By Chris Menendez
The second day of men’s and women’s qualifiers gets us one step closer to finding out the matches for the top players. Who will play Serena? Who will play Djokovic?
The first American ATP seed Taylor Fritz advances to the next qualifier round after beating Alex Kuznetsov in a grueling three set match. Fritz will hit the Grand Stand tomorrow against his opponent Simone Bolelli.
After a solid match against Djokovic at Indian Wells, all eyes are on American Bjorn Fratangelo. He beat Britain’s James ward and is one step closer serving a ball against a top ranked ATP player.
The young American Dennis Novikov advances to the next qualifying round against Dusan Lajovic. Another notable win by a young competitor was by Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.
A three-hour match between Lesia Tsurenko and Alexandra Dulgheru lead to a win for Ukranian Lesia. She dominated the game with 4 aces. In American WTA wins, Madison Brengle wins against her opponent Italian Camila Giorgi.
The 6th seed Naomi Broady from Great Britain lost to Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her first round of the tournament. Yesterday’s surprise star Katie Swan lost to American Samantha Crawford today.
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