Southern Stamps Its Mark On US Open

Jamie Hampton
Carly Gullickson in action in Memphis, Tenn.
Chelsey Gullickson, University of Georgia
The USTA Southern is well represented at the 2010 US Open with more than a dozen players with Southern residences or connections entered into the main draw. However, five other Southern players are in the Qualifying Tournament and hoping to increase the number of Southerners playing in America's Grand Slam.
One interesting team is the Gullickson sisters, who grew up in Brentwood, Tenn. Carly and Chelsey are schedule to play doubles. Additionally, Carly Gullickson will team up with Travis Parrott to defend their 2009 US Open mixed doubles championship. Chelsey Gullickson is the reigning NCAA Division I singles champion from the University of Georgia.
Third round action
Atlanta Tennis Championships finalist John Isner couldn't pull an upset and fell to 12th-seed Mikael Youzhny 6-4, 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-4.
Second-round action
Melanie Oudin couldn't carry her momenteum from a great first-round match into Wednesday's action. She fell to Alona Bondarenko, the 29th seed from Ukraine, 6-2, 7-5.
Bobby Reynolds and Rajeev Ram fell to the twelfth-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredi 6-4, 6-3. Ryan Harrison and Robert Hendrick also lost. They were beaten by Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(4).
Oudin and Harrison were stopped by the top mixed doubles seeds Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan 5-7, 6-1, [10-3].
First-round action
Oudin cruised through her opening round match, losing only two points in the second set and beating Olga Savchuk 6-3, 6-0. Oudin faced break points in the first set but came back to hold. Her aggressive play carried her to take the last nine games of the match.
The Marietta, Ga. native returns to the site of her greatest achievement. Oudin made an inspiring run to the 2009 quarterfinals, beating the likes of Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova.
John Isner had a late first-round contest after many second-round matches were completed. Still, No. 18 seed easily downed Frederico Gil of Portugal 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Next he will play Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland.
Ryan Harrison pulled a big upset by elminating the 15th seed, Ivan Ljubicic, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
Jamie Hampton fought Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the 22nd-seed, for two sets but withered in the third, losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Shelby Rogers had a long tough match against Shuai Peng of China. The Daniel Island, S.C. resident lost 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-3.
Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott did not advance past the first round and lost to Gisela Dulko and Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 6-4.
Chelsey Gullickson ran into the top seed in the first round. Caroline Wozniaki defeated her in a late-night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium 6-1, 6-1. Irini Falconi, formerly of Georgia Tech, made it through qualifying and but lost to Flavia Pennetta, the 19th seed, in the first round 6-2, 6-1. The Gullickson sisters are teamed up indoubles and will face Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Lindsay Burdette and American Hilary Barte lost to Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva of Russia 7-5, 6-3. Teenagers Lauren Herring and Grace Min will face Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Paulyuchenkova. Oudin and Hampton are scheduled to play Jill Craybas and Sloane Stepherns in the first round. Oudin is also playing mixed doubles with Ryan Sweeting.
On the men’s side, Robby Ginepri lost to Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank 6-4, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 and Donald Young will battle Gilles Simon of France. Bobby Reynolds, with partner Rajeev Ram, advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stephen Huss and Andre Sa.
Young and partner David Martin lost their first-round doubles match to Marco Chiudinelli and Lukas Lacko 6-4, 7-5. Ginepri is playing doubles with Sweeting. They are set to face Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau on Thursday.
Mackenzie Soldan lost her first-round match in the wheelchair women's singles to Jiske Griffioen of the Nederlands 6-1, 6-1. She and Belgian Annick Sevenans lost their semifinals doubles match to Daniela Di Toro and Aniek Van Koot, the top seeds, 6-2, 6-3.
Qualifying Tournament
In the Qualifying Tournament, Irini Falconi advanced over Mona Barthel 6-0, 6-2 in the Qualifying Tournament first round but Lindsay Lee-Waters lost to Silvia Soler Espinosa 6-1, 6-0.
Bobby Reynolds moved into the qualifying second round but lost to Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Jarmere Jenkins fell to the 17th-seed Josselin Ouanna 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3. Jordon Cox lost to the 29th-seed Uladzimir Ignatik 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.
Girls' & Boy's action
Caroline Price sailed through the first round over Zarah Razafimahatratra 6-3, 6-3. But, she lost in the second round to the top seed Daria Gavrilova of Russia 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Grace Min lost in the first round to Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay 7-6(5), 6-0.
In doubles Grace Min and Lauren Herring fell to two Japanese players, Erni Mutaguchi and Risa Ozaki, 7-6(1), 6-4. Caroline Price and American Victoria Duval went down in straight sets to top seeds Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva of Russia 7-5, 6-3.
Maxx Lipman and MacKenzie McDonald lost their first-round match to the top seeds from Hungary Marton Fucsovics and Mate Zsiga 6-3, 6-3. Click here for a news story on the web site.