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Challenger, ITF Events Finish In Lexington

July 30, 2012 05:13 PM
Denis Kudla
Kentucky's Eric Quigley
The 18th edition of the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Ky. has drawn to a close after a week of hard fought competition on the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s Circuit.
Denis Kudla, originally a native of Kiev, Ukraine, took home his first ever Challenger title in singles action after he defeated Erik Chvojka 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in the final. It was reported that Kudla considered pulling out of the tournament beforehand after enduring a string of poor practices, but he decided to make them trip after one final session. Fortunately he stuck with it, for he may have missed out completely on this career-changing moment.
The No. 1 seeded men’s team of Austin Krajicek and John Peers captured the doubles championship, defeating Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 7-6(4) in their last match. After two walkovers in the opening rounds, Krajicek and Peers quickly eliminated the No. 3 seed in the semifinals before moving on to the final.
On the women’s side, Julia Glushko of Israel won her fifth pro title, losing a single set throughout her entire run. She dominated her championship match against Johanna Konta, winning 6-3, 6-0. While Glushko was crushing her competition in singles play, she was always having no problem finding success in doubles.
However, Shuko Aoyama and Yi-Fan Xu emerged victorious as they bested Glushko and her partner Olivia Rogowska 7-5, 6-7(4), [10-4] in a tightly contested final. It was nearly a sweep for the Israeli, but Aoyama and Xu held strong as the No. 1 seed.
Eric Quigley, a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, entered his first ever pro tournament as a wild card. He made it past his first round opponent in straight sets, but the hometown favorite fell in Round 2 to Michael McClune.



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