Gail Brodsky (Photo by Tom Grason)
By Steve Pratt
NORCROSS, Georgia – There were no shortage of intriguing storylines Friday during the opening day of the 2011 Kia Motors USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff taking place at Racquet Club of the South.
Top-seeded Bobby Reynolds was upset by former University of Tennessee star Rhyne Williams, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Fan-favorite and last year’s finalist Jack Sock had to retire from his match because of cramps against rival Denis Kudla after failing to close him out in a second-set tiebreaker.
Sixteen-year-old Madison Keys survived match point and came back to beat No 3 seeded and Atlanta-area trained player Jamie Hampton, 3-6, 6-4, 9-7.
Coco Vandeweghe held off 15-year-old Taylor Townsend of nearby Stockbridge, 6-4, 6-4 in a two-hour match that featured several long games.
Five players from the Atlanta metropolitan area played on Friday with only Robby Ginepri of Kennesaw moving on to Saturday’s semifinals by way of his 7-6 (4), 6-0 w...