Cornet Conquers Strasbourg


(May 25, 2013) No. 3 seed Alize Cornet of France beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Saturday to win the Strasbourg International final. Cornet was a losing finalist at last year’s event.

Cornet is just the second French player in the tournament’s 27-year history to win the title, the other was Aravane Rezai in 2009.

“It was a very tight first set – we were both serving very well and we didn’t break each other much,“ Cornet said. “In the tie-break it came down to just one or two points, and then in the second set it went way faster because everything she had been putting on the lines in the beginning started to go out. I feel great right now, winning this title at home. It’s the accomplishment of a lot of work.”


Gajdosova and Ebden win Australian Open Mixed Doubles Title


By Jaclyn Stacey


(January 27, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Aussies Jarmila Gajdosova and Matt Ebden have been crowned Australian Open Mixed Doubles champions after defeating the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 on Sunday.


The Australians were playing together for the first time and entered the event on a wildcard.


“You know, it feels amazing. I guess extremely exciting to be given the chance to play a Grand Slam final, first of all, and then to win it,” Ebden said. “You never know how many chances you’ll get to play a Grand Slam final. So to come out with a win in our first final and get a title straightaway and to become Grand Slam champions is an amazing feeling and something we’ll always have.”


Gajdosova described what it felt like to become a Grand Slam champion.


“I think it’s something that every person, every girl or guy are dreaming when they are little. I know it’s mixed, but it’s still a Grand Slam title. To get that far, you have something that you can talk about for a very long time. You can tell your kids, Oh, I won a Grand Slam and I won in Australia, especially, which is very special.”


The teams swapped breaks midway through the first set but the Aussies were able to break again in the eighth game with Hradecka serving and Gajdasova then consolidated in the next game to win the first set 6-3.


The second set was a similar story with a break from either team early on. Locked at 5-5 the Australians were able to break with Hradecka serving and it was again up to Gajdosova to serve it out. She created three championship point opportunities, the Czech’s saving the first two but the Australians winning on the third after Cermak sent his forehand long.


Gajdosova described her feelings while serving for the championship.


“It was a bit nerve-wracking, I’m not going to lie. But I thought I served most of the matches pretty well. I knew that he’s on the net, so as long as I hit a pretty decent serve, I think we had pretty good chance of winning it.”


Ebden said he believes his partner has one of the best serves in the women’s game and was not worried that she would have trouble serving it out.


“We’re just happy we did the right things. We stuck to winning tactics and patterns that have been working for us. I guess under pressure, if you can do that, stick to a winning game plan,” He said.


Radwanska Extends Win Streak to Eleven


(January 16, 2013) World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska extended her 2013 unbeaten streak to 11 after completing a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu at the Australian Open on Wednesday in Melbourne.

”I’m very happy to be playing my best tennis at the start of  the year,” Radwanska said after winning the match.

”It’s always great to win in two sets.”

Radwanska impressed spectators by hitting a left-handed forehand as well as a between the legs shot, something she said she used to practice as a child.

The Polish woman has been on fire since the start of the year capturing Auckland and Sydney titles. She’ll play the winner of the Ksenia Pervak – Heather Watson in the third round.

Fifth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany also moved into to the third round holding back a first set challenge by Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-1 in 69 minutes.

“It was very hot today than the last match I played,“ said Kerber.  “(It)was not so windy out there.  But she’s a tough opponent, and you need to be ready for the whole match, because she’s playing the ball very hard and deep in the court.

“So I was just try moving very good and just play my game.  Yeah, I’m happy that I won the match in two sets.”

Keber will play either American wild card Madison Keys or Austria’s Tamira Paszek next.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News


Serena Williams, Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka and Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond qualify for WTA Year End Championships

Serena Williams (photo from FamilyCircleCup.com)

NEW YORK, NY, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that Serena Williams and the doubles teams of Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka and Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond have qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be staged at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The WTA’s year-end finale, to be held from October 23-28, will feature the world’s top eight singles players and top four doubles teams, competing for the coveted title and a share of $4.9 million in prize money.


