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US Open Qualies; World University Games; Pro Circuit Recap

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It'll be a busy week for many current and former collegians as they try to qualify for the 2017 US Open. There are 26 players with college ties in the men's qualifying draw with two first round matches pitting one against another. There are 10 players with college ties in the women's draw with the only college versus college match coming when Francesca Di Lorenzo faces Nicole Gibbs. To see all the first round matchups scroll down and to see the order of play for Tuesday click here and to track the live scoring click here.  

The World University Games are underway in Taiwan with plenty of representation from college tennis players here in the United States. The draws, which are a little tricky to find, are available at this link (click Sport Reports) plus you can get full stats from each match by going through the list of results. UCLA Martin Redlicki, Florida State's Lucas Poullain, Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck, Old Dominion's Adam Moundir, and former UNC Tar Heel Esben Hess-Olesen have each advanced to the third round of the men's draw with the top half to be played late Monday night/early Tuesday morning in the US. The requirements to play in the WUG are listed at this link

US Open Men's Qualies - First Round
Petr Michnev (Hawaii-Pacific '14) vs. Gleb Sakharov 
Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13*) vs. Yasutaka Uchiyama
Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA '16*) vs. Yannick Maden (Clemson '13)
Marcos Giron (UCLA '14*) vs. Christian Garin
[24] Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) vs. Prajnesh Gunneswaran
JC Aragone (Virginia '17) vs. [5] Marco Cecchinato
Noah Rubin (Wake Forest '15*) vs. Tobias Kamke
Bradley Klahn (Stanford '12) vs. Marc Polmans
Cameron Norrie (TCU '17*) vs. [7] Alexander Bublik
Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11*) vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili 
Alexander Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) vs. Reilly Opelka
James McGee (NC State '08*) vs. Christian Harrison
Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State '10) vs. [30] Stefano Travaglia 
Jared Hiltzik (Illinois '16) vs. Marco Trungelliti
Roberto Quiroz (USC '15) vs. Adrian Menendez-Maceiras
JJ Wolf (Ohio State Sophomore) vs. JP Smith (Tennessee '11)
Brayden Schnur (North Carolina '16*) vs. Mitchell Krueger
Evan King (Michigan '13) vs. Salvatore Caruso
William Blumberg (North Carolina Sophomore) vs. Cem Ilkel
Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11*) vs. [25] Matteo Berrettini
Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) vs. Mohamed Safwat
Daniel Nguyen (USC '12) vs. Darian King
Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. Benjamin Bonzi
Blaz Rola (Ohio State '13) vs. Stefano Napolitano
US Open Women's Qualies - First Round
Kelly Chen (Duke Freshman) vs. [1] Su-Wei Hsieh
Jacqueline Cako (Arizona State '13) vs. [2] Maryna Zanevska 
Danielle Collins (Virginia '16) vs. Katie Boulter
Jamie Loeb (North Carolina '15*) vs. Na-Lae Han
Danielle Lao (USC '13) vs. Shilin Xu
[9] Kristie Ahn (Stanford '14) vs. Katerina Stewart 
Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine Soph) vs. [32] Sofya Zhuk
[14] Nicole Gibbs (Stanford '13*) vs. Francesca Di Lorenzo (Ohio State Junior)
Irina Falconi (Georgia Tech '10*) vs. Viktoriya Tomova 
Taipei - WUG - Men's Third Round
[1] Jason Jung (Michigan '11) vs. Viktor Stjern 
Jack Findel-Hawkins (North Florida '17) vs. [14] Matej Vocel 
[30] Yuya Ito (Texas Soph) vs. [4] Hong Chung
Logan Staggs (UCLA Sr) vs. [19] Pol Wattanakul
[17] Anthony Jackie Tang (Columbia Soph) vs. [9] Aslan Karatsev
[8] Nuno Borges (Mississippi State Jr) vs. [25] Alessandro Ceppellini
[26] Adam Moundir (Old Dominion Sr) vs. [7] Seongchan Hong
Esben Hess-Olesen (North Carolina '15) vs. [18] Mark Whitehouse
Jimmy Bendeck (Baylor Jr) vs. [5] Kuan-Yi Lee
[11] Martin Redlicki (UCLA Sr) vs. Pierre Bonfre 
[21] Lucas Poullain (Florida State Sr) vs. Ignacio Ortega  
Taipei - WUG - Women's Third Round
Danielle Wagland (Texas Sr) vs. [1] Kai-Chen Chang
[11] Emily Arbuthnott (Stanford Soph) vs. [23] Victoria Kan
[25] Katherine Ip (Rice '17) vs. [7] Kamila Kerimbayeva
Nthabiseng Mogopodi (Roberts Wesleyan Jr) vs. [3] V Wongteancha
[24] Ines Mesquida (Kansas State Soph) vs. [12] Irina Ramialison
Terri Fleming (UCLA Sr) vs. [6] Haruka Kaji
Jada Hart (UCLA Soph) vs. Bhuvana Kalava 
Annabelle Andrinopoulos (Colorado Jr) vs. [4] Ya-Hsuan Lee
Rifanty Kahfiani (Oregon Soph) vs. Paulina Czarnik


Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt Senior) won her second singles title in the last month after defeating Vendula Zovincova (WTA 748) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the ITF $15K in Graz, Austria. Sharma won her opening round matches comfortably but was pushed in the next three with a pair of close wins over the Pantuckova sisters before winning the final of Zovincova. Sharma currently has a WTA ranking of 660, which is a career high, plus she is now 23-5 this summer on the pro circuit. Sharma will have a new career high ranking of around 575 when these 12 points are added in next week. 



Marta Lesniak (SMU '12) won her third singles title of the year, fifth career, by extending her winning streak to 10 with a come from behind 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Jade Suvrijn (WTA 557) at the ITF $15K in Mragowo, Poland. Lesniak only dropped a combined 11 games in her first four matches and despite dropping a set in the final she has won eight of her last ten in straight sets. Lesniak's current WTA ranking is 677 and when these 12 points are added in next week she'll be around 585 (career high is 445).



Below are a list of the weekend's winners and runner-ups. 
Singles Champions (2)  
$15K ITF Mragowo, Poland - Marta Lesniak (SMU '12)
$15K ITF Graz, Austria - Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt Sr)
Singles Runner-Ups (2)
$25K Bydgoszcz, Poland F9 Futures - Aleks Vukic (Illinois Sr)
$15K Medias, Romania F10 Futures - Florent Diep (Florida '14)
Doubles Champions (6)
$100K Vancouver, Canada Challenger - Neal Skupski (LSU '12)/James Cerretani (Brown '04)
$43K Meerbusch, Germany Challenger - Andreas Mies (Auburn '13)
$15K Minsk, Belarus F2 Futures - Maxime Cressy (UCLA Jr)
$15K Sintra, Portugal F16 Futures - Bernardo Saraiva (San Francisco '15)
$15K Medias, Romania F10 Futures - Vlad Victor Cornea (Texas Tech '15*)
Doubles Runner-Ups (9)
$100K Vancouver, Canada Challenger - Treat Huey (Virginia '08)/Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine '98)
$100K ITF Vancouver, Canada - Desirae Krawczyk (Arizona State '16)/Giuliana Olmos (USC '16)
$15K Sintra, Portugal F16 Futures - Javier Pulgar-Garcia (San Diego State '12)/Abdullah Maqdes (USC '09)
$15K Medias, Romania F10 Futures - Nathan Eshmade (UCSB '16)/Sem Verbeek (Pacific '16)
$15K ITF Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain - Kana Daniel (Penn '17)
* didn't stay in college for all four years
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