Thursday Matches to Watch: All-American Affairs

Oracle Challenger Series
Sep 5, 2018

Thursday is a jam-packed day at the XS Tennis Village, with the entire women’s and men’s fields in action fighting to reach the quarterfinals. Here are four all-American match-ups that you won’t want to miss:

Alexander Sarkissian v. JC Aragone

Sarkissian may have already locked in the honor of biggest upset, when he knocked off top-seeded Andreas Seppi in the first round 63, 76(5). He’ll face countryman JC Aragone on Thursday, who had a day off to reflect on his own impressive victory over Daniel Elahi Galan on Wednesday. The two young Americans last faced each other on the Futures circuit in January 2018, when Sarkissian came out on top 36 75 61.

Sekou Bangoura v. Bjorn Fratangelo

Qualifer Sekou Bangoura won a tightly contested three-set match on Wednesday when he took down fellow American Ernesto Escobedo. He’ll face another young American in the second round, Bjorn Fratangelo, who came from a set down to topple No. 4 seed Viktor Troicki in three sets. When the pair face off in the second round, it will be their fifth career match-up. Frantangelo has won all four of their previous meetings.

Sachia Vickery v. Allie Kiick

Wild card recipient Allie Kiick claimed the first Round 1 win of the tournament with her three-set victory over Kristyna Pliskova 67, 62, 62. She next battles Sachia Vickery, who eliminated Ons Jabeur in three sets: 64, 46, 64. The two have met one another twice before, at Rock Hill and Dothan both in 2013. Kiick won both of their previous meetings but a lot can change in five years – who will advance to the quarterfinals in Chicago?

Reilly Opelka v. Michael Mmoh

Oracle Challenger Series veteran and BNP Paribas Open wild card recipient Reilly Opelka eliminated Ecuador’s Roberto Quiroz in two sets on Wednesday to advance to the round of 16. He will face off against Florida resident Michael Mmoh, who beat Chris Eubanks in three hard-fought sets: 57, 64, 64. The two have met a three times before (Charlottesville 2015, Charlottesville 2016, Nottingham 2017) with Opelka leading the match up, 2 wins to 1.