US Open Qualifying 2016: Results, Scores and Reaction from Wednesday

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 25, 2016

The sun peaks into Arthur Ashe Stadium through the new retractable roof, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in the Queens borough of New York, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016. Mother Nature will no longer be a problem at the U.S. Open as the U.S. Tennis Association unveiled the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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The 2016 U.S. Open doesn't officially begin until August 29, but a group of players looking to make their mark on New York took to the courts on Wednesday for Day 2 of the qualifying matches. 

These are not the players who will generate a lot of buzz when the draw is announced on Friday, but many of them will be taking part in the biggest tournament of their lives by making it through the qualifiers. 

Who knows, one of the names on the list of winners Thursday could end up being the next Jan Kodes, who defeated No. 1 seed John Newcombe in the first round 45 years ago. 

Here are the results from Wednesday's U.S. Open qualifying matches:

2016 U.S. Open Qualifying Results - August 22, 2016
Court 4MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesJoao Souza def. Andrew Whittington6-4, 6-4
Women's Qualifying - SinglesAlison Van Uytvanck def. Alla Kudryavtseva6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesEnrique Lopez-Perez def. Marco Trungelliti6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Women's Qualifying - SinglesYuxuan Zhang def. Sophie Chang6-3, 7-6
Men's Qualifying - SinglesThiemo de Bakker def. Dennis Novak6-1, 6-3
Court 5MatchScore
Women's Qualifying - SinglesTereza Smitkova def. Jamie Loeb2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Women's Qualifying - SinglesGrace Min def. Julia Boserup6-4, 6-2
Women's Qualifying - SinglesTaylor Townsend def. Elizaveta Kulichkova6-4, 6-4
Men's Qualifying - SinglesAmir Weintraub def. Daniel Nguyen6-3, 6-2
Women's Qualifying - SinglesIpek Soylu def. Nicole Frenkel6-4, 6-1
Men's Qualifying - SinglesSekou Bangoura def. Gonzalo Lama6-2, 6-1
Court 6MatchScore
Women's Qualifying - SinglesMiyu Kato def. Marina Melnikova7-6, 6-2
Men's Qualifying - SinglesYuichi Sugita def. Alexandre Sidorenko6-2, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesDmitry Popko def. Hiroki Moriya6-3, 6-4
Men's Qualifying - SinglesGo Soeda def. Marius Copil7-6, 6-3
Women's Qualifying - SinglesTatjana Maria def. Jesika Maleckova6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Court 8MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesYing-Ying Duan def. Ons Jabeur5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Men's Qualifying - SinglesLucie Hradecka def. Kai-Chen Chang7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Men's Qualifying - SinglesVincent Millot def. Mathias Bourgue3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Men's Qualifying - SinglesAxel Michon def. Constant Lestienne7-6, 6-3
Court 9MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesMatthias Bachinger def. Pedro Sousa6-2, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesKaren Khachanov def. Mirza Basic6-4, 6-4
Women's Qualifying - SinglesArina Rodionova def. Paula Cristina Goncalves7-6, 7-5
Women's Qualfifying - SinglesPaula Kania def. Sherazad Reix6-1, 6-2
Women's Qualfifying - SinglesAntonia Lottner def. Amra Sadikovic6-2, 6-1
Women's Qualifying - SinglesIsabella Shinikova def. Lesley Kerkhove6-3, 6-1
Court 11MatchScore
Women's Qualfifying - SinglesUsue Maitane Arconada def. Ya-Hsuan Lee3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesChristian Harrison def. Luke Saville4-6, 6-0, 7-5
Women's Qualifying - SinglesJennifer Brady def. Anastasia Pivovarova1-6, 6-3, 7-6
Men's Qualifying - SinglesJared Donaldson def. Eduardo Struvay6-3, 6-4
Court 12MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesMichael Berrer def. Stefan Kozlov2-6, 7-6, 6-2
Women's Qualifying - SinglesCatherine Bellis def. Lina Gjorcheska6-0, 6-2
Men's Qualifying - SinglesTobias Kamke def. John-Patrick Smith6-2, 7-5
Women's Qualfifying - SinglesBarbara Haas def. Andreea Mitu7-6, 6-4
Men's Qualifying - SinglesMischa Zverev def. Andrey Golubev6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Court 13MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesNoah Rubin def. Yan Bai3-0 (Ret.)
Men's Qualifying - SinglesBlaz Kavcic def. Austin Krajicek7-5, 7-6
Women's Qualifying - SinglesYafan Wang def. Marina Erakovic7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesRadek Stepanek def. Franko Skugor6-1, 6-1
Women's Qualifying - SinglesLaura Robson def. Su Jeong Jang6-3, 6-2
Court 14MatchScore
Women's Qualifying - SinglesRebecca Peterson def. Anhelina Kalinina5-7, 6-0, 6-2
Women's Qualifying - SinglesAlexandra Panova def. Susanne Celik7-6, 1-6, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesDuckhee Lee def. Jose Statham7-6, 6-3
Women's Qualifying - SinglesJulia Glushko def. Miharu Imanishi6-4, 7-5
Court 15MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesSteven Diez def. Antal Van Der Duim6-1, 6-0
Men's Qualifying - SinglesAlessandro Giannessi def. Ramkumar Ramanathan7-5, 6-1
Women's Qualifying - SinglesValeriya Strakhova def. Dinah Pfizenmaier6-2, 6-2
Women's Qualifying - SinglesJana Cepelova def. Maryna Zanevska6-1, 6-3
Men's Qualifying - SinglesMiljan Zekic def. Andrey Rublev6-7, 7-6, 6-4
Women's Qualifying - SinglesMyrtille Georges def. Misa Eguchi6-4, 6-4
Court 16MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesIlya Ivashka def. Nicolas Kicker6-3, 6-2
Men's Qualifying - SinglesAdrian Menendez-Maceiras def. Aslan Karatsev2-6, 6-3, 7-6
Women's Qualifying - SinglesOlga Savchuk def. Polina Leykina6-2, 6-4
Men's Qualifying - SinglesJordi Samper-Montana def. Pere Riba2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Women's Qualifying - SinglesTara Moore def. Tereza Mrdeza6-4, 6-1
Court 17MatchScore
Men's Qualifying - SinglesRyan Shane def. Kimmer Coppejans2-6, 6-4, 6-1
Women's Qualifying - SinglesKristina Kucova def. Sachia Vickery6-3, 5-7, 6-1
Men's Qualifying - SinglesSteve Darcis def. Tommy Paul6-3, 6-2
Men's Qualifying - SinglesReilly Opelka def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Women's Qualifying - SinglesMelanie Oudin def. Caroline Dolehide6-4, 6-3
Court P6MatchScore
Women's Qualifying - SinglesSara Sorribes Tormo def. Sabina Sharipova6-4, 7-5
Men's Qualifying - SinglesKonstantin Kravchuk def. Stefano Napolitano6-3, 6-4
Women's Qualifying - SinglesXinyun Han def. Jil Teichmann7-6, 6-1
Men's Qualifying - SinglesSantiago Giraldo def. Marcelo Arevalo7-6, 7-6
Source: USOpen.org

