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Denis Shapovalov qualifies for first US Open

Aug 25, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

No. 2 seed in men’s qualifying, 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov, grinded out a tough win over Jan Satral (CZE) to secure his first US Open main draw.

Both holding their own on serve in the opening stages of the match. The pair traded breaks in the seventh and eighth games, Shapovalov earning a handful of set points in those games, but were eventually put back on level terms at 5-5. Satral stormed through the first set tiebreak, winning it 7-2 to end the 55-minute set.

Shapovalov would immediately bounce back after the disappointing tiebreak and break Satral to begin the second set, eventually securing a double break lead at 4-1. He would break for a third time to take the second set 6-1 in 28 minutes.

The confident teenager continued his dominant form into the third set, breaking Satral early on and serving out the comeback win, 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3 in exactly two hours. An utterly stellar run in the last two sets saw Shapovalov end the match with 104 points to Satral’s 86.

This will be Shapovalov’s first US Open and second straight Major main draw after making his Wimbledon debut earlier this summer.

12th seeded Françoise Abanda played Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova, the no. 22 seed in women’s qualifying, for a main draw spot. Abanda fell behind an early double break in the opening set. She did manage to recover one of the breaks back but would surrender her serve again at 5-3 to give Kuzmova the opener 6-3.

Abanda has bounced back well this week when falling behind in a match. Such was not the case today as she could not gain much control or momentum and would fall 6-3, 6-4. With her loss, Eugenie Bouchard is the lone Canadian in the women’s draw.

29-year-old Peter Polansky, seeking his third US Open main draw, fell to American hopeful Tim Smyczek in his final round qualifying match. Polansky went down an early break in the opening set and was not able to recover as Smyczek took a 6-3 lead. Polansky would surrender another break early in the second set en route to a straight sets defeat.

Frank Dancevic faced a tough ask in his final round match, facing no. 27 seed Radu Albot from Moldova. After losing the first set 6-2 Dancevic put up a fight in the second, taking Albot to the limits until he was broken serving to stay alive. Dancevic’s US Open ended with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat.