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Nishikori Wins Knoxville Challenger

October 19, 2010 04:08 PM
Bobby Reynolds returns a shot to Sam Querrey.
Japan's Kei Nishikori won the $50,000 Knoxville 2010 Challenger with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over American Robert Kendrick. The South African duo of Rik DeVoest and Izak Van der Merwe defeated Americans Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Alex Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4 to take the doubles trophy.
 
Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., advanced to the quarterfinals before Nishikori beat him 6-3, 6-2. Reynolds and Amer Delic lost to Bogomolov and Kuznetsovin the semifinals.
 
Atlanta's Donald Young teamed up with Nicolas Monroe but lost to the eventual champions in the semifinals.
 
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Only three seeded players remain in the $50,000 Knoxville 2010 Challenger after former University of Kentucky player Jesse Witten defeated No. 2 seeded Donald Young, of Atlanta, in the first round.
 
Rik De Voest and Knoxville native Rhyne Williams battled for the featured evening match victory, but Voest ousted Williams in a decisive third-set tiebreaker, 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(6). Voest will take on his doubles partner, Izak Van Der Merwe Thursday afternoon.
 
Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., will face Lester Cook in the second round. Reynolds defeated Tim Smyczek 6-2, 7-6(6) in the first round.
 
No. 3 Kei Nishikori ousted 2010 SEC Player of the Year, J.P. Smith, 6-4, 6-1. Next up for Nishikori on his way to his fourth Challenger victory is David Martin who defeated Peewee Valley, Ky.'s Eric Quigley, 7-6(3), 6-4.
 
The tournament is being contested at the Knoxville Racquet Club, Knoxville, Tenn. For more information on this USTA Pro Circuit tournament for men, go to their web site, www.knoxchallenger.com.
 
Bester Is Best In Birmingham Tournament
Candaian Philip Bester defeated Australian James Lemke 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the singles final of the Highland Park Classic, at the Highland Park Tennis Center, Birmingham, Ala.
 
Bester was seeded second while Lemke was the top seed in the tournament that ran Oct. 26-31.
 
Bester continued his hot play by teaming up with countryman Kamil Pajkowski to take the doubles. They defeated Lemke and Dennis Bloemke, of Germany, 6-7(4), 6-4 [10-5].
 
The USTA Pro Circuit tournament offers $10,000 in prize money and is played outdoors on clay courts. Go to www.academytennis.com for more tournament information.

 

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