Monday, September 28, 2015

No. 2 seed Edmund falls in Tiburon; top seed survives

Kyle Edmund, serving in the Aptos Challenger in August, lost
to British countryman Brydan Klein in the first round of the
$100,000 Tiburon Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 2 seed Kyle Edmund of Great Britain lost in the first round of the $100,000 Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger today, and No. 1 Denis Kudla came within two points of joining him on the sideline.
   Edmund, 20, fell to countryman Brydan Klein 6-4, 6-1 at the Tiburon Peninsula Club. Kudla then defeated fellow American Connor Smith 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0. Smith, 24, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set.
   Kudla, a 23-year-old resident of Arlington, Va., and Tampa, Fla., was playing in his first match since losing to former top-10 player Jurgen Melzer, a 34-year-old Austrian, in the first round of the U.S. Open four weeks ago.
   In July, Kudla became the only American man to reach the second week of Wimbledon. He lost to 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round. 
   Also falling on Monday was 2013 Tiburon champion Peter Polansky. The 27-year-old Canadian bowed out to Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky, a former University of Texas All-American who uses two hands on both sides, 6-4, 6-3.
  Quentin Halys, an 18-year-old Frenchman, dismissed Tennys Sandgren, 24, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-3, 6-1. Last year in the juniors, Halys advanced to the U.S. Open singles final and won the French Open doubles title with countryman Benjamin Bonzi.
   Sandgren, who played for the Sacramento-based California Dream of World TeamTennis in July, reached the Tiburon quarterfinals two years ago. He underwent hip surgery last year and missed more than six months.
   Tom Fawcett, a 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) sophomore at Stanford, lost to fifth-seeded Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland 6-4, 6-2 in the final round of qualifying.
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
Final-round qualifying
   Henri Laaksonen (5), Switzerland, def. Tom Fawcett, United States, 6-4, 6-2.
   Dennis Nevolo, United States, def. Marcos Giron (7), United States, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5.
   Sekou Bangoura, United States, def. Andre Dome, United States, 6-3, 6-3.
   Nicolas Meister, United States, def. Jose Statham, New Zealand, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4.
First-round singles
   Jared Donaldson (8), United States, def. Darian King, Barbados, 6-1, 6-4.
   Brydan Klein, Great Britain, def. Kyle Edmund (2), Great Britain, 6-4, 6-1. 
   Denis Kudla (1), United States, def. Connor Smith, United States, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0.
   Quentin Halys, France, def. Tennys Sandgren, United States, 6-3, 6-1.
   Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria, def. Peter Polansky, Canada, 6-4, 6-3. 
Final-round doubles qualifying
   Adrien Bossel, Switzerland, and Quentin Halys, France, def. John Paul Fruttero, United States, and Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, 4-6, 6-3 [10-7].   
First-round doubles
   Sekou Bangoura, United States, and Marek Michalicka, Czech Republic, def. Andre Dome and Eric Johnson, United States, 6-4, 6-4.
Tuesday's schedule
Center Court
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Bjorn Fratangelo (6), United States, vs. Chase Buchanan, United States.
   Tim Smyczek (3), United States, vs. James McGee, Ireland.
   Ryan Harrison (5), United States, vs. Deiton Baughman, United States.
(Not before 4 p.m.)
   Dustin Brown (4), Germany, vs. Sekou Bangoura, United States.
Court 1
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Mitchell Krueger, United States, vs. Philip Bester, Canada.
   Blaz Rola (7), Slovenia, vs. Frances Taifoe, United States.
   Dennis Novikov, United States, vs. Marek Michalicka, Czech Republic.
(Not before 3 p.m.)
   Carsten Ball and Matt Reid (4), Australia, vs. Tennys Sandgren and Tim Smyczek, United States.
Court 4
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Adrien Bossel, Switzerland, vs. Dennis Nevolo, United States.
   Alex Kuznetsov, United States, vs. Nicolas Meister, United States.
   Frederik Nielsen, Denmark, vs. Mackenzie McDonald, United States.
   Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, vs. Andre Goransson, Sweden.

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