There were no surprises or wild upsets last night, October 23, at the Life Time Chicago Open, in Vernon Hills, Illinois, as all seeded-players defeated their lower-ranked opponents to make the quarterfinals.
One match between fifth seed and world No. 101, Andrew Schnell from Canada, and qualifier from South Africa, Clinton Leeuw, world No. 453, almost tipped the other way. Schnell and Leeuw battled through a tough five-game match; Schnell barely squeezing through for the win at 11-9 in the final game. Schnell faces second seed, Campbell Grayson, in the quarterfinals, in their second career-match-up; the first in 2012 a win for Grayson in three.
American interest ended in the first round of the main draw. It was New Jersey-native Faraz Khan’s first time in the U.S. Pro Series Challenger 10 event in Chicago, but the world No. 336 fought his way through the qualifiers to make the main draw. Khan faced Grayson, world No. 46 and New Zealand-native, in four games with Grayson emerging victorious 11-4, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6.
The second American and second-time Chicago Open competitor, Adrian Leanza, world No. 171, lost in three sets to the higher-ranked Benjamin Fischer, world No. 127 and eighth seed, 11-2, 11-4, 11-7.
The Life Time Chicago Open runs from October 23-26. For more information, visit the Life Time Chicago Open tournament page.