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Aug. 11, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Chase Buchanan, a former standout on the Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the singles main draw at the 2014 Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. Buchanan will face Joao Sousa of Spain, currently 37th in the world, in the third match on Court No. 9 this afternoon at the Linder Family Tennis Center. The winner of the Buchanan-Sousa match will play No. 8 seed Andy Murray (Great Britain) in the second round Tuesday.

In qualifying singles, Buchanan, a native of New Albany, Ohio, defeated Michael Llodra (France) in the opening match by a score of 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday. He then qualified for the main draw of the elite masters tournament when he downed Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-4, 7-6 – who is currently 92nd in the world.

Buchanan (2009-12) has claimed 15 professional titles that also include nine doubles wins heading into the weekend in Cincinnati. His latest victory came at a challenger event in Ecuador when he captured the doubles crown with Peter Polansky (Canada) with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the final. Buchanan paired with Blaz Rola last November to win a doubles challenger tournament in Toyota, Japan. In singles, he advanced to the final at the Uzbekistan challenger final in May, while claiming a singles win at futures event in Bolivia last September. Buchanan wrapped up his senior season as a five-time All-American and a two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2012.

Two additional former Buckeyes also competed in the qualifying singles. 2013 NCAA Champion Blaz Rola won his first-round qualifying match, but fell in his second match to Benoit Paire (France) in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Three-time All-Big Ten honoree Devin McCarthy, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, also competed at the elite event in front of his hometown crowd. McCarthy battled to a third set but fell against Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.

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