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Top Seeds Advance on Sunday at Kentucky Bank Championships

First day of dual-gender action in Lexington was on Sunday at Boone Tennis Center


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sunday marked the second round of qualification for the men’s draw in the 2018 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, as the field of 32 is almost now set for the bracket to the title. Also on Sunday, the women’s singles qualification matches got underway with most of the top seeds advancing past the opening round at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center in Lexington.

The morning session saw Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) eek past Jesse Witten (USA) in three sets to open the day on the main stadium court. Torpegaard took the first set with little resistance, before Witten buckled down and evened the match at a set a piece to force a third and decisive set in the first match of the day. Torpegaard got an early break, but Witten evened it up at 2-2, where the two would trade service holds until 5-5. After getting ahead 15-40, Torpegaard capitalized on a Witten mistake down the line and served out the match after breaking to book his spot in the qualification finals.

America’s Alex Rybakov (USA) won the other three-set match of the day on the men’s side, coming from a set down to beat Strong Kirchheimer (USA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Rybakov played his best tennis of the match in the third set, got ahead an early break and saw the match out on his serve to move his way into the qualification finals.

Local favorite and Notre Dame commit Matt Halpin (USA) served for the first set against second-seeded Karue Bell (BRA), but lost his serve and then was broken to lose the first set. Bell served out the match 6-1 in the second set to punch his ticket into the third round of qualification action.

Jeffrey John Wolf (USA), Thomas Fancutt (AUS) and Ruan Roelofse (RSA) all won in the early afternoon slate of matches with straight-set wins.

On the women’s side of things, Great Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) looked solid in victory on Sunday with a straightforward 6-2, 7-5 decision over Kylie Collins (USA) as the temperatures started to pick up in Lexington. Top-seeded Allison Bai (AUS) cruised her way into the next round of qualifying with a 6-2, 6-0 win over [WC] Lauren Waddles (USA).

Kentucky Wildcat [WC] Anastasia Tkachenko (USA) got a big win on her home courts over Anna Baranovski (USA) 6-4, 6-2 to book her spot in the second round of qualification play Sunday afternoon. She got ahead early in both sets with key breaks of serve and was able to consolidate them all the way through the end of the match.

Second-seeded Madison Inglis (AUS) was a straight-sets winner over Ashley Weinhold (USA) as all eight seeded players in the women’s qualifying draw advanced into Monday’s play.

Play at the Boone Tennis Center continues all week with main draw action kicking off on Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET.

The night session will begin at 7 p.m. ET as part of Latino Night at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships. There will be a tennis clinic for families that runs from 6:30-8 p.m. ET as well as food trucks, as part of the week-long food truck stops.

There will also be an on-court ceremony for Braidy Industries Ashland Classic and the authors of their tournament.

Men’s Qualifying Singles

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) def. Jesse Witten (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Jeffrey John Wolf (USA) def. Francesco Ferrari (ITA) 6-3, 6-2

Karue Bell (BRA) def. [WC] Matt Halpin (USA) 7-5, 6-1

Thomas Fancutt (AUS) def. Jorge Montero (CHI) 6-4, 7-5

Ruan Roelofse (RSA) def. [WC] Austin Hussey (USA) 6-1, 6-1

Alex Rybakov (USA) def. Strong Kirchheimer (USA) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Ronnie Schneider (USA) def. Emil Reinberg (USA) 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Women’s Qualifying Singles

Luisa Stefani (BRA) def. Sada Nahimana (BDI) 6-3, 6-1

Alycia Parks (USA) def. Csilla Fodor (HUN) 6-3, 6-2

[WC] Epiphany Turner (USA) def. [WC] Katie Markham (USA) 6-0, 6-1

Anastasia Nefedova (USA) def. [WC] Alana Smith (USA) 6-2, 6-4

Julia Elbaba (USA) def. Eva Raszkiewicz (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Ena Shibahara (USA) def. Sophie Abrams (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Kennedy Schaffer (USA) def. [WC] Spirit Edley (USA) 6-0, 6-2

Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) def. Kylie Collins (USA) 6-2, 7-5

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. Madeleine Kobelt (USA) 6-3, 6-2

[WC] Anastasia Tkachenko (USA) def. Anna Baranovski (USA) 6-4, 6-2

Alison Bai (AUS) def. [WC] Lauren Waddles (USA) 6-2, 6-0

Hayley Carter (USA) def. Sabastiani Leon (MEX) 6-0, ret.

Amanda Rodgers (USA) def. Brynn Boren (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Alexandra Stevenson (USA) def. Alessandra Crump (USA) 6-1, ret.

Maddison Inglis (AUS) def. Ashley Weinhold (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Emily Fanning (NZL) def. Francesca Fusinato (ITA) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2

For more information contact:
Chris Shoals (cmsh223@uky.edu, 513-312-2489)

Lexington Challenger Tennis Charity, Inc.  ((LCTCI a 501(c)3) dba)) Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships was organized in 2012 by a core group of conscience minded citizens with the purpose to raise charitable funds to benefit the local and state community. The idea initiated with the opportunity to generate money through a key event that came available- the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament for Men and Women.  This event along with many other fundraising throughout the year will provide the resources to disperse funds to other charities in the community that operate with like minded missions. The tournament has been held in Lexington, KY at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center for 24 years. For more information on LCTCI or Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, contact Brooks Lundy at lblundy1@gmail.com or www.lexingtonchallenger.com

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