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Seeds Hold on Monday at Kentucky Bank Championships

Seeds Hold on Monday at Kentucky Bank Championships

Main Draw play continues on Tuesday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Day one of main draw play at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships saw the seeds hold on Monday, as all three of the seeded players in action Monday afternoon and evening held on to advance into the next round.


In the best match of the day, fifth-seeded Irishman James McGee (IRL) outlasted qualifier Christopher Rungkat (INA) in three sets – 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (6). The first two sets were won without hesitation by each player before a tight third set that ended up in a tiebreak. In the third-set deciding tiebreak – McGee advanced with an 8-6 advantage.


Eighth-seeded Blaz Rola (SLO) advanced with an easy 6-4, 6-2 straight-sets win on the main show court in the afternoon wave of matches. Rola got off to strong starts, breaking early in both sets to get the win.


In the night session, Raymond Sarmiento (USA) knocked off hometown hero and former University of Kentucky All-American, Eric Quigley, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in straight sets. The match was delayed for approximately 20 minutes after a power outage at the Boone Tennis Center caused the lights to go out.


Main draw play continues on Tuesday afternoon with more than 25 matches in action on the tournament’s busiest day. The night session will be anchored by Jesse Witten, Eric Quigley and Tom Jomby – who will all play in the doubles competition – which will be featured in the night session. The night session will begin at 7 p.m. ET.


Men’s Singles: First Round

Kevin King (USA) def. [WC] Martin Redlicki (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

[6] John-Patrick Smith (AUS) def. [WC] William Bushamuka (USA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

[Q] Ryan Haviland (USA) def. [LL] Trey Yates (USA) 6-3, 6-0

[5] James McGee (IRL) def. [Q] Christopher Rungkat (INA) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (6)

[8] Blaz Rola (SLO) def. Mark Verryth (AUS) 6-4, 6-2

Max Purcell (AUS) def. [Q] Jesse Witten (USA) 6-4, 7-5

Jared Hiltzik (USA) def. Tom Jomby (FRA) 6-4, 6-2

Raymond Sarmiento (USA) def. Eric Quigley (USA) 7-6 (2), 6-2


Men’s Doubles: First Round

Marcos Giron (USA)/Jose Straham (AUS) def. Michael Redlicki (USA)/Enzo Wallart (FRA) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-3


Women’s Qualifying: Second Round

[1] Chanelle Van Nguyen (USA) def. Alycia Parks (USA) 6-3, 6-0

[7] Anastasia Nefedova (USA) def. Joelle Kissell (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Erin Routliffe (NZL) def. [2] Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Mami Adachi (JPN) def. Moka Ito (JPN) 6-3, 6-2

Daniela Vismane (LAT) def. Eva Raszkiewicz (USA) 6-3, 6-3

[8] Sara Daavettila (USA) def. Shale Bouchard (USA) 6-0, 6-1

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) def. [4] Tori Kinard (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Paige Mary Hourigan (NZL) def. [6] Kennedy Schaffer (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (5)


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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