“I would like to extend my congratulations to Serena, Andrea, Lucie, Liezel and Lisa on qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Serena has had an incredible year, becoming the only player in history to achieve a golden career Grand Slam in both singles and doubles, and winning her 5th Wimbledon and 4th US Open titles. Serena’s love of the sport and relentless determination to win continues to inspire generations of tennis fans from around the world.”


“Andrea and Lucie’s outstanding play has seen them reach the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open, in addition to winning a silver medal at the Olympics. It is a wonderful moment for them to qualify for their first WTA Championships. Liezel and Lisa continue to set the bar for dedication and commitment, capturing five titles and spending 20 weeks as co-No.1s on top of the WTA doubles rankings. It will be great to see them back in Istanbul to defend their title.”


Serena Williams


This season Williams has added more highlights to her resume, including winning two gold medals at the Olympics to achieve a career golden Grand Slam in singles and doubles, securing her 14th and 15th Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and surpassing sister Venus for the most titles won by an active player (45).


The 30-year-old has compiled a 53-4 record this season and a tour-leading six titles, bolstering her Wimbledon, Olympics and US Open victories with wins at the Family Circle Cup (Charleston), Mutua Madrid Open and Bank of the West Classic (Stanford). She is undefeated against Top 5 opponents this year (10-0), and with her tally of 15 wins, only one player can boast more defeats over World No.1 players (Navratilova, 18; equal with Davenport, 15).


Williams has qualified for the WTA Championships on nine occasions during her career, and is set to compete for the first time since 2009. The American is a two-time champion at the event – receiving a walkover in the 2001 final against Davenport, and defeating sister Venus in 2009 – in addition to reaching the final in 2002 (runner-up to Clijsters) and 2004 (runner-up to Sharapova in three sets).


Click on the link to hear Serena’s thoughts on her season and qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul: http://youtu.be/D-xgx4R9gvg


Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka


“It is such an unbelievable feeling to have qualified for the WTA Championships,” said Hradecka. “I watched the matches last year, and Petra Kvitova told us how amazing the tournament was, so we are really looking forward to it.”


“When we were planning our goals at the start of the year, our focus was really on the Olympics, but as the results started to come, we began to think it might be possible to qualify for Istanbul,” said Hlavackova. “It’s great that we’ll be playing indoors on a fast surface, and we’re going to have some fun and make the most of the week.”


The Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka has advanced to seven finals so far this season, winning titles at ASB Classic (Auckland), Memphis International, and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati), in addition to finishing runners-up at Wimbledon, US Open and the Olympics.


First teaming together in 2008 they have collected eight titles, including last year’s Roland Garros, and in doing so became the first all-Czech pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Jana Novotna and Helena Sukova won Wimbledon in 1990. Both players will be making their WTA Championships debut, and will follow in the footsteps of Novotna/Sukova who were the last Czech team to contest the WTA Championships, also in 1990.


Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond


“One of our goals this year was to return to Istanbul and defend our title at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said Huber. “Istanbul was a memorable experience last year and I am excited to be heading there again in October. The doubles competition there will be tough and I’m sure the fans will see some of the best tennis all year.”


“I’m thrilled to qualify for my twelfth WTA Championships and am looking forward to ending the year hopefully on a high note in Turkey!” said Raymond.


Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond are two of the WTA’s most decorated doubles players. This season they have reached eight finals and captured five titles: Open GDF SUEZ (Paris [Indoors]), Qatar Total Open (Doha), Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and New Haven Open at Yale.


Between them, Huber and Raymond own 132 doubles titles, including 11 Grand Slams and 7 Championships, including last year in Istanbul. Huber has spent 199 weeks at the top of the WTA’s doubles rankings – behind only Navratilova’s 237 weeks – while at 39 years of age, Raymond is the oldest player ever to hold the WTA No.1 ranking in singles or doubles.


