Stepanek, Craybas Qualify into Main Draw

Radek Stepanek & Jill Craybas
The qualifying results are in at the newly combined Western & Southern Open. On a weekend that saw record attendance on Saturday, seven men and 12 women advanced to the main draws of their respective events.
 
For the men, the No. 1 seed in the qualifying draw Radek Stepanek was among the seven men to earn entry into the main event by winning two matches over the weekend. The No. 27 player in the world after winning the 2011 Washington, D.C. title, Stepanek next faces 2011 Atlanta finalist John Isner in his first round match.
 
One American man, Alex Bogomolov Jr., follows Stepanek into the main draw. He advanced to the semifinals in Los Angeles. There, he lost to another Cincinnati qualifier, Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who won that title over top-ranked American Mardy Fish.
 
While Bogomolov meets 2005 US Open and Cincinnati semifinalist Robby Ginepri in the first round, Gulbis takes on ‘s-Hertogenbosch finalist Ivan Dodig of Croatia, who last week defeated 10-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal in Montreal.
 
Kei Nishikori, a 2011 finalist in Houston, also advanced to face ’02 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian, in round one.
 
Other men to advance to the main draw include Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan, Gstaad quarterfinalist Julien Benneteau and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
 
For the women, Americans Alexa Glatch, who upset the No. 13 seed Sania Mirza, and Jill Craybas, who defeated Sorana Cirstea in three sets qualified.  Glatch next faces ’08 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, while Craybas takes on two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
 
Copenhagen semifinalist Petra Martic upset top-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, while No. 4 Kimiko Date Krumm, an eight-time Tour titlist in singles, advanced over Germany’s Kristina Barrois 7-6(5), 6-4.
 
The No. 2 seed Petra Cetkovska, who reached the Wimbledon fourth round, also advanced and will face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round.
 
Other qualifiers on the women’s side include Russians Chanelle Scheepers and Anastasia Rodionova, Romania’s Monica Niculescu, China’s Shuai Zhang and Jie Zheng, Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski and Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou.
 
 
By Benjamin Snyder
 

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