Local Lauren Embree Wins at Women’s Pro Classic at the South Seas Island Resort


Lauren Embree photo by Mauricio Paiz

(November 4, 2013) CAPTIVA, FLORIDA Local Marco Island resident Lauren Embree won her second round Singles Qualifying match at the Women’s Pro Classic at the South Seas Island Resort. Along with Embree, other players winning their Singles Qualifying matches earlier on Monday included Anastasiya Komardina, Marrie Norris, Maria Fernanda-Alves, Brooke Austin, Jacqueline Cako, Denise Muresan and Chiara Scholl.


Also on Monday, the Main Draw for Singles and Doubles were released along with top seeded players being announced including Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal claiming the No. 1 seed in the Singles Draw followed by Mandy Minella of Luxembourg as the No. 2 seed. Emerging future American tennis stars seeded in the Singles Main Draw include Melanie Oudin (No. 3), Maria Sanchez (No. 4), Julia Cohen (No. 6) and Victoria Duval (No. 7).


Starting on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., the Singles Main Draw will swing into action with local Lauren Embree scheduled to play first match on against Anastasiya Komardina on Stadium Court followed by fellow Americans Nicole Gibbs vs. Samantha Crawford and top seeds Maria Sanchez (No. 4) and Julia Cohen (No. 6). Top seed Michelle Larcher De Brito will be the last singles match on Stadium Court when she plays American Sanaz Marand. On Wednesday, American Melanie Oudin (seeded No. 3) will play her first round of Singles with match times to be announced Tuesday.


“We are excited to have so many rising American players in this year’s draw at the Women’s Pro Classic and we are looking forward to a great week of tennis starting tomorrow,” said Tournament Director, Nick Blackwood.


In the Main Draw of Doubles, the No. 1 seed was awarded to American Allie Will and Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski with Maria Fernanda-Alves of Brazil and Catalina Costana of Colombia taking the No. 2 seed. Main Draw Doubles action will also get underway on Tuesday with the first doubles match scheduled for not before 12:00 p.m. when local Doubles Wild Card recipients Kerry Kendricks and Angie Guillette get things started.


The Women’s Pro Classic is a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event and the final opportunity for players to obtain WTA Tour points in the U.S. to qualify for the 2014 Australian Open.  Of those in the Singles Main Draw, Melanie Oudin, who has been ranked as high as No. 31 in the WTA Tour Singles Rankings, is known for her thrilling run at the 2009 US Open where she defeated Maria Sharapova to advance to the Quarterfinals. Just this summer, Victoria Duval captured the hearts of Americans at the 2013 US Open after an upset win over 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round. In addition, Taylor Townsend has had breakthrough accomplishments in the juniors on her way to playing the USTA Pro Circuit events, winning the Junior Australian Open Singles Championship in 2012 and finishing the year ranked No. 1 in Girls Singles Junior ITF World rankings.


The South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic is being held at the award-winning South Seas Island Resort in beautiful Captiva, Florida from November 3rd-10th at the Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy.  The Main Draw Singles and Doubles play will begin on Tuesday, November 5th, with the Finals taking place on Sunday, November 10th.  Throughout the week, the Women’s Pro Classic will showcase world class tennis from bringing the game’s emerging and future tennis stars to the area while benefiting three local philanthropic causes – the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Madisen’s Match and Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc.


This year’s Title Sponsor for the Women’s Pro Classic is the South Seas Island Resort with Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille as the Presenting Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Sofibella, NU Men’s Formal Tennis, Pro Graphx and PSAV.


Tatishvili and Tomljanovic reach Macon Finals

Macon Saturday Ajla Tomljanovic
MACON, Georgia, (October 12, 2013) Saturday is usually a day reserved for college football in the South, but don’t tell that to the tennis fans of Macon, Georgia.


Saturday means the semifinals at the ButlerCars.com Tennis Classic of Macon held at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center at Stratford Academy.


It also meant a time for the favorites to step up their game and shine.


Saturday’s first semifinal featured former top-50 pro Anna Tatishvili of the Republic of Georgia and Ulrikke Eikeri, the No. 1 player from Norway.


Tatishvili jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead over Eikeri, but she said it was no time to relax.


“Obviously you try to win every game, but a fast start sure helps.”