Huber will be making her sixth appearance at the year-end finale. The 36-year-old is a three-time winner of the WTA Championships, having won in 2007-08 with Cara Black, and last year with Raymond. This will be 39-year-old Raymond’s 12th journey to the event, having first qualified in 1994. Including last year’s victory, she has won the title four times; also in 2001 with Rennae Stubbs, and 2005-06 with Samantha Stosur.


These players join the already-qualified Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, and doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. Five singles and one doubles spot remains open for this year’s player field.



Errani and Vinci Victorious – Capture US Open Doubles Title


FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci added to their major championship trophy case on Sunday with their win over Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-2 for the US Open women’s doubles title. Errani and Vinci won the French Open title in June.

The doubles partners and best friends who had to face each other in the singles quarterfinals, will be No. 1 and No. 2 in doubles when the rankings come out this week.

In addition to the doubles success, Errani became the first Italian woman in the Open Era to reach the semifinals of the US Open. She lost to Serena Williams.

Errani is currently ranked No. 10 in singles.


Serena Williams Captures Second Wimbledon Title of the Day – Doubles with sister Venus

WIMBLEDON – Five hours after winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title, Serena Williams was back on Centre Court with her sister Venus to collect a doubles title. The Williams sisters defeated the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday night to take home their fifth Ladies’ doubles title and their first doubles title in two years.

“Oh, wow, it’s amazing,” said Venus Williams.  “I was definitely inspired by Serena’s single’s performance.  Obviously it’s wonderful to play on the court with her.  I couldn’t have done it without her, so it’s great.”

What the secret to never losing a doubles final together? “Serena and I both put so much pressure on our opponents with our serves, said Venus. “And our returns are also, you know, very good.

“I think maybe that has something to do with it.”

“It’s definitely more fun (than singles),” said Serena about playing with her sister.  “At the same time, the last thing I want to do is let Venus down.  In singles it’s okay if I let myself down, but I don’t want to let her down.

“Sometimes it’s almost a little bit tougher because you put so much pressure on yourself, so…”

Both women have been battling illness over the past year – Serena recovering from an embolism since last year and Venus coping with an auto-immune disorder.

“She hasn’t had an easy road,” Venus commenting on Serena’s comeback and watching her play in the final.  “You know, things have happened in her life that you can’t predict or control, so it’s hard to be in that situation.  You know, things happen, that you didn’t deserve.

“For her to fight through that and come back and be a champion, and not only that, but to have made the finals of the US Open, reached the top five, all these achievements that she’s done, you know, I don’t think anyone else can do is just amazing.

“It was definitely emotional.  I was so nervous.  I felt like I was trying to play the match, too.  I couldn’t.  You never miss in the stands.

“But she played amazing.”

“She’s such a fighter, you never say die.  I think positivity really brought her a long way in that.  I don’t think either of us believe that we can be defeated by anything.  Nothing has defeated us yet, so we’re going to keep that track record.

“For me it’s been definitely a journey.  I’m sure it still will be.  But I’m definitely very inspired by her and everything that she’s done.  Like I said, we’re not into the whole getting defeated thing; we’re into the conquering thing.

“For me, I want to try to do the same thing she’s done.”


Hradecka Takes Second Dow Corning Tennis Classic singles Crown

L-R Tournament Directors Ryan Boyer and Mike Woody, players Hradecka and Falconi. Exec Sponsor Dan Futter                      (Photo Bob Spears)

MIDLAND, Mich., February 13, 2011 – To all those planning on playing at the 2012 Dow Corning Tennis Classic, be forewarned: If you see Lucie Hradecka’s name on the entry list, you’re unlikely to leave Midland happy.

Blasting bazooka-sized two-handed forehands and backhands on Stadium Court, Hradecka upended American Irina Falconi 6-4, 6-4 to clinch her second title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.

She also won the 2009 Dow Corning Tennis Classic singles title, finished as the 2010 singles runner-up and shared last year’s doubles title with Laura Granville.

“I think a lot of players on the tour will say, ‘So Lucie, can you not go to Midland because, you know, maybe it starts to be boring with you in the final?” said Hradecka before breaking into laughter. “It would be a pleasure to come back and play.”

The name of Hradecka’s game is power, power and more power, but she also has the foot speed and court awareness to limit her unforced errors on the Midland Community Tennis Center’s quick indoor courts.

When she serves as she did in Sunday’s final, the 25-year-old Hradecka is much better than her WTA Tour ranking of No. 106 would indicate.

Hradecka won 82 percent of the points when she made her first serve (27 of 33) and 61 percent when she had to hit a second (14 of 23). Falconi failed to earn a single break point opportunity in any of Hradecka’s 10 service games.

“I didn’t face a break point? Okay, good to know,” Hradecka said modestly. “Today, I really concentrated on my serve. I took my serve point-by-point, which was part of my plan.”

While Falconi fought to make inroads on Hradecka’s serve, she took fairly good care of her own delivery. But one sloppy game at 2-2 cost Falconi the first set. After three errors, the unseeded American double-faulted to hand Hradecka the only break she’d need to take a one-set lead.

Hradecka held at love in the 10th game to win the first set. Falconi won back-to-back points on Hradecka’s serve only three times in the match.

In the second game of the second set, the ex-Georgia Tech star reached 30-15 by ending a well-constructed point with a swinging forehand volley. But one Hradecka service winner later, the score was 40-15.

Falconi followed a low forehand volley with a backhand volley winner to get to 40-30, but Hradecka made a run-around forehand winner look effortless on the next point to hold serve.

Such was the struggle the 5-foot-4 Falconi found herself in against an indoor-court specialist.

“For small people like me, you have to scamper more [indoors] because you’re on your heels the whole time,” said Falconi.

Hradecka hit a forehand return winner off a Falconi second serve to break for a 2-1 second-set lead. She consolidated the break with another forehand winner, handling a slice backhand from Falconi by attacking the ball and not letting the ball attack her.

“All she needed was one break in each set,” said Falconi. “When she got that, it was really hard to break… I know I’ll see her again, and hopefully I’m not playing on lightning-fast courts and I’ll have a little bit more time.”

Falconi saved two break points at 2-4, holding when she ended a 16-shot rally with an inside-out forehand out of Hradecka’s reach.

Another hold by the American forced Hradecka to serve for the title at 6-4, 5-4. The pressure point in the game came at 30-30, when Falconi tried to end an exchange with a swinging forehand volley from just inside the baseline. Hradecka reached that volley, and then another, before Falconi missed a crosscourt backhand volley wide.

After saving two match points against Sabine Lisicki in the quarterfinals, Hradecka forced a forehand error from Falconi to come full circle as the 2011 Dow Corning Tennis Classic champion.

“The match against Sabine was important because she’s such a great player,” said Hradecka, who joins Laura Granville, Jill Craybas and Helen Kelesi as a two-time Midland champion. “I told myself that I must be playing good if I beat Sabine.”

Hradecka has now won 17 ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles to go with 29 ITF doubles titles and nine WTA Tour doubles titles. But she’s yet to win a WTA singles title, break into the Top 50 or defeat a player in the Top 40.

“It’s true that I have a lot of titles at the ITFs,” said Hradecka. “On the WTA, I have reached three finals and that’s it. It’s difficult to say that those players play better. The players hit the same, but the difference is that those players have a different mind. On the WTA, if your opponent gives you chances, they give you just one or two – never more.”

Following the final, Falconi was presented with the tournament’s Larry Reed Most Promising Newcomer award. With only seven months of experience as a pro, she had never before been in the final of an event above the $25,000 level.

Falconi should rise to around No. 138 in next week’s WTA rankings, which means she has two more months to jump about 34 more places so that she receives direct entry into the French Open main draw.

“I’ve still got a ways to go,” said Falconi. “It was a great week. It’s easy to lose sight of what your goal is, but that’s the goal right now. April 11th is the big day. No. 138 could have been 132, but there’s always next week, and the week after that, for the next two months.”

Falconi and fellow American Alison Riske were scheduled to contest the doubles final against Jamie Hampton of the United States and Anna Tatishvili of the Republic of Georgia. However, Riske obtained a fever following Saturday’s semifinals and was unable to participate. Therefore, Hampton and Tatishvili were crowned the Midland doubles champions via walkover.

