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tennis3 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (7/22/14) — What started out as mediocre tennis, turned into a full-blown, lengthy battle in the third set, with Australian James Duckworth often using his serve to dig himself out of many key points in the match against former Wildcat standout and wild card entry Eric Quigley to win 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5 at the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships Monday.

Up 6-5 in the third set, with Quigley serving and the crowd chanting its support, Duckworth, last year’s tournament runner up and this year’s No. 6 seed, had to change tactics and dig deep to end the match with winners.

“It was tough playing in front of a home-town crowd, but I like playing in front of a lot of people,” the 22-year-old Duckworth said. “They were cheering for him not against me.”

Needless to say, Quigley was disappointed, but he enjoyed being back on the courts where he won four high school championships and garnered the “winningest” record in University of Kentucky Wildcat tennis history and playing in front of his home crowd.

“It was great to be back where I played so much in college and a junior,” he said.

Quigley said he felt like he had chances, but Duckworth stepped on the gas toward the end to close the two-and-half hour match.

Both men came out looking nervous and tight but by the third set they seemed to have worked out their jitters, trading long service games, but with Duckworth collecting his game first to close out the match.

Qualifying Rounds

American Marcos Giron defeated Jordan Thompson of Australia, 7-6(2), 6-1. Giron is the 20-year-old NCAA tournament champion from 2014. Giron said he knew that Thompson would be a tough opponent and is "happy to be in the main draw."

American Evan King fell to Erik Crepaldi of Italy, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. The 24-year-old winner said he has "found his rhythm" the past couple of matches and feels good going into his first main draw match.

No. 2 seed Yoshihito Nishioki, 18, of Japan, knocked out 19-year-old American Mackenzie McDonald, 6-3, 6-4. Nishioki said he knew he’d have a tough match in McDonald from their junior games and that being the No. 2 seed in qualifying is a confidence booster for the main draw.

In the final qualifying match, American Ray Sarmiento, 21, played Richard Gabb, 22, of Great Britain, with Sarmiento taking the win, 6-0, 6-3. "It always helps to be here a few days before," said Sarmiento when asked about the main draw. All four qualifiers will go on to play in the main draw Tuesday.

The women had their second qualifying round today with Asia Muhammad from the United States defeating fellow American Jennifer Elie. American Alexandra Mueller knocked out Justyna Jegiolka of Poland. Wild card American Kristie Ahn defeated Chiaki Okadaue from Japan. Marina Shamayko, from Russia, advanced past American Ashley Weinhold.

In the later matches, Canadian Carol Zhao defeated American Jacqueline Cako. Wild card American Jennifer Brady beat Sherazad Reix of France. American Maria Sanchez won against the Slovakian Petra Rampre. And Emily Webley-Smith of Great Britain was victorious over American Samantha Crawford. Those eight will advance to the final round of the qualifying matches and will play Tuesday to determine who goes to the main draw.

Tuesday Feature Matches

On court 1 at 7 p.m., Jesse Witten, 31, who played for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2001 to 2005 and was named the team’s first five-time All American and the first UK SEC Men’s Tennis Player of the year, will play 24-year-old Eric Crepaldi of Italy, who reached the main draw via the qualifying rounds

Their match will be followed by doubles, with Quigley and Kevin Metka, 22, who currently plays for Ohio State taking on former Florida Gator Sekou Bangoura, 22, and former University of Michigan player Evan King, 22, all of whom have turned pro except Metka.

On court 2 at 7 p.m., Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame player Julie Ditty, 35, will continue her foray back from retirement as she faces No. 2 seed Madison Brengle, a 24-year-old from Dover, Del.

Doubles will follow with Chieh-Yu Hsu, a 22-year-old from Taiwan, and 26-year-old American Alexandra Mueller playing Americans Asia Muhammad, 23, and Melanie Oudin, 22.

Monday July 21 - Results

Women's Singles - Qualifying Second Round

  • WC-Kristie Ahn, USA, def. (8) Chiaki Okadaue, JPN, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1,
  • Alexandra Mueller, USA, def. (4) Justyna Jeglioka, POL, 7-6. 6-1,
  • Asia Muhammad, USA, def. Jennifer Elie, USA, 7-5, 6-3,
  • (7) Marina Shamayko, RUS, def. Ashley Weinhold, USA, 7-5, 7-5,
  • Maria Sanchez, USA, def. (2) Petra Rampre, SLO, 6-2, 6-1,
  • Carol Zhao, CAN, def. Jacqueline Cako, USA, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4,
  • WC-Jennifer Brady, def. Sherazad Reix, FRA, 7-6, 6-0,
  • Emily Webley-Smith, GBR, def. (5) Samantha Crawford, USA, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.

