2014/07/30

Ishizu Upsets Coin for Childhelp Desert Classic Title

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Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2013) – In a finals match featuring several ups and downs, Sachie Ishizu of Japan held off a late rally from Julie Coin of France to win 6-3, 7-6(3) and claim the Childhelp Desert Classic championship on Sunday at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort.

 

After Coin jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, the 20-year-old Ishizu responded with a bang by winning five consecutive games to secure the first set. After Ishizu took an early 1-0 lead in the second set, Coin received a medical timeout due to a right wrist injury and nearly retired but continued on. With Coin clearly not at full strength, Ishizu took advantage and jumped out to a 5-1 lead, however Coin found her groove again and won five of the next six games to force the tiebreak. After Coin built a 3-2 tiebreak lead, Ishizu won five consecutive tiebreak points to seal the championship.

 

“I’m very, very happy that I won this tournament and I’m very thankful for the audience,” Ishizu said through a translator. “Winning this means I get to play in other tournaments so I’m very excited for that opportunity.”

 

Coin, most famously known for knocking off No. 1 seed Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the 2008 US Open, was both disappointed and frustrated with her wrist injury but credited Ishizu for her strong play.

 

“She hit the ball really fast and it was hard to control,” Coin said. “In the end I thought I could come back but she took control in the end.”

 

The 30-year-old Frenchwoman, who reached a career high WTA singles ranking of No. 60 in 2009, said the wrist began hurting on Saturday and immediately acted up during warm-ups for the final.

 

“I almost stopped the match but I was hoping if I kept playing the pain would go away,” Coin said. “In the second set I was just trying to get it back and play simple, and Ishizu made a lot of unforced errors which allowed me to get back into the match, but in the end I came up short. Right now I’m sad but overall it was a good tournament for me and I hope I can play in nearby Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open next month.”

 

Ishizu, who currently lives in San Diego and trains at the Barnes Tennis Academy, won her 10th ITF title and received an exemption to play at the Rancho Sante Fe tournament being held this week. She entered the Childhelp Desert Classic ranked No. 371 on the WTA tour.

 

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 visited the facility and conducted a tennis clinic for the children.

 

For information on contributions to Childhelp email to EKuhle@aol.com.

 

Sunday’s Score

Main Draw Singles

Finals

Sachie Ishizu (JPN) def. Julie Coin (FRA) [1] 6-3, 7-6(3).

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Coin and Ishizu Reach Childhelp Desert Classic Final

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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.

 

For information on contributions to Childhelp email to EKuhle@aol.com.

 

Saturday’s Scores

Main Draw Singles

wc: Wild Card; q: Qualifier; ll: Lucky Loser

Quarterfinals

Julie Coin (FRA) [1] def. Lisa Whybourn (GBR) 6-3, 7-5.

Sachie Ishizu (JPN) def. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 7-6(9), 3-6, 6-2.

Semifinals

Julie Coin (FRA) [1] def. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-2, 6-2.

Sachie Ishizu (JPN) def. Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) 4-1, ret.

 

Main Draw Doubles

Semifinals

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 [2] / Ashley Weinhold (USA) 6-4, 6-4.

Finals

Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Jan Abaza (USA) / Louisa Chirico (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 12-10.

 

Sunday’s Schedule

Court 1 beginning at 11 a.m.

Julie Coin (FRA) [1] vs. Sachie Ishizu (JPN)

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Rain Cuts Play Short At Childhelp Desert Classic

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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)
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Bencic, 15, Moves On To Quarterfinals At Childhelp Desert Classic