Article by Joshua Rey

Dow Corning Tennis Classic
Midland Community Tennis Center
Midland, Mich.
Purse: $100,000
Surface: Hard-Indoor

Sunday, February 13 – RESULTS

Singles – Final
Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) def. Irina Falconi (United States) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles – Final
Jamie Hampton (United States) and Anna Tatishvili (Georgia) def. Irina Falconi and Alison Riske (United States) walkover (Riske – fever)


Irina Falconi Reaches Singles and Doubles Finals of Dow Corning Tennis Classic

Irina Falconi (Photo by Bob Spears)

MIDLAND, Mich., February 12, 2011 – You never know how a young tennis player will react to pressure.

This week in Midland, WTA Tour rookie Irina Falconi has participated in her first press conference, spoken to sponsors at several functions and written a witty blog for USTA.com. Oh yeah, she’s been competing in singles and doubles at the most prestigious event on the USTA Pro Circuit too.

Factor in some of the fastest indoor courts in the country and that spells trouble for the smallest woman in the field.

But for the 5-foot-4 Falconi, it’s been no problema. The bilingual, college-educated 20-year-old won back-to-back matches on Saturday to reach the singles and doubles finals at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic.

“One of the most important things at a tournament like this is giving back,” said Falconi, who was born in Ecuador. “I honestly enjoy writing the blog and I have no problem doing it. I wish I could do more and I’ve gotten some really great reviews about it. It’s always nice to get reassurance, having people say that they like your writing. It’s the least I could do.”

She handled the heavy forehands and serves of 6-foot-tall Rebecca Marino with ease, upsetting the No. 2 seed 6-3, 6-2 in the first singles semifinal of the day.

Despite being outsized, Falconi dictated rallies and returned serves in an authoritative fashion.

“I stood about 30 feet behind the baseline,” Falconi said sarcastically. “That was one of the biggest things. She’s got to have one of the biggest serves in tennis. I felt like I was able to really read it today and I was able to find my rhythm on the return, which is huge when you’re playing a big server.”

In the first set, Falconi held a break point in each of Marino’s five service games. Though the Canadian escaped trouble to take a 2-1 lead, she blew two opportunities to break Falconi in the fourth game by missing her returns.

The former Georgia Tech All-American seized the momentum at 2-2, converting her fifth break point of the set by slicing Marino deep into her backhand corner. Marino tried but failed to run around for an inside-in forehand, netting the shot to give Falconi a 3-2 lead.

After the Atlanta resident held, Marino led 40-15 on her serve before Falconi hit back-to-back forehand winners. Marino double-faulted twice from deuce, perhaps feeling the pressure Falconi’s forehands had presented.

Though Marino recovered one break, Falconi clinched the first set by winning another forehand-to-forehand rally. Marino finished the set without a single forehand winner.

“It obviously worked, didn’t it?” Falconi said about her forehand exchanges with Marino. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Marino hit her first forehand winner down-the-line to hold for 1-1 in the second set, but Falconi’s shot-making remained remarkable.

In the opening game of the set, she followed a crosscourt forehand volley by bending low to the surface for a backhand volley winner into the open court. After breaking in the fourth game, Falconi held for 4-1 with a wide slice serve that pushed Marino off the court.

Marino had one more chance to make a match of it, holding two break points while trailing 2-4. But Falconi saved the first with a down-the-line forehand winner and the second when Marino dumped a forehand into the net.

Falconi saved one of her best patterns for the last game before breaking Marino at love. She set the Canadian up with two backhand slices, and then hit a well-disguised drop shot and a top-spin lob winner that brought fans to their feet.

“Rebecca is not exactly the typical girl that you want to lob over,” said Falconi. “I think that I put my head in gear in the last game. I wanted to get it right there and not let her hold and then break.”

After a 30-minute rest, Falconi returned to the court with countrywoman Alison Riske to play the Canadian/American pairing of Gabriela Dabrowski and Whitney Jones in a doubles semifinal.

