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Robson’s Three-Setter Highlights Tuesday at Kentucky Bank

Robson’s Three-Setter Highlights Tuesday at Kentucky Bank

Main Draw play continues on Wednesday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – 23-year old Laura Robson (GBR) outlasted Francesca Di Lorenzio (USA) in a three-set thriller on Tuesday afternoon, which highlighted play at the 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships inside the Boone Tennis Center.


Robson, who advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2013, fought through first-set woes and battled her way through the second set to win it in three sets. Robson dropped serve off the bat and was down 3-0 early in the first set and lost the opening frame, 6-1. In the second set, Robson found her serve and was up double-break at 5-1 before Di Lorenzio fought back to earn one break – but Robson served out a 6-4 second set and force a third and decisive set.


In the third, the set stayed on-serve despite an extended game in which Robson had four break points at three all. At 5-5, Robson broke Di Lorenzio for a 6-5 lead – and served the match out to book her spot in the second round.


In the men’s draw, top-seeded Alexander Dublik (KAZ) saw his first action of the tournament, knocking off former Duke Blue Devil, Michael Redlick (USA) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The only seeded player of the draw to be knocked out on Tuesday afternoon was Andrew Whittington (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Second-seeded Denis Kudla (USA) and Michael Mmoh (USA) both won their matches on Tuesday as well.


In the doubles portion of the men’s draw, Tom Jomby and Eric Quigley – both former All-Americans at Kentucky advanced through into the second round with a 6-3, 6-4


Men’s Singles: First Round

[1] Alexander Bublik (KAZ) def. Michael Redlicki (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Dominik Koepfer (GER) def. Edward Corrie 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Cameron Norrie (GBR) def. [7] Andrew Whittington (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

[3] John Millman (AUS) def. [WC] JC Aragone (USA) 7-5, 6-2

Lloyd Harris (RSA) def. Marcos Giron (USA) 7-6 (1), 6-0

Daniel Nguyen (USA) def. Jose Statham (AUS) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4

[4] Michael Mmoh (USA) def. Luke Saville (AUS) 6-2, 7-5

[2] Denis Kudla (USA) def. Alex Bolt (AUS) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2


Men’s Doubles

Tom Jomby (FRA)/Eric Quigley (USA) def. Marc-Olivier Baron (FRA)/Jesse Witten (USA) 6-3, 6-4

[WC] Tristan McCormick/Trey Yates (USA) def. William Bushamuka/Raymond Saemiento (USA) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-8

Alex Bolt/Max Purcell (AUS) def. Marcel Felder (URU)/Kevin King (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4


Women’s Singles

Daniela Vismane (LAT) def. Sara Daavettila (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Anastasia Evgenyevna Nefedova (USA) def. [1] Chanenne van Nguyen (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Priscilla Hon (AUS) def. Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) 6-3, 6-1

[3] Laura Robson (GRB) def. Francesca Di Lorenzo (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

[WC] Emina Bektas (USA) def. Sherazad Reiz (FRA) 7-6 (5), 6-4

[6] Irina Falconi (USA) def. Ronit Yurovsky (USA) 6-0, 6-3

Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. Mami Adachi (JPN) 6-2, 6-2

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) def. Paige Mary Hourigan (NZL) 6-3, 6-2

[7] Grace Min (USA) def. Valeria Savinykh (RUS) 6-2, 6-2


Women’s Doubles:

Chanelle van Nguyen/Allie Kiick (USA) def. Brynn Boren (USA)/Sabastiana Leon (MEX) 6-1, 6-4

[2] Vera Lapki (BLR)/Priscilla Hon (AUS) def. Shale Bouchard/Anna Bouchard (USA) 6-1, 6-0

Julia Elbaba/Madeline Kobelt (USA) def. Hiromi Sasano (JPN)/Sylvia Schnck (USA) 6-2, 6-2

[1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) def. Paige Mary Hourigan (NZL)/Erin Routliffe (CAN) 2-6, 6-4, 13-11


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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