Day 2: Qualifying Rounds

Qualifying came to an end on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open, with three Americans reaching the main draw to conclude the final round.

 

American Dennis Kudla reached the main draw by defeating Next Gen player Alexei Popyrin 6-3,6-4,6-3. The 26-year-old went on to an impressive run to beat Cam Norrie on Saturday 6-3,6-4. He will now face Lucas Pouille In his first main draw match on Monday.

 

Lauren Davis, a former Ohio high school state champion defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-1,6-4. Davis will be playing Venus Williams on Monday.

 

Jennifer Brady joins Davis to qualify for the main draw after beating Magda Linette 6-2,3-6,6-4. The Boca Raton native will next face fellow qualifier Ons Jabeur. 

 

Ohio State’s JJ Wolf fell short to Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3,4-6,6-2 on Sunday. Carreno Busta is a former US Open semifinalist who reached last year's quarterfinals here

 

Wolf, who lost in the final round of qualifying for the second year in a row, is very optimistic and as he is living his dream and competing against the best the world here in Cincinnati. 

 

"First time I stepped on center court and won that match, I thought this could be a fun job," he said. "This will forever be my favorite tournament, no matter where I'm playing, this will be the most fun. So many familiar faces and people cheering for me. It means a lot that they have that kind of loyalty to a hometown kid. It makes me want to play that much harder, and I really wanted that one today for everyone who came out, but hopefully, there will be a couple more chances." 

 

Forty-year-old Ivo Karlovic aced his way to the main draw, defeating Philip Kohlschreiber 7-6(4),6-7(1),6-4 with a routine 25 aces for the big man.

 

Six of the seven men's qualifying matches on Sunday went to three sets. 

 

Main draw matches start tomorrow featuring top players such as hometown hero Caty McNally, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Novak Djokovic is in action in doubles with fellow Serbian countryman Janko Tipsarevic.

 

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