Osuigwe Advances To Quarterfinals At Oracle Challenger Series Houston

HOUSTON, November 15, 2018

The sun finally made an appearance at the Oracle Challenger Series in Houston, as four US-Americans (two men and two women) advanced to the quarterfinal round on Friday, where 16-year-old Whitney Osuigwe will take on the winner of the match between top seed Belinda Bencic and Shuai Peng. Baylor University sophomore Roy Smith will face Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, who knocked out Italian veteran and No. 4 seed Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 6-4.

Osuigwe, who battled through the qualifying of the $125,000 WTA event, rallied past the tournament’s No. 6 Varvara Lepchenko from the United States 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. The teenager capitalized on four of her eight break point chances to prevail after one hour and 53 minutes. Osuigwe’s victory also secures her a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open this January.

Wednesday’s Results
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[3] H. Watson (GBR) d [LL] R. Jani (HUN) 64 61
[4] J. Pegula (USA) d D. Khazaniuk (ISR) 62 61
[Q] W. Osuigwe (USA) d [6] V. Lepchenko (USA) 26 63 62
[7] S. Zhuk (RUS) d [Q] D. Galfi (HUN) 42 Retired
Women’s Doubles – First Round
Q. Gleason (USA) / L. Stefani (BRA) d [1] N. Broady (GBR) / S. Santamaria (USA) 75 62
A. Mueller (USA) / I. Neel (USA) d [2] A. Muhammad (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) 61 64
[3] D. Krawczyk (USA) / G. Olmos (MEX) d S. Marand (USA) / W. Osuigwe (USA) 63 76(7)
Men’s Singles – Second Round
[3] I. Karlovic (CRO) d E. Gomez (ECU) 76(1) 63
T. Kwiatkowski (USA) d [4] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 64
[8] D. Koepfer (GER) d E. Escobedo (USA) 61 75
[WC] R. Smith (USA) d [Q] H. Adams (USA) 63 64
Men’s Doubles – First Round
[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. Jung (TPE) / J. Withrow (USA) 75 62
[2] L. Paes (IND) / M. Reyes-Varela (MEX) d L. Margaroli (SUI) / D. Vega Hernandez (ESP) 46 75 10-6
[3] M. Arevalo (ESA) / J. Cerretani (USA) d J. Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64
[WC] J. Fruttero (USA) / R. Schneider (USA) d [WC] Ma. Redlicki (USA) / Mi. Redlicki (USA) 46 64 10-8
L. Bambridge (GBR) / T. Sandgren (USA) d R. Gonzales (PHI) / N. Lammons (USA) 76(4) 76(5)