin[28] 7-5, 6-1
Tim Smyczek d. Pedja Krstin(SRB) 6-3, 6-2
Ivana Jorovic[10] d. Asia Muhammad 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Bjorn Fratangelo[24] d. Stefan Napolitano(ITA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-4)
Lin Zhu[11](CHN) d. Allie Kiick 6-1, 7-5
Mitchell Krueger d. Adrian Menendez Maceiras[20](ESP) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

The singles main draws were revealed Thursday, with 13 US men and 14 US women receiving direct entry.  Jack Sock and Whitney Osuigwe earned the USTA's reciprocal wild cards in last fall's Wild Card Challenge.

Ryan Harrison
Jack Sock[WC]
Bradley Klahn
Sam Querrey
Mackenzie McDonald
Michael Mmoh
Tennys Sandgren
Taylor Fritz
Frances Tiafoe
Steve Johnson[31]
Reilly Opelka
John Isner[9]
Denis Kudla

Sonya Kenin
Venus Williams
Serena Williams[16]
Madison Brengle
Whitney Osuigwe[WC]
Madison Keys[17]
Amanda Anisimova
Sloane Stephens[5]
Taylor Townsend
Alison Riske
Danielle Collins
Sachia Vickery
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bernarda Pera

The Traralgon ITF Grade 1 warm-up tournament to the Australian Open Junior Championships begins Friday, with eight US boys and four US girls in the main draw.  Tyler Zink and Blaise Bicknell advanced through qualifying, with the other six US boys Tristan Boyer[12], Eliot Spizzirri[16], Zane Khan, Toby Kodat, Emilio Nava[13] and Cannon Kingsley[9]. The US girls in the draw are Chloe Beck, Kacie Harvey, Emma Navarro and Kylie Collins. 

The first ITA Division I Team rankings of the spring season was released yesterday with both 2018 NCAA champions, the Stanford women and the Wake Forest men, No. 1.  The first rankings are done via poll, with the computer taking over after the Team Indoor championships. The ITA release is here.

1. Stanford [12] (first place votes received)
2. Vanderbilt
3. North Carolina
4. Duke
5. Georgia
6. Texas
7. Pepperdine
9. Oklahoma State
10. Michigan

1. Wake Forest [11]
2. Ohio State [1]
3. Mississippi State
4. Florida
5. USC
6. North Carolina
8. Texas
9. Texas A&M
10. Stanford

Bad news in college tennis today, with Pitt announcing it is cutting its women's tennis team. The ACC school, which has not had a men's team since the 1990s, is adding women's lacrosse in 2021-22, which probably keeps the school in compliance with Title IX.


E.F.K. into MD at AO said...

3 players from the USA advanced to the Main Draw of the Aussie Open last night: Christopher Eubanks, Bjorn Fratangelo, and Mitch Krueger. The MD first round matchups are: Eubanks vs Nikoloz Basilashvili, Fratangelo plays Gilles Simon, and Krueger plays some guy named Djokovic:) Good Luck Gentlemen. Play Ball!