Querrey Cruises by Gulbis
Sam Querrey made sure that there will be at least one American representative in the third of the men’s draw, easily handling Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday.
It was a trademark Querrey performance as he gave up no ground on his serve, winning all 14 of his first serve points in a dominating first set to set the tone for the match. Gulbis did himself no favors, committing 41 unforced errors.
While it was an upset on paper – Gulbis was seeded 23rd – Melbourne has never been kind to the Latvian, who has won just two matches in six Australian Open appearances.
Querrey moves on to take on 15th-seeded Fabio Fognini in the third round, looking to set up a potential fourth round matchup with Novak Djokovic.
Young Americans Look for Breakthroughs
Donald Young and Jack Sock take the court tonight in second round matches, looking to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in their careers.
Young will take on 24th seed Andreas Seppi, hoping that the Italian is still feeling the effects of his five-setter in the scorching heat against Lleyton Hewitt Tuesday, while Sock will face off with 2013 Winston-Salem Open finalist Gael Monfils.
Neither Sock nor Young have made it past the second round of any Slam other than the US Open and hope to show that they can be forces to be reckoned with on foreign soil.
High Riske Tennis
American Allison Riske has made a definitive statement to start the Australian Open, dropping only six total games in her first two matches to book a spot in the third round.
Riske made quick work of 23rd-seed Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-2 in her opening round match before blasting Yanina Wickmayer 6-1, 6-1. While not a household name yet, the 23-year-old Riske has now reached at least the third round at the last three Grand Slams, making a strong case for consideration as one of the country’s promising young players.
Among other American women in action Wednesday, top seed Serena Williams rolled over Vesna Dolonc and 20-year-old Lauren Davis won a three-setter Julia Goerges to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
In addition to the aforementioned American men in action tonight, other interesting matches abound.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the top seed at the 2012 Winston-Salem Open, faces a second round match with Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, and Benoit Paire, a two-time WSO participant, will take on top Australian junior Nick Kyrgios.
Aussie Open Challenge Update
Alexandr Dolgopolov, the most popular pick in our Aussie Open Challenge, was knocked out of contention last night in a tight four-set loss to Jeremy Chardy. Also falling were Dmitry Tursunov and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, each of whom was picked by one entrant.
Among the players picked, Sam Querrey and Tommy Robredo picked up wins last night to reach the third round. Gael Monfils, Andreas Seppi and Fernando Verdasco will try to join them tonight.
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