2014/07/29

Nicole Gibbs Beats Melanie Oudin for Carson USTA Pro Circuit Title

Nicole Gibbs photo by Kevin Riewthong/ For the USTA

Nicole Gibbs photo by Kevin Riewthong/ For the USTA

(July 20, 2014) CARSON, CA – Nicole Gibbs moved another step closer to playing in her third consecutive US Open main draw, capturing the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Melanie Oudin on Sunday at the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center.

 

Gibbs, 21, is a two-time NCAA singles winner at Stanford and earned wild-card entry into the season’s final Grand Slam the past two years by way of those wins.

With one event remaining in the US Open Wild Card Challenge, Gibbs now leads in the standings with 88 points. She is followed by Julia Boserup (63 points), Oudin (48), Louisa Chirico (44) and Sanaz Marand (30).

 

The final of the three-event US Open Wild Card Challenge is the Lexington, Ky., $50,000 Challenger to be played this week.

 

It was a tight battle throughout in the final on Sunday with Gibbs holding a 4-2 lead in the second set, before the sole of her shoe came partially off. Admitting she started to “panic,” Gibbs fell down 4-all, 40-love with Oudin serving. Gibbs then played a solid point, was aided by an untimely Oudin double fault and ultimately broke back to serve for the match.

 

“Tennis is like that sometime,” said Gibbs, who won this event last year when it was held in Yakima, Wash. Without a spare pair of tennis shoes, Gibbs contemplated wearing running shoes, but opted for a tape job instead, which seemed to do the trick.

 

Oudin’s first-round loss in US Open qualifying last year to Elena Baltacha ended a streak of five consecutive main draw appearances at the US Open, which of course included her quarterfinal run there in 2009.

 

“It’s one tournament,” said Oudin, who did not play in Sacramento last week but will play Lexington, of the US Open. “I’m not worrying about this wild card. It’s the last thing on my mind. If I play well I can qualify on my own. But if I do win this wild card that’s just an added bonus.”

Gibbs, a nearby Marina Del Rey resident, said she loved playing so close to home. “Just the title of the tournament, ‘Carson $50,000,’ ” she said. “It’s so exciting to be at the place I train and have my community supporting me.”

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Melanie Oudin and Nicole Gibbs to Meet in Carson Final

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CARSON, July 19, 2014 – Melanie Oudin and Nicole Gibbs survived sluggish first-set losses to advance to Sunday’s singles final of the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic being played at the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center.

 

Both players called the first game of the second set the turning point in their matches.

 

The No. 4-seeded Oudin dropped the first set to unseeded American Sanaz Marand, but came back to win 10 games in a row at one point to roll, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1, over the former University of North Carolina lefthander.

 

“I was trying to step in and take the ball early but I just could not find my timing,” said Oudin, 22, who went back out on a practice court with her coach for 20 minutes after the match. “I had never faced her before or even practiced with her. She has a really heavy forehand so I started playing her backhand in the second set.

 

The defending champion and No. 2-seeded Gibbs also dropped the first set against 18-year-old New Yorker Louisa Chirico, and had a bit of a tougher time closing her out, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. It was the third time the two had squared off this year and each time it has gone three sets. Just last week at the Sacramento Challenger, Chirico eliminated Gibbs in the second round.

 

“She came out very strong and won like the first nine points of the match,” said Gibbs, 21. “She was the aggressor and wasn’t making any errors. It was a little bit of an intimidating start. But I started to make some more balls and force the issue with her.

 

“The first game of the second set I just felt more energized,” Gibbs added.

 

Oudin and Gibbs have never met as pros, but Gibbs did recall the first and only time the two had played each other at the Carson International Spring Championships when they were juniors.

 

“I must have been 13 and she was 14, and it was right over there on that exact court,” said Gibbs, pointing to Court 4, which serves as the featured court. “She just destroyed me. It was back when she was winning everything. Hopefully it will be a different result.”

 

Gibbs said she not only looks up to Oudin because of her successful pro career, which includes a US Open quarterfinal appearance at age 17, a US Open mixed doubles title, one WTA singles title and a career-high WTA ranking of 31 back in 2010, but because of her 5-foot-6 height. “I have a ton of respect for her,” Gibbs said. “She’s definitely someone I’ve looked up to, for one reason because of her stature,” Gibbs said. “A lot of people think tennis is only for tall girls and big hitters.”

