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US Open Qualies Day 3

Yibing Wu scored an impressive win vs Stefano Travaglia, despite losing the first set in a tiebreaker and peril in the second set – Travaglia even had two breakpoints for a 5-1 lead but didn’t convert, got broken back and then Wu won the second set tiebreaker and third set. Wu next gets Corentin Moutet who has won both of his matches in routine straight sets.

American highly-touted teen Katrina Scott was defeated by Zakharova 62 63. Scott is a Californian with a money backhand.

Another American teen Ashlyn Krueger, 18, beat Katie Boulter 63 64.

In a battle of old warhorses, Fernando Verdasco routined Mikhail Kukushkin 76 63. The 38 year old and 34 year old from Russia have never played an ATP main draw match but have played three times now this year, yesterday, and at Ilkley and Nottingham Challengers on grass this summer. So in an odd quirk of draws, Verdasco vs Kukushkin have played three times since June. If you’re keeping score Kukushkin won in Nottingham 63 67 64 and then Verdasco won in Ilkley 60 retired.

Tracy Austin’s son Brandon Holt took the next step to his first Grand Slam main draw by beating Emilio Gomez, the son of Andres Gomez, 26 63 62.

Nicolas Jarry, again fueled by a large and vocal Chilean support group, beat American Bjorn Fratangelo 76 46 63. Strange to see a South American in New York get more support than an American. Jarry has his own clothing company and logo NJ.

17 year old Czech prodigy Linda Fruhvirtova may be ready for her big breakout, as she whipped Brazilian Alves 60 62. Earlier this year Linda annihilated Azarenka.

Eugenie Bouchard was no match for another Czech teen Linda Noskova, falling 62 63.

Christopher Eubanks won a marathon vs Gregory Barrera 76 67 76.

Powerful Chinese player Zhizen Zhang won again in straight sets against Andrea Collarini 62 75.

The Grand Slam career of Gilles Simon ended to an Italian Arnaldi 16 63 46.

38 year old Andreas Seppi beat Vasek Pospisil 36 62 75. It’s another one of those perfect symmetry rivalries as each has alternated wins since their first match in 2011. Seppi leads 4-3 in the head to head.

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  • Cory · August 26, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Simon lead Arnaldi by a break in the third, 2-1, but then lost 3 straight games (2 of which broke Simon). Simon finally broke back as Arnaldi was serving for the match, getting back on serve, but the Simon was broken again, a 3rd time in the set, for the wrapper 6-4.

    That Eubanks match was crazy. When Eubanks connects on that forehand, man its hard to stop. Of course proportional to that are the errors/wild misses. He won the match on a ridiculous return forehand winner. Eubanks should roll past Italian Brancaccio…

    Verdasco will have to beat Kotov – the kid is very good but we’ll see if savviness and experience prevail.

    Seppi is the underdog against Bagnis, on hard? That’s dumb. Seppi should breeze past him.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 26, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Cory, of the Four Musketeers, now just Gasquet and Monfils left but both of them are near the end too. Humbert, Moutet, Gaston, Fils, have some big shots to fill. Eubanks has some lethal weapons, not sure who his coach is, but he should be higher ranked and a regular Tour player. This surely will be our last chance to see Seppi and Verdasco.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 26, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats to Yibing Wu for qualifying for his first Grand Slam main draw today by beating the very in-form Moutet 76 62. I did a Biofile with Yibing this week and it’s an excellent read so stay tuned for that next week. Until then, I found this good QA with Wu…

  • Cory · August 27, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Scoop: Verdasco gets in as a lucky loser and faces Kwon on Wednesday. He may be able to win. Eubanks plays Martinez, Eubanks being the favorite. Don’t know about that. Kozlov i guess got the final spot (i think i remember you posting about that). As such, he gets a date with Medvedev.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 27, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    Cory, a former player just asked me yesterday if I heard or saw anything about Medvedev being injured. Maybe Med’s gonna bale out?

  • Cory · August 27, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Scoop: what’s the protocol if Med bails out? Surely another LL would be installed as opposed to a walkover. What circumstance would determine either?

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 28, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Cory, I guess a LL but who knows if he’s actually injured. Could be just a silly rumor floating out there. There was no mention of it at his press conference.



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