Tien Advances At Southern California Open

Learner Tien (photo: Lexie Wanninger/USTA SoCal)


Three of the four winners in singles at the Southern California Open are former USC Trojans as No. 3 Brandon Holt, his former USC teammate Daniel Cukierman and teenager Learner Tien all played for the Men of Troy and moved into Friday’s quarterfinals with straight-set wins at the ATP Challenger Tour 50 tournament taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

College tennis was definitely the theme of the day as seven of the eight of those second-round matches involved former college players. No. 3-seed Holt downed former Northwestern star Strong Kircheimer, 6-3, 6-3. No. 4 seed Mitchell Krueger beat New Zealand’s Benjamin Lock, who played for Florida State, 6-4,6-4. Tien of Irvine got past Italy’s Giovanni Oradini, who played for Mississippi State, and Israel’s Cukierman eliminated Japan’s James Trotter, 6-4, 6-4. Trotter won the NCAA Doubles title last season playing for Ohio State.

The top-seeded doubles team, San Diego County natives Ryan Seggerman and Patrik Trhac, started strong and outlasted the tough South American pairing of Gonzalo Lama of Chile and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina with the locals eking out a, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7, victory to advance for their first win of the year.


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