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Americans Kiick off a Winning Wednesday

Oracle Challenger Series
Jan 23, 2019

Florida native and World No. 157 Allie Kiick has advanced to the third round of play in Newport Beach, with a two-set victory over number 11 deed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium: 6-2, 6-2. This marks the best performance for the 23-year-old in an Oracle Challenger Series, who also participated in the Chicago and Houston events. Next up for Kiick is compatriot and number 7 seed Jessica Pegula who eliminated Francesca Di Lorenzo on Tuesday afternoon. The two Americans have met twice before, with Pegula winning both matches in straight sets.

Oracle Challenger Series finalist Lauren Davis outlasted compatriot Varvara Lepchenko on Court 4, winning 6-1, 6-4. Davis, who is currently in the top spot on the WTA side of the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard, advances to the third round in Newport Beach, keeping her wild card dreams alive. She will meet Renata Zarazua who eliminated American Madison Brengle in three sets: 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Three’s (Americans) a charm, as California girl Claire Lui joined Kiick and Davis in the third round in Newport Beach. The World No. 138, who participated in both Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach and Indian Wells in 2018, looks to add her name to the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard, eliminated Japan’s Mayo Hibi in two quick sets: 6-2, 6-1. Liu will meet World No. 64 and number 1 seed Rebecca Peterson who eliminated Stanford Cardinal Kristie Ahn in two sets: 6-4, 6-4.

Taylor Townsend’s win over fellow American and wild card Hanna Chang makes four victories for American women on Wednesday. Townsend, who is currently ranked World No. 93, lost in the first round in both the 2018 Newport Beach and Indian Wells events. She looks to add her name to the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard, thus securing a wild card into the 2019 BNP Paribas Open. Standing in her way is Harmony Tan of France, who advanced by a walkover when her opponent Sachia Vickery retired yesterday due to a knee injury.

Jil Teichmann of Switzerland shows that the match must go on, playing through a nosebleed to beat Serbian Jovana Jaskic 6-3, 7-6. Teichmann, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2018 Newport Beach event, will meet Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the third round. The two have met once before, with Bouchard proving victorious.

In a nail-biting two-set tiebreak Canadian Bianca Andreescu was victorious over American qualifier Katie Volynets. Number 6 seed, and World No. 106, is round 3 bound where she will meet Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, this will be their first on court meeting. Katherine Sebov was another successful Canadian on Wednesday afternoon, upsetting number 8 seed and 2018 Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach finalist Sofya Zhuk. Sebov prepares to meet Nicole Gibbs, the sixth and final American winner of the day, eliminating Giuliana Olmos of Mexico, 7-6, 6-1. Gibbs, who was a quarterfinalist in last year’s Newport Beach event, also participated in the 2018 Indian Wells and Chicago events.

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