     

Recap

Taylor Townsend, the 20-year-old American who made her U.S. Open debut in 2014, inched closer to making her second appearance in the biggest national tournament of the year with a straight-set win over Elizaveta Kulichkova. 

Townsend has played in every Grand Slam event at least once, reaching the third round of the French Open in 2014. She went through some adversity last year with an ankle injury and changing coaches. 

She explained everything that fell apart for her in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen

I wasn't using everything and all the strokes that I have, which was the different spins and the angles and dropshots and slices, chip and charge. You know, all the stuff that kind of I would normally do I wasn't doing. I was hitting more flat—well not more flat, but more powerful and with more force. I was still trying get to the net, but it wasn't happening has often because I was hitting with more velocity versus spin or angles or something to make the other player move.

There is still work for Townsend to do before qualifying for the U.S. Open, but she already made an appearance in the French Open earlier this summer and is slowly getting back to where she was in 2014. 

Doubles star Lucie Hradecka joined Townsend in the winner's circle with one of the best wins on Wednesday. The Czech Republic native rallied from 0-3 down in the third set to defeat Kai-Chen Chang.

Hradecka has taken part in the U.S. Open as a singles player seven times since 2009, only winning one match in that span. She struggled throughout the match, going just 6-of-24 on break points, but she got help from Chang's 15 double-faults. 

This has turned out to be a memorable couple of weeks for Hradecka, who won an Olympic bronze medal as part of a mixed doubles team with Radek Stepanek

Karen Khachanov, a 20-year-old rising star from Russia, advanced with a 6-4, 6-4, win over Mirza Basic. Khachanov did get on the radar earlier this year at the Barcelona Open where he knocked off Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round. 

Reilly Opelka is one of the United States' rising stars in the sport. He's just 18 years old but is already 6'11". 

Mike Opelka of The Blaze provided video of Opelka's match point against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the third set:

Keep an eye on Opelka heading into the next match against Santiago Giraldo on Thursday. The young American battled leg issues and hand cramps during his win Thursday, so a quick turnaround will not do his body any favors. 

With just two more days of qualifying matches left, the intensity is going to amplify for all the male and female competitors looking to make their marks on the year's final Grand Slam event. It is a long road from the qualifiers to the main stage, so the players who won Thursday have no time to waste.

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