US Open Qualifying
College and Junior Players at the US Open Qualifying
by Marcia Frost, 28 August 2012
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The U.S. Open Qualifying showcased lots of young guns for the first year that the event was televised (on the CBS Sports Network). In the end, a few ended up making it all the way through, while others gave it their best shot.
Chalena Scholl Stanford
's Klahn advanced to the main draw
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, who received a wildcard after she placed third at the USTA Girls' 18 Nationals
, lost in the first round of Qualifying to Channel Simmonds. She dropped the first set at 6-3, but it was an entirely different situation in the second - as long games brought it to a tiebreaker. Scholl had an opportunity to stay in the match with four set points in the breaker, but the South African outplayed her for a 7-6(6) finish.
Alexandra Kiick and Dia Evtimova traded breaks throughout their first round match before Evtimova took the first set 7-5. In the second, there were also some good points as the match went back and forth, but Evtimova would end up taking the match 7-5, 6-4.
Eighteen year old Alexios Halebian, who turned professional last year, took his wildcard from making it into the finals at Kalamazoo onto Court 4 for a match against Australia's Brydan Klein. It looked like Klein was going to walk away with it after a 6-2 first set, but Halebian turned things around in the second set, eventually winning it in a tiebreaker. Despite an equally impressive effort in the third, it was Klein who walked away with that set, 7-5.
It looked like Grace Min might pull it out. She certainly had the crowd support and that included friend and former doubles partner Melanie Oudin. She gave third-seeded Jana Cepelova a run for the money as she went from dropping the first set 6-1, to quickly taking the second 6-2. Min even worked her way back from a 0-3 deficit in the third to tie it back up, but the seed prevailed at 6-4.
Mitchell Krueger fell at Kalamazoo to Noah Rubin, but that didn't dash the confidence of this 18 year old, who is currently No. 5 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. He played in front of a television audience with confidence for a first round upset over No. 23 Martin Alund of Argentina. In the second round, Krueger, who recently turned professional, gave Rik De Voest a tough task before he took it, 4-6,6-3,6-4. Brooke Austin
may have retired during the third place playoff of the Girls' 18 Nationals with a back injury, but she was in fine form during her first round match with Ivana Lisjak. After warming up in the first set, she commanded the next two rather quickly for a 3-6,6-4,6-4 win. It wasn't so easy in the second round, though, as she lost to China's Saisai Zheng, 6-4,6-2.
It was good news, bad news for Daniel Kosakowski, who turned pro in 2011 after his frehman year at UCLA. Kosakowski was a winner in the first round and came really close to a major upset in the second. He won two rounds before losing to Hiroki Moriya of Japan 4-6,7-6(5),6-3.