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(February 7, 2013)Rancho Mirage, Calif.  – Fifteen-year-old Belinda Bencic can recall as a child hearing about fellow Switzerland player Roger Federer winning multiple singles titles in the Southern California desert city of Indian Wells in 2003, 2004, 2005 and again in 2012.
Currently ranked No. 554 in the world and playing for the first time here, the qualifier Bencic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Childhelp Desert Classic at the Rancho Palmas Resort just a few miles down the road from where Federer has dominated at the BNP Paribas Open.
Bencic beat No. 2-seeded American Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday on Day 3 of the tournament, a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.
It was the first time the two had played. “I knew it was going to be tough,” said Bencic, who is traveling with her father. “She had me running a lot and so I just had to be patient.
“I have heard many times about Indian Wells as a child. I just love it here. I can’t believe how beautiful and warm it is here.”
Bencic has never advanced this far in a $25,000 event but won two titles at the ITF $10,000 level in Egypt last September.
In contrast to Bencic, another young teenage qualifier Mayo Hibi is very familiar with the Rancho Las Palmas site. She fell to No. 8-seeded Tara Moore of Great Britain, 6-3, 6-1, in her second-round match.
“I’ve played here so many times I can’t even count them,” said Hibi, who resides in Irvine but represents Japan. “From Regional events to the Easter Bowl, I always love playing here.”
Hibi, just 16, is currently a junior in school and attends K-12 Academy. She advanced all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Taylor Townsend at the Easter Bowl a year ago.
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.
Thursday’s Scores
Main Draw Singles
wc: Wild Card; q: Qualifier; ll: Lucky Loser
Danka Kovinic (MNE) def. Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [3] 6-3, 6-3
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q] def. Ana Vrljic (CRO) [6] 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) def. Junri Namigata (JPN) [4] 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Tara Moore (GBR) [8] def. Mayo Hibi (JPN) [q] 6-3, 6-1
Julie Coin (FRA) [1] def. Nicola Geuer (GER) 6-4, 6-4
Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] def. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) [q] 6-3, 7-5
Belinda Bencic (SUI) [q] def. Madison Brengle (US) [2] 6-4, 6-2
Lisa Whybourn (GBR) def. Zuzana Zlochova (SKK) 6-2, 6-1
Main Draw Doubles
Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] / Ahsley Weinhold (US) def. Madison Brengle (US) / Kristy Frilling (US) [wc] 6-4, 7-5
Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] def. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) [4] / Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Julie Coin (FRA) / Ana Vrljic (CRO) [1] 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) def. Emily Harman (US) [wc] / Rebecca Marino (CAN) 7-6 (2), 4-6, (10-6)
Friday’s Schedule
Court 1 beginning at 10 a.m.
Danka Kovinic (MNE) vs. Tara Moore (GBR) [8]
Followed by Julie Coin (FRA) [1] vs. Lisa Whybourn (GBR)
Followed by Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) vs. Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] /
Ashley Weinhold (US)
Court 2 beginning at 10 a.m.
Louisa Chirico (US) vs. Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)
Followed by Sachie Ishizu (JPN) vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Followed by Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) vs. Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN)
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Brengle Advances in Childhelp Desert Classic

 

Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2013) – Familiar could be the word of the day for American and No. 2 seeded singles player Madison Brengle on Wednesday on Day 2 of the Childhelp Desert Classic, a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
The 22-year-old from Dover, Del., beat friend and rival Viktoriya Tomova, a qualifier from Bulgaria, 7-6 (9), 7-5, in a tight match that had both players running from both ends of the baseline the entire match.
“I practice with (Tomova) all the time at home at Bollettieri’s so I’m so familiar with the way she plays,” Brengle said. “It was really just a running battle out there.”
Brengle mostly wanted to talk about her doubles play on Wednesday as she and partner Kristy Frilling put their USTA wild card to great use, beating Elizabeth Lumpkin and Lenka Wienerova, 6-0, 4-6, 10-2.
“My partner is so awesome,” Brengle said as Frilling walked past her in a post-match interview and gave her a high-five. “We’ve played all through the juniors and she’s just out here starting up again. So we were so glad to get the wild card.
“I missed some stupid balls and I think I started to get a little tired in the second set.”
Brengle is currently ranked No. 212 in the WTA world rankings. She has won three ITF singles and four ITF doubles titles in her career, and has achieved a ranking high on the WTA of No. 152 in 2011.
In 2006, Brengle and Frilling won the Easter Bowl doubles championship, beating Sanaz Marand and Ashley Weinhold in the final.
Also moving on to the second round with resounding straight-set victories were top-seeded Julie Coin of France and Irvine qualifier Mayo Hibi, who represents Japan.
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.
Wednesday’s Scores
Main Draw Singles
wc: Wild Card; q: Qualifier; ll: Lucky Loser
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [3] def. Lauren Albanese (US) 6-1, 6-4
Ana Vrljic (CRO) [6] def. Jan Abaza (US) [wc] 6-1, 6-1
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) def. Katerina Kramperova (CZE) 6-1, 6-3
Tara Moore (GBR) [8] def. Kimberly Yee (US) [wc] 6-2, 6-1
Julie Coin (FRA) [1] def. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) 6-1, 6-4
Madison Brengle (US) [2] def. Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) [q] 7-6(9), 7-5
Mayo Hibi (JPN) [q] def. Mai Minokoshi (JPN) 6-2, 6-0
Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) [q] def. Petra Rampre (SLO) [5] 6-4, 6-3
Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] def. Krista Hardebeck (US) 6-2, 7-5
Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q] def. Rebecca Marino (CAN) [q] 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
Belinda Bencic (SUI) def. Ashley Weinhold (US) [q] 7-5, 7-6(5)
Nicola Geuer (GER) def. Jana Juricova (SVK) [q] 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3
Main Draw Doubles
Madison Brengle (US) / Kristy Frilling (US) [wc] def. Elizabeth Lumpkin (US) / Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 6-0, 4-6, [10-2]
Julie Coin (FRA) / Ana Vrljic (CRO) [1] def. Malou Ejdesgaard (DEN) / Alize Lim (FRA) 6-2, 6-3
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) [4] / Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) def. Miki Miyamura (JPN) / Junri Namigata (JPN) 6-3, 1-6, [10-8]
Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) def. Irina Khromacheva (RUS) / Sally Peers (AUS) [3] 6-2, 1-6, [10-3]
Thursday’s Schedule
Court 1 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) vs. Junri Namigata (JPN) [4]
Followed by Belinda Bencic (SUI) [q] vs. Madison Brengle (US) [2]
Followed by Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [3] vs. Danka Kovinic (MNE)
Followed by Julie Coin (FRA) / Ana Vrljic (CRO) [1] vs. Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR)
Court 2 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) vs. Louisa Chirico (US)
Followed by Julie Coin (FRA) [1] vs. Nicola Geuer (GER) [ll]
Followed by Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa CHIRICO (US) vs. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) [4] / Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)
Followed by Madison Brengle (US) / Kristy Frilling (US) vs. Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] / Ashley Weinhold (US)
Court 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Mayo Hibi (JPN) vs. Tara Moore (GBR) [8]
Followed by Ana Vrljic (CRO) [6] vs. Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q]
Followed by Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) vs. Lisa Whybourn (GBR)
Followed by Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) / Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) vs. Emily J. Harman (US) /
Rebecca Marino (CAN) [wc]
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Sixteen-Year-Old Wild-Card Christina Makarova Comes Close to Upset at Childhelp Desert Classic

 