 

The top-seeded doubles team of Olivia Rogowska of Austria and Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands captured the doubles title and will split the $2,786 for their 7-6 (4), 6-1, victory over the young U.S. pairing of Samantha Crawford and Sachia Vickery, who split $1,053.

 

Tomorrow’s singles final will take place at 10 a.m.

 

Singles Final: No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs

 

This tournament is being streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Saturday, July 19

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Saturday, July 19 – RESULTS

Singles – Semifinals

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Sanaz Marand (USA), 2-6, 6-0, 6-1

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. Louisa Chirico (USA) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

 

Doubles Final

(1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) def. Samantha Crawford (USA)/Sachia Vickery (USA) 7-6 (4), 6-1

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Four Americans Reach the semifinals of Carson

(July 18, 2014) CARSON – Four Americans moved into the semifinals of the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., on Friday at the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center.

 

Former US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin will take on 26-year-old veteran and former University of North Carolina star Sanaz Marand following the 10 a.m. doubles final, with two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs facing 18-year-old New Yorker Louisa Chirico in the other semifinal.

 

Oudin, who is from Marietta, Ga., and now is based in Boca Raton, Fla., just returned back to the States five days before the Carson event began on Tuesday following nine weeks in Europe that was capped off by a solid semifinal showing at a $100,000 ITF tournament in France.

 

Oudin said she’s finally starting to find her groove after a rough start to the year, which saw her miss four months following a diagnosis in early December that she had rhabdomyolysis, which in part is caused by intense exertion and dehydration.

 

Oudin said she doesn’t blame anyone – including herself – for her time away from the game calling it a “fluke thing.”

 

“Even the doctor told me it can be caused by over-training, dehydration and just bad luck,” she said. “As I looked back, I wasn’t doing anything that I hadn’t done before. The doctor actually said some of it was caused by bad luck.”

 

Nicole Gibbs for one didn’t miss the opportunity to plug the tournament sponsor USTA Player Development after her close straight-set win over An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium.

 

“I can’t speak on the men’s side because they have fewer, but I think that’s where the focus has been,” Gibbs said of negative press coverage U.S. tennis has received. “Sometimes the media makes a blanket statement about the state of U.S. tennis and it not being what it used to be. And I think that’s wrong. I think USTA Player Development on the women’s side is doing an outstanding job getting players into the top 100.”

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with the doubles final and followed by the singles semifinals. The matchups include:

  • Top-seeded Olivia Rogowska (AUS)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) vs. Samantha Crawford (USA)/Sachia Vickery (USA) followed by
  • No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Sanaz Marand followed by
  • No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. Louisa Chirico

 

This tournament is being streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Friday, July 18

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Friday, July 18 – RESULTS

Singles – Quarterfinals

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. (8) Risa Ozaki (JPN), 6-4, 6-0

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL), 7-6 (2), 6-4

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Julia Boserup (USA), 6-3, 6-4

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. Maria Sanchez (USA), 7-6 (3), 6-4

 

Doubles Semfinals

(1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS)/Michaella Krajicek (NED) def. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)/Laura Pigossi (BRA), 5-7, 6-4, 10-6

Samantha Crawford (USA)/Sachia Vickery (USA) def. Romina Oprandi (SUI)/Tatjana Maria (GER) def. 6-3, 6-1

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Top Seed Ousted at USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

 

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CARSON, July 16, 2014 – The singles quarterfinals are set at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center.

 

Six Americans advanced to the quarterfinals, including US Open Wild Card Challenge leader Julia Boserup, who upset No. 7 seed and former world No. 32 Romina Oprandi of Switzerland; 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin; former USC standout Maria Sanchez; and 18-year-old Louisa Chirico, who won after American Madison Brengle retired with an eye infection.

 

The key match-up of the day was between former Stanford teammates and friends Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn. Both Gibbs and Ahn were members of the Stanford team that won the 2013 NCAA Team Championship. Ahn, who was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010, received medical treatment on her left wrist and back throughout the match. In the end, No. 2 seed Gibbs ran away with the match, winning 6-4, 6-3.

 

“Kristie is one of my best friends in tennis. I have shared more of my tennis history with her than any other player on the tour,” said Gibbs, who also won the NCAA individual singles title for Stanford in 2012 and 2013. “It was a unique type of pressure today, playing one of your best friends. I don’t know if it was the best tennis from either of us, but I did a good job trying to separate on-the-court from off-the court and keep my mind on playing the tennis that I wanted to play. I am feeling great going into the quarters.”

