Peter Polanskyof Canada, the top seed in the qualifying of theMemphis Open, got his tournament started on Saturday with a solid straightforward win overJeevan Nedunchezhiyan6-3, 6-3.
It was a tight match for the first six games, then Polansky took the advantage after facing a break point, and then had chances of his own to break in the next game and took it to lead 4-3. He cruised from there to take the first set 6-3. The second set was mostly dominated by the Canadian hitting crazy passing shots frustrating his Indian opponent. Polansky broke in the fifth game and from there it was one-way traffic. After the match Polansky was happy with his first encounter.
“It was a tricky match playing a doubles player, a lefty pretty crafty came out swinging. It’s a good first round in qualifying to get through and looking forward to my next match tomorrow,”the 28-year-old Canadian told.
In other action, Tommy Paullost toMatthew Bartonin a tight third set battle 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 in what was the match of the day.Benjamin Becker,who is playing his seventh Memphis tournament, got throughNikola Mektic6-3, 6-3. Becker was happy with his first win of 2017.
“It’s good to get the win. I didn’t play a lot this year trying to get my rhythm back, old habits today was a little better and a good step in the right direction,”Becker toldTennis TourTalkafter his match. The German veteran opened his season with a loss in the first round of the qualifying to the Australian Open and also fell in the opening round of the ATP Challenger in Dallas last week.
Becker will next playTim Smyczek,who beat fellow US-American and doubles playerScott Lipskyplaying a rare singles matches, but couldn’t keep up final score 6-2, 6-3. Another US-American fell out of the tournament whenDenis Kudlalost toMatthew Ebdenin another three set match 7-6, 1-6, 6-1. Ebden was relieved to get through his match.
“Dennis and I, we played a lot of matches especially in some finals. It was another tough match for both him and me, as we are good friends,”Kudla said.
Brian Baker,another US-American who was coming back from an injury plagued season, got pastElias Ymer of Sweden 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes. Baker was happy to be back in Memphis
“It’s great to be back. Any chance you get to play a pro match in the state of Tennessee is a win. I have been struggling with injuries but I am getting better with each win. It is always good to get a quality win over a good opponent,”Baker was pleased.
Darian Kingof Barbados beat University of Memphis studentAndrew Watson6-2, 6-3 andTatsuma Itoof Japan defeated IrelandJames McGee4-6, 7-6, 6-1. The final round of qualifying takes place on Sunday with the field cut in half its down to the final eight with only four spots in the main draw.