Roy Smith plays Harrison Adams on court 1 during the Oracle Challenger Series at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on the Rice University campus on Wednesday November 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Oracle Challenger Series)
Wild card Roy Smith, who celebrated his first ever tour win just yesterday against Darian King, can add another match to the win column. He edged past Texan and qualifier Harrison Adams, another newcomer to the tour, to secure the first seat in the Oracle Challenger Series Houston quarterfinals. Smith, who plays tennis for Baylor University and hails from New Haven, CT is the World No. 870.
Smith’s Road to Indian Wells dreams remain alive as he advances to the quarters, which will be played on Friday, where he will meet fellow American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, who defeated number 4 seed Italian Paolo Lorenzi 64 64. The University of Virginia alum and Oracle Challenger Series veteran (Newport Beach, Chicago) has his eyes on the prize.
Big server Ivo Karlovic landed 14 aces on Ecuadorean Emilio Gomez, enough to advance to the quarterfinals: 76(1) 63. He will meet German number 8 seed Dominik Koepfer who defeated Ernesto Escobedo in two sets, 61 75.