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Second seeded ousted as Rio-Bound Brian Baker is through

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 28, 2016 – It was an action-packed day in Lexington on Thursday, as second-seeded Malik Jaziri (TUN) was outsed by Daniel Nguyen (USA) in three sets in just over two hours, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 and then in the night session under the lights, Rio-bound American Brian Baker (USA), a wild card into the Kentucky Bank Classic defeated Liam Broady (GBR), 6-4, 6-4.

In the night session, Baker was sensational at the net all night and his serve was working for him, as he was only broken once during the entire match en route to a straight-set win over Broady. In the first set, Baker and Broady exchanged nine straight service holds to put Broady at the line serving at 4-5 to stay in the set. Baker used two punishing forehand returns up the line to win the 10th game of the set, and break to secure a 6-4 first-set win.

In the second set, Baker broke Broady to start the second set and take a 2-0 lead after he served out a clean first game. Serving at 2-0, Broady broke Baker at 15 to get the set back on level terms after a consolidating hold for 3-3. Baker then was able to break in the crucial ninth game of the set for 5-4 and served out the final service game at 30 and held on for a straight-sets win over Broady.

Baker will face qualifier Alex Kuznetsov (USA) in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Kuznetsov defeated (8) Stefan Kozlov in three sets indoors on Thursday to book his spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-4 third-set win over his fellow American.

Nguyen needed three sets and two hours and one minute to knock out the No. 2 overall seed in the draw on Thursday, as he served at 50 percent in the match and won over 75 percent of his first-serve points in the match, with over 79 percent in the third set alone. Nguyen got two breaks of serve after serving first in the third set and then went on to cruise to a win.

Nguyen will face Andrew Whittington (AUS) in the quarterfinals of the tournament after he earned a tough three-set win today over Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) indoors during the day session of Thursday’s play.

“I’ve had a good run here recently,” Whittington said. “I’m trying to keep it positive on the court. I’m just going to try and keep my injuries to a bare minimum and it’s been a good year so far. I hope to just keep going along.”

Tickets for the remainder of the week are still available for all sessions at LexingtonChallenger.com, and walk-ups at the gate are also gladly accepted. The United States Tennis Association also is live streaming all matches of the main draw on its website, in addition to providing scores and live stats.

In the women’s draw, Jovana Jaksic (SRB) continued the trend of this tournament by ousting a seeded player. Jaksic won 7-6 (5), 6-0 over ninth-seeded An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) on the main show courts indoors during the day session. Mestach became the seventh of nine seeded players in the draw to already be eliminated in competition. Also losing as a seeded player in the draw on Thursday was fourth-seeded Lin Zhu (CHN) and the 151st-ranked player in the world, who lost to American Jamie Loeb (USA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The only two seeded players remaining are top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL), who won 6-2, 6-3 over Alison Bai (USA) and fifth-seeded Hiroko Kuwata (JPN), who beat Katy Dunne (GBR) after Dunne was forced to retire with a groin injury early in the second set.

Play will begin at Noon on Friday in Lexington.

2016 Kentucky Bank Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Thursday, July 28, 2016 – (Day 6)

Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center

Lexington, Ky.

Purse: $100,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor


Thursday, July 28 – Results
Men’s Singles – Second Round
D. Nguyen (USA) d [2] M. Jaziri (TUN) 64 46 61
[Q] A. Kuznetsov (USA) d [8] S. Kozlov (USA) 36 63 64
[WC] B. Baker (USA) d L. Broady (GBR) 64 63
A. Whittington (AUS) d R. Ramanathan (IND) 76(4) 46 64


Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) d [2] D. O’Brien (RSA) / R. Roelofse (RSA) 64 62
[4] L. Saville (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) d N. Meister (USA) / E. Quigley (USA) 62 62
N. Scholtz (RSA) / T. Vorster (RSA) d S. Bangoura (USA) / J. Statham (NZL) 76(5) 63


STADIUM 1 start 12:00
[Q] L. Glasspool (GBR) vs E. Escobedo (USA)
A. Whittington (AUS) vs D. Nguyen (USA)
[WC] B. Baker (USA) vs [Q] A. Kuznetsov (USA)
Not Before 19:00
[4] L. Saville (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND)
M. Krueger (USA) vs [7] F. Tiafoe (USA)


STADIUM 2 start 12:00 
[1] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs A. Rodionova (AUS)
J. Loeb (USA) vs [Q] G. Minnen (BEL)
[4] H. Kuwata (JPN) vs J. Jaksic (SRB)

Not Before 19:00
A. Mestach (BEL) / M. Sanchez (USA) vs R. Sawayanagi (JPN) / E. Webley-Smith (GBR) or S. Chang (USA) / A. Mueller (USA)
A. Bai (AUS) / K. Wong (USA) or H. Kuwata (JPN) / L. Zhu (CHN) vs S. Marand (USA) / M. Oudin (USA)


COURT 7 start 12:00 
H. Moriya (JPN) / Y. Uchiyama (JPN) vs N. Scholtz (RSA) / T. Vorster (RSA)
S. Sharipova (UZB) vs M. Krajicek (NED)


With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually 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. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 37 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering over $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. John Isner, Sam Querrey, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their career on the USTA Pro Circuit.


For more information, contact:

CHRIS SHOALS, Tournament Press Aide

On-site: 513-312-2489

E-mail: cmsh223@uky.edu

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