 

The sixth American advancing to the quarterfinalist was former University of North Carolina standout Sanaz Marand, who upset top seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia, 6-4, 6-4.

 

“I went in with the mindset of what I needed to do today on every point,” said Marand. “I stayed strong and stayed positive and I did it—I won. The [USTA Pro] Circuit has made me mentally strong this year. There are a lot of good players, like today. It is tough competition out there and I just have to keep believing.”

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with singles and followed by the doubles semifinals. Quarterfinal match-ups include:

  • No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. No. 6 seed An Sophie Mestach of Belgium
  • No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Julia Boserup
  • Maria Sanchez vs. Louisa Chirico
  • Sanaz Marand vs. No. 8 seed Risa Ozaki of Japan

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Thursday, July 17

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Thursday, July 17 – RESULTS

Singles – Second Round

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. (1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 6-4, 6-4

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (WC) Kristie Ahn (USA), 6-4, 6-3

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Asia Muhammad (USA), 7-5, 6-3

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. (5) Madison Brengle (USA), 5-0, ret. (eye infection)

Julia Boserup (USA) def. (7) Romina Oprandi (SUI), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

(8) Risa Ozaki (JPN) def. Michaella Krajicek (NED), 6-1, 7-5

Maria Sanchez (USA) def. Daria Gavrilova (RUS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

(6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) def. (Q) Tatjana Maria (GER), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

 

Doubles Quarterfinals

(1) O. Rogowska (AUS)/M. Krajicek (NED) def. M. Sanchez/Z. Scandalis (USA), 6-1, 6-4

Tatjana MARIA (GER) / Romina OPRANDI (SUI) def.(3) A. Will (USA)/K. Wong (USA), 6-3, 6-3

M. Gonzalez (PAR)/L. Pigossi (BRA) def. (4) M. Oudin (USA)/L. Chirico (USA), 3-6, 6-3, [14-12]

S. Crawford (USA)/S. Vickery (USA) def. P. Porter (USA)/B. Morgan (USA), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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Gibbs, Sanchez and Oudin Among the American Winners at Carson

Nicole Gibbs by Dave Kenas / For the USTA

Nicole Gibbs by Dave Kenas / For the USTA

CARSON, July 16, 2014 – First round play was completed on Wednesday at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center.

 

Seven Americans advanced to the second round, including two-time NCAA singles champion for Stanford Nicole Gibbs, who cruised past qualifier Jennifer Elie, 6-1, 6-1, and former USC standout Maria Sanchez, who upset No. 3 seed Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia, in three sets.

 

Also advancing today was 2009 US Open quarterfinalist and former world No. 31 Melanie Oudin, who dropped the first set in her match against fellow American Tory Kinard, but fought back to win the match, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. This was Oudin’s first match on a hard court since the spring.

 

“I definitely was feeling a little rusty today—it was my first match on hard courts in a long time,” said Oudin, whose last hard-court match was in Miami in March. “I needed to feel the ball and she played well in the beginning. Then, I started getting my groove and was able to pull away with it in the end. I am still trying to get my footing and timing together on hard courts, but I am playing well. It is definitely different, but I’m ready.”

 

Another American winning her first round match today was Julia Boserup, who leads in the 2014 US Open Wild Card Challenge, which grants a US Open wild card to the American player who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky. Boserup reached the final in Sacramento last week, earning 48 points for the early lead. Boserup defeated qualifier and former Top 20 player Alexandra Stevenson today, 6-4, 6-2.

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10:00 a.m., starting with singles and followed by doubles. Notable match-ups include:

  • Oudin vs. fellow American Asia Muhammad
  • Gibbs vs. tournament wild card and fellow Stanford standout Kristie Ahn
  • Sanchez vs. former world junior No. 1 Daria Gavrilova of Russia
  • Boserup vs. No. 7 seed and former world No. 32 Romina Oprandi of Switzerland

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Wednesday, July 16

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Wednesday, July 16 – RESULTS

Singles – First Round

(1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS) def. Allie Will (USA), 6-3, 6-2

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (Q) Jennifer Elie (USA), 6-1, 6-1

Maria Sanchez (USA) def. (3) Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Tori Kinard (USA), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

(5) Madison Brengle (USA) def. (WC) Jamie Loeb (USA), 6-2, 6-3

(6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) def. Sachia Vickery (USA), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

