Final Day of Qualifying at the US Open
The Only Male Remaining
Eighteen-year-old Jenson Brooksby of the USA is having the tournament of his life. So far, he has been responsible for eliminating two Japanese players, if he can continue to keep his form and maintain his composure like he did against Yuichi Sugita, he may just get into the main draw for the second time in his career. However, standing in his way is a determined Spaniard, Pedro Martinez. Martinez handled the power from American Tommy Paul in straight sets in the second round.
Gibbs and Townsend Try Again
American Taylor Townsend will have to get by the power of the Serbian, Nina Stojanovic. The Serbian won her previous two matches in straight sets and handled the pressure of two tiebreaks quite well; thus, Townsend will have to strike first.
Nicole Gibbs won her first round match in three sets but did not have to play a second round match after her opponent (American Robin Anderson withdrew because of injury). She will have a tough match against Shuai Peng of China. Peng defeated American Christina McHale in the previous round by playing consistently smarter tennis and her expertise as a former top doubles player made life uncomfortable for McHale.
Will This Be Muhammad’s Year?
Twenty-eight-year-old Asia Muhammad of the USA will battle twenty-year-old Anna Kalinskaya of Russia. Muhammad will have her hands full against the feisty Russian, who won a doubles title earlier this season. Yet, the American has also tasted doubles victory on the WTA Tour as well; thus, she should be ready for the challenge.
Caroline Dolehide of America used her powerful serve and forehand to make life uncomfortable for her previous two opponents. If the twenty-year-old can keep her unforced errors down, she may be able to overpower her German opponent Anna-Lena Friedsam. Yet, Friedsam is a veteran, who was ranked as high as forty-five a few years ago and she will not go down without a fight.
What Happened To Lepchenko?
Finally, Varvara Lepchenko, the American will not have an easy match against the Hungarian, Timea Babos. Yet, while Babos has been dominant in doubles she has struggled with singles; thus, that may give Lepchenko the slight advantage.
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