Thursday, September 14, 2017

Urszula Radwanska edges No. 3 seed in marathon

   Qualifier Urszula Radwanska, a former top-30 player from Poland, edged third-seeded Harriet Dart of Great Britain 7-6 (2), 1-6, 7-6 (5) in 3 hours, 28 minutes today to reach the quarterfinals of the $25,000 Ascension Project Women's Challenger in Redding, Calif.
   The match was one of three marathons at Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness.
   Eighth-seeded Katie Swan of Great Britain outlasted qualifier Lauren Marker, a former University of Arizona star from Rancho Mirage, Calif., 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 in 3 hours, 18 minutes in the featured evening singles match.
   Also, Ana Veselinovic of Montenegro held off Quinn Gleason, an ex-Notre Dame standout from Mendon, N.Y., 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in 2 hours, 58 minutes.
   Veselinovic committed 15 double faults, bringing her total to 25 in two tournament matches. The 29-year-old left-hander ousted top-seeded Sofya Zhuk, the 2015 Wimbledon junior champion at 15 years old, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round.
   Swan will face Veselinovic and Radwanska will meet sixth-seeded Chanel Simmonds of South Africa in the top half of the draw.
   Fourth-seeded Jovana Jaksic, a Serbian living in Sacramento, will take on American Caitlin Whoriskey and fifth-seeded Karman Kaur Thandi of India will play American Robin Anderson, the 2013 runner-up to Adriana Perez of Venezuela, in the bottom half.
   Here are the singles and doubles draws and Friday's schedule.

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