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Dolehide leads qualifying for local Oracle Challenger Series

Caroline Dolehide

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Caroline Dolehide

Nineteen-year-old Caroline Dolehide of Orlando, Fla., advanced to the second round of qualifying at the Oracle Challenger Series with a hard-fought 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ashley Kratzer of Newport Beach.

After splitting the first two sets on Stadium Court at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, Dolehide took a 5-2 lead in the third set and went on to close out the match in two hours as she broke Kratzer’s serve in the tenth game.

“She (Kratzer) played a really amazing first set and then I stepped up my level. She was playing really well and when someone is playing that well, you just have to stay in there doing the right things,” Dolehide said after her victory. “Coming from Australia, this is the perfect spot. It’s really good for Oracle to have this kind of a tournament.”

In other first-round qualifying action, Americans Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., and JC Aragone of Yorba Linda, Calif., advance by winning third-set tiebreakers in their respective matches. Novikov defeated Japan’s Kaichi Uchida 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1), while Aragone got past Dominik Koepfer of Germany 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (5).  

Among the Americans in the women’s qualifying draw who advanced to the second round were Amanda Anisimova of Aventura, Fla., who eliminated fellow American Hanna Chang 6-4, 6-4 and Danielle Lao of Arcadia, Calif., a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Sofya Zhuk of Russia.

Tournament officials announced that men’s top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan will play his first-round main draw singles match on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against a qualifier. Tuesday’s Order of Play will be released on this afternoon.

The Oracle Challenger Series – Newport Beach is free to spectators. General Admission tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the Newport Beach Tennis Club starting at 9 a.m. each day. Tickets will not be available in advance. Individual spectators will be permitted up to two tickets at the time of entry.

For the men’s and women’s main singles draws and live scoring, go to: www.oraclechallengerseries.com

Newport Beach Tennis Club is located at 2601 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach.