Blumberg advances to first ATP Challenger semifinal
On day seven of the 24th annual Levene Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger, American Christian Harrison punched his ticket to semifinals with an exciting upset Friday evening. American’s Denis Kudla and Daniel Nguyen will also advance to the doubles final on Sunday. William Blumberg (USA), the highest ranked American teenager in the tournament, advances in bracket play along with Jordan Thompson (AUS) and Cameron Norrie (GBR).
Harrison earned his victory this evening knocking off second-seeded Alexander Bublik in the feature match. Bublik, although playing a tough first set, fell 6-4 in the opening to Harrison. The two battled in the second set, as Bublik led six games to five before Harrison tied it at six to force a tiebreak. Bublik won the second set, 7-6 (2). Going point-for-point, game-for-game in the third set, Bublik tied the score five games all as the match went over the two hour mark. Harrison won his last two games to take a 7-5 set win and claim his spot in the semifinals. Continue reading
Harrison upsets fifth-seeded Mmoh
American duo Denis Kudla and Daniel Nguyen upset the number one doubles seed Alexander Bolt and Andrew Whittington (GBR) on day six of the Leven Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger. Christian Harrison also knocked off fifth-seed Michael Mmoh in tonights feature match.
Harrison, currently No. 276 in the world faced Michael Mmoh on Center Court tonight where the 23-year old gave Mmoh a run for his money. Harrison, younger brother of ATP pro Ryan Harrison, won the first set 6-4. The second set went game-for-game, until Harrison was able to pull ahead and win 6-3. Harrison will play tomorrow against second-seeded Alexander Bublik in the feature match no earlier than 5:00 p.m. Continue reading
19-year old William Blumberg knocked off the number six seed Denis Kudla during Wednesday’s matches at the LGT Challenger. In other upset news, Ze Zhang from China had a victory over fourth-seeded Akira Santillan. First round doubles action also began as Binghamton University men’s tennis assistant coach James Hignett and partner Billy Mendler fell in their opening match.
Blumberg, a wild card selection, ousted Denis Kudla (USA) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals where he will face Ze Zhang (CHN). The 19-year old from Greenwich, Connecticut played one year at the University of North Carolina before deciding to go pro this year after being chosen as the ITA Rookie of the Year posting a 31-3 record. Continue reading
During an extremely long day that witnessed 14 matches and close to 10 hours of action, seven Americans, including fifth-seed Michael Mmoh and sixth-seed Denis Kudla advanced into the round of 16 at the 24th Levene Gouldin & Thompson (LGT) Tennis Challenger. Play on Tuesday also provided two upsets as third-seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) and seventh-seeded Adam Whittington (AUS) both dropped their opening-round matches. Continue reading