A Couple of Veterans, Peng and Trungelliti, Stand Out on Last Day of Qualis

Shuai Peng of China, who back in 2011 was ranked no. 14 and in 2014 reached the semi-finals of the US Open, and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina, who at 29-years-old reached a career-high of no. 112 this year, both qualified for the US Open Main Draw today out on Court 6.

Peng, who stands 5-9 1/2, a 1/2 inch taller than Serena Williams, is 34, but on this cool overcast day, Peng who hits with two-hands off both sides, revealed a clever slice forehand drop shot and some smashing shots into the corners as well as nifty hands at the net to dispose of American Nicole Gibbs, who was one of three American women to bite the dust today.. Right before Peng on Court 6, Trungelliti, who is best known for the mad car dash from Barcelona to Paris he made with his grandmother to claim the lucky loser spot in the 2018 French Open, displayed an impressive all-around game in disposing of the Dutchman, Tallon Griekspoor (player biting racquet in photo) also in three sets.

The only American male still alive in the final round of the Qualis, 18-year-old Jenson Brooksby, also came through in three sets against Pedro Martinez of Spain, who had dispatched of American Tommy Paul in the previous round. But the player who looked most dominant on the afternoon, was South Korea’s Hyeon Chung, who easily beat Sweden’s Mikail Ymer, dropping only four games. Chung, 23, who was ranked a career-high no. 23 last year, looks to be back in top form after an injury-spiked season and at 6-2, 196-pounds, Chung packs a wallop.

Chung was not the only South Korean to qualify, the 21-year-old, Soonwoo Kwon, came from a set down against Steven Diez of Canada, to make his way into the Main Draw. The coaching allowed in the Qualifying Tournament, where players are allowed to confer with their coach as he sits in the stands, led Diez to lose his cool against Kwon, as now players are more apt to vent to their coaches after every point.

Besides Chung, perhaps the second-most impressive performance of the day was recorded by the Italian just-turned-last-week 18-year-old, Jannik Sinner. He has already won two Challenger singles titles. On the other end of the age spectrum, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at 36 qualified while 37-year-old Paolo Lorenzi was bested 7-6 in the third set by Jiri Vesely.

On the women’s side, two 18-year-old Chinese players both with the last name Wang and the first initial X, were in the final round of Qualis and one got in and the other did not. Taylor Townsend, 23, drew a big crowd on Court 12 and came through into the Main Draw. Townsend and Caroline Dolehide were the only American women to qualify.

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  • Dan Markowitz · August 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Poor Milos. I remember back in the late 90’s, I did a story on a young player out of Westchester County and Georgia Tech, Rob Givone, who played one of my favorite players in the US Open Qualis, Gianluca Pozzi, and Givone was a big guy, probably 6-3, 185 and he said he couldn’t play past his mid-20’s because his body just took too much pounding. I think Milos is probably done with too. He’s even bigger than Givone was and for a guy his size, his bulk, it’s just too much pounding. You don’t see players nowadays who are built like Becker or Shlomo Glickstein or Slobodan Zivojinovic.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 25, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Brutal bad luck for Raonic. How he won that last set vs Felix with the injury remains a mystery.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 25, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Sock is a big boy. Wonder if his body will crash before 30 too.

  • Hartt · August 25, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Dan, sadly you may be right. Milos is 6’5″ and is listed as 216 lbs. Perhaps he could lose a few pounds, but with his frame he will always weigh more than the tall, lanky youngsters we see now.

    Milos may have over-trained, as well, putting even more pounding on his body. I remember various coaches saying they had to try to limit how much he did.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 25, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Maybe Raonic should try six months as a serve and volleys, minimal baseline play, just attack everything.

  • Hartt · August 25, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    But I don’t think that will solve the injury problem. S&V still means a lot of quick movement forward. And he has had a wide range of injuries, including surgeries on his foot and his wrist.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 26, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Maybe take a year off from singles and focus on doubles and mixed?

  • Hartt · August 26, 2019 at 10:16 am

    To be honest, I would be surprised if Raonic plays for more than another season. He will turn 30 at the end of 2020. I think that was the age Roddick was when he retired. Perhaps he can follow Roddick’s lead and devote his time to his foundation and various business interests.

    Milos is intelligent in an academic way. His parents were both engineers and his father had a PhD and his mother a Masters degree. Milos finished high school at 16 with high marks, despite spending hours a day on tennis. So university would be another option. His parents were disappointed when he turned down a university scholarship to turn pro. In fact, they said they would support him for a certain length of time but with the condition he had to make the top 100 within that time. They also insisted he take some university courses. When Milos had his big breakthrough and made the top 100 (in fact a bit past their deadline), he sent back his university texts.

  • Andrew Miller · August 26, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Comment booth. Raonic would be better than a lot of commentators. He should be guest commentator for the US Open.

  • Hartt · August 26, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Andrew, I agree that Milos would make a good commentator. I only heard him once, years ago, but he did a good job. I doubt that he is interested in that, though. When asked some time ago what he would do after pro tennis he said something in the business world.

  • egils kulis · September 3, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I feel obligated, even so far after the fact, in defense of an acquaintance of mine, Doug Adler, to address tennis media pretender ben rothenberg. Let me start by asking if he ever apologized to Doug for what only can be referred to as veiled slander. Call me uninformed but I never knew until recently, that it was his article which intimated that Doug made, what could be construed as a racist reference. The incredible irresponsibility of this article in the name of “keeping it real” is a prime example of sensationalist journalism without accountability. This is a no brainer. The fact that first espn, gave this blather any sort of credence by firing Doug and second, that venus williams couldn’t be bothered to investigate the context of the remark and give it the dismissal it deserved, thereby restoring his reputation, is unbelievable. Because of rothenberg’s sly inference, Adlers character was maligned and he basically lost 5 plus years of his life, spent in misery. Just because this boob thought he was exploring an “angle”. Did he know Doug Adler? Interview him? Interview his colleagues, and thereby, at least, getting a thumbnail of his character? He’s as much of a racist as you, Ben. I know the answer is no! I see that ESPN has assuaged some of their guilt by paying DA off. And he, for his part, relieved that he achieved a modicum of payback for his suffering, was…relieved. This guy loved tennis and loved being an announcer. No matter how much money he got, that reality is over. To me that’s pretty profound. That a pretend cognoscenti can write a mindless, uninformed piece of tripe and ruin a guy’s life. He had a friggin heart attack, for f’s sakes. No excuses. The phrase in question is so innocent that only someone purposely muckraking could make an issue. So Benny boy, I have a task for you. Apologize, and make it make it good. Or the perception that you’re an insensitive dolt will be confirmed, without reservation. Man up and explore that “angle”.

  • Scoop Malinowski · September 3, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Doug Adler deserves more than an apology from Rothenberg and espn.

  • egil kulis · September 3, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Agreed re Doug Adler, but nothing will ever restore his original status quo. It was headscratching to see the uproar caused by Ray Moores remarks regarding the relative market value of womens tennis against mens tennis and yet Billie Jean, in all her righteousness, couldn’t or wouldn’t get venus to address this injustice. Or address it herself. She knows Doug. Well enough to stop that whole business at the start. Or at some point, when it started to take on a life of its own. But the politically incorrect OPINION uttered by Moore spurred her attack on him to the point where he was replaced as the tournament director of Indian Wells. He and Pasarell created that tournament out of sand and cactus. Censure him a bit, sure, but replaced? Really? That’s a joke. Hypocritical enough for you? But thanks for the acknowledgement. No matter how many people read this, your platform and the ability to vent is appreciated.

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