(February 5, 2013) Rancho Mirage, California – Sixteen-year-old wild-card Christina Makarova fought her way into a third-set Tuesday on the first day of main draw play at the Childhelp Desert Classic before falling in three sets to Zuzana Zlochova of Slovakia, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
The event is a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event being played at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club.
Makarova of San Diego was down a set and 1-5 before storming back to even the match at one-set all. “I tried to stay positive and was able come back and even it up,” she said. “I could have used a little more of that positive thinking in the third set. I came close but wasn’t able to pull it off.”
Makarova was 1-1 against Zlochova, ranked No. 263 in the world, coming into Tuesday’s match. She said she will await word on Wednesday on whether she will receive a wild card into next week’s Ranch Santa Fe $25,000 event.
Four main draw singles and doubles matches were played on Tuesday. No. 4-seeded Junri Namigata of Japan beat Australia’s Salley Peers, 6-2, 6-0, and unseeded Lisa Whybourn of Great Britain upset No. 7-seeded Yi-Fan Xu of China, 6-2, 6-2.
Eight players won final-round qualifying matches on Tuesday and will be inserted into the main draw. They included Irvine’s Mayo Hibi, the No. 10 seed who represents Japan, top-seeded Tetyana Areryeva of Ukraine, No. 3-seeded American Ashley Weinhold, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, Slovakia’s Jana Juricova, No. 15-seeded Viktoriya Tomova from Bulgaria, No. 7 seeded Sachie Ishizu of Japan and No. 12-seeded Rebecca Marino from Canada.
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.
Tuesday’s Scores
Main Draw Singles
Zuzana Zlochova (SVK) def. Christina Makarova (US) [wc] 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
Lisa Whybourn (GBR) def. Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) [7] 6-2, 6-2
Danka Kovinic (MNE) def. Alize Lim 6-2, 7-5
Junri Namigata (JPN) [4] def. Salley Peers (AUS) 6-2, 6-0
Main Draw Doubles
Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) [wc] def. Angelina Gabueva (RUS) / Allie Will (US) 7-6(6) 7-6(6)
Tara Moore (GBR) / Melanie South (GBR) def. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR) / Katerina Kramperova (CZE) [q] 7-6(3) 6-3
Emily J. Harman (US) / Rebecca Marino (CAN) [wc] def. Anamika Bhargava (US) / Macall Harkins (US) 6-7(4) 7-6(8) [10-8]
Lindsay Lee-Waters (US) [2] / Ashley Weinhold def. Kumiko Iijima (JPN) / Akari Inoue (JPN) 6-4 1-6 [10-8] [q]
Wednesday’s Schedule
Court 1 beginning at 9 a.m.
Irina Khromacheva (RUS) [3] vs. Lauren Albanese (US)
Followed by Julie Coin (FRA) [1] vs. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL)
Followed by Krista Hardebeck (US) vs. Louisa Chirico (US) [wc]
Followed by Madison Brengle (US) / Kristy Frilling (US) vs. Elizabeth Lumpkin (US) / Lenka Wienerova (SVK)
Court 2 beginning at 9 a.m.
Ana Vrljic (CRO) [6] vs. Jan Abaza (US) [wc]
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) vs. Madison Brengle (US) [2]
Rebecca Marino (CAN) [q] vs. Sachie Ishizu (JPN) [q]
Julie Coin (FRA) / Ana Vrljic (CRO) [1] vs. Malou Ejdesgaard (DEN) / Alize Lim (FRA)
Court 4 beginning at 9 a.m.
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) vs. Katerina Kramperova (CZE)
Followed by Mayo Hibi (JPN) [q] vs. Mai Minokoshi (JPN)
Followed by Ashley Weinhold (US) vs. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
Followed by Miki Miyamura (JPN) / Junri Namigata (JPN) vs. Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran (BOL) [4] / Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)
Court 5 beginning at 9 a.m.
Kimberly Yee (US) [wc] vs. Tara Moore (GBR) [8]
Followed by Petra Rampre (SLO) [5] vs. Tetyana Arefyeva (UKR)
Followed by Jana Juricova (SVK) vs. Nicola Geuer (GER)
Followed by Irina Khromacheva (RUS) / Sally Peers (AUS) [3] 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)
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Kulikova is Top Seed for Childhelp Desert Classic

 

Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2013) – Looking to return to her career-high WTA ranking of No. 65 in the world this year, Russia’s Regina Kulikova draws the top-seeded position in the annual Childhelp Desert Classic, a women’s $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, taking place at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, starting Monday and running through to the finals Sunday, Feb. 10.
Qualifying for the tournament will take place Sunday and Monday. Admission is free to the tournament, which is being co-chaired by Jackie Cooper and Lornie Kuhle.
The 24-year-old Kulikova was born in Almaty in Kazakhstan. She is currently ranked No. 150 in the world and has won 11 career ITF singles titles and has reached the finals another four times. She has won three of those titles in the United States in Clearwater, Fla., Kansas City and Las Vegas.
Her best result on the WTA Tour was a quarterfinal appearance at the 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships where she defeated fellow countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova. Her highest WTA singles ranking is 65th, which she reached on May 3, 2010
The other top-seeded players and their ranking include: Russia’s Irina Khromacheva (No. 188), American Madison Brengle (No. 189), France’s Julie Coin (No. 202), France’s Victoria Larriere (No. 216), and Japan’s Junri Namigata (No. 224).
Besides Brengle, Americans Lauren Albanese and Krista Hardebeck are expected to be in the main singles draw.
Las Vegas’ Kimberly Yee won the Wild Card Tournament at Kuhle’s Bobby Riggs Tennis Club in Encinitas for a spot into the main draw. The other singles main draw wild cards are American Louisa Chirico, Christina Makarova, and Jan Abaza.
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.
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