Cincinnati, Ohio (August 10th, 2013)– The Western & Southern Open officially kicked off at 10:00AM where six matches of qualifying went underway. The first session of qualifying matches featured five WTA matches and one ATP match.
On the Grandstand Court, fellow American and World No. 109 Denis Kudla faced off against the Worlds 62nd ranked player, Slovenian Grega Zemlja. Zemlja sponsored by Asics was fully decked out in Asics apparel head to toe. Zemlja shoes of choice were the Asics Gel Solution Speed featuring black and flash yellow. The Slovenian racquet of choice was the Babolat 2012 Pure Drive. His counterpart, Denis Kudla, was using a Tecnifibre TFight 325 for his racquet and he wore a Lacoste Polo with orange and black Asics Gel Solution Speed tennis shoes.
Kudla broke early in the 1st set of the match and took a 2-1 lead. After a pair of holds at 5-3, Kudla breaks Zemlja to take the first set 6-3. The start of the second set Zemlja raced to out an early leading breaking the American in the first game of the 2nd set. Zemlja did not look back from there, taking the 2nd set 6-2.
On to the third and final set, Kudla was looking to rebound after a disappointing second set. Kudola smacked one of his vintage 125MPH serves for a ace to take a 1-0 hold. After a five minute bathroom break after the fifth game of the 3rd set, the 26 year old Zemlja, starting using his experience and took a stranglehold on the match. Greg Zemlja defeated 20 year old American, Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and advances on to meet Edouard Roger-Vasselin to earn a spot in the main draw of the Men’s single’s tournament.
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