Quan Leads Trio Of Teenagers Into Quarterfinals At Little Rock Open

Rudy Quan (photo: Nelson Chenault)


Three US-American teenagers headlined Thursday’s second-round action at the UAMS Health Little Rock Open hosted by the Rebsamen Tennis Center. Rudy Quan, who battled through the qualifying to appear in his first career ATP Challenger Tour main draw, backed up his first-round win over Stefan Kozlov with a hard-fought 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Andres Andrade from Ecuador.

The 18-year-old from California, who has signed to play at UCLA, withstood three aces and broke his rival’s serve eight times to advance in two hours and eight minutes. Quan will next take on Yuta Shimizu of Japan, who benefited from the retirement of Bernard Tomic from Australia after winning the first set 6-1.

Local wild card entry Trevor Svajda defeated US-American qualifier Andres Martin 6-4, 7-6(5) to reach the quarterfinals of the $82,000 hard-court event in Arkansas. The 18-year-old La Jolla native won 52 per cent of the total points played to prevail after two hours and 14 minutes.

Svajda will next play 19-year-old Nishesh Basavareddy from the United States. The World No. 411 from Newport edged past his compatriot and qualifier Christian Langmo 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 51 minutes.