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Lauren Davis, Katie Volynets, Kristie Ahn Soar in Newport Beach

Jenn Winter
Jan 22, 2019

Oracle Challenger Series Houston finalist Lauren Davis is kept her Road to Indian Wells hopes alive this morning, with a two-set victory over Bulgaria’s Sesil Karatantcheva: 62, 75. The Ohio native, who saw her WTA rankings jump up 68 spots after her Houston performance, currently leads the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard. Up next for Davis is Mexico’s Renata Zarazua who eliminated Canadian Rebecca Marino this morning on court 6. This will be the first meeting for Davis and Zarazua who is making her Oracle Challenger Series debut.

Qualifier and California girl Katie Volynets is making the most out of the chance to play in her first ever WTA 125k event. The Walnut Creek resident and World No. 471, who beat China’s Alexa Guarachi in qualifying, has firmly secured herself a spot in the second round of play with a stunning win over Mari Osaka of Japan: 60, 60. In addition to punching her ticket into round 2, Volynets has entered her name onto the Road to Indian Wells leaderboard. Next up for the 17-year-old is World No. 106, Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

Another qualifier, Mexican Giuliana Olmos, has made it bast her first round opponent and punched her ticket into round 2 in Newport Beach. Olmos, who has seen great success in doubles in the Oracle Challenger Series with a finals appearance in Houston, is proving herself a singles player to contend with. Her easy 61 61 win over Russian Valeria Savinykh sends Olmos to the second round of play where she will meet American and number 12 seed Nicole Gibbs.

Stanford tennis star Kristie Ahn beat Urszula Radwanska of Poland in a breezy 2 sets: 62, 62. The New Jersey native and World No. 226, who upset Eugenie Bouchard in the Oracle Challenger Series Chicago event, faces off tomorrow against number 1 seed Rebecca Peterson of Sweden. The two have met once before, in Macon in 2017, with the Swede having the edge over the American.

American Kayla Day wasn’t as lucky, falling to number 3 seed Eugenie Bouchard in three sets: 26, 63, 63. The Newport Beach Tennis Club was buzzing with fans to see the Canadian, who has been ranked as high as World No. 5. Bouchard advances to round 3 where she will face off against the winner of Teichmann vs. Jaksic.

American Christina McHale continues on her Road to Indian Wells quest with at round 2 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi. The New Jersey native will battle number 2 seed, Germany’s Tatjana Maria who was victorious today over Veronica Cepede Royg. This will be Maria and McHale’s first meeting in singles though they encountered one another on the doubles court in Wimbledon in 2018.

Oracle Challenger Series Houston semifinalist and number 7 seed Jessica Pegula kept her Road to Indian Wells hopes alive with a win over fellow American Francesca Di Lorenzo. Pegula, who is currently tied in second place with Sachia Vickery on the leaderboard, advances to round 3 of play in Newport Beach where she will face off agains the winner of Kiick vs. Wickmayer.

In a grueling 2 hours and 48 minutes Czech Marie Bouzkova was victorious over Australian Olivia Rogowska: 63, 67, 76. She will meet the winner of Bianca Andreescu vs. Katie Volynets on Thursday.

In the final WTA match of the day World No. 123 Sachia Vickery retired due to a knee injury, sending her opponent Harmony Tan of France into the third round.

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