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American Women Bring the Heat in New Haven

Oracle Challenger Series
Sep 3, 2019

In a rapid turnaround from a rainy opening day in New Haven, the sun was out and shining on Tuesday and the American women racked up the wins during a packed slate of main draw action.

First up, an All-American showdown between Sophie Chang and Victoria Duval saw Chang emerge victorious with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph that took just over an hour to complete. The 22-year-old American overpowered Duval behind the strength of six aces and 94% (15/16) second serve return points won.

On Court 1, American Catherine Harrison overcame a strong performance from Hungary’s Fanny Stollár in a heated back-and-forth affair that ended by the score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Oracle Challenger Series newcomer will look to make her inaugural event a noteworthy one, as she next meets No. 5 seed Pauline Parmentier.

The Americans continued to roll as Quinn Gleason eliminated Japan’s Momoko Kobori 7-5, 6-4 and advanced to the second round in New Haven. The former Oracle Challenger Series Chicago participant has won one singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF tour but has not made it farther than the second round in an Oracle Challenger Series event. She’ll face fellow American countrywoman and No. 2 seed Jennifer Brady next.

Ann Li dispatched Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic 6-4, 6-1, marking the fourth American WTA winner on day two of play. Li won 81% (30/37) of her first service points, propelling her into the second round in New Haven.

Over on Court 5, Elizabeth Halbauer was unable to replicate the immense American success seen throughout the rest of the Yale Tennis Center, as she fell to Australia’s Ellen Perez in a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 affair.

Moving away from the American action, a thrilling international matchup greeted fans on Court 5 between Sweden’s Johanna Larsson and Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam. In the end, it was the German who emerged after a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory. Next up for Friedsam is No. 11 seed Heather Watson.

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