Eikeri fought back to even the first set at 4-4, but Tatishvili broke and then held to get the one set advantage.


When a reporter said this may have been her best match of the tournament so far, Tatishvili agreed.


“I played pretty solid today, I was in good position for my shots.”


The second set was more of the same with Tatishvili staying ahead the entire way to close out the win.


Tatishvili broke Eikeri six times during the match.


There wasn’t much suspense in the second semifinal as top seeded and world No. 86 Ajla Tomljanovic took the first four games of the match with a dominating array of serves and forehands keeping her opponent, Madison Brengle off balance, looking for answers, and questioning line calls.


It’s possibly the first match all week where Tomljanovic, who didn’t face any break points, was pleased with her play.
“Today, not much to complain about, I played as well as I could and didn’t make any mistakes, but credit to her, she fought to the end,” explained the 5’11” righty from Zagreb, Croatia.


The 6-2, 6-1 match only lasted 61 minutes, but Tomljanovic said that was a good thing.


“It was kind of tough, she’s (Brengle) the type of player that doesn’t give you much time in between points. so my heart rate was always up.”


Tomljanovic and Tatishvili have played once before with Tomljanovic taking a three set win in 2009 at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Albuquerque.


The action on Sunday begins at 1 pm with the doubles final and the singles final will follow.


Saturday’s Results (Winners Listed First)


Anna TATISHVILI (GEO) [4]Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) WS6-4 6-3

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) [1]Madison BRENGLE (USA) [3] WS6-1 6-2


Friday Results Tennis Classic of Macon


By Rick Limpert

MACON, Georgia, (October 11, 2013) Ask ButlerCars.com Tennis Classic tournament director Eric Hayes what his favorite day of tournament week is, and you will hear him say, “they all a great, but Friday, when all the quarterfinals are played is special.”


“For many of the players, Friday is the day that determines whether they had a successful week or not,” offers up Hayes. “If they win, in many cases, they earn enough points to significantly boost their ranking.”


Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri is looking to boost her ranking back up to where it was before she injured her ankle back in February.  Eikeri was approaching the No. 250 mark in the world rankings when she sustained an injury.


Now, she has put three great matches together in Macon and feels good about her game.


Playing almost flawless tennis, Eikeri took down American and seventh seed Allie Kiick in a little over an hour.


“The first set was perfect,” Eikeri said of the 6-0, 6-3 victory. “I wasn’t making any errors and everything was perfect in that first set.”


Eikeri was happy with the quick victory, that will allow her to spend the rest of Friday resting and recovering.


Eikeri said her confidence has risen since her first round upset over second seeded Michelle Larcher De Brito.


“It has helped my confidence, beating a player like that- it makes me feel like I can beat anyone.”


Eikeri will next face Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, not the state of Georgia, but the Republic of Georgia. Tatishvili, a former world No. 50 took out two-time NCAA singles champ Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 in a match where Gibbs frequently chided herself for unforced errors.


Tatishvili noticed her opponent Gibbs, get visibly frustrated, but she didn’t let it affect her game.


“I just try to focus on myself and I think it was because her serve was a little off today,” stated the 23-year old from Tbilisli, Georgia.


In the other semifinals, tournament top seed Ajla Tomljanovic jumped on American Julia Boserup quickly, winning the first set 6-2, but she had to hold on in the second, taking it 7-5.


“It was 6-2, 5-2, playing very solidly,” explained Tomljanovic.  “But I have to give credit to her, she really stepped it up and made it more difficult for me to miss some shots I shouldn’t have- but that’s tennis.”


Tomljanovic will face American Madison Brengle in her semifinal match.  Brengle defeated fellow American Jacqueline Cako of Seattle, Washington.


In doubles semifinals action, Emily Harman and Elizabeth Lumpkin defeated Lauren Embree and Allie Kiick and the other doubles semi went three sets with the team of Kristi Boxx and Abigail Guthrie defeating Boserup and Samantha Crawford.


The two singles semifinals will take place on Saturday starting at 11 am.


