Rain Cuts Play Short At Childhelp Desert Classic


Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2013) – After just two women’s quarterfinal matches were completed, the rains came and washed out the rest of play on Friday at the Childhelp Desert Classic being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Danka Kovinic of Montenegro beat No. 8-seeded Tara Moore of Great Britain, 6-0, 6-4, and Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway eliminated 16-year-old American wild card Louisa Chirico, 6-2, 7-5.
The two other quarterfinal matches were not completed with top-seeded Julie Coin of France leading Lisa Whybourn of Great Britain, 6-3, 6-5, and Japanese qualifier Sachie Ishizu locked in a 5-5 first-set battle against 15-year-old Switzerland qualifier Belinda Bencic.
Both matches will be completed on Saturday, as will both doubles semifinals and the doubles final.
Childhelp Merv Griffin Village provides a home for 80-100 children that have been severely abused or abandoned by their parents. Several of the participants in the event will be visiting the facility and conducting a tennis clinic for the children.
For information on contributions to Childhelp email to EKuhle@aol.com.
Friday’s Scores
Main Draw Singles
wc: Wild Card; q: Qualifier; ll: Lucky Loser
Danka Kovinic (MNE) def. Tara Moore (GBR) [8] 6-0, 6-4
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) def. Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] 6-2, 7-5
Matches in Progress
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q] vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI) [q] tied 5-5 (to be finished Saturday)
Julie Coin (FRA) [1] leads Lisa Whybourn (GBR) 6-3, 6-5 (to be finished Saturday)
Saturday’s Schedule
Court 1 beginning at 10 a.m.
Julie Coin (FRA) [1] leads Lisa Whybourn (GBR)
Followed by Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) vs. Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] /
Ashley Weinhold (US)
Followed by Coin or Whybourn vs. Danka Kovinic (MNE)
After rest doubles final will be played
Court 2 beginning at 10 a.m.
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
After rest Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) vs. Ishizu or Bencic
Court 5 beginning at 10 a.m.
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) vs. Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN)
Past Singles
Year: Champion and Runner-up
2012: Johanna Konta (AUS) def. Lenka Wienerova (SVK)
2011: Ashley Weinhold (US) def. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
2010: Olivia Sanchez (FRA) def. Tadeja Majeric (SLO)
2009: Julia Vakulenko (UKR) def. Lauren Albanese (US)
Past Doubles
Year and Champion
2012: Sofia Shaptava (GEO) – Ekaterine Gordodze (GEO)
2011: Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – Kristyna Pliskova (CZE)
2010: Monique Adamczak (AUS) – Abigail Spears (US)
2009: Natalie Grandin (RSA) – Courtney Nagle (US)