Hlavackova Wins Bronx Open

No. 2 seed Andrea Hlavackova relied on her powerful forehand, superb ball placement, and concentration to win the EmblemHealth Bronx Open Singles Championship, beating top-ranked German Mona Barthel 7-6 (8), 6-3.


Heavy rain all morning forced the match indoors at the Tennis Club of Riverdale (NY) where both players struggled at first to settle into the new conditions.


“I didn’t start very well,” Hlavackova, 25, said. “I got broken in the first game because everything was new, and I was not prepared for the conditions.”


Still, Hlavackova’s maturity helped keep the Czech focused while the younger Barthel, 21, seemed to let her constant questioning of umpires’ calls distract her from her game.


“Even though I need to work on it still, I think my attitude made the difference today. We both argued with the umpire, but tennis players always do that because there is so much pressure on us,” said Hlavackova, who made her displeasure known a few times about out-of-bounds calls. “But I think I handled it well. I might have argued with the umpire, but I didn’t let it influence my game. Mona did.”


Experience was also a deciding factor. Hlavackova boasts an impressive resume, reaching 13 singles finals, claiming five of those titles, and winning her first career Grand Slam title this May at the French Open capturing the women’s doubles. By comparison, 21-year-old Barthel has played in six singles finals, winning three.


Hlavackova, currently ranked world No. 127, won an up-and-down first set 7-6 (8) after a thrilling tie-breaker. The match began with a focus on serving, as both Barthel and Hlavackova struggled to find any sense of rhythm in the indoor bubble. After winning the first game thanks in part to Hlavackova hitting her first three forehands into the net, Barthel showcased her beautiful serve, scoring two aces to jump out to a 2-0 lead.


Hlavackova quickly responded with two powerful aces of her own to win the third game and cut the lead to 2-1. What was possibly more surprising, however, was both players’ inability to successfully return the serves they did reach. In fact, only one rally in the first five games lasted more than 10 seconds as Hlavackova and Barthel mishit return after return wide of the court or into the net.


The shaky play continued during the next two games. Hlavackova committed two double faults to give Barthel a 3-2 lead. However, Barthel, world No. 101, immediately returned the favor, committing two double faults of her own in the proceeding game to tie the set at 3-3. Coming back from a 4-5 deficit, Barthel won a marathon 11th game that included some expertly placed forehands to the corner by Hlavackova to force deuce four times to go ahead 6-5. Despite a medical timeout to have her left hamstring taped up, Hlavackova was able to tie the set at six all. The two then began a tiebreak that stayed neck-and-neck until Hlavackova was able to break away and win 10-8.


“The tiebreaker was super close,” she said. “It was very well played. She served well in the tiebreak but I played it well and had good baseline play and I think that’s why I won the tiebreak.”


After the two broke each other’s serves in the first two games of the second set, Barthel’s inconsistency again cost her as she double faulted to give Hlavackova a 2-1 lead. The Czech would not look back. Employing her booming forehand and excellent accuracy, Hlavackova was able to run down Barthel and take the set–and championship– 6-3.


“In the second set I had better confidence right from the beginning,” Hlavackova said. “It was about putting the best fight I could and that’s what I did and I think that’s why I won.”


Hlavackova finished with 11 forehand winners, five backhand winners, and two aces while Barthel had eight forehand winners, seven backhand winners, and four aces.


The loss was a disappointing finish to an otherwise remarkable tournament for Barthel. Before Sunday’s final, the German had lost only one set the entire tournament. Using her crafty serves and strong backhand, she was able to plow through the first four rounds of the tournament with little difficulty. The German, who has been playing professionally for only two years, is expected to be the top seed in next week’s US Open qualifying.


Hlavackova’s victory should be especially helpful for her confidence as she, too, prepares to qualify for the US Open.


“It does alot for my confidence going into the US Open because the cut here was even tougher than the qualifiers for the US Open,” she said. “I won five tough matches where I didn’t always play great. But it taught me that sometimes winning ugly is just as good.”

by Jeremy Klitzman


Sunday, August 14 – RESULTS

Singles – Final

Andrea HLAVACKOVA [2], Czech Republic, def. Mona BARTHEL [1], Germany, 7-6 (8), 6-3

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Rolle and Moulton-Levy Win Bronx Open Doubles Title


It may have taken her three tries, but American Ahsha Rolle can finally walk out of the Bronx a champion. Playing in her fourth EmblemHealth Bronx Open and third final, the Miami native and fellow American Megan Moulton-Levy claimed the Doubles Title, beating the Chinese duo of Jing-Jing Lu and Xinyun Han 6-3, 7-6 (5).