Thursday’s Results (Winners Listed First)
Starting at 10:00Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR)Allie KIICK (USA) [7] WS6-0 6-3
Starting at 10:00Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) [1]Julia BOSERUP (USA) WS6-2 7-5
Followed byAnna TATISHVILI (GEO) [4]Nicole GIBBS (USA) [6] WS6-1 6-3
Followed byMadison BRENGLE (USA) [3]Jacqueline CAKO (USA) WS6-2 6-1
Followed byEmily J. HARMAN (USA) / Elizabeth LUMPKIN (USA)Lauren EMBREE (USA) / Allie KIICK (USA) WD7-5 6-4
Followed byKristi BOXX (USA) / Abigail GUTHRIE (NZL)Julia BOSERUP (USA) / Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) WD5-7 7-6(5) [13-11]

Americans Find Success on Wednesday at Tennis Classic of Macon


By Rick Limpert

MACON, Georgia, (October 9, 2013) More beautiful weather for the continuation of the first round of the main draw on Wednesday, and that played right into the hands of the American players at the ButlerCars.com Tennis Classic of Macon held at the Jaime Kaplan Tennis Center at Stratford Academy.


Wildcard entry and former University of Alabama player Alexa Guarachi took on China’s Di Zhao to start Wednesday’s action. Guarachi, who because of injury issues, doesn’t even currently hold a world ranking started a bit tentatively, but caught fire at the end of the first set edged the world No. 515 6-4, 7-5 in front of a group of family and friends.


“I kind of had a slow start, but thought I played well,” said Guarachi following her win. “My serve helped and he helps me set up what I want to do with the next ball.”


Guarachi next takes on another former college player in former Arizona State Sun Devil Jacqueline Cako. Even after both played four year in college, they have never played each other.


“I’m excited,” stated Guarachi. “I know her game a little and I’ve had some friends that have played her, so I can talk to them.


Another player that did some talking was former University of Florida player Allie Will.


Will fell behind Emma Hayman of New Zealand early and dropped the first set. Will then proceeded to give herself frequent short pep talks as she eeked out a tiebreaker to take the second set to force a decisive third.


The talks appeared to work as Will went on to win the third set and advance.


Also advancing was former USC player and qualifying draw survivor Danielle Lao of Arcadia, California.  Lao came to Macon with no world ranking, but a relaxed attitude and she says that is paying off.


Lao won a battle with fellow American Chiara Scholl 6-4, 6-4 and is content to take it one match at a time.


“I think I decided to play these tournaments a few weeks ago- it was either or going to be great or be a disaster, but so far so good,” offered up Lao.
Lao said she relies on her own instincts when preparing for a match and doesn’t worry about what the stats or percentages say.


“I usually don’t check the numbers and stats, but I try to play my game and go out there and access what I need to do.  The numbers don’t necessarily lie, but they can be deceiving.”


Lao next will face top seeded Adja Tomljanovic.


The tournament’s third seed Madison Brengle cruised through her first round match with a straight set win over Tereza Martincova. Brengle will next face Natalie Pluskota of Sharpsburg, Georgia.


Wednesday’s Results (Winners Listed First)
Starting at 10:00Alexa GUARACHI (USA)Di ZHAO (CHN) WS7-5 6-4
Starting at 10:00Allie WILL (USA)Emma HAYMAN (NZL) WS1-6 7-5 6-3
Starting at 10:00Mari OSAKA (JPN)Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) WS4-6 6-3 6-3
Starting at 10:00Nicole GIBBS (USA) [6]Elizabeth LUMPKIN (USA) WS6-1 6-0
Followed byDanielle LAO (USA)Chiara SCHOLL (USA) WS6-4 6-4
Followed byAlexandra STEVENSON (USA)Caitlin WHORISKEY (USA) WS6-3 1-6 6-4
Followed byPiia SUOMALAINEN (FIN)Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) WS6-4 6-0
Followed byNatalie PLUSKOTA (USA)Angelica MORATELLI (ITA) WS7-6(3) 6-1
Followed byMadison BRENGLE (USA) [3]Tereza MARTINCOVA (CZE) WS6-2 6-4
Followed byRosalia ALDA (USA) / Epiphany B. TURNER (USA)Emma HAYMAN (NZL) / Michelle SAMMONS (RSA) WD6-3 2-6 [13-11]
Followed byKhristina BLAJKEVITCH (CAN) / Petra JANUSKOVA (CAN)Kristi BOXX (USA) / Abigail GUTHRIE (NZL) WD6-1 2-6 [10-4]
Followed byAsia MUHAMMAD (USA) / Allie WILL (USA) [1]Nicole GIBBS (USA) / Alexa GUARACHI (USA) WD3-6 6-3 [10-6]
Followed byJennifer ELIE (USA) / Kady POOLER (USA)Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) / Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) [4] WD2-0 Ret.
Followed byJulia BOSERUP (USA) / Samantha CRAWFORD (USA)Sanaz MARAND (USA) [3] / Keri WONG (USA) WD6-3 6-3

