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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A Dozen US Women Advance to Second Round of Wimbledon Qualifying; Four USTA Pro Circuit Tournaments Underway, with Many New Faces

Day Two of Wimbledon qualifying featured the women's first round, with 17 Americans in action in Roehampton. Twelve of them have advanced to Wednesday's second round, along with the seven US men who won their first round matches on Monday

Among those twelve women were Sophie Chang and Hanna Chang, who played in Sunday's final at the $25,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit tournament in Sumter South Carolina. At 277 and 271 in the WTA rankings, they were not assured of getting in, but they did, and both got there in time to play their first matches Tuesday. Sophie, who beat Hanna in a third-set tiebreaker in Sumter, defeated Raluka Serban of Cyprus 6-4, 7-6(4) today and Hanna defeated 14-year-old British wild card Mingge Xu 6-4, 6-3.

The first round results for Americans today:

Katie Volynets[1] d. Anna-Lena Friedsam(GER) 6-3, 6-3
Sachia Vickery d. Justine Mikulskyte(LTU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe[2] d. Ella McDonald[WC](GBR) 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(8)
Danielle Lao d. Carline Alves(BRA) 7-5, 6-3
Sophie Chang d. Raluka Serban(CYP) 6-4, 7-6(4)
Jamie Loeb d. Talia Neilson Gatenby[WC](GBR) 6-2, 6-2
Louisa Chirico d. Anna Siskova(CAE) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0
Robin Anderson[11] d. Ellen Perez(AUS) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
Christina McHale d. Laura Ioana Parr(ROU) 2-6 6-4, 6-4
Catherine Harrison d. Eden Silva[WC](GBR) 6-1, 7-5
Hanna Chang d. Mingge Xu[WC](GBR) 6-4, 6-3
Emina Bektas d. Sara Bejlek(CZE) 7-6(3), 6-3

Lucrezia Stefanini(ITA) d. Grace Min 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Mariam Bolkvadze(GEO) d. Alycia Parks 6-1, 6-2
Nadia Podoroska(ARG) d. Asia Muhammad[19] 6-3, 6-3
Viktoria Kuzmova[30](SVK) d. Elvina Kalieva 6-1, 6-4
Ysaline Bonaventure[17](BEL) d. Francesca Di Lorenzo 6-4, 6-4

In addition to Lao(USC), Loeb(North Carolina), Anderson(UCLA), Harrison(UCLA) and Bektas(Michigan), there are seven other former collegians who have advanced to round two: Maria Carle(Georgia), Leolia Jeanjean(Baylor, Arkansas, Lynn), Fernanda Contreras(Vanderbilt), Lulu Sun(Texas), Astra Sharma(Vanderbilt), Andrea Lazaro(Florida International) and Arianne Hartono(Mississippi). 

The 24-year-old Contreras, who qualified at Roland Garros this year and won a round, is playing her first tournaments on grass this month. Reem Abulleil, writing for Wimbledon.com, spoke to Contreras about that adjustment, her family history at Wimbledon, and about having the support of former teammate Sharma in these new experiences at the top of the game.

The women's qualifying draw is here; the men's qualifying draw is here.

Like last week, there are four USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, although the SoCal Pro Circuit is taking the week off, resuming next week in the Los Angeles area.  The men have a $25K in Tulsa and a $15K in South Bend; the women's have a $25K in Wichita and a $15K in Colorado Springs

Qualifying is complete in all four tournaments, with varying scheduling strategies employed to counteract the heat.

In South Bend, five Americans qualified: Patrick Maloney(Michigan), Ronan Jachuck(Harvard), Perry Gregg(Holy Cross), Trice Pickens(Northwestern) and Presley Thieneman(Northwestern).

Wild cards were given to Matthew Che(Notre Dame), Noah Schachter(Texas A&M), Aditya Vashistha(Notre Dame) of India, and Yu Zhang(Notre Dame) of China.

The top seed is Kyle Seelig(Ohio State), with the No. 2 seed Felix Corwin(Minnesota).

In Tulsa, qualifiers from the United States are: Murphy Cassone(Arizona State), Jacob Brumm(Cal, Baylor), Emmett Ward, Avery Zavala(Arkansas), George Goldhoff(Texas), Nathan Chavez and Ron Hohmann(LSU).

Wild cards went to Andres Martin(Georgia Tech), Pierce Rollins(Texas A&M), Bjorn Swenson(Michigan) and Stefan Dostanic(USC). 

The top seed is Yu Hsiou Hsu of Taiwan, with Dane Sweeney of Australia the No. 2 seed.

In Colorado Springs, the women's qualifiers from the United States include Texas high school rising sophomore Meghna Arun Kumar, California high school rising senior Isabella Chhiv(Princeton), Filippa Bruu-Syversen(UC-Santa Barbara) and 
Meisha Kendall-Woseley.  

Wild cards were given to Meredith Jones of the Philippines, rising high school sophomore Mia Yamakita and Veronica Miroshnichenko(Loyola Marymount) of Russia. Yamakita lost to No. 5 seed Ivana Corley(Oklahoma) 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1 in the first round today. 

Connie Hsu(Penn) of Taiwan is the No. 1 seed; the No. 2 seed is Anna Morgina of Russia.

In Wichita, where the men played last week, American qualifiers are: Malaika Rapolu(Texas), Carolyn Campana(Wake Forest) and Allura Zamarripa(Texas).

Wild cards were given to Harriet Hamilton(Wichita State) of Italy, Victoria Hu(Princeton) and Rushri Wijesundera.

Kayla Day and Ana Sofia Sanchez of Mexico are the top two seeds.