Köpfer Holds Off Karlovic To Reach Semi-Finals In Houston

Dominik Köpfer (photo: Jared Wickerham/Oracle Challenger Series)

HOUSTON, November 17, 2018

Semi-final Saturday is on the horizon at Oracle Challenger Series in Houston. On the women’s side, wild card Peng Shuai will take on US-American Jessica Pegula, who has been in top form this week and is also playing in the women’s doubles final of the $125,000 WTA event. 18-year-old Sofya Zhuk will match up against US-American qualifier Lauren Davis.

For the men, No. 2-seeded Bradley Klahn from the United States will take on Dominik Köpfer of Germany, who knocked out the tournament’s No. 3 and ATP Tour all-time ace leader Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4. The 24-year-old left-hander broke the Croat’s serve three times to seal victory in 53 minutes. Kamil Majchrzak of Poland will face US-American wild card entry Roy Smith, a sophomore at Baylor University.

Friday’s Results
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] S. Zhuk (RUS) d [3] H. Watson (GBR) 75 64
[4] J. Pegula (USA) d [5] F. Stollar (HUN) 63 63
[WC] S. Peng (CHN) d [Q] W. Osuigwe (USA) 62 76(3)
[Q] L. Davis (USA) d [LL] K. Sebov (CAN) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[3] D. Krawczyk (USA) / G. Olmos (MEX) d A. Mueller (USA) / I. Neel (USA) 67(6) 64 10-7
M. Manasse (USA) / J. Pegula (USA) d J. Elbaba (USA) / O. Tjandramulia (AUS) 64 62

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] B. Klahn (USA) d E. Song (USA) 63 46 61
[8] D. Koepfer (GER) d [3] I. Karlovic (CRO) 61 64
K. Majchrzak (POL) d [5] J. Jung (TPE) 76(5) 67(2) 63
[WC] R. Smith (USA) d T. Kwiatkowski (USA) 46 76(5) 76(1)

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d [4] R. Galloway (USA) / N. Pasha (USA) 36 75 10-5
[3] M. Arevalo (ESA) / J. Cerretani (USA) d [2] L. Paes (IND) / M. Reyes-Varela (MEX) 64 76(7)