The hallmark 25th anniversary of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center continued on Monday morning with all second round qualifying matches being completed.
American teenagers Sachia Vickery and Victoria Duval won their matches in dramatically different fashion, while fellow Americans Chieh Yu-Hsu and Alexandra Mueller also moved into the final round of qualifying
No. 3 seed Vickery encountered little resistance in her match, storming through the first seven games on her way to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over American Diana Ospina. The 17-year-old is one of the most promising American teens competing on the pro tour. Last year, she reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 challenger in Saugenay, Canada and the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Fort Walton Beach, Flor.
She will play No. 8 seed Duval tomorrow morning for a place in the main draw. Duval struggled to find the range on her shots in the beginning of her match against fellow American Sanaz Marand, but regrouped strongly to prevail 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. The 17-year-old Duval, currently ranked No. 515, won the Girls' 18s National Championship last summer, which earned her a wild card into the main draw of the US Open and a first round night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium against former world No. 1 and three-time US Open champion Kim Clijsters.
Other seeded Americans to advance into the final round of qualifying include No. 1 Chieh-Yu Hsu and No. 6 seed Alexandra Mueller, who recorded the first double bagel scoreline of the tournament. 1999 Dow Corning Tennis Classic champion and Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson also moved into tomorrow's matches with an easy win.
Final qualifying matches and opening round main draw matches kick off on Monday at 10:00am, with the feature match of the day being an opening round match pitting No. 3 seed Stephanie Foretz Gacon against American Mallory Burdette. The first evening session of the tournament starts at 7:00pm and will feature No. 1 seed Lauren Davis of the US against Claire Feuerstein of France in first round action.
The Dow Corning Tennis Classic is in its 25th year on the USTA Pro Circuit, making it the longest-running women's event on the USTA Pro Circuit. Several former competitors at the event have gone on to win Grand Slam titles and reach the top 10 in the rankings. Past competitors include seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and Olympic gold medalist Justine Henin, three-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam singles champion Mary Pierce, 2011 French Open singles champion Na Li, 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, and two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Anna Kournikova.
ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today's top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. The USTA Pro Circuit is world-class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide -- an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.
Dow Corning Tennis Classic
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Monday, February 4
Midland Community Tennis Center
Monday, February 4 - RESULTS
Qualifying Singles - 2nd round
Chieh-Yu Hsu, United States (1), def. Natalie Pluskota, United States, 6-3, 6-2
Sachia Vickery, United States (3), def. Diana Ospina, United States, 6-0, 6-2
Maria-Fernanda Alves, Brazil (4), def. Amanda Rodgers, United States, 6-4, 6-3
Alexandra Mueller, United States (6), def. Sara Daavettila, United States (WC), 6-0, 6-0
Piia Suomalainen, Finland (7), def. Naomi Totka, Hungary (WC), 6-3, 6-0
Victoria Duval, United States (8), def. Sanaz Marand, United States, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Alexandra Stevenson, United States, def. Katie Ruckert, United States, 6-2, 6-2
Federica Grazioso, Italy, def. Charlotte Petrick, Canada, 6-2, 6-1
Tuesday's February 5 – SCHEDULE
Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Samantha Crawford vs. Samantha Murray, followed by Jill Craybas vs. Chiara Scholl, followed by Mallory Burdette vs. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, followed by Jill Craybas/CoCo Vandeweghe vs. Samantha Crawford/Taylor Townsend
Stadium Court - starting at 7 p.m.
Lauren Davis vs. Claire Feuerstein, followed by Liga Dekmeijere/Stephanie Foretz Gacon vs. Melinda Czink/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Court 5 - starting at 10 a.m.
Chieh-Yu Hsu vs. Piia Suomalainen, followed by Sachia Vickery vs. Victoria Duval, followed by Jessica Pegula vs. Irina Falconi, followed by Sanaz Marand/Alexandra Mueller vs. Alexa Glatch/Asia Muhammed
Court 3 - starting at 10 a.m.
Maria-Fernanda Alves vs. Alexandra Mueller, followed by Federica Grazioso vs. Alexandra Stevenson, followed by Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Irena Pavlovic
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