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Jesse Witten into main draw with qualification final win

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, July 25 2016 – Great Britain’s Brydan Klein shined under the lights at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on Monday night, defeating Kentucky-born Eric Quigley (USA) in the nightcap’s main featured match, 6-2, 6-4, putting a close to the first day of main draw play at the Kentucky Bank Championships.

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.

Klein (GBR) dropped an early break in the first set to Quigley to fall behind 1-0, but then broke right back in Quigley’s first service game to level the first set, and would cruise to a first set win, 6-2. After eight consecutive holds to begin the second set, Klein broke for 5-4 in the frame and served out the final game at love to claim his spot in the second round of the men’s singles main draw.

Also on Monday, former Kentucky Wildcat Jesse Witten (USA) grabbed one of four qualifying spots up for grabs with a very convincing 6-4, 6-1 win over Australia’s Marinko Matosevic. Witten will play his first round singles match on Tuesday at approximately 1 p.m. ET against Daniel Nguyen (USA) on the main stadium court at the Boone Tennis Center.

Jesse Witten 3(Jesse Witten, Photo Courtesy of Charlie Baglan)

The longest match of the day was the first one on court this morning on court one, as the top seed in the women’s qualifying draw, Lauren Robson (GBR) survived a three-set, three-hour match against wild card Kat Facey (USA) 6-0, 6-7 (1), 6-4. Robson broke Facey at 5-4 in the third set to claim the win, and a spot in the second round of the qualifying draw.

Tuesday’s night session will feature three Kentucky Wildcats in it, beginning with Witten teaming up with current player Beck Pennington (UK) to play doubles against Sekou Bangoura (USA) and Jose Statham (NZL) to open play on the main courts no earlier than 7 p.m. ET. Following that will be another current Wildcat, the United States’ William Bushamuka, playing in his first ATP Tour event against Liam Broady (GBR) on the main court.

Also in action tomorrow is USA Olympian, Brian Baker, who faces Daniel Evans (GBR) at approximately 3 p.m. ET on court one, and Laura Robson on the women’s side, who will open play on court two against Alison Bai (AUS) for a spot in the main draw.

2016 Kentucky Bank Championships

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Monday, July 25, 2016 – (Day 3)

Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center

Lexington, Ky.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor


Saturday, July 25 – Results

Men’s Main Draw – First Round  

Nicolas Meister, United States, def. (6) Quentin Halys, France, 6-2, 6-2

(1) Adrian Mannarino, France, def. Hiroki Moriya, Japan, 6-1, 6-4

(4) Jordan Thompson, Australia, def. Ryan Shane, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Brydan Klein, Great Britain, def. [WC] Eric Quigley, United States, 6-2, 6-4

Frances Tiafoe, United States, def. Tommy Paul, United States, 6-3, 6-1


Men’s Qualifying – Finals (Winners into main draw)

Mackenzie McDonald, United States, def. (1) Yasutaka Uchiyama, Japan, 6-3, 6-3

(3) Alex Kuznetsov, United States, def. Enzo Wallert, United States, 6-3, 6-4

(2) Llyod Glasspool, Great Britain, def. Reilly Opelka, United States, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (0)

Jesse Witten, United States vs. (4) Marinko Matosevic, Australia, 6-4, 6-1

Women’s Qualifying – Round of 16

Emily Webley-Smith, Great Britain, def. Akvile Parazinskaite, Lithuania, 6-3, 6-0

Alison Bai, Australia def. Sabrina Santamaria, United States, 6-4, 6-0

(7) Cristiana Ferrando, Italy, def. [WC] Mary Catherine Haffey, United States, 6-4, 6-0

Olivia Rogowska, Australia, def. Keri Wong, United States, 6-1, 6-2

(1) Laura Robson, Great Britain, def. Kat Facey, United States, 6-0, 6-7 (1), 6-4

(3) Katy Dunne, Great Britain, def. Alexandria Mueller, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-1

(4) Freya Christie, Great Britain, def. Mana Atukawa, Japan, 6-4, 6-2

(5) Greet Minnen, Belgium, def. Lizette Cabrera, Australia, 6-3, 6-1

Order of Play – Tuesday, July 26 

Stadium Court No. 1 – Start time: 9 a.m. ET

Guilherme Clezar, Brazil, vs. Ernesto Escobedo, United States [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]
Sekou Bangoura, United States, vs. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[Q] Jesse Witten, United States, vs. Daniel Nguyen, United States [Men’s main draw – First round]

Daniel Evans, Great Britain, vs. [WC] Brian Baker, United States [Men’s main draw – First round]

Not before 7 p.m. ET

Sekou Bangoura, (USA)/Jose Statham, (NZL) vs. [WC] Beck Pennington/Jesse Witten (USA)

[WC] William Bushamuka, United States, vs. Liam Broady, Great Britain [Men’s main draw – First round]

Stadium Court No. 2 – Start time: 9 a.m. ET

Laura Robson, Great Britain, vs. Alison Bai, Australia [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[WC] Carolina Dolehide, United States, vs. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

Andrey Golubev, Kazakhstan, vs. (8) Stefan Kozlov, United States [Men’s main draw – First round]

[Q] Mackenzie McDonald, United States, vs. Mitchell Krueger, United States, [Men’s main draw – First round]

[Men’s main draw – First round]

Not before 7 p.m. ET

Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal, vs. Kristie Ahn, United States [Women’s main draw – First round]

An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium/Maria Sanchez, United States, vs. Freya Christie/Laura Robson, Great Britain

Court 3 – Starting time: 9 a.m. ET

Freya Christie, Great Britain, vs. Cristiana Ferrando, Italy [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[WC] Jennifer Elie, United States, vs. Sabina Sharipova, Uzbekistan [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[WC] Sanaz Marand, United States, vs. Arina Rodionova, Australia [Women’s main draw – First round]

Sophie Chang/Alexandria Mueller, United States, vs. Greetje Minnen/Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium

Alison Bai, Australia/Keri Wong, United States, vs. Jovana Jaksic, Serbia/Sabina Sharipova, Uzbekistan

Court 5 – Starting time: 9 p.m. ET

Katy Dunne, Great Britain, vs. Greetje Minnen, Belgium [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[Alt] Juan Ignacio Londero, Argentina, vs. [Q] Alex Kuznetsov, United States [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

[Q] Lloyd Glasspool, Great Britain, vs. James Ward, Great Britain [Men’s main draw – First round]

Frederik Neilsen, Denmark/David O’Hare, Ireland vs. [Q] Alex Lawson/Austin Smith, United States

Ramkumar Ramanathan, India, vs. Luke Saville, Australia [Men’s main draw – First round]

Andret Golubev, Kazakhstan/Matt Reid, Australia vs. Nicolaas Scholtz/Tucker Vorster, South Africa

Court 7 – Starting time: 9 p.m. ET

Emily Webley-Smith, Great Britain, vs. Olivia Rogowska, Australia [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

Victoria Rodriguez, Mexico, vs. (9) An-Sophoe Mestach, Belgium [Women’s qualifying – Round of 8]

Not before Noon ET

Hiroki Moriya/Yasutaka Uchiyama, Japan, vs. [WC] Jordi Arconada/Frances Tiafoe, United States

Cristiana Ferrando, Italy/Victoria Rodriguez, Mexico, vs. Mana Ayukawa, Japan/Katy Dunne, Great Britain

Riko Sawayangi, Japan/Emily Webley-Smith, Great Britain, vs. [WC] Mary Haffey/Eva Raszkiewicz, United States


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.


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