Kia Motors Australian Open Wild Card Playoff – Indoor


Kudla - Sock

The USTA Australian Open Wild Card tournament began today with No. 6 seed Madison Keys‘ upset of No. 3 seed Jamie Hampton by a 3-6, 6-4, 9-7 score later overshadowed by No. 8 seed Rhyne Williams’ 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 win over top seed Bobby Reynolds. The former Tennessee Volunteer, a finalist at the 2011 NCAAs, was down a set and a break before rallying to take the three-hour-plus contest. Last year Williams lost to eventual champion Ryan Harrison in the semfinals 4-6, 6-2, 9-7. For more on the Williams win, see Amanda Pruitt’s article at utsports.com.Williams will play Robby Ginepri in Saturday’s semifinal, after Ginepri downed Steve Johnson 7-6(4), 6-0. Denis Kudla advanced with a win 3-6, 7-6(4), 5-4 ret. win over Jack Sock and will take on Jesse Levine in the semifinals. Levine defeated Dan Kosakowski 6-2, 6-4.

Keys, who saved a match point in her win over Hampton, will play No. 2 seed Alison Riske, who beat Grace Min 6-0, 6-0. No. 5 seed Gail Brodsky downed No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin, playing at her home club, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Brodsky will meet top seed CoCo Vandeweghe, who beat Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-4.

Keys vs. Brodsky and Levine vs. Ginepri Play for USTA’s Australian Open Wild Card Sunday

Sixteen-year-old Madison Keys, seeded sixth, defeated No. 2 seed Alison Riske 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Saturday’s semifinals and will play No. 5 seed Gail Brodsky for the USTA’s Australian Open wild card. Brodsky beat top seed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 3-6, 9-7. Keys won the US Open wild card tournament last August, which included a victory over Brodsky, and went on to win a round in the main draw.

The men’s final will be between No. 2 seed Jesse Levine and No. 4 seed Robby Ginepri. Levine beat Denis Kudla 7-5, 6-2 and Ginepri took out Rhyne Williams by the same score.

All articles are reprinted from  the “Zoo Tennis” Blog.

The invited players for the 2011 Australian Open Wild Card Playoff were:

Men’s Division

  • Robby Ginepri
  • Steve Johnson
  • Daniel Kosakowski
  • Denis Kudla
  • Jessie Levine
  • Bobby Reynolds
  • Jack Sock
  • Rhyne Williams

Women’s Division

  • Gail Brodsky
  • Jamie Hampton
  • Madison Keys
  • Grace Min
  • Melanie Oudin
  • Alison Riske
  • Taylor Townsend
  • Coco Vandeweghe

 

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