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Former UK All-American Witten among qualifiers for main draw of Kentucky Bank Championships

Former University of Kentucky All-American Jesse Witten (USA) booked his spot into the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships on Sunday with a thrilling three-set win over Mark Verryth (AUS) dominating the third set to book his ticket into Monday.

The top seed, Christopher Rungknat (INA) also began his run towards the title on Sunday with a convincing 6-0, 6-4 win over wild card entry Nils Ellefsen (NOR), who is a current Kentucky Wildcat after advancing on Saturday afternoon with a straight-sets win.

Third-seeded Ryan Haviland (USA) booked the final spot in the main draw on Sunday with his second straight-sets win in as many days, defeating Trey Yates (USA) 6-4, 6-2 on the main show court at the Boone Tennis Center.

Former University of Kentucky All-American Jesse Witten booked his spot into the main draw of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships on Sunday with a thrilling three-set win over Mark Verryth (LexingtonChallenger.com Photo)

Sunday also marked the beginning of the women’s qualifying draw, as two seeded players went out on Monday, with Daniela Vismane (LAT) defeating [3] Jessica Wacnik (USA) 6-1, 6-4 and then Anastasia Nefedova (USA) defeating [7] Mary Catherine Haffey (USA) 6-1, 6-1. The women’s play also continues on Monday, as play starts at 10 a.m. ET with four courts of ITF action.

Former Kentucky Wildcat Mami Adichi (JPN) defeated [WC] Sylvia Schenck (USA) 6-1, 6-1 today, and moved her way into Monday. She will be second on court two with play beginning on court two at 10 a.m. ET on Monday.

Monday night promises to be entertaining, as a lot of Kentucky players will be in action – both former players and current players. The night session as part of Big Blue Night presented by NetGain Technologies will begin at 7 p.m. ET with an exhibition match featuring national champion men’s basketball player, Cameron Mills former All-Americans Rex Chapman and Kyle Macy – and current women’s tennis assistant coach, Federico Sabogal.

Following the charity match, Witten will take to court one as he faces Max Purcel (AUS) starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. That match will be followed by the winningest player all-time at UK, Eric Quigley (USA), as he begins his quest for the title against Raymond Sarmiento (USA).

Former All-American at Kentucky, Tom Jomby (FRA), will join Witten in the night session, first on at 7:30 p.m. ET on court two. In addition, current Wildcat William Bushamuka (USA) will face sixth-seeded John-Patrick Smith (AUS). That match will be third on stadium court two Monday.

Men’s Qualifying Final Round

[1] Christopher Rungknat (INA) def. [WC] Nils Ellefsen (NOR) 6-0, 6-4

[2] JC Aragone (USA) def. [WC] Enzo Wallart (FRA) 6-2, 6-4

[3] Ryan Haviland (USA) def. [6] Trey Yates (USA) 6-4, 6-2

[5] Jesse Witten (USA) def. Mark Verryth (AUS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0

Women’s Qualifying Opening Round

Kennedy Shaffer (USA) def. Eva Borders (USA) 6-2, 6-0

Mami Adichi (JPN) def. [WC] Sylvia Schenck (USA) 6-1, 6-1

Anastasia Nefedova (USA) def. [7] Mary Catherine Haffey (USA) 6-1, 6-1

Joelle Kissell (USA) def. Jasmine Boyd (USA) 6-0, 6-0

Shale Bouchard (USA) def. [WC] Emily Ottsen (USA) 6-0, 6-0

Sara Daavettila (USA) def. Carrie Beckman (USA) 6-0, 6-0

[2] Emily Webley-Smith (GBR) def. Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Alycia Parks (USA) def. [WC] Alexis Jones (USA) 6-0, 6-0

Erin Routliffe (CAN) def. [WC] Hiromi Sasano (jPN) 6-0, 6-1

Mary Paige Hourigan (NZL) def. Anna Baranovski (USA) 6-0, 6-1

[4] Tori Kinard (USA) def. Linsday Lee-Waters (USA) 7-5, 6-2

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (COL) def. Alessandra Crump (USA) 6-2, 6-2

Daniela Vismane (LAT) def. [3] Jessica Wacnik (USA) 6-1, 6-4

Eva Raszkiewicz (USA) def. Madeleine Kobelt (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5

[5] Moka Ito (JPN) def. [WC] Brynn Boren (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Some of the best young tennis players in the world will once again take center stage in Lexington this summer, as the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit comes to town July 31 through Aug. 1 at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

The 2017 Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship is a $75,000 challenger for the men, and $60,000 for the women – ranking it as one of the most prestigious prizes along the road to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadow this summer.

Tickets are available now online at the tournament’s official website, lexingtonchallenger.com – and can be purchased in week-long packages, or single-day increments. Tickets are $10 per day, and $50 for a week-long pass.

The USTA has 94 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.

On average, more than 1,100 men and women from 79 countries compete on the USTA Pro Circuit annually for more than $3 million in prize money and valuable ATP and WTA Tour ranking points.

From LexingtonChallenger.com

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