(8) Risa Ozaki (JPN) def. Marina Shamayko (RUS), 6-2, 6-1

Michaella Krajicek (NED) def. Storm Sanders (AUS), 6-0, 6-1

Julia Boserup (USA) def. (Q) Alexandra Stevenson (USA), 6-4, 6-2

Asia Muhammad (USA) def. (WC) Chanelle Van Nguyen (USA), 5-4, ret. (hamstring strain)

(WC) Kristie Ahn (USA) def. (Q) Danielle Lao (USA), 6-2, 6-4

(Q) Tatjana Maria (GER) def. Nao Hibino (JPN), 6-3, 6-4

 

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Main Draw Play Begins at USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson

 

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CARSON, July 15, 2014 – The main draw kicked off today at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center. Four players also qualified for the main draw and will compete tomorrow.

 

Today, former Top 10 junior and rising American Louisa Chirico won in both her singles and doubles matches. In singles, Chirico defeated Paraguay’s Montserrat Gonzalez, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(5). In doubles, she teamed with 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin for the first time to defeat college standouts Nicole Gibbs and Jamie Loeb, 6-4, 6-4. Chirico is currently ranked a career-high No. 240 in the world in singles and reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Pro Circuit event in Sacramento last week.

 

“My singles match was very up and down, but I am really happy to get through,” Chirico said. “I was really close—especially at the end—when I was up 4-0. She came back, but I got it together and played a great breaker. Melanie is also really experienced in doubles and was really fun to play with today. We kept it basic and had a good match.”

 

“I have played a lot of matches [on the USTA Pro Circuit] recently and done well,” Chirico added. “The Circuit is what I have needed and I am getting more experience as I have been playing. It has been a good year for me so far and I look forward to hopefully getting into qualifying at the US Open in a few weeks. That’s the goal.”

 

Another American winning her first round match today was Sanaz Marand, who earned All-American honors while playing for the University of North Carolina. Marand defeated Laura Pigossi of Brazil, 6-3, 6-3.  Qualifying also finished with three Americans advancing to the main draw—Danielle Lao, Jennifer Elie, and former Top 20 player Alexandra Stevenson.

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10:00 a.m. Notable match-ups include:

  • 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin vs. fellow American Tory Kinard
  • Two-time NCAA singles champion for Stanford Nicole Gibbs vs. Jennifer Elie
  • Former USC standout Maria Sanchez vs. No. 3 seed Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia
  • Former Stanford standout and tournament wild card Kristie Ahn vs. Danielle Lao
  • Current US Open Wild Card Challenge leader Julia Boserup vs. Alexandra Stevenson

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Tuesday, July 15

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Tuesday, July 15 – RESULTS

Singles – First Round

(7) Romina Oprandi (SUI) def. Samantha Crawford (USA), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR), 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(5)

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. Laura Pigossi (BRA), 6-3, 6-3

Daria Gavrilova (RUS) def. (WC) Chiara Scholl (USA), 7-5, 6-2

 

Singles – Qualifying Final Round

(2) Danielle Lao (USA) def. Brianna Morgan (USA), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

(3) Jennifer Elie (USA) def. Krista Hardebeck (USA), 6-3, 6-2

(4) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) def. (5) Jacqueline Cako (USA), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

Tatjana Maria (GER) def.(6) Mari Osaka (JPN), 6-0, 6-2

 

Doubles – First Round

(1) M. Krajicek (NED)/O. Rogowska (AUS) def. J. Boserup (USA)/M. Brengle (USA), 7-5, 0-6, [10-7]

S. Crawford (USA)/S. Vickery (USA) def. (2) S. Marand(USA)/A. Muhammad (USA), 2-6, 7-6(5), [10-6]

(3) A. Will (USA)/K. Wong (USA) def. Megan Mccray (USA)/Morgan Mccray (USA), 6-2, 6-2

(4) M. Oudin (USA)/L. Chirico (USA) def. N. Gibbs (USA)/J. Loeb (USA), 6-4, 6-4

B. Morgan (USA)/P. Porter (USA) def. R. Ellison (USA)/S. Ellison (USA), 6-2, 6-1

M. Sanchez (USA)/Z. Scandalis (USA) def. J. Cako (USA)/D. Lao (USA), 6-2, 7-5

M. Gonzalez (PAR)/L. Pigossi (BRA) def. K. Ahn (USA)/J. Brady (USA), 7-5, 6-2

T. Maria (GER)/R. Oprandi (SUI) def. A. Bhargava (USA)/D. Muresan (USA), 7-6(9), 6-3

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Day 2 of Qualies at USTA Pro Circuit Event in Carson

