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Oudin pulls off massive comeback in Wimbledon qualifying

June 17, 2014 03:51 PM
Irina Falconi was one of seven American women to advance into the second round of qualifying at Wimbledon.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

The U.S. had another strong showing during Wimbledon qualifying, with the American women going 7-2 in opening-round qualifying matches on Tuesday. Melanie Oudin and Victoria Duval were among those to advance into the second round.

On MOnday, nine U.S. men advanced to the second round of qualifying at the All England Club.

Oudin, the 2009 US Open quarterfinalist, was responsible for the biggest comeback of the day, rallying from 1-5 down in the third to defeat Vera Dushevina of Russia, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 10-8. Some of Oudin's best career results have come on the grass courts of England; she won her lone WTA title in Birmingham in 2012 and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon as a qualifier in 2009.

Her matches don't get any easier from here, with a tough battle against No. 5 qualifying seed Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania awaiting in the next round.

No. 15 seed Duval is continuing to make her debut grass-court season a memorable one by easily dispatching Marta Sirotkina of Russia, 6-4, 6-2. The teenager's ranking has soared over the last 12 months and currently sits at a career high of No. 126. Duval will square off in her second-round match against Misa Eguchi of Japan.

Grace Min, the No. 22 seed, continued her dominant form in Grand Slam qualifying by storming through Florencia Molinero of Argentina, 6-1, 6-2. Min qualified for the French Open last month and came through qualifying in three out of the four majors last year. She'll play fellow American Shelby Rogers in the next round.

A trio of Americans were also responsible for upsets during the opening round of qualifying. Madison Brengle defeated No. 2 qualifying seed Pauline Parmentier of France, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, marking one of the biggest victories of her career. Two-time NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs came through a tense match against No. 9 seed Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine before prevailing, 7-6 (5), 7-5, while Irina Falconi came within a game of losing before eventually seeing off No. 18 seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Rounding out the strong results for the American women was Rogers, who battled for over two hours before prevailing over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The lone two Americans to fall in their opening-round matches were Allie Kiick and Sachia Vickery.

On the men's side, four American players also advanced through to the final round of qualifying during Tuesday's play. No. 3 seed Tim Smyczek continued his strong form by dominating Flavia Cipolla of Italy, 6-4, 6-3, while No. 9 seed Denis Kudla weathered early resistance from British wild card Brydan Klein before storming through, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Also, No. 22 seed Ryan Harrison had no problems against Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan, needing less than an hour to prevail, 6-1, 6-3, while No. 26 seed Alex Kuznetsov rallied from a break down in both sets to defeat Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4)

All seven American women who won on Tuesday will play their second-round qualifying matches on Wednesday.



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