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Sofia Kenin Clinches USTA Wild Card Challenge on Friday

Sofia Kenin Clinches USTA Wild Card Challenge on Friday

Doubles finals set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night, Singles semifinals in day session

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eighteen-year old Sofia Kenin (USA), of Pembroke Pines, Fla., clinched a spot in the main draw of the US Open for the third straight year by winning the US Open Wild Card Challenge on Friday.

 

Kenin, one of the youngest players ranked in the Top 200, at No. 152, clinched the wild card with Amanda Anisimova’s quarterfinal loss to American Emina Bektas today at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Lexington, Ky.

 

Kenin wins the US Open Wild Card Challenge for the second straight year on the strength of her results at three $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit over the last several weeks. She won the singles title in Stockton, Calif., two weeks ago, then reached the semifinals in Sacramento last week before outlasting Anisimova this week in Lexington. Kenin play American Robin Anderson in the quarterfinals tonight.

 

In the men’s singles draw, Cameron Norrie (GBR) got through to the semifinals with a straight-sets win over Dominik Koepfer (GER) to set up the first of two semifinals on Saturday afternoon against third-seeded John Millman (AUS). On the bottom of the draw, Raymond Sarmiento (USA) won in straight sets over second-seeded Denis Kudla (USA) to set up a match up on Saturdayagainst fourth-seeded Michael Mmoh (USA).

 

Singles semifinals for both the men’s and women’s main draw will start at 2 p.m. ET with the doubles finals taking place at 7 p.m. ET – which will constitute the night session with simultaneous starts on the two main show courts.

 

In the men’s doubles, former University of Kentucky men’s tennis All-Americans Tom Jomby and Eric Quigley defeated Marcos Giron and Jose Statham 6-3, 1-6, 10-6 on Friday night. Jomby and Quigley will face Alex Bolt (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) in the championship match on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET from the Boone Tennis Center in Lexington. The match will be the first of the night session.

 

The women’s doubles final will be top-seeded Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) and Valeria Savinykh (RUS) facing off against second-seeded Priscilla Hob (AUS) and Vera Lapko (BLR). It is the only draw of the four at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships left that pits the No. 1 overall seed against the No. 2 overall seed.

 

Men’s Singles: Quarterfinals

Cameron Norrie (GBR) def. Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-3, 6-2

[3] John Millman (AUS) def. Max Purcell (AUS) 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2

Raymond Sarmiento (USA) def. [2] Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1, 6-3

[4] Michael Mmoh (USA) def. Daniel Nguyen (USA) 7-5, 6-1

 

Men’s Doubles: Semifinals

Tom Jomby (FRA)/Eric Quigley (USA) def. Marcos Giron (USA)/Jose Statham (NZL) 6-3, 1-6, 10-6

Alex Bolt/Max Purcell (AUS) def. [3] Luke Bambridge (GBR)/David O’Hare (IRL) 6-3, 1-6, 10-6

 

Women’s Singles: Quarterfinals

Emina Bektas (USA) def. Amanda Aisimova (USA) 6-4, 6-2

[7] Grace Min (USA) def. Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) 7-6 (0), 6-4

Vera Lapko (BLR) def. [WC] Allie Kiick (USA) 6-1, 6-4

[2] Sofia Kenin (USA) def. Robin Alexander (USA) 6-7 (2), 6-0, 6-1

 

Women’s Doubles: Semifinals

[1] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN)/Valeria Savinykh (RUS) def. Jennifer Elie (USA)/Tessah Andrianjafitrimo (FRA) 7-6 (1), 6-4

Priscilla Hob (AUS)/Vera Lapko (BLR) def. Francesca Di Lorenzo/Emina Baktas (USA) 7-6 (1), 6-4

 

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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