October 5, 2015

First Day of Qualifying at Party Rock Open


LAS VEGAS (Sept. 22, 2013) – Las Vegas pro tennis veteran Asia Muhammad and Las Vegas 17-year-old wild card Gabby Smith both recorded wins on Sunday during the first day of qualifying at the Party Rock Open.

Asia Muhammad easily dispatched of No. 4-seeded Emily Harman, 6-4, 6-0, while 17-year-old Las Vegas resident Gabby Smith took advantage of her wild card and beat No. 7-seeded Ivana Lisjak of Croatia, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2. Lisjak is a former top 100 player.

Smith is headed to USC next fall on a full tennis scholarship.

Adding to the local success was UNLV No. 1 singles player Aleksanda Josifoska, who advanced with a straight sets victory.

Qualifying continues on Monday with matches beginning at 10 a.m. at the Darling Tennis Center.

Main draw matches begin Tuesday at Noon, with a featured night match at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday under the lights at Darling Tennis Center.

On Saturday, the first singles semifinals will take place at 4 p.m., followed with a second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. A DJ set will begin each evening at 5 p.m. starting on Tuesday.

The Party Rock Open is Las Vegas’ only professional tennis tournament, and is named for LMFAO’s Redfoo and his Party Rock franchise’s title sponsorship. The Party Rock Open is Presented by ProtectYourBubble.com, an award-winning gadget insurance company.

The event is a USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit women’s tournament with a 32-player field in singles and 16 doubles teams.

Main-draw wild cards have been announced and are Americans Allie Will, Julie Boserup, Alexandra Stevenson and Elizabeth Lumpkin.

Qualifying first-round singles match results from Sunday:
Allie Kiick (U.S.) def. [2] Stephanie Bengson (AUS) 6-3 6-1
Jacqueline Cako (U.S.) def. Kristina Barrois (GER) [1] 7-6(6) 6-2
Jillian O’Neill (CAN) def. Anne-Liz Jeukeng (q) (U.S.) 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-2
Macall Harkins (U.S.) def. Anamika Bhargava (U.S.) 6-3 6-3
Gabby Smith (U.S.) def. Ivana Lisjak (CRO) [7] 6-4 1-6 6-2
Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) def. [6] Mary Weatherholt (U.S.) 6-3 5-7 6-1
Denise Muresan (U.S.) def. Caitlin Whoriskey (U.S.) 6-2 6-1
Lauren Embree (U.S.) def. Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 6-3 5-7 6-2
Jan Abaza (U.S.) def. Nicole Melichar (U.S.) 6-4 6-2
Tori Kinard (U.S.) def. Louisa Chirico (U.S.) [5] 6-3 4-6 7-6(1)
Christina Makarova (q) (U.S.) def. Jennifer Elie (U.S.) [8] 6-3 4-6 6-4
Brianna Morgan (U.S.) def. Sonja Molnar (CAN) 6-3 6-2
Asia Muhammad (U.S.) def. [4] Emily Harman (U.S.) 6-4 6-0
Piia Suomalainen (FIN) def. Natalie Pluskota (U.S.) 4-6 6-2 6-1
Sanaz Marand (U.S.) [3] def. Jennifer Artiga Henriquez (q), (ESA) 6-0 6-1
Aleksanda Josifoska (q), (MKD) def. Jessica Lawrence (U.S)., 6-3. 6-3

Second-round qualifying singles matches on Monday
Note: All matches are free and open to the public:
Stadium Court, starting at 10 a.m.
wc: wild card
Denise Muresan, U.S., vs. Gabby Smith (wc)
Followed by Asia Muhammad vs. Piia Suomalainen (FIN)

Court 11, starting at 10 a.m.
Jacqueline Cako, U.S., vs. Jillian O’Neill, Canada,
Brianna Morgan, U.S., vs. Christina Makarova (q)

Court 10, starting at 10 a.m.
Allie Kiick (2), U.S., vs. Macall Harkins, U.S.
Followed by Jan Abaza, U.S., vs . Tori Kinard (U.S.)

Court 8, starting at 10 a.m.
Lauren Embree, U.S., vs. Ulrikke Eikeri (6), Norway
Sanaz Marand (U.S.) [3] vs. Aleksanda Josifoska (q), (MKD)\


Party Rock Open Returns to Las Vegas Sept. 23-29



LAS VEGAS (Sept. 14, 2013) – The fifth annual USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit women’s event in Las Vegas will return Sept. 23-29 to the Darling Tennis Center, formerly the host site for the ATP Tennis Channel Open.

The Party Rock Open is Las Vegas’ only professional tennis tournament, and is named for LMFAO’s Redfoo and his Party Rock franchise’s title sponsorship. LMFAO was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, and Redfoo has been linked to U.S. Open Finalist Victoria Azarenka.

This year’s tournament features an impressive global player field. Top seed Andrea Hlavackova (lav-atch-KO-va) of the Czech Republic will be making her Party Rock Open debut fresh off capturing the U.S. Open Women’s and Mixed doubles titles.

Another force to be reckoned with is Tamirz Paszek from Austria, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2012.

Other notable entrants include Eleni Daniilidou from Greece, winner of five WTA singles titles during her career; Portugese star Michelle Larcher De Brito, who upset Maria Sharapova this summer at Wimbledon; budding American talent Taylor Townsend, the 2012 Australian Open junior champion; and Melanie Oudin, who made a memorable run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2009 as a 17-year-old.

Girls’ 18s U.S. National Champion Sachia Vickery, who advanced to the second round at this year’s U.S. Open as a wild card, leads the list of qualifying players.

Other qualifiers include 2012 US Open junior champ Samantha Crawford, Las Vegas’ Asia Muhammad, and Allie Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.

The Party Rock Open has served as a showcase for emerging stars during its tenure in Las Vegas, and counts several alumni in the top 50 in the world, including top Jamie Hampton, Sorana Cirstea, and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko.

“There is no doubt that the next great generation of players will once again be on display at the Party Rock Open,” said Co-Tournament Director Jordan Butler, who also noted that the night matches at Darling create a spectacular setting for fans.

Added tournament founder Tyler Weekes: “It’s time to Party Rock, Vegas pro tennis style.”

Qualifying action begins Sunday, Sept. 22, and is free of charge to attend. Monday, Sept. 23, is also free to the public.

Las Vegas area youth are also encouraged to attend the tournament’s annual Kids’ Day on Sunday, which will feature free tennis clinics, games, and more.

The tournament’s official website is www.partyrockopen.com. Follow along on Twitter @partyrockopen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partyrockopen.com.