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Six American women advance to final round of Wimbledon qualifying

June 18, 2014 03:16 PM
Shelby Rogers was one of six American women to advance to the final round of qualifying at Wimbledon.

By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com

American players had another strong showing during Day 3 of Wimbledon qualifiying on Wednesday, with six women advancing to the final round of qualifying: Victoria Duval, Nicole Gibbs, Shelby Rogers, Irina Falconi, Madison Brengle and Melanie Oudin.

No. 15 qualifying seed Duval wasted little time in taking control of her encounter with Misa Eguchi of Japan, needing just over an hour to advance, 6-2, 6-2. The teenager has seen her ranking jump well over 150 spots in the last 12 months and is now at a career high of No. 126.

Duval next faces fellow American Nicole Gibbs on Friday for a place in the main draw. The two-time NCAA champion prevailed against Carina Witthoeft of Germany, grabbing the crucial break of serve at the end of both sets to move through, 6-4, 6-4. Gibbs made her WTA quarterfinal debut last April in Monterrey, Mexico.

All-American battles also took place on Tuesday, with Shelby Rogers recording a mild upset over No. 22 seed Grace Min, 6-3, 6-3. The 21-year-old, currently ranked No. 170, competed in the main draw of the French Open last month. She'll play Paula Kania of Poland in her next match.

In other matches featuring American players, Irina Falconi continued her solid form this week by defeating Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-4. Only Andreea Mitu of Romania in the next round can stop Falconi from achieving her third main draw appearance at Wimbledon.

Madison Brengle, a girls' singles finalist at Wimbledon in 2007, also moved forward, defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, 6-4, 7-6 (4). If she can win her final qualifying match against Teresa Smitkova of Czech Republic, the 24-year-old will make her first appearance at Wimbledon and her first appearnce in a Grand Slam main draw since 2008.

Rounding out the day for the Americans was Melanie Oudin, who rode the momentum from her marathon win on Tuesday to defeat No. 5 seed Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania, 6-4, 6-2. Oudin, who reached the fourth round of Wimbledon as a qualifier in 2009, next plays No. 23 qualifying seed Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada.

All six remaining American women and the five remaining American men will play their final round qualifying matches on Thursday. No. 9 seed Denis Kudla squares off with Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, No. 22 seed Ryan Harrison goes up against No. 16 seed Daniel Brands of Germany and No. 31 seed Rajeev Ram plays Jan Hernych of Czech Republic. The final match is an all-American battle pitting No. 3 seed Tim Smyczek against No. 26 seed Alex Kuznetsov.




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