For Rolle, who had twice earned second place honors at the EmblemHealth Bronx Open before – losing to Casey Dellacqua in the 2007 Singles Draw and falling to top ranked Americans Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops Jones in the 2008 Doubles Draw – the victory was especially sweet.

“Third time’s a charm!” she shouted during the post-match ceremony as she and Moulton-Levy received the championship trophy.

“It feels really good being able to win after four times,” Rolle said. “I like coming here. I like the atmosphere, I like the people. I have support here, so it’s nice to finally win.”

As she has done for the entire Doubles Tournament, Moulton-Levy was excellent at the net, pouncing on balls that Lu and Han floated across. Most notably, she was able to smash the final ball of the match with such vigor that it bounced far over Lu’s outstretched racket for match point.

“We’re both aggressive and like to come to the net, especially Megan,” Rolle said. “She likes to poach a lot, which is great, because I don’t usually play with players that poach.”

After a frantic rally saw a Rolle forehand hit the net to give the Chinese a 6-5 lead in the second set, the Americans relied on their serve-and-volley strategy to push the set into a tiebreak at 6-6. Rolle executed a beautiful drop shot that seemed to die where it hit the ground to win the sixth game and force a tiebreak. In an exciting tiebreak the Americans were eventually able to pull away from a 5-5 deadlock to win 7-5.

“We had a conversation in the warm-up and Ahsha was talking about being committed to the process win or lose, and I think that’s something we both did very well today,” Moulton-Levy said. “We didn’t let those little errors distract us from what we’re trying to do out there.”

Tomorrow’s Singles Final will pit No. 1 seed Mona Barthel of Germany against No. 2 seed Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, the first time in EmblemHealth Bronx Open history that both the first and second seed have reached the final.

In the day’s first match, Barthel had little trouble against 19-year-old Camila Giorgi, beating the Italian 6-3, 6-4. The loss ended a wonderful tournament for youngster Giorgi, who only dropped three sets all week while showcasing her powerful forehand and aggressive play.

Barthel, 21, has had perhaps the best tournament so far, not dropping a single set after going down 5-7 in the tournament’s opening round. Ranked world No. 104, the German has now reached three ITF Singles finals in 2011.

“I’m very excited of course for the final,” Barthel said. “It’s always great to play a final and I’ve had a good first couple of rounds.”

Hlavackova, meanwhile, encountered more difficulty in her semifinal today against Romanian Madalina Gojnea [8]. Hlavackova found herself in an early hole after losing the first set badly, 0-6. In the final two sets the Czech was able to calm down and regain control of her steady forehand, taking a hard-fought 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory.

“I’m a fighter,” Hlavackova, 25, said shortly after her win. “I play aggressive and try to defend my serve and forehand.”

Hlavackova, who lost yesterday in the doubles semifinals to Han and Lu, has encountered more difficulty than Barthel this tournament, winning only one of her matches in straight sets.

“Even though I haven’t felt my game 100% this tournament, I’m very satisfied that I reached the final,” she said. “It was a tough draw and a strong cut, so I’m excited for the final tomorrow.”

Ranked No. 113 in the world, Hlavackova relies mostly on her powerful backhand and shot placement to tire out her opponents.

“We’ve played earlier this year and she beat me,” Barthel said. She’s a really good player, very aggressive. It’s going to be a tough match.”

by Jeremy Klitzman


Saturday, August 13 – RESULTS

Singles – Semifinals

Mona BARTHEL [1], Germany, def. Camila GIORGI, Italy, 6-3, 6-4,

Andrea HLAVACKOVA [2], Czech Republic, def. Madalina GOJNEA [8], Romania, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Doubles – Finals

Ahsha ROLLE and Megan MOULTON-LEVY, United States, def. Jing-Jing LU and Xinyun HAN, China, 6-3, 7-6 (5).


Americans Rolle and Moulton-Levy Advance to Doubles Final of Bronx Open

Top seeded German Mona Barthel continued her great play as she easily disposed of 19-year-old Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-1. Barthel, who is currently ranked No. 104 in the world, reached the second round of the French Open this year – her best Grand Slam result thus far – before losing to world No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She will meet Italian Camila Giorgi tomorrow in the semifinal. Giorgi, ranked No. 167 in the world, has been the most impressive youngster of the tournament so far, not losing a set before her 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 defeat of American Madison Brengle today. The final American left in the Singles Draw, Brengle let her early lead slip away and seemed to run out of gas in the final set. Romanian Madalina Gojnea [8] also had yet to lose a set before today’s match. Though she did drop one set to Italian Romina Oprandi [3], her steady backhand and superb net play was enough to advance to the semifinal, winning 6-0, 5-7, 6-0. Gojnea will face Andrea Hlavackova [2] of the Czech Republic in tomorrow’s other semifinal. Hlavackova, world No. 113, beat wildcard Belgian Tamaryn Hendler 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 earlier in the morning. It was an impressive tournament for Hendler, who advanced the furthest of any wildcard.



Americans Ahsha Rolle and Megan Moulton-Levy continued their thrilling run to the final, coming back from a set down to knock off Australians Casey Dellacqua, 2007 EmblemHealth Bronx Open champion, and Olivia Rogowska in a convincing tie-breaker, 3-6, 7-5 [10-3]. Rolle and Moulton-Levy now have won all three of their doubles matches in tiebreakers. In tomorrow’s final they will meet the Chinese team of Xinyun Han and Jing-Jing Lu who upset top ranked Hlavackova and Olga Savchuk, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-2. Han and Lu, both of whom lost in the first round of the Singles Draw, have now upset the fourth and first ranked doubles teams en route to the final. This is only the third time in the tournament’s 11-year history that no ranked team has made it to the finals of the Doubles Draw.

By Tim Yowpa

Friday, August 12 – RESULTS

Singles – Quarterfinals

Camila GIORGI, Italy, def. Madison BRENGLE, United States, 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3,

Andrea HLAVACKOVA [2], Czech Republic, def. Tamaryn HENDLER, Belgium, 2-6,6-3,6-1,

Mona BARTHEL, Germany, def. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-1,

Madalina GOJNEA [8], Romania def. Romina OPRANDI [3], Italy, 6-0, 5-7, 6-0.


Doubles – Semifinals

Ahsha ROLLE and Megan MOULTON-LEVY, United States, def. Casey DELLACQUA, and Olivia ROGOWSKA, Australia, 3-6, 7-5, [10-3],

Xinyun HAN and Jing-Jing LU, China, def. Andrea HLAVACKOVA, Czech Republic, and Olga SAVCHUK [1], Ukraine, 6-4, 6-2.



Brengle Is Last American Standing in Singles at Bronx Open

Twenty-one year old Madison Brengle remains as the lone American left in the Main Draw Singles after beating Russian wildcard Elena Bovina, 6-2, 6-3. Brengle, who won her second ITF singles title in March at Hammond, LA, will play Italian Camila Giorgi tomorrow in the quarterfinals. Fellow American Ahsha Rolle seemed to run out of steam in her match, losing to Belarusian Tamaryn Hendler, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 after lethargic second and third sets. Hendler remains the only wildcard left in the main draw. She will play 2nd seeded Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, tomorrow after Hlavackova defeated Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. Despite her 6-7 (6), 2-0 lead, tournament favorite Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, had to retire early after complaining of an arm problem, yielding to third seed Romina Oprandi of Italy following an exciting set and a half. Oprandi faces eighth seeded Madalina Gojnea of Romania tomorrow. Gojnea breezed past Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarterfinals. In the battle of 19-year-olds, Giorgi used her excellent serve and great shot placement to tire out Australian Isabella Holland, taking an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory. Karolina Pliskova relied on her thunderous forehand and booming serve to outmatch Australian Sally Peers 6-1, 6-4. Pliskova will face a tough foe tomorrow in top-ranked German Mona Barthel, who beat Karolina’s twin, Kristyna, today 6-4, 6-1.



In doubles, Americans Ahsha Rolle and Megan Moulton-Levy again won in thrilling fashion, this time beating Latvian Liga Dekmeijere and American Alexandra Mueller 6-1, 6-7 (10) [11-9]. Yesterday Rolle and Moulton-Levy needed a 12-point tiebreaker to advance. The two, who are the last Americans left in the doubles draw, will meet the Australian duo of Casey Dellacqua and Olivia Rogowska tomorrow in the semifinals. Rogowska and Dellacqua, who was ranked as high as 9th in the world in doubles and 39th in singles at one point, easily defeated young Americans Lauren Embree and Natalie Pluskota 6-2, 6-3. Embree and Pluskota were not the only American pair to be knocked out Thursday. Whitney Johnson, St. Louis, and Brittany Augustine, Orlando, lost a heartbreaker to the Chinese team of Xinyun Han and Jing-Jing Lu, 6-3, 3-6 [10-8]. Top-ranked Hlavackova and Olga Savchuk, Ukraine, beat the Pliskova twins in a hard-fought 7-6 (6) 6-3 match.

By Tim Yowpa

Thursday, August 11 – RESULTS

Singles – Second Round

Tamaryn HENDLER, Belarus, def. Ahsha ROLLE, United States, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1,

Andrea HLAVACKOVA [2], Czech Republic, def. Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, Croatia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0,

Karolina PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, def. Sally PEERS, Australia, 6-1, 6-4,

Mona BARTHEL [1], Germany, def. Kristyna PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-1,

Romina OPRANDI [3], Italy, def. Yaroslava SHVEDOVA, Kazakhstan, 6-7 (7), 2-0

Camila GIORGI, Italy, def. Isabella HOLLAND, Australia, 6-1, 6-4,

Madalina GOJNEA [8], Romania, def. Kristina MLADENOVIC, France, 6-2, 6-1,

Madison BRENGLE, United States, def. Elena BOVINA, Russia, 6-2, 6-3.



Doubles – Quarterfinals

Casey DELLACQUA and Olivia ROGOWSKA, Australia, def. Lauren EMBREE and Natalie PLUSKOTA, United States, 6-2, 6-3,

Ahsha ROLLE and Megan MOULTON-LEVY, United States, def. Liga DEKMEIJERE, Latvia, and Alexandra MUELLER, United States, 6-1, 6-7 (10), 11-9,

Xinyun HAN and Jing-Jing LU, China, def. Brittany AUGUSTINE and Whitney JONES, United States, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8,

Andrea HLAVACKOVA, Czech Republic, and Olga SAVCHUK [1], Ukraine def. Karolina and Kristyna PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, 7-6 (6) 6-3.


Rolle, Barthel, Brengle, and Hlavackova Advance at Bronx Open


Elena Bovina overcame six match points and a 0-5 deficit in the third set to upset fifth-ranked Anne Kremer, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) at the Bronx Open on Wednesday. Olga Savchuk [4], Ukraine, Xinyun Han [7], China, and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn [6], Thailand, all lost their first round matches. Savchuk lost to Italian Camila Giorgi, 7-5, 7-5 while Han lost to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2. Lertcheewakarn, meanwhile, lost to EmblemHealth Bronx Open veteran Ahsha Rolle of Miami, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. Rolle and Madison Brengle, who defeated Jing-Jing Lu of China 6-3, 6-2 this morning, are the final two Americans remaining in the Singles Draw. Brengle will face Bovina tomorrow while Rolle faces off against Tamaryn Hendler, Belarus, who overcame a regrettable 1-6 first set to win a nail biter over Australian Olivia Rogowska, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6). Top-seeded Mona Barthel, Germany, won yesterday’s rained-out third set to defeat American Ashley Weinhold, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. In one of the most impressive performances of the day, eighth-seed Madalina Gojnea of Romania dropped only one game to opponent Kumiko IIjima of Japan, winning 6-1, 6-0.

In the first day of doubles play, the top seeded pair of Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, and Olga Savchuk, Ukraine defeated youngsters Isabella Holland, Australia, and Naomi Broady, Great Britain, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5. The biggest upset of the day was the victory of young Americans Lauren Embree and Natalie Pluskota over the experienced 2nd seeded duo of Arina Rodionova, Russia, and Yaroslava Shvedova’s, Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-4. Though Shvedova won the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open Ladies’ Doubles and Rodionova was a member of 2011 World Team Tennis champions Washington Kastles, the duo struggled to find their form, eventually losing on a Rodionova double fault. They will again have a tough opponent tomorrow when they face off against Australians Casey Dellaqua and Rogowska. American duo of Whitney Jones and Brittany Augustine defeated Sally Peers, Australia, and IIjima. Jones and Augustine will face the Chinese duo of Lu and Han tomorrow in the 2nd round. Pliskova and her sister, Kristyna, took care of Americans Macall Harkins and Elizabeth Lumpkin 6-4, 6-3. Rolle, partnered with fellow American Megan Moulton-Levy, won her second match of the day, this time a 7-5, 2-6, 12-10 thriller over Bovina and her partner Rika Fujiwara of Japan that had the Center Court audience on the edge of its seat.

