Isner Leads Southern Players In Australian Open

January 19, 2010 10:10 AM
North Carolina native John Isner leads the charge for Southern players at the 2010 Australian Open.

The No. 5 player, Scot Andy Murray, was too much for Isner and prevailed 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-2 in the round of 16.

Isner won one of his most notable tour matches by downing No. 12 Gael Monfils in the Australian Open's third round. Isner cracked 38 aces and 73 winners in an impressive 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(5) victory.

Isner faced Louk Sorensen, the only Irishman in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam match, in the second round. Sorensen's run was short-lived as the 6'9" former Georgia Bulldog won 6-3, 7-6(4) 7-5.

Isner eliminated Andreas Seppi of Italy in the first round 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-4. The American blasted 34 aces and won just two more points than his opponent. Isner's next foe will be Louk Sorensen.

Isner's ranking is at an all-time high --  No. 28 -- after he won his first ATP tournmaent with a thrilling three-set victory over Arnaud Clement. The former Georgia Bulldog saved a match point to take the 250-level Heineken Open in Auckland 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(2).

The Greensboro native made it to the third round in doubles with American Sam Querrey but lost to the third-seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes 6-3, 7-5.

Donald Young, who was defeated in the Wild Card Playoffs, made it through qualifying and downed No. 85 Christophe Rochus 1-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in a rousing comeback. However, he ran into Australian favorite and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and lost 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.

Melanie Oudin suffered a first-round setback, losing to Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. The Marietta, Ga. teenager looked like she was on the way to victory in the second set but lost three match points.

The winners of the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, held in Atlanta, were in competition in the first round. Coco Vandeweghe lost to Czech Sandra Zahlavova in straight sets. Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, La. and the winner of the Wild Card Playoffs, was defeated by Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3).

No. 99 Robby Ginepri of Kennesaw, Ga., lost to Jan Hajek 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-1. Carly Gullickson team up with Bernard Tomic of Australia and lost in the first round of mixed doubles 7-5, 6-2 to Akqal Amanmuradova and Rik De Voest.