US-Americans Dominate First Round Action At Champaign Challenger

Keenan Mayo (photo: Illinois Athletics)

CHAMPAIGN, November 14, 2018

Five players from the United States advance to the second round of the JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana on Tuesday. Reilly Opelka, Sunday’s champion of the Knoxville Challenger, continued his good of form with a 7-6(3), 7-6(2) win over Lloyd Glasspool from Great Britain.

The No. 4 seed struck 22 aces, winning 62 per cent of the total points played to prevail after one hour and 18 minutes. Next up will be Kachi Uchida of Japan.

Christopher Eubanks emerged victorious from the all-US-American affair with Kevin King, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The 22-year-old from Atlanta broke his opponent’s serve five times to advance in one hour and 45 minutes. After his first round win, Eubanks received a walkover into the quarterfinals, as Harri Heliovaara of Finland pulled out of the tournament with a right ankle sprain.

Sekou Bangoura benefited from the retirement of Swiss Henri Laaksonen due to illness, leading 6-4, 3-0 and will next face Alaifa Ayeni. The 19-year-old lucky loser from the United States beat South African qualifier Ruan Roelofse 6-3, 6-4 in just under one hour of play.

Ryan Shane won the battle of the US-American qualifiers with Keenan Mayo 6-3, 6-4. The 24-year-old from Falls Church outpointed his opponent 73-60 in one hour and 22 minutes to set a meeting with top seeded Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the second round.