By Tim Yowpa

USTA Pro Circuit Event

Wednesday, August 10

Crotona Park

Bronx, New York

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hardcourt

Wednesday, August 10 – RESULTS

Singles – First Round – Main Draw

Mona BARTHEL [1], Germany, def. Ashley WEINHOLD, United States, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2,

Madison BRENGLE, United States, def. Jing-Jing LU, China, 6-3, 6-2,

Isabella HOLLAND, Australia, def. Julia GLUSHKO, Israel, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-0,

Sally PEERS, Australia, def. Arina RODINOVA, Russia, 6-2, 6-2,

Karolina PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, def. Xinyun HAN [7], China, 6-3, 6-2

Andrea HLAVACKOVA [2], Czech Republic, def. Julia COHEN, United States, 6-1, 6-3

Elena BOVINA, Russia, def. Anne KREMER [5], Luxembourg, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Madalina GOJNEA [8], Romania def. Kumiko IIJIMA, Japan, 6-1, 6-0,

Camila GIORGI, Italy, def. Olga SAVCHUK [4], Ukraine, 7-5, 7-5

Kristyna PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, def. Sacha JONES, New Zealand 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-1

Tamaryn HENDLER, Belarus, def. Olivia ROGOWSKA, Australia, 1-6, 6-3. 7-6, (6)

Kristina MLADENOVIC, France, def. Ester Goldfeld, United States, 6-2, 6-3,

Ahsha ROLLE, United States, def. Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN [6], Thailand, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

Romina OPRABDI [3], Italy, def. Rika FUJIWARA, Japan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2,

Yaroslava SHVEDOVA, Kazakhstan, def. Amanda McDowell, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

Aijla TOMLJANOVIC, Croatia, def. Lauren EMBREE, United States, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Doubles – First Round

Liga DEKMEIJERE, Latvia, and Alexandra MUELLER, United States, def. Sanaz MARAND and Ashley WEINHOLD, United States, 6-3, 6-4.

Brittany AUGUSTINE and Whitney JONES, United States, def. Kumiko IIJIMA, Japan, and Sally PEERS, Australia, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Andrea HLAVACKOVA, Czech Republic, and Olga SAVCHUK [1], Ukraine, def. Naomi BROADY, Great Britain, and Isabella HOLLAND, Australia, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5

Casey DELLAQUA and Olivia ROGOWSKA, Australia, def. Madalina GOJNEA, Romania, and Anne KREMER, Luxembourg, 6-2, 6-2.

Karolina and Kristyna PLISKOVA, Czech Republic, def. Macall HARKINS and Elizabeth LUMPKIN, United States, 6-4, 6-3

Megan MOULTON-LEVY and Ahsha ROLLE, United States, def. Elena BOVINA, Russia, and Rika FUJIWARA, Japan, 7-5, 2-6, 12-10,

Xinyun HAN and Jing-Jing LU, China, def. Noppawan LERTCHEEWAKARN, Thailand, and Kristina MLADENOVIC [4], France 2-6, 6-4. 10-4,

Lauren EMBREE and Natalie PLUSKOTA, United States, def. Arina Rodionova, Russia, and Yaroslava SHVEDOVA [2], Kazakhstan, 6-4, 6-4.

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Shvedova Advances to Main Draw at Bronx Open

In the final round of qualifying, former Wimbledon and US Open Doubles Champion Yaroslava Shvedova rallied from losing the first set 4-6 before finding her form and taking the final two sets 6-3, 6-1 against American Allie Will. Awaiting Shvedova on Wednesday is American Amanda McDowell, who recently finished her career at Georgia Tech.

Ahsha Rolle stopped fellow American Zoe Gwen Scandalis 6-4, 7-5 to qualify for the main draw. Rolle, who reached the final of the 2007 EmblemHealth Bronx Open, will play 2009 Wimbledon Junior Singles Champion and sixth-ranked Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand tomorrow in the first round of the main draw.

Russian Elena Bovina claimed the third wildcard spot in the main draw, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 against American Jacqueline Cako. Bovina will play veteran Anne Kremer [5] of Luxembourg on Wednesday. Tamaryn Hendler, Belarus, earned the fourth and final wildcard after defeating Alexandra Mueller, United States, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

All main draw first round singles and doubles matches were rained out.
Tuesday, August 9 – RESULTS
Singles – Final Round – Qualifying
Ahsha ROLLE [5], United States, def. Zoe Gwen SCANDALIS, United States, 6-4, 7-5,
Elena BOVINA [7], Russia, def. Jacqueline CAKO, United States, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4,
Tamaryn HENDLER, Belarus, def. Alexandra MUELLER, United States, 6-4, 7-6, (4),
Yaroslava SHVEDOVA[1], Kazakhstan, def. Allie WILL, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.