 

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Main Draw Begins and Qualifying Concludes Tomorrow

at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center

 

CARSON, July 14, 2014 – Day two of qualifying was completed today at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif.  Six Americans and five of the top eight seeds in qualifying are still alive going into tomorrow’s final day of play, where four players from qualifying will advance to the main draw. The final round of qualifying will start at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

 

Main draw singles and doubles play will also begin on Tuesday. Americans in first-round main-draw singles action tomorrow include 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion Samantha Crawford, former world No. 6 junior Louisa Chirico, former University of North Carolina All-American Sanaz Marand, and wild card Chiara Scholl.

 

Notable players competing in doubles include 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, two-time NCAA singles champion for Stanford Nicole Gibbs, former USC standout Maria Sanchez, former Stanford standout Kristie Ahn, and former world No. 30 Michaella Krajicek,of the Netherlands.

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Monday, July 14

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Monday, July 14 – RESULTS

Singles – Qualifying Second Round

(2) Danielle Lao (USA) def. (WC) Megan Mccray (USA), 6-3, 6-3

(3) Jennifer Elie (USA) def. Zoe Gwen Scandalis (USA), 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

(4) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) def. Sophia Bursulaya (USA), 6-2, 6-1

(5) Jacqueline Cako (USA) def. Jennifer Brady (USA), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

(6) Mari Osaka (JPN) def. Kristina Smith (USA), 6-2, 6-1

Brianna Morgan (USA) def. (7) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE), 7-5, 6-4

Krista Hardebeck (USA) def. (8) Peggy Porter (USA), 7-5, 6-1

Tatjana Maria (GER) def. Brynn Boren (USA), 6-2, 6-4

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Day 1 of Qualies Completed at USTA Pro Circuit Event in Carson

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CARSON, July 13, 2014 – Day one of qualifying was completed today at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif.  Seven of the top eight seeds in qualifying advanced with only young American and top seed Denise Muresan falling to Tatjana Maria, of Germany. Four players from qualifying will advance to the main draw. Qualifying play continues tomorrow.

 

The field for the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The main draw will be held from Tuesday, July 15, to Sunday, July 20. This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Sunday, July 13

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Sunday, July 13 – RESULTS

Singles – Qualifying First Round

Tatjana Maria (GER) def. (1) Denise Muresan (USA), 6-4, 6-0

(2) Danielle Lao (USA) def. Julia Elbaba (USA), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

(3) Jennifer Elie (USA) def. Karina Kristina Vyrlan (USA), 6-2, 6-0

(4) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) def. Keri Wong (USA), 6-2, 6-4

(5) Jacqueline Cako (USA) def. Chun-Wing Sher (HKG), 6-2, 6-3

(6) Mari Osaka (JPN) def. Rianna Valdes (USA), 6-3, 6-3

(7) Ching-Wen Hsu (TPE) def. Morgan Mccray (USA), 6-1, 6-1

(8) Peggy Porter (USA) def. (WC) Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (USA), 6-0, 6-1

Kristina Smith (USA) def. Anne-Liz Jeukeng (USA), 7-5, 6-3

Krista Hardebeck (USA) def. Sarah Stadfelt (USA), 6-2, 6-0

(WC) Megan Mccray (USA) def. Lara Rafful (ITA), 6-3, 6-0

Brianna Morgan (USA) def. Steffi Carruthers (SAM), 7-6(1), 6-2

Sophia Bursulaya (USA) def. (WC) Andrea Duva (USA), 6-1, 6-1

Jennifer Brady (USA) def. Anamika Bhargava (USA), 6-4, 6-2

Brynn Boren (USA) def. Jasmin Jebawy (GER), 6-2, 6-4

Zoe Gwen Scandalis (USA) def. Jessica Lawrence (USA), 6-2, 6-4

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Pro Tennis Returns to Carson Next Week

Nicole Gibbs by Dave Kenas / For the USTA

Nicole Gibbs by Dave Kenas / For the USTA

CARSON, July 10, 2014 – The USTA announced that the USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., will host the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic next week.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

The field for the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The main draw will be held from Tuesday, July 15, to Sunday, July 20. The qualifying tournament will be held from Sunday, July 13, to Tuesday, July 15. This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, to Monday, Sept. 8. Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

