Quigley, a 25-year-old PeeWee Valley, Ky., native, was a five-time All-American at UK who has been playing the pro-circuit the past two years. Duckworth is a seasoned professional player, who took No. 14 Richard Gasquet of France to five sets before losing in the first round of Wimbledon last month.
“It should be a good match,” said Dennis Emery, special assistant to UK’s athletic director and Quigley’s former coach. “Quigley has had a productive month and should be coming in with some momentum and confidence.”
Their match will be followed by last year’s singles winner, James Ward of Great Britain, taking on 17-year-old American Jared Donaldson. The young Rhode Island native is coming off of three consecutive Future titles this year and is ranked 343. As a 16-year-old he advanced to the finals of USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and to the third round in qualifying for the 2013 US Open.
Donaldson has developed his game in a less-than-traditional manner. His father wanted him to learn to structure points, so they moved to Argentina for two years in his mid-teens to play on the red clay.
“Playing on the clay teaches you patience and to slow down and construct a point rather than just playing offense,” said Tom Gullikson, USTA lead national coach, men’s tennis. “I think he has a bright future on the ATP tour. He certainly is one of the top 17-year-olds in the world.”
He will face stiff competition in Ward, currently ranked 152. Ward became the first Englishman since 1973 to make the main draw at the French Open, losing in the first round to No. 19 Tommy Robredo in four sets.
The No. 2 singles seed, 26-year-old Peter Polansky of Canada, will face Aussie Matt Reid Monday evening at 7:30. Polansky, who is ranked 133, returns to Lexington as the doubles champion from last year’s tournament, where he and countryman Frank Dancevic won in straight sets. Polansky has earned 13 singles titles and seven doubles titles. Reid, 24, is ranked 234, has won six singles titles, including the Burnie Challenger in January.
Another match of interest Monday evening is Americans Rhyne Williams and Chase Buchanan. Williams, a 23-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., comes from a tennis family; his mother played for the University of Tennessee, as do both of his sisters. He also played for UT for two years and was a two-time All-American and 2011 NCAA singles finalist. Ranked as high as 114 in 2013 and currently 201, his best finish to date was a singles championship in the Challenger of Dallas in 2013.
Williams is starting his hunt for the USTA wild card into the US Open at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, which leads off a series of Challenger tournaments in which American players can earn points toward a lone wild card.
Buchanan, 23, is from Columbus, Ohio, and is ranked a near-career-high 189. Just last month he made it to the semi-finals in singles in Manta, Ecuador, and then took the doubles title there with partner Peter Polansky. Buchanan, a five-time All-American who played at Ohio State, was also half of the Campbell/ITA National Doubles Team of the Year with partner Blaz Rola.
All three local players in the women’s qualifying draw were knocked out in the first round after going up against formidable opponents in the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.
Tangerine Manning of Lexington played Petra Rampre from Slovakia. The No. 2 seed in qualifying, Rampre defeated the 42-year old Manning, 6-1, 6-0. Junior player Madeline Rolph duked it out with Marina Shamayko of Russia. Rolph, a rising senior from the Sayre School in Lexington, is one of the top juniors in the state. However, the up-and-comer fell to Shamayko 6-2, 6-1. University of Kentucky Wildcat Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff played American Alexandra Mueller and had to shake off some nerves in the first set and brought a lot more fight to the second. The Wildcat still lost to Mueller, 6-1, 6-3.
In the women’s qualifying rounds, American Asia Muhammad upset No. 1 seed Shuko Aoyama, 6-2, 6-2. She will face American Jennifer Elie Monday at 10 a.m. in the next round.
Muhammad, who last played in the Lexington Challenger in 2011, said she was here trying to qualify for a wild card spot in the US Open.
“I executed my game plan, which is to play aggressive and try to come forward,” she said. “… I think playing indoors helped; I like playing indoors.” Muhammad is the sister of Shabazz Muhammad, who plays for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
American Evan King took a big step forward, beating No. 1 seed Filip Peliwo, a 19-year-old from Canada who last year won the junior singles championships at the US Open and Wimbledon and was the No. 1 junior in the world.
King had an easier time in the 6-2, 6-3 match against Peliwo than he had defeating UK Wildcat Alejandro Gomez in three sets Saturday. A former player for Michigan, King was a three-time All-American who set a record there for combined singles and doubles titles.
“I was able to play more relaxed today because I was almost out of it yesterday,” said King, who has faced Peliwo before, coming out on the losing end, 7-5, 7-5. “And we knew each other’s games so there were no surprises.”
Next King faces Erik Crepaldi, 24, a lefty from Vercelli, Italy, who is coached by his father. Crepaldi’s ATP ranking peaked at 416 earlier this year.
Richard Gabb, a 22-year-old from Great Britain, defeated 16-year-old American Stefan Kozlov in a third set 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Gabb now faces American Raymond Sarmiento, who has played in three of the four junior grand slams. He played at the University of Southern California, where his team won three national championships, before turning pro.
Women's Singles - Qualifying First Round
Men's Singles - Qualifying Second Round
Women's Singles - Qualifying Second Round
Stadium 1 - Starting at 10 a.m.
Asia Muhammad, USA, vs. Jennifer Elie, USA, followed by,
Emily Webley-Smith, GBR, vs. Crawford, USA.
Stadium 2 - Starting at 10 a.m.
Ashley Weinhold, USA, vs. (7) Marina Shamayko, RUS, followed by,
WC-Jennifer Brady, USA, vs. Sherazad Reix, FRA.
Court 3 - Starting at 10 a.m.
(4) Justyna Jegiolka, POL, vs. Alexandra Mueller, USA, followed by
Jacqueline Cako, USA, vs. Carol Zhao, CAN.
Court 6 - Starting at 10 a.m.
WC-Kristie Ahn, USA, vs. (8) Chiaki Okadaue, JPN, followed by,
(2) Petra Rampre, SLO, vs. Maria Sanchez, USA.
Men's Singles - Qualifying Finals
Stadium 1 - following the previous match, but not before 1 p.m.
(3) Jordan Thompson, AUS, vs. Marcos Giron, USA.
Stadium 2 - following the previous match, but not before 1 p.m.
Evan King, USA, vs. Erik Crepaldi, ITA.
Court 3 - following the previous match, but not before 1 p.m.
(2) Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN, vs. Mackenzie McDonald, USA.
Court 6 - following the previous match, but not before 1 p.m.
Raymond Sarmiento, USA, vs. Richard Gabb, GBR.
Men's Singles - Main Draw First Round
Stadium 1, following Pro-Am, but not before 6:30 p.m.
(6) James Duckworth, AUS, vs. WC-Eric Quigley, USA, followed by,
WC-Jared Donaldson, USA, vs. (5) James Ward, GBR.
Stadium 2, following Pro-Am, but not before 6:30 p.m.
Matt Reid, AUS, vs. (2) Peter Polanksy, CAN.
Court 6 - following Collarini/Gomez vs. Jenkins/Singh
Rhyne Williams, USA, vs. Chase Buchanan, USA
Men's Doubles - Main Draw First Round
Court 6, not before 6 p.m.
Andrea Collarini, ARG, and Emilio Gomez, ECU vs. Jarmere Jenkins, USA, and Sanam Singh, IND.
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