Whitney Osuigwe plays Naomi Broady on court 3 during the Oracle Challenger Series at the George R. Brown Tennis Center on the Rice University campus on Tuesday November 13, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Oracle Challenger Series)
It was a good morning for Hungary on the women’s side, as 2 Hungarians advanced to the second round of play. 20-year-old Hungarian Fanny Stollar edged past American qualifier Ann Li in a two set victory, 75 63 while her 27-year-old compatriot Reka-Luca Jani eliminated American Louisa Chirico in two sets, 62 63. Both Jani and Chirico were lucky losers and started their match last night. It was continued today, due to rain.
Jani will meet Heather Watson in the next round. The Brit eliminated American Jamie Loeb in three sets, 57 61 61 on court 1. This marks World No. 96 Watson’s first appearance at an Oracle Challenger Series event.
16-year-old Whitney Osuigwe struck again – the American qualifier outplayed Brit Naomi Broady to advance to the second round in Houston, 64 63. She next meets fellow American and Oracle Challenger Series veteran Varvara Lepchenko. Both Lepchenko and Osuigwe are contenders in the USTA’s 2019 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge and tomorrow’s match will ultimately determine which player will pack her bags for Melbourne. The two met earlier this year, with Lepchenko having the edge over young Osuigwe in Macon, 64 60.
Lucky loser Jacqueline Cako kept her Road to Indian Wells alive for one more round, edging past fellow American and qualifier Elizabeth Halbauer in straight sets, 62 64. The 27-year-old will meet Hungarian Fanny Stollar in round 2 tomorrow.
Wild card and number 1 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland fell in the first set to American Allie Kiick, then came back fighting to win the match in three: 26 76(6) 60. The World No. 38 will meet fellow wild card Peng Shuai who also got a slow start but ultimate win over her opponent this afternoon in Houston. Peng edged past Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in three sets: 67(5) 75 61.
Qualifier Lauren Davis of Florida eliminated fellow qualifier, Slovak Kristina Kucova in straight sets 64 63 to advance to the second round in Houston.