Kokkinakis Advances To Quarterfinals At Aptos Challenger

Thanasi Kokkinakis cruised past Max Purcell (photo: PR Yasukawa)

APTOS, August 9, 2018

Thanasi Kokkinakis advanced to the quarterfinals of the  $100,000 Nordic Naturals Challenger presented by Santa Cruz County Bank. The No. 4 seed from Australia defeated Kaichi Uchida of Japan 7-5, 6-0.

Kokkinakis didn’t face a break point, converting four of his own 12 chances to prevail in one hour and 21 minutes. Next up for the 22-year-old Adelaide native will be Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India, who rallied past JC Aragone of the United States 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. The encounter lasted two hours and 29 minutes.

Christopher Eubanks emerged victorious from the all-US-American affair with No. 2 seed Michael Mmoh. The World No. 236 from Atlanta outpointed his opponent 78-65 to secure victory in one hour and 23 minutes. Eubanks will take on compatriot Ernesto Escobedo in the stage of the final eight.

Singles – Second Round

C. Eubanks (USA) d [2] [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 76(4) 64
[4] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) d K. Uchida (JPN) 75 60
[8] P. Gunneswaran (IND) d J. Aragone (USA) 46 75 64
E. Escobedo (USA) d [Q] A. Vukic (AUS) 76(6) 76(1)

Doubles – First Round

[1] J. O’Mara (GBR) / J. Salisbury (GBR) d R. Galloway (USA) / R. Maytin (VEN) 63 62
[2] L. Bambridge (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR) d K. King (USA) / F. Martin (FRA) 26 62 10-5
M. Polmans (AUS) / M. Purcell (AUS) d [WC] J. Fruttero (USA) / D. Novikov (USA) 36 76(2) 12-10
E. King (USA) / N. Pasha (USA) d L. Harris (RSA) / M. Safwat (EGY) 36 62 10-8