Blanch Upsets De Bakker To Reach Orlando Open Third Round

Ulises Blanch

ORLANDO, January 3, 2019

Wednesday’s action at the Orlando Open was punctuated by more upsets as US-Americans Stefan Kozlov, Ulises Blanch and Michael Redlicki knocked off a trio of seeded players.

Kozlov scored the biggest upset of the day knocking off the tournament’s No. 2 seed, fellow US-American Mitchell Krueger, in three sets.

Blanch downed the tournament’s No. 3 seed Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands, while Redlicki, who defeated fellow US-American and eighth-seeded JC Aragone, joined Sam Riffice as US-American wild card recipients to reach the third round. No. 11 seed Kevin King was the lone US-American seeded player to advance on Wednesday.

The tournament, which is a USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger event, is the first USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger event of the 2019 season and is the highest level of tennis on display to date at the USTA National Campus, with a prize-money pool of more than $54,000.

Play continues Thursday with the start of the third round of singles matches as well as the doubles quarterfinals. Play begins at 10 a.m. Admission to the Orlando Open is free.

Wednesday, January 2 – Results

Singles Main Draw – Second Round

Stefan Kozlov (USA) def. (2) Mitchell Krueger (USA) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Ulises Blanch (USA) def. (3) Thiemo de Bakker (NED) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

(7) Roberto Cid Subervi (DOM) def. Goncalo Oliveira (POR) 6-3, 6-3

(WC) Michael Redlicki (USA) def. (8) JC Aragone (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

(11) Kevin King (USA) def. Tom Jomby (FRA) 6-3, 6-0

(12) Gastao Elias (POR) def. Enzo Couacaud (FRA) 6-4, 7-5

(13) Nino Serdarusic (CRO) def. Scott Griekspoor (NED) 7-6(7), 6-1

(14) Mathias Bourgue (FRA) def. Lucas Miedler (AUT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

(LL) Gijs Brouwer (NED) def. (15) Bernabe Zapata Miralles (ESP) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Main Draw – First Round

(4) Evan King (USA) / Hunter Reese (USA) def. Kevin King (USA) / Nathan Pasha (USA) 6-3, 3-6, [11-9]

Gonzalo Escobar (ECU) / Roberto Maytin (VEN) def. Gianluca Mager (ITA) / Dennis Novikov (USA) 6-2, 6-2

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) / Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) def. Hans Hach Verduco (MEX) / Ante Pavic (CRO) 6-7(4), 7-6(5), [10-6]

Luis David Martinez (VEN) / Andreas Siljestrom (SWE) def. Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) / Jonathan Eysseric (FRA) 6-4, 1-6, [10-5]