No. 1 Seed Upended In Tennis Classic 2-09-2011 - WNEM TV 5

No. 1 Seed Upended In Tennis Classic 2-09-2011

The numbers were stacked against Anna Tatishvili as she opened play at the 2011 Dow Corning Tennis Classic on Stadium Court on Wednesday.
An unheralded, unseeded player from the Republic of Georgia, Tatishvili was up against top-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, who finished 2010 by winning 15 straight matches on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Tatishvili gave up five inches, 25 pounds and 54 spots on the WTA Tour rankings to the lefty Lepchenko.
Playing on a slick indoor surface that is supposed to favor stronger players, Lepchenko entered the match with a 2-0 lifetime record against Tatishvili.
But matches aren’t played on paper; they’re played between the lines.
Flattening her groundstrokes much deeper than her 5-foot-6 frame suggested she could, Tatishvili knocked off the No. 1 seed 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4.
“I had to play very focused, especially on the returns,” said Tatishvili, who resides and trains in Boca Raton, Fla. “She’s a lefty and her slice serve you can’t really hit back flat. I had to really look at the ball and make her play every point.”
Meanwhile, four Americans fell in the main draw on Tuesday, four former U.S. Fed Cup team members swept the qualifying. Ahsha Rolle and Alexa Glatch joined 1998 Midland champion Alexandra Stevenson and 34-year-old Mashona Washington as the qualifying quartet.
Admission to the Dow Corning Tennis Classic is free until the 7 p.m. feature session.
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