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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Will Ousts Top Seed at $75K in Albuquerque; Party Rock $50K Wild Cards Announced; Johnson and Kudla Meet in Challenger Quarterfinals; USTA Boys Defeat Cal Team

The first round of singles at the $75,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Albuquerque, New Mexico was completed this evening, with wild card Allie Will getting her best career win, defeating top seed and WTA No. 114 Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). It's not the first time Will has had success against Gallovits-Hall. Last year Will defeated her in the second round at the Las Vegas Pro Circuit event, when Gallovits was ranked 116.

Sachia Vickery, who qualified, also picked up her best ranking win, defeating No. 4 seed Anastasia Rodionova of Australia, currently ranked 130, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. Vickery beat Rodionova last month in the qualifying draw for the WTA's New Haven tournament, when Rodionova was ranked 161.

Next week the Pro Circuit moves to Las Vegas, where the $50,000 event has a new sponsor in pop star RedFoo of LMFAO, who spent a great deal of time at the US Open in the company of World No. 1 Vika Azarenka. Now called the Party Rock Open, the tournament announced its wild card selections today. Main draw wild cards were given to Will, Chelsey Gullickson, who won last week's $25K in Redding, Las Vegas resident Asia Muhammad and US Open girls champion Samantha Crawford. Qualifying wild cards were given to Chalena Scholl, Kimberly Yee, Sanaz Marand, Tori Kinard, Lauren Embree and Ayaka Okuno, who is coached by RedFoo in Las Vegas.

At the $10,000 Futures in Costa Mesa, Calif., top seeds Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain and Dan Kosakowski of the US advanced to the second round with straight-set wins. UCLA sophomore Marcos Giron, who got through four rounds of qualifying, won his fifth match in as many days, defeating No. 4 seed Reid Carleton 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(4).

At the $15,000 Futures in Canada this week, Wimbledon and US Open boys champion Filip Peliwo continues to struggle to translate his junior success to the ITF Men's circuit. He lost to a qualifier, former Georgia Tech player Dean O'Brien of South Africa, 7-6(2), 6-1 in the first round. 2012 NCAA finalist Eric Quigley of Kentucky posted a big win, downing No. 5 seed and last week's Canadian Futures champion Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

At the ATP Challenger in Turkey, both Steve Johnson and Denis Kudla picked up second round wins to advance to the quarterfinals, where they will play each other. Johnson and Kudla were in Spain as hitting partners with the US Davis Cup team last weekend. Johnson defeated top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, while Kudla, the No. 7 seed, advanced when Jamie Baker of Great Britain retired trailing 5-7, 6-3. 3-1.

The top seeded doubles team also fell in Turkey, with 2010 NCAA champion doubles champion Drew Courtney of Virginia teaming with India's Purav Raja for a 6-3, 6-2 first round win over Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia and Denys Molchanov of Ukraine.
This afternoon in Berkeley, California, the USTA juniors who will be competing in the Audi Napa Valley event beginning Friday played a modified dual match with the Cal men's team, with the USTA juniors winning 9 of 12 matches.
The results:

1. Christoffer Konigsfeldt and Ben McLachlan(CAL) def. Deiton Baughman and TJ Pura 8-6.

2. Robbie Bellamy and Henry Craig def. Riki McLachlan and Mads Engsted(CAL) 8-2.

3. Joe Di Guilio and Jack Murray def. Greg Bayane and Wyatt Houghton(CAL)

4. Gage Brymer and Konrad Zieba def. Stuart Miller and Nikil Jayashankar(CAL) 8-1

1. B. McLachlan(CAL) def. Craig 6-0, 6-2

2. Konigsfeldt(CAL) def. Baughman 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

3. Brymer def. Bayane(CAL) 7-6(2), 6-3

4. Bellamy def. R. McLachlan(CAL) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

5. Zieba def. Engsted(CAL) 6-4, 6-3

6. DiGiulio def. Houghton(CAL) 7-5, 6-3

7. Pura def. Jayashankar(CAL) 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (12-10)

8. Murray def. Jordan Smith(CAL)  7-5, 6-3


Cal Bears said...

Colette, do you know if the Cal team consisted of its top players? I am sure the juniors are excellent players but if the Cal team lost 9 out of 12 matches with its best players that is embarrassing.

Colette Lewis said...

Most of the top players competed for Cal, but not all.