Americans Amanda Anisimova Advances to Main Draw
Sixteen-year-old Amanda Anisimova of Aventura, Fla., advanced to the main draw of the Oracle Challenger Series as she breezed past fellow American Danielle Lao 6-1, 6-0 in 68 minutes in the final round of qualifying at the Newport Beach Tennis Club.
Anisimova, who won the 2017 US Open Junior Girls’ singles title without dropping a set, is currently ranked No. 182 in the WTA singles rankings. She will meet fellow American Irina Falconi on Monday in her first-round main draw singles match.
A second-round qualifying match between two former local collegiate stars highlighted action in the men’s draw. Dennis Novikov, who played for UCLA, took on Raymond Sarmiento, a former five-time All-American at USC.
Novikov, currently ranked No. 238 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings, used his overpowering serve to overcome Sarmiento 7-5, 6-1 in 61 minutes. The former UCLA Bruin broke Sarmiento in the 12th game to win the first set and then wrapped up the second set in 19 minutes. He dropped only 9 points on his serve during the match.
“We’ve played a few times. It’s always usually a tight match. He’s a good player. You had to come out and play well today and that’s what I did,” Novikov said. “I made a lot of first serves and kept the points short. I’m looking forward to the last (qualifying) round.”
Novikov will face Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia in a final round qualifying match scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday on Court No. 2.
Men’s top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan will play his first-round main draw singles match on Tuesday against a qualifier. Tuesday’s Order of Play will be released on Monday afternoon.