Bangoura sets second round clash with Smyczek in Charlottesville

Sekou Bangoura (photo: Rustam Tahir)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, November 3, 2015

University of Virginia senior, Ryan Shane, lost in a opening round match of the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger against fellow American, Sekou Bangoura. Bangoura needed just 1 hour and 2 minutes to close out the match 6-3, 6-2.

While Shane fired in an impressive five aces, his serve was also arguably his biggest weakness. He gave up eleven double faults and only won 16% of his second service points. Shane was later seen on the practice courts working on his serves after the home-court loss.

On the other hand, the world-ranked No. 373 Bangoura, played a consistent match converting five out of 10 break points. Bangoura will now play the face No. 3 seed Tim Smyczek in the second round.

Shane, a native of Falls Church, Va., was the NCAA Singles Champion for 2014-2015 season. He currently holds a No. 2 preseason singles and doubles ranking for the 2015-2016 season and recently competed in the first round of the US Open this past September, losing to No. 27 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2.

Cavaliers will be in action in both singles and doubles tomorrow. On the singles side, Senior Mac Styslinger takes on Mitchell Krueger in the afternoon, while Sophomore Collin Altamirano will face qualifier Stefan Kozlov in one of the featured evening matches.

In doubles, Ryan Shane is back in action, pairing with junior Luca Corinteli to take on Bjorn Fratangelo and Joshua Milton.

Monday, November 2 – RESULTS

Singles – First Round

Ryan Harrison, United States (4), d. Tennys Sandgren, United States, 7-5, 6-3,

Tim Smyczek, United States (3), d. Daniel Evans, Great Britain, 6-4, 6-4,

Sekou Bangoura, United States, d. WC-Ryan Shane, United States, 6-3, 6-2,

Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria, d. Adrien Bossel, Switzerland, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3,

Bjorn Fratangelo, United States (5), d. Kevin King, United States, 6-4, 6-3, Henri Laaksonen, Switzerland, d. Joshua Milton, Great Britain, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles – First Round

David O’hare, Ireland, and Joe Salisbury, Great Britain (4), d. WC-Stefan Kozlov and Frances Tiafoe, United States, 6-3, 6-4.

Qualifying Singles – Final Round

Noah Rubin, United States (8), d. Joe Salisbury, Great Britain, 6-4, 6-4,

David Rice, Great Britain (7), d. Michael Mmoh, United States (2), 7-5, 3-6, 6-1,

Takanyi Garanganga, Zimbabwe (5), d. Daniel Smethurst, Great Britain (3), 6-1, 6-4, Stefan Kozlov, United States (6), d. Marcus Willis, Great Britain (4), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Qualifying Doubles – Final Round

Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul, United States (2), d. Raymond Sarmiento and Clay Thompson (1), 7-6(5), 6-4.