The Oracle Pro Series heads back to the west coast to Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center at beautiful Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. The location is idyllic and the tennis is sure to be spectacular with many fierce competitors looking to break through. Here are four players to watch as main draw begins on Tuesday.
Martin Redlicki (USA) – The former UCLA Bruin is playing his second Oracle Pro Series event, after reaching the doubles semifinal in Fort Worth. Graduating in 2018, Redlicki partnered with Mackenzie McDonald to win the NCAA Doubles Championship as a sophomore and then teamed up with Evan Zhu two years later to repeat as a senior. So far in 2019, he has won his first pro singles title in Tucson and a haul of four doubles titles. The crafty hitter with Southern California ties is taking advantage of the Oracle Pro Series opportunity and is looking to break through in Malibu.
Olga Danilovic (SRB) – The 18-year-old from Serbia enters the Oracle Pro Series – Malibu as the top seed and has the credentials to back it up. The hard-hitting lefty won her first WTA title last year at the Moscow River Cup event as a lucky loser – the first to claim a championship after initially falling in qualifying since Andrea Jaeger in 1980 – and defeated World No.10 Julia Goerges en route. She soon followed up that performance by defeating now-reigning-US Open champ Bianca Andreescu in the first round of 2018 US Open qualifying and has asserted herself as one of the new faces in the women’s game.
Ashley Lahey (USA) – Lahey will have a distinct home-court advantage as one of the most successful Pepperdine players of all time. The senior Wave became the first-ever Pepperdine women’s tennis player to reach the NCAA Singles Championship last year and has a career-high ITA Oracle Singles ranking of No.3. Just a few weeks ago, Lahey stormed through the ITA Women’s All-American Championships, taking the title in a player field that featured the top NCAA tennis players. On a roll and in fine form, the wildcard has a chance to make “waves” in the draw.
Sebastian Fanselow (GER) – Another Pepperdine Wave, Fanselow graduated in 2013 before turning to the professional tour. At Pepperdine, the German was a 3-time ITA All-American in Singles and ranks fifth all-time for number of dual singles wins with 78. His junior and senior years, he was honored as the WCC player of the year and finished his career with a run to the NCAA Singles Championship semifinals.