Men's Singles - Qualifying Finals

  • Raymond Sarmiento, USA, def. Richard Gabb, GBR, 6-0, 6-3,
  • Erik Crepaldi, ITA, def. Evan King, USA, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3,
  • Marcos Giron, USA, def. (3) Jordan Thompson, AUS, 7-6(2), 6-1,
  • (2) Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN, def. Mackenzie McDonald, USA, 6-3, 6-4.

Men's Singles - Main Draw First Round

  • Matt Reid, AUS, def. (2) Peter Polansky, CAN, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3,
  • (6) James Duckworth, AUS, def. WC-Eric Quigley, USA, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5,

Men's Doubles - Main Draw First Round

  • Jarmere Jenkins, USA, and Sanam Singh, IND, def. Andrea Collarini , ARG, and Emilio Gomez, IND, 6-4, 6-3.

Tuesday July 22 - Schedule

Women's Singles - Qualifying Finals
Stadium 1 - Starting at 10 a.m.
Carol Zhao, CAN, vs. WC-Jennifer Brady, USA.

Court 3 - Starting at 10 a.m.
Asia Muhammad, USA, vs. WC-Kristie Ahn.

Court 6 - Starting at 10 a.m.
Alexandra Mueller, USA, vs. Emily Webley-Smith, GBR.

Court 7 - Starting at 10 a.m.
(7) Marina Shamayko, RUS, vs. Maria Sanchez, USA.

Women's Singles - Main Draw First Round
Stadium 2 - following the previous match
Heidi El Tabakh, CAN, vs. (5) Irina Falconi, USA, followed by,
WC-Julia Elbaba, USA, vs. Julie Coin, FRA.
Following the previous match, but not before 7 p.m.
WC-Julie Ditty, USA, vs. (2) Madison Brengle, USA.

Court 3 - following the previous match
(4) Eri Hozumi, JPN, vs. Nao Hibino, JPN.

Men's Singles - Main Draw First Round
Stadium 1 - following the previous match, but not before 11:00 p.m.
(4) Daniel Evans, GBR, vs. Vincent Millot, FRA, followed by,
(1) Evengy Donskoy, RUS vs. James McGee, IRL, followed by
Ruben Bemelmans, BEL vs. Jarmere Jenkins, USA, followed by,
But not before 7:30 p.m.
Q-Erik Crepaldi, ITA, vs. WC-Jesse Witten.

Stadium 2 - following the previous match
WC-Thanasi Kokkinakis, AUS vs. Daniel Smethurst.

Court 6 - following the previous match, but not before 11:00 a.m.
Emilio Gomez, ECU vs. SE-Benjamin Mitchell, AUS, followed by,
?-Jordan Thompson, AUS, vs. Luke Saville, AUS, followed by,
Wayne Odesnik, USA vs. Q-Yoshihito Nishioka, JPN , followed by,
Following previous men's doubles match
Daniel Cox, GBR vs. Yuichi Sugita (3), JPN.

Court 7 - following the previous match, but not before 11:00 a.m.
Q-Marcos Giron, USA, vs. Austin Krajicek, USA, followed by
Q-Raymond Sarmiento, USA, vs. Hiroki Moriya (8), followed by,
Marius Copil (7), ROU vs. Andrea Collarini, ARG.

Women's Doubles - Main Draw First Round
(1) Michaella Krajicek, NED, and Maria Sanchez, USA, vs. Jacqueline Cako and Natalie Pluskota, USA, followed by,
WC-Kristie Ahn and Kaitlyn Christian, USA, vs. Nao Hibino and Eri Hozumi, JPN, followed by,
(3) Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith, GBR, vs. Danielle Lao, USA, and Carol Zhao, CAN, followed by,
Hiroko Kuwata and Riko Sawayanagi, JPN, vs. Stephanie Foretz, FRA, and Emily Webley-Smith, GBR, followed by,
Justyna Jegiolka, POL, and Marina Shamayko, RUS, vs. Samantha Murray, GBR, and Marcela Zacarias, MEX, followed by,
Chieh-Yu Hsu, TPE, and Alexandra Mueller, USA, vs. (4) Asia Muhammad and Melanie Oudin, USA, followed by,
Montserrat Gonzalez, PAR, and Laura Pigossi, BRA, vs. Anamika Bhargava and Denise Muresan, USA, followed by,
WC-Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff, FRA, and Cordelia Currey Witten, USA, vs. (2) Shuko Aoyama, JPN, and Keri Wong, USA, followed by,

Men's Doubles - Main Draw First Round
Stadium 1 - following previous match
Sekou Bangoura and Evan King, USA, vs WC-Kevin Metka and Eric Quigley, USA.

Court 6 - following previous match
Marcelo Demoliner, BRA, and Purav Raja, IND (1) vs. Austin Krajicek and Rhyne Williams, USA, followed by,
Benjamin Mitchell and Jordan Thompson, AUS, vs. Chase Buchanan, USA, and James McGee, IRL.

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