Americans Christina McHale, Varvara Lepchenko pick up wins on Day 1 of qualifying at Connecticut Open

Christina McHale, of the United States, returns the ball to Garbine Muguruza, of Spain, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

(WTNH)–Christina McHale and Varvara Lepchenko ensured American success on day one of qualifying at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies.

After a morning of persistent rain, New Jersey’s McHale sprinted out of the blocks and raced to a confidence-boosting 6-2 6-2 victory over talented Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Lepchenko eased through 6-3 6-3 against Japan’s Risa Osaki, while No.2 seed Kristyna Pliskova overcame a fightback from Arina Rodionova to advance 6-2 6-7 (6) 6-2.

Incoming Yale Freshman Samantha Martinelli, who was granted a wild card into qualifying, relished playing in her first WTA-level tournament but came up short, losing to Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 6-1.

Schedule – Saturday, Aug 19

SPORTMASTER GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] V. Zvonareva (RUS) vs An. Rodionova (AUS)
Not Before 11:30 am
Qualifying – K. Day (USA) vs [11] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 36 25
Qualifying – A. Sasnovich (BLR) vs [7] S. Rogers (USA)
Qualifying – M. Doi (JPN) or [WC] S. Kenin (USA) vs [8] C. Mchale (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] J. Elbaba (USA) or K. Nara (JPN) vs A. Sasnovich (BLR) or [7] S. Rogers (USA)

COURT 1 start 10:00am
Qualifying – [1] M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [WC] B. Minor (USA)
Not Before 11:30 am Qualifying – [WC] J. Elbaba (USA) vs K. Nara (JPN) 00
Qualifying – C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [12] V. Lepchenko (USA)
Qualifying – [2] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] M. Mateas (USA) or V. Tomova (BUL)
Qualifying – [3] E. Mertens (BEL) or M. Puig (PUR) vs A. Krunic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [9] L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
Not Before 11:30 am
Qualifying – M. Doi (JPN) vs [WC] S. Kenin (USA) 63 67(4) 00
Qualifying – [3] E. Mertens (BEL) vs M. Puig (PUR)
Qualifying – [1] M. Rybarikova (SVK) or [WC] B. Minor (USA) vs [WC] V. Zvonareva (RUS) or An. Rodionova (AUS)
Qualifying – [5] J.Larsson (SWE) or M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs A. Bogdan (ROU) or G. Dabrowski (CAN)

COURT 3 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs M. Sakkari (GRE)
Not Before 11:30 am
Qualifying – E. Alexandrova (RUS) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) 31
Qualifying – P. Parmentier (FRA) vs M. Linette (POL)
Qualifying – E. Alexandrova (RUS) or S. Aoyama (JPN) vs K. Day (USA) or [11] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS)

COURT A start 10:00am
Qualifying – [6] I. Begu (ROU) vs V. Golubic (SUI)
Not Before 11:30 am
Qualifying – [WC] M. Mateas (USA) vs V. Tomova (BUL) 66
Qualifying – A. Bogdan (ROU) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN)
Qualifying – [6] I. Begu (ROU) or V. Golubic (SUI) vs J. Cepelova (SVK) or S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

COURT C start 10:00am
Qualifying – J. Cepelova (SVK) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
Not Before 11:30 am
Qualifying – [5] J. Larsson (SWE) vs M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
Qualifying – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [10] T. Maria (GER)
Qualifying – K. Bondarenko (UKR) or M. Sakkari (GRE) vs L. Hradecka (CZE) or [9] L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

Sign-in deadlines:
WTA Singles Alternates: 9:30am

Results – Friday, Aug 18

Women’s Qualifying Singles
First Round
Qualifying – [2] K. Pliskova (CZE) d Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 62 67(6) 62
Qualifying – P. Parmentier (FRA) d [4] M. Barthel (GER) 62 63
Qualifying – [8] C. Mchale (USA) d B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 62 62
Qualifying – [10] T. Maria (GER) d E. Rodina (RUS) 64 61
Qualifying – [12] V. Lepchenko (USA) d R. Ozaki (JPN) 63 63
Qualifying – K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Krejcikova (CZE) 63 61
Qualifying – C. Witthoeft (GER) d [Alt] A. Spears (USA) 61 62
Qualifying – A. Krunic (SRB) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 62
Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) d [WC] S. Martinelli (USA) 62 61

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