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Southerners Ready to Conquer Australia

January 7, 2019 01:39 PM

Greensboro, NC, native John Inser leads the contignent of Southern natives and residents competing in the 2019 Australian Open.

Singles main draw players (with their rankings as of Jan. 7) are:

  • No. 81 Ryan Harrison, a native of Shreveport, LA, eliminated Jiri Vesely in the first round 6-0, 7-5, 6-3. He faces the 15-th seed, Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
  • No. 10 John Inser, a native of Greensboro, NC, faced Reiley Opelka in the first round. In one of the biggest upsets of the first day, Opelka won 7-6(4), 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5).
  • No. 48 Alison Riske, Nashville, TN, who just reached the final of the Shenzhen, drew the ninth-seed, Kiki Bertens, in the first round. Bertens won 6-3, 6-3.
  • No. 63 Tennys Sandgren, Gallatin, TN, fell to Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round.
  • No. 94 Taylor Townsend, Atlanta, lost 6-4, 6-2 to US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the opening round.
  • No. 171 Christopher Eubanks, Atlanta: Qualified but lost to 19 seed, Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia (the other Georgia!), in the main draw first round 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3. He defeated the second-seeded qualif player Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second qualifying round.

Girls' singles (ITF world rankings as of Jan. 7)

  • No. 39 Emma Navarro, Charleston, SC
  • No. 58 Chloe Beck, Watkinsville, GA
  • No. 71 Kylie Collins, Savannah, GA

Men's singles qualifying (with their rankings as of Jan. 7). Both lost in first round of qualifying.

  • No. 232 Donald Young, Atlanta
  • No. 242 Christian Harrison, a native of Shreveport, LA