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Teens and veterans qualify for US Open main draw

Facundo Bagnis reacts to winning a point in his third-round qualifying match.
By McCarton Ackerman
Friday, August 22, 2014

The final round of qualifying kicked off on Friday and several players, ranging from teenagers to tour veterans, earned their way into their first-ever Grand Slam main draw.

Over on Court 13, 17-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia continued his impressive run through the draw by defeating No. 16 seed Jimmy Wang of Chinese Taipei, 7-6 (4), 6-1. Coric, a former world No. 1 junior who won last year’s US Open boys’ singles title, has made a relatively seamless transition to the pros. The teenager reached his first ATP quarterfinal last month in Umag, Croatia.

Meanwhile, over on Court 8, James McGee became just the third men’s player from Ireland in the Open era to make it into a US Open main draw. He recovered from a shaky first set to defeat Ze Zhang of China, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4. The 27-year-old has been toiling away for years on the lower levels of the tour and had yet to make it into the main draw of either a Grand Slam or ATP tournament, so he was understandably overjoyed after the win.

Three other men’s players will also make their main draw debut at a Grand Slam next week after their victories on Friday. The breakthrough performances came from Niels Desein of Belgium and Japanese players Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishikora.

On the women’s side, No. 13 seed and former Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lucic-Baroni rallied from 2-4 down in the final set of her match to defeat Sofia Shapatava of Georgia, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. The 32-year-old reached the third round of the US Open back in 1997 and 1998, and she will be looking to turn back the clock with her 10th main draw appearance in New York.

Two other players on the women’s side, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Saisai Zheng of China, qualified for their first-ever main draw appearance at a Grand Slam. Jabeur became only third player from Tunisia to make it into the main draw of the US Open after winning her marathon match against Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

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