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Christina McHale Claims First Win of Newport Beach Event

Jenn Winter
Jan 21, 2019

Twenty-six year old Christina McHale breezed through the first round of play in the Oracle Challenger Series Newport Beach event on Monday morning, beating fellow American Robin Anderson in straight sets: 62, 60. The New Jersey native, who lost in the first round of the 2018 Newport Beach event looks to get on the Oracle Challenger Series leaderboard and put her name in the running for a 2019 BNP Paribas Open main draw wild card. McHale, who is currently ranked World No. 149, was ranked as high as World No. 24 in 2012 and will meet World No. 133, Japan’s Misaki Doi, in round 2.

Australian Olivia Rogowska eliminated American Jamie Loeb in straight sets, 63, 63, to advance to the second round of play in Newport Beach. An Oracle Challenger Series newcomer, Rogowska, who is currently ranked World No. 234, will face off next against World No. 121 Maria Bouzkova of the Czech Republic. The two have met once before, with the Australian claiming victory.

American wild card Maegan Manasse, who participated in the Oracle Challenger Series Houston event, fell to birthday girl Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay. An Oracle Challenger Series firs-timer, World No. 153 Cepede Royg will meet World No. 74 Tatjana Maria of Germany in round 2.

American Francesca DiLorenzo eliminated China’s Jia-Jing Lu in straight (63, 64) to advance to the second round of play in Newport Beach. The Pittsburgh native and NCAA doubles champion is no stranger to the Oracle Challenger Series, she participated in both the 2018 Indian Wells event and the Chicago event. Di Lorenzo will face fellow American Allie Kiick who eliminated compatriot Gail Brodsky in three sets on Court 3: 57, 62, 61. This will be the first meeting for Di Lorenzo and Kiick.

Harmony Tan of France advanced to round 2 today, after her win over Germany’s  Katharina Gerlach: 64, 62. World No. 167 Tan will next do battle with World No. 123 and Oracle Challenger Series Chicago semifinalist Sachia Vickery. This will mark the second meeting for Tan and Vickery, with Tan having won the first.

Wild card Elizabeth Halbauer was defeated by Serbian Jovana Jaksic in three hard-fought sets: 64, 57, 64. The 25-year-old, who is currently ranked World No. 285 will meet Kayla Day who was victorious today in an all-American matchup against Danielle Lao.

After beating Anna Danilina of Kazakstan, Japan’s Mayo Hibi secured her spot in round 2 where she will meet American Claire Liu. American wild card Hanna Chang also advances further into the main draw. Chang, who lost in the qualifying round in Newport Beach last year, will meet number 5 seed Taylor Townsend in round 2.

Canadian Katherine Sebov beat American wild card recipient, Haley Giavara, to advance to round 2. The 20-year-old returns for her second Oracle Challenger Series event, having reaching the quarterfinals in Houston. Next up for the Canadian is 2018 Newport Beach finalist Sofya Zhuk of Russia. The two have met once before, 2 years ago in Midland, with Sebov claiming the victory.

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