Shvedova, Will, Scandalis, Rolle Advance To Qualifying Finals of Bronx Open

No. 1 seed Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, started out slowly but breezed through the final two sets to defeat Nika Kukharchuck, Russia, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round qualifying at the EmblemHealth Bronx Open. Shvedova will play Allie Will, Boca Raton, FL, in the finals for one of the four wildcard spots in the main draw.


Allie Will fought back from 2-5 in the first set to win a nail biter 7-5, and continued with the momentum to take the second set 6-3 to defeat Beatrice Capra, Ellicott City, MD.


USTA Wildcard Zoe Gwen Scandalis, San Diego, CA,  defeated Whitney Jones 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of qualifying. Scandalis faces off against No. 5 seed Ahsha Rolle in one of the finals on Tuesday.


Bronx Open

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Monday, August 8

Crotona Park

Bronx, New York

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hardcourt

Monday, August 8 – RESULTS

Singles – 2nd Round – Qualifying

Alexandra MUELLER, United States, def. Brittany AUGUSTINE, United States, 6-3, 6-4,

Ahsha ROLLE [5], United States, def. Jan ABAZA, United States, 6-4, 6-4

Yaroslava SHVEDOVA[1], Kazakhstan, def. Nika KUKHARCHUCK, Russia, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2,

Tamaryn HENDLER, Belarus, def. Elizabeth FERRIS, United States, 6-2, 7-5,

Elena BOVINA[7], Russia, def. Casey DELLACQUA, Australia, 6-3, 6-4,

Jacqueline CAKO, United States, def. Ling ZHANG[2], Hong Kong, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3,

Allie WILL [6], United States, def. Beatrice CAPRA, United States, 7-5, 6-3,

Zoe Gwen SCANDALIS, United States, def. Whitney JONES, United States, 6-1, 6-4.



Shvedova, Brengle, Capra Among Bronx Open Wildcards

The EmblemHealth Bronx Open, a women’s $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event, added USTA Wildcard selections including main draw players Madison Brengle, Amanda McDowell, Lauren Embree, Ester Goldfeld, and qualifying players Yaroslava Shvedova, Beatrice Capra, Jacqueline Cako, Zoe Scandalis, Marjorie Ondeck, and Jennifer Tuchband.


Main Draw Wildcards

Madison Brengle (No. 191) has won five ITF Titles in her career (two singles, three doubles). Earlier this year, the Delaware native won the ITF title in Hammond, LA.


Last week Amanda McDowell (No. 477) won the USTA Pro Circuit’s The Heartland Clinic USTA Women’s Tennis Clinic event in St. Joseph, MO. The former Georgia Tech Bulldog was named the 2008 ITA National Player of the Year and recipient of the 2008 Honda Award for Tennis after capturing the NCAA Singles title.

Florida University standout Lauren Embree (No. 800) led the Gators to the 2011 NCAA women’s tennis championship. The 20 year-old first debuted on the USTA Circuit at age 16.


Ester Goldfeld (No. 807) is a Brooklyn, NY native and the #1 high school recruit from New York. She is committed to play for the Duke women’s tennis team in the fall.


Qualifying Draw Wildcards

Yaroslava Shvedova (No. 143 singles, No. 7 doubles) is the defending 2010 Wimbledon and US Open Doubles Champion (with Vania King). The 23 year-old also has won one WTA singles tour title and three ITF singles titles in her career.


Beatrice Capra (No. 252.) won a wild card playoff tournament to receive a wild card entry to her first senior Grand Slam tournament, the 2010 U.S. Open, where she reached the second round by defeating Karolina Sprem. Capra will play for Duke University in the fall.


Jacqueline Cako (No. 770) captured two doubles and two singles titles including the ITF event in Hilton Head (2009, 2010 doubles), the 2009 ITF event in Wichita (singles), and the 2008 ITF event in Southlake.

A top recruit from San Diego, Zoe Scandalis (No. 960) recently won the Mercury Insurance Open Presented by Tri-City Medical Center Opportunity Tournament and received a receive a wild card into the qualifying draw of the Mercury Insurance Open. She will play tennis for USC in the fall.


Marjorie Ondeck (unranked) is a local player from Monroe, CT. She graduated from Memphis University in 2009 where she played for the Tigers’ tennis team.


Jennifer Tuchband (unranked) is a local player from Milburn, NJ. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 where she was ranked as high No. 78 in the nation.