Riske rewarded her partner with reflex volleys from the net and strong serving behind the baseline. She and Falconi broke Dabrowski to end each set in their 7-5, 7-5 victory.

Asked whether playing and studying at college is more difficult than playing two pro finals in one day, Falconi didn’t minx words.

“College is very, very easy compared to this,” said Falconi. “They’re very different. In college, you go to school every day and that was pretty rough – having to do homework. I have friends telling me, ‘Oh, I have a test today.’ But all these matches are tests to me everyday. I know what they’re going through and they know what I’m going through.”

Falconi will face another big hitter in the singles final when she battles the ‘Queen of Midland’ herself, Lucie Hradecka.

A fan favorite with the locals, the Czech defeated Ksenia Pervak of Russia 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to clinch her third consecutive berth in the Dow Corning Tennis Classic singles final. No other player in the tournament’s 23-year history has reached the final three straight years.

Hradecka defeated Eleni Daniilidou in 2009 before falling in three sets to Elena Baltacha last year, when she was in a similar situation as Falconi. At the 2010 Midland event, Hradecka reached both the singles and doubles finals.

Unlike Falconi, she played both of her semifinals at night, which resulted in her playing a total of four matches in a 24-hour period. She also landed in Midland later than most last year after making her Fed Cup debut for the Czech Republic.

It came as no surprise when she lost energy in the latter stages of the singles final.

“This year, I think I have a little bit more power,” said Hradecka. “Before this tournament, I was at home practicing. I came here last Thursday – not Monday night like last year.”

In Saturday’s match, Hradecka earned the only break of the first set when she pummeled four straight forehands deep into the court, pushing Pervak further and further behind the baseline until the Russian missed a down-the-line backhand.

Hradecka served out the set at love, generating pace with ease on shots from Pervak that had very little on them. She crushed a down-the-line backhand winner to take a 6-4 lead.

“I was trying to move inside the court a little bit and hit through the ball,” said Hradecka.

Returning first serves from well inside the baseline, Hradecka broke open a 4-1 second-set lead. Pervak battled back to 3-4 and led 15-30 on Hradecka’s serve when the Czech reacted to a first-serve fault by smacking her racquet on the court.

She lost that point to give Pervak two chances to even the second set at 4-4. But a clean backhand winner and an ace helped Hradecka hold. She went on to convert her second match point with a service winner.

“It’s a great feeling to be three-in-a-row in the finals here,” said Hradecka, who has never played Falconi. “I don’t know [what to expect] because I didn’t see her play or practice or anything. We will see.”

General admission tickets to the 2011 Dow Corning Tennis Classic finals cost $12 for adults and $8 for children. Play begins on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the singles title match between Hradecka and Falconi. After a short rest period, Falconi and Riske will take on Jamie Hampton and Anna Tatishvili in the women’s doubles final.

Article by Joshua Rey

Dow Corning Tennis Classic

Midland Community Tennis Center

Midland, Mich.

Purse: $100,000

Surface: Hard-Indoor

Saturday, February 12 – RESULTS

Singles – Semifinals

Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) def. [7] Ksenia Pervak (Russia) 6-4, 6-4

Irina Falconi (United States) def. [2] Rebecca Marino (Canada) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles – Semifinals

Irina Falconi and Alison Riske (United States) def. Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and Whitney Jones (United States) 7-5, 7-5

Jamie Hampton (United States) and Anna Tatishvili (Georgia) def. Ahsha Rolle and Mashona Washington (United States) 3-6, 7-6(3), [10-6]

Sunday, February 13 – SCHEDULE

Stadium Court – starting at 1 p.m.

Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) vs. Irina Falconi (United States) – SINGLES FINAL

Irina Falconi and Alison Riske (United States) vs. Jamie Hampton (United States) and Anna Tatishvili (Georgia) – DOUBLES FINAL


With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 32 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Among those who have played at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic are seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin, former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova, reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and 2011 Australian Open runner-up Na Li.