World No. 127 Olivia Rogowska, of Australia, will be the top seed in Carson. Notable American players expected to compete include:

 

  • Former world No. 31 Melanie Oudin, the 2009 US Open quarterfinalist and 2010 US Open mixed doubles champion
  • Nicole Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA singles champion for Stanford
  • Madison Brengle, who holds five USTA Pro Circuit singles titles and five doubles titles
  • Shelby Rogers, who earned a wild card into the 2013 US Open and French Open by winning USTA wild card challenges that utilize the USTA Pro Circuit
  • Sachia Vickery, who earned a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open and the 2013 US Open (as the USTA Girls’ 18s singles champion)
  • Samantha Crawford, the 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion
  • Former Top 10 junior Louisa Chirico, a girls’ singles semifinalist at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2013
  • Maria Sanchez, the formerly No. 1-ranked college tennis player and a former All-American for USC

Players receiving main draw wild cards include:

  • Kristie Ahn, who completed her senior season at Stanford this past year, earning a final No. 4 ranking in the ITA rankings and receiving multiple All-American honors in both singles and doubles throughout her collegiate career. Ahn was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010 before heading to Stanford.
  • Jamie Loeb, who recently completed her freshman season for the University of North Carolina, where she was the top-ranked college tennis player for most of the year
  • Chanelle Van Nguyen, a UCLA standout
  • Chiara Scholl, a four-time USTA Pro Circuit singles and doubles champion

 

The USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic will host a special Kids’ Day event on Saturday, July 19, from 8:30 am to 9:45 am. Kids of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend the clinic. It will be held in conjunction with the Southern California Tennis Association and RAMP Tennis.

 

Carson has a strong history of hosting USTA Pro Circuit events. In 2005, the USTA Player Development staff ran its first-ever $50,000 event in Carson when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. and the men’s event was unable to take place in Louisiana. Since then, the USTA Player Development staff has hosted both men’s and/or women’s events from 2007-2011 with a number of standout players competing during those years.

 

Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

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Teams On The Edge

Courier and Bryans

By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(February 1, 2014) SAN DIEGO – With the Southern California sun finally making an appearance and a partisan crowd finally making their presence both seen and heard, it was clearly a new day in this US vs. Great Britain Davis Cup World Group tie.  Nonetheless, the American team was still haunted by yesterday’s failures at Petco Park in San Diego.

 

For a doubles pairing that had just kept the American side alive in this Davis Cup, the Bryan Brothers were in no mood for celebrating—or even smiling—about their win today, neither was US Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier.  The Bryans raised their record as a team to 21-4 in the competition on the back of a decisive 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Dominic Inglot and Colin Fleming. Yet, it was clear from the beginning of their press conference that the twins had other things on their minds.

 

“Always feels bad to let the team down,” Bob said.  He was responding to the first question raised.  While the query was about winning this match following two uncharacteristic, five-set Davis Cup losses a season ago, Bryan’s allusion wasn’t lost on anyone.  Bob was as much referencing the still-stinging memories of their 2013 Davis Cup campaign as he was yesterday’s upset loss by Sam Querrey at the hands of James Ward.

 

The Bryans had little mercy on their opponents today, avenging their teammate’s defeat by drawing 45 forced errors from the British pair in a match that didn’t reach the two-hour mark.  Their only hiccup, a loose game on Bob’s serve in the third set, that cost the USA a straight sets triumph. “I think they just take it to you every time,” said Inglot about his opponents. “They always ask a question of you and they’re never going to give you any free points.” “The match can rush away from you,” Fleming added.  “When we got behind in sets, it can become a blur against them.”

 

As uncharitable as the Bryans were on-court, Courier matched in the pressroom.  When asked about Querrey’s chances of springing an upset of 2-time major champion Andy Murray tomorrow, Courier fired with little hesitation, “He’s going to have to play significantly better than he did yesterday to stand a chance.” The British squad, while realistic, wasn’t taking anything for granted.  When asked about Andy Murray’s chances against a player who had just suffered a disappointing loss, another thinly veiled reference to Querrey, British captain Leon Smith stifled the rumor of a smile breaking out on his face and replied “Very good.  Yeah, very good.”

Vito Ellison is in San Diego, California covering the Davis Cup tie between the USA and Great Britain for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on the site’s twitter @TennisNewsTPN, on his personal twitter @vblacklabel. and visit his site Blacklabeltennis.com.

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