Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2013) – After rain delayed play on Friday, No. 1 seed Julie Coin breezed through her matches on Saturday to reach the finals at the Childhelp Desert Classic being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.
The 30-year old Coin will take on unseeded Sachie Ishizu, who battled through a tough quarterfinal match before defeating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.
After leading 6-3, 6-5 over Lisa Whybourn of Great Britain before rain halted play on Friday, Coin immediately won the first game on Saturday to move onto the semifinals. The Frenchwoman, who reached a career high singles ranking of No. 60 in 2009, then made short work of Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, winning 6-2, 6-2 to reach the championship.
Meanwhile the 20-year-old Ishizu beat Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-6(9), 3-6, 6-2 in a back-and-forth quarterfinal contest. In the semifinals, the Japanese player only had to play five games after Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway retired after Ishizu took an early 4-1 lead.
Coin and Ishizu will play for the championship at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Great Britain duo of Tara Moore and Melanie South defeated Americans Jan Abaza and Louisa Chirico 4-6, 6-2, 12-10 to win the doubles championship. Moore and South beat Makoto Ninomiya and Yi-Fan Xu 7-5, 6-2 earlier in the day.
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.
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Main Draw Singles
wc: Wild Card; q: Qualifier; ll: Lucky Loser
Julie Coin (FRA)  def. Lisa Whybourn (GBR) 6-3, 7-5.
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) def. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 7-6(9), 3-6, 6-2.
Julie Coin (FRA)  def. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-2, 6-2.
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) def. Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) 4-1, ret.
Main Draw Doubles
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Makoto Ninomiya (JAP) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) 7-5, 6-2.
Jan Abaza (USA) / Louisa Chirico (USA) def. Lindsay Lee-Waters  / Ashley Weinhold (USA) 6-4, 6-4.
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Jan Abaza (USA) / Louisa Chirico (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 12-10.
Court 1 beginning at 11 a.m.
Julie Coin (FRA)  vs. Sachie Ishizu (JPN)