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Four More Seeds Fall as KBTC Rolls Into Thursday

Four More Seeds Fall as KBTC Rolls Into Thursday

Two seeded players out in men’s main draw play


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sixth-seeded John-Patrick Smith (AUS) and eighth-seeded Blaz Rola (SLO) both suffered defeats on Wednesday at the 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, as two more seeded players were eliminated from the main draw. On the women’s side, eighth-seeded Ksenia Lykina (RUS) and fourth-seeded Eri Hozumi (JPN) both dropped their matches today.


Both matches that sent the seeded players out were three-set affairs, with Max Purcell (AUS) and Raymond Sarmiento (USA) both advancing into the third round of the championships. The top-seeded player of the day, third-seeded John Millman (AUS) defeated Lloyd Harris (RSA) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 in just 46 minutes.


The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships continue on Thursday at the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, with the men’s and women’s draw all competing. The men’s doubles draw will be the showcase match on Thursday night, as Tom Jomby (FRA)/Eric Quigley (USA), two former Kentucky All-Americans, will team up for a spot in the double’s semifinals. That match will be followed by top-seeded Alexander Bublik (KAZ) facing Dominik Koepfer (GER) in singles action second in the night session.


Third-seeded Laura Robson will be second on court six tomorrow afternoon at the Boone Tennis Center. Her match will start no earlier than 11 a.m. ET.


Men’s Singles: Second Round

Raymond Sarmiento (USA) def. [6] John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4

Max Purcell (AUS) def. [8] Blaz Rola (SLO) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

[3] John Millman (AUS) def. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 6-1, 6-1

Denis Kudla (USA) def. Kevin King (USA) 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-1


Men’s Doubles: Quarterfinals

Alex Bolt/Max Purcell (AUS) def. John-Patrick Smith/Andrew Whittington (AUS) 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-7

Marcos Giron (USA)/Jose Statham (AUS) def. Christopher Rungkat (INA)/Ruan Roelofse (RSA) 6-3, 6-3


Men’s Doubles: First Round

[3] Luke Bambridge (GBR)/David O’Hare (IRE) def. JC Aragone/Robert Galloway (USA) 6-3, 6-4

[4] Jarryd Chaplin/Luke Saville (AUS) def. Ruben Gonzales (PHI)/Alex Lawson (USA) 6-2, 6-4


Women’s Singles

Amanda Anisimova (USA) def. [8] Ksenia Lykina (RUS) 6-3, 6-4

Vera Lapko (BLR) def. Jennifer Elie (USA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

[5] Chloe Paquet (FRA) def. [Q] Daniela Vismane (LAT) 6-4, 6-1

Robin Anderson (USA) def. Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

Julia Elbaba (USA) def. Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Katy Dunne (GBR) def. [4] Eri Hozumi (JPN) 6-2, 7-5

Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. [WC] Taysia Rogers (USA) 6-0, 6-1

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) def. [LL] Chanelle van Nguyen (USA) 6-4, 6-0

[2] Sofia Kenin (USA) def. [Q] Anastasia Evgenyevna Nefedova (USA) 6-2, 6-0

[WC] Allie Kiick (USA) def. Katie Boulter (GBR) 7-5, 6-3


Women’s Doubles

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA)/Ellie Jennifer (USA) def. Mami Adachi (JPN)/Sara Daavettila (USA) 6-3, 3-6, 14-12

Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS)/Ronit Yurovsky (USA) def. [3] Emily Webley-Smith (GRB)/Ksenia Lykina (RUS) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7

Alona Bondarenko (UKR)/Anna Tatishvilli (USA) def. [4] Chloe Paquet/Sherazad Reix (FRA) 6-3, 0-6, 11-9

Francesca De Lorenzo/Emma Bektas (USA) def. Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG)/Jessica Wacnik (USA) 6-4, 6-3


Some of the best young tennis players in the world will once again take center stage in Lexington this summer, as the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit comes to town July 31 through Aug. 1 at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship is a $75,000 challenger for the men, and $60,000 for the women – ranking it as one of the most prestigious prizes along the road to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow this summer.


Tickets are available now online at the tournament’s official website, lexingtonchallenger.com – and can be purchased in week-long packages, or single-day increments. Tickets are $10 per day, and $50 for a week-long pass.


The USTA has 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. On average, more than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries compete on the USTA Pro Circuit annually for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.
For more information contact:
Chris Shoals (cmsh223@uky.edu513-312-2489)

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