15 Feb GINEPRI UPENDS TOP SEED IN QUALIFYING DRAW
Ginepri Upends Top Seed In Qualifying Draw
Four Americans Reach Final Round
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Four Americans remained in the running for the four spots in ATP World Tour singles main draw by winning their qualifying matches Sunday.
Former University of Kentucky standout Eric Quigley needed three sets to beat former Ohio State star Chase Buchanan 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-6 (3) in the first of two All-American match ups while Bradenton’s Sekou Bangoura also needed three sets to defeat Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Former world No. 16 Robby Ginepri dispatched No. 1 seed Aljaz Bedene of Slovakia in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the final round, and Alex Kuznetsov ousted Chuhan Wang of China 6-4, 7-6(5).
A pair of rising teenage stars also advanced on Sunday. Thanasi Kokkinakis, the 18-year-old Australian already ranked No. 145 in the world, was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Guido Andreozzi and Yoshihito Nishioka, a 19-year-old Japanese who is ranked No. 154, defeated Marcos Giron 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Kokkinakis is 2-2 in ATP main draws this year.
Other winners Sunday in the qualifying matches were former Top 25 Victor Hanescu, who ousted Pavel Krainik 6-2, 6-3 and John-Patrick Smith, who beat Michael Venus 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The final qualifying matches will be played Monday beginning at 11 a.m.