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Kozlov Beats Top-Seeded Sandgren to make Las Vegas Open Final

Nineteen year-old American Stefan Kozlov just seems to play his best tennis against Tennys Sandgren. For the fifth consecutive time on the pro level – and third time in the semifinals – the No 4-seeded Kozlov got the better of Sandgren, this time 6-3, 7-6 (6) to advance to the singles final of the third annual Las Vegas Tennis Open.

Kozlov has won 10 sets against Sandgren to just one loss in the five matches, with his only set loss coming in the final of last November’s Columbus $50,000 Challenger. That win marked the first $50,000 Challenger win for Kozlov, who also has won four Futures ($25,000 or less) singles titles during his career. 

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Sandgren, Kozlov advance to Las Vegas Open semi-finals

Injury-free Tennys Sandgren won again at the Las Vegas Tennis Open on Friday as the top-seeded former University of Tennessee All-American has not dropped a set during the Las Vegas stop on the ATP Tour Challenger $50,000 event being played at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.

Sandgren dominated qualifier Jan Choinski of Germany, 6-1, 6-0, in just 47 minutes, and joined fellow Americans Stefan Kozlov and Evan King, who each advanced to the semifinals on Saturday at the third annual Las Vegas Tennis Open. 

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Opelka makes the most of friendly conditions to advance to Las Vegas quarter-finals

Six-foot, 11-inch Reilly Opelka took advantage of what he described as perfect court conditions to advance to the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Tennis Open as the No. 8-seeded Floridian beat qualifier Jared Hiltzik, 7-6 (5), 6-4, at the ATP Challenger Tour $50,000 Men's tournament taking place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV‘.

“There is altitude and the courts are playing pretty fast,” said the 20-year-old Opelka. “They are using a Penn ball which tends to be a little more livelier than Wilson. The ball is jumping and it’s a condition that definitely promotes big serves here. It’s easy for everyone to hold.” 

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Kozlov powers into quarter-finals at Las Vegas Tennis Open

Stefan Kozlov has been on the tennis scene for so long that it’s hard to believe he’s still not old enough to walk the Las Vegas Strip casinos and play a few dollars in the slot machines.

Ever since bursting onto the tennis scene way back in 2010 by making the final of the Boys’ 14s at the prestigious Easter Bowl USTA Spring Nationals, the 19-year-old Kozlov has always been considered a young prodigy destined for tennis stardom. There have been some bumps along the way, but the South Florida resident Kozlov said after his second-round win at the Las Vegas Tennis Open that he’s content with where he’s at. 

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Rebecca Marino set to make long awaited return to competitive tennis

Tennis Canada announced Tuesday that Rebecca Marino (Vancouver) will be making a return to competition after being away from the game for nearly five years. In February 2013, Marino decided to step away from tennis after revealing her battle with depression.  Now at 26 years years old, she will play her first tournaments in Saguenay and Toronto beginning this weekend.

“I’m excited to come back and play in Canada, especially in tournaments that I participated in a number of times in my career. I made the decision to return to professional tennis a couple of months ago and started training again during the first week of September. It’s been a pretty short training schedule, but I’m doing it because I enjoy it,” Marino said. “I don’t have any ranking goals or result goals right now, I just want to go in and enjoy the process and come at it from a different place than I was before. I want to be happy to be on court and compete, that’s all that matters to me.”

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Sandgren, Groth open with comfortable wins at Las Vegas Tennis Open

Top-seeded Tennys Sandgren and defending champion Sam Groth opened up with first-round wins on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Tennis Open, an ATP Challenger Tour $50,000 Men's Tournament taking place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV.

Both Sandgren and Groth had similar score lines with Sandgren beating qualifier Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe, 6-2, 6-4, and the No. 7-seeded Groth downing wild-card and Ohio State senior Mikael Torpegaard of Denmark, 6-3, 6-4. Also given a wild card last year, the two-time All-American Torpegaard made it to the Las Vegas quarterfinals last year losing to eventual finalist Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. 

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Aussie girls in Singapore for WTA Future Stars

Fourteen-year-old Maggie Pearce (Adelaide, SA) and 16-year-old Megan Smith (Dalby, Qld) will represent Australia at the WTA Future Stars tournament this week in Singapore from 17 to 22 October.  Pearce and Smith won their respective 14-and-under and 16-and-under qualifying competitions earlier in the year to earn their spot in the prestigious junior tennis tournament.

The WTA Future Tennis Stars program is held alongside the WTA Finals, where the world’s top eight female players, including the likes of world No.1 Simona Halep, 2017 Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and more battle it out for the end of year championship, the Billie Jean King Trophy. 

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