Denis Kudla was one of nine Americans to move into the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon.
© Getty Images
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
Team USA had a hugely successful opening at Wimbledon, with nine American men moving through the opening round of qualifying. Ryan Harrison, Denis Kudla and Tim Smyczek were among Monday's winners.
No. 3 seed Smyczek wasted little time in storming through Niels Desein of Belgium, 6-3, 6-2.The world No. 105 was in control of the baseline rallies from the start and held the lead throughout the match. He’ll play Flavio Cipolla of Italy in the second round of qualifying.
No. 9 seed Denis Kudla had an even easier path to the second round, easily dispatching Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, 6-3, 6-0. The 21-year-old, currently ranked No. 122, breezed through the final nine games of the match. He has excelled on the grass courts before, having come through qualifying in both singles and doubles last year and advancing to the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I., in 2011. He’ll play British wild card Brydan Klein in the next round.
No. 22 seed Ryan Harrison found himself in a battle against talented Japanese youngster Taro Daniel but rallied from a set down to prevail, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Harrison is looking to make his fourth appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon, having reached the second round in 2011 and 2012. He’ll face another Japanese player on Wednesday when he takes on Yasutaka Uchiyama in the next round.
In other matches featuring Americans, No. 26 seed Alex Kuznetsov fought through Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, 6-4, 7-6 (2), while former Newport champion and No. 31 seed Rajeev Ram put on a serving clinic in defeating Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia, 6-4, 6-4. Rhyne Williams defeated British wild card Joshua Milton, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Wayne Odesnik encountered few problems in defeating British wild card Joshua Ward, 6-3, 6-4.
Veteran American Bobby Reynolds got one step closer to an eighth appearance at SW19 by knocking out Sergei Bubka of Ukraine, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Daniel Kosakowski rounded things out for the U.S. by breezing through British wild card Marcus Willis, 6-3, 6-3.
The lone Americans to not advance into the second round were Austin Krajicek and Chase Buchanan, who lost to a pair of Germans in Martin Bachinger and No. 12 seed Andreas Beck, respectively.
Eight American women will take the court on Tuesday for their first round qualifying matches. They include No. 15 seed Victoria Duval, Madison Brengle, Melanie Oudin, Allie Kiick, Shelby Rogers, Sachia Vickery, Irina Falconi and Nicole Gibbs.