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Isner Leads Southern Players At US Open

August 23, 2012 04:10 PM
Ryan Harrison won the doubles crown at 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open.
Irina Falconi
John Isner, America’s top ranked player and a native of Greensboro, N.C., will take on veteran Xavier Malisse in the first round of the 2012 US Open. Isner leads 12Southern players in the main draw of the final Grand Slam of the year, based on direct entry or a wild card.
Isner, the No. 9 seed has won only once in three matches with the Belgian Malisse.
Atlanta’s Donald Young has had a tough year (2-20 in singles) and the US Open doesn’t hold a lot of promise for the 23-year-old. He will face No. 1 and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the opening round.
Other men and their opponents in the draw are: Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, La., versus Benjamin Becker; Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn. against Jan Hadek and Marietta, Ga.’s Robby Ginepri, who is a wild card, drawing Albert Ramos.
Knoxville, Tenn.'s Rhyne Williams goes from college play at the University of Tennessee to qualifying for the US Open. His first-roung opponent: 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open and former US Open champion Andy Roddick. Veteran Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., who also advanced through qualifying and will face American Tim Smyczek.
Four women in main draw
On the women’s side, wild card Melanie Oudin, also of Marietta, will face the No. 15 seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. Safarova has won both of their matches.
Atlantan Jamie Hampton also drew a seed and will face No. 11 Marion Bartoli. Another Atlanta resident, Irina Falconi, will meet a qualifier in the first round.
Mallory Burdette, of Jackson, Ga., earned a wild card based on her summer accomplishments in the USTA Pro Circuit. She will square off against Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky in the opening round.
Atlanta native Samantha Crawford successfully advanced through the qualies and into the main draw. She will play Brit Laura Robson.



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