Melanie Oudin Captures Party Rock Open Title


LAS VEGAS (Sept. 29, 2013) – Melanie Oudin captured her seventh overall career singles titles, sixth USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit event and first Party Rock Open with an exciting three-set win over fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe on Sunday at the Darling Tennis Center.

Traditionally not a fast starter, the 22-year-old Oudin from Marietta, Ga., was broken in the first game of the match and dropped the first set 5-7, before gaining control of the match to reel off a 6-3, 6-3 win and capture her first title of 2013 and the $7,600 that goes along with it.

For the second straight year the singles final was contested by two Americans at the Party Rock Open, which was played under ideal and warm 82-degree desert temperature and in front of an enthusiastic crowd that enjoyed top-level tennis all week long, even though both players said they got off to a slow start Sunday due to nerves.

“It wasn’t the best quality tennis from both of us,” said Oudin, who has won one WTA event on grass and now has six $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit titles, including wins in Vegas, Charlottesville, Va. (2012), New Braunfels, Texas, (2012), Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., (2009), Raleigh, N.C., (2009) and Lexington, Ky., (2008). “Obviously it’s never easy returning CoCo’s serve, but I felt like I was doing a better job of attacking it in the second set. It was close the entire time.”

Vandeweghe, 21, had a long exchange with the chair umpire after a disputed line call with Oudin leading 2-0 in the third set and Vandeweghe serving at deuce.

A late out call by the linesman went in favor Oudin and she won the next point taking the crucial 3-0 lead.

“I thought the ball was out,” Oudin said. “It was just a late call. It makes sense to me. And I think that’s what happened. But she was obviously upset about it.”

Vandeweghe took what seemed like two or three minutes to get an explanation from the chair umpire. “I have no idea what happened there,” Vandeweghe said afterward. “There was no explanation. I did my best to come back and kept fighting.”

Vandeweghe did, indeed, breaking Oudin’s serve for 3-1 and then serving what Oudin called a “great” game in the fifth game to hold and make it 3-2.

Oudin said she hasn’t decided but would like to play the next Pro Circuit event in her home state, a $25,000 event in Macon, Ga. Then she will play three more $50K events, two in Canada and one in Florida before shutting it down for the season.

Oudin was asked by a local reporter if she gets tired of often being solely linked to her great US Open quarterfinal run in 2009. “Yes, that’s way over. That’s like so long ago now. I’m so past that. Waaaay past that.”

Vandeweghe, who won $4,053 for finishing runner-up, was able come back and win the doubles title a week after taking the Albuquerque Challenger doubles event as she Austrian partner Tamira Paszek, the No. 2-seeded team, took out the U.S. pair of Denise Mursean and Caitlin Whoriskey, 6-4, 6-2. The winning team split $2,786 ($1,393 each) while the finalists earned $1,393 total ($696.50 each). Mursean and Whoriskey were both three-time All-Americans from the University of Michigan and the University of Tennessee, respectively.

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.


Semifinals Set at Party Rock Open



(September 27, 2013) LAS VEGAS– Mayo Hibi rallied from down 5-1 in the second set to upset top-seeded Alja Tomljanovic of Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (4) and advance to the semifinals at the Party Rock Open on Friday.

The 17-year-old Hibi, who moved to Irvine, Calif., at age 2 and represents Japan, will face 23-year-old American Melanie Oudin not before 6 p.m. on Saturday in the second semifinal being played at the Darling Tennis Center in the USTA Women’s $50,000 event.

In the first semifinal at 4 p.m., American CoCo Vandeweghe will meet Anna Tatishvili of Georgia. Both took different routes to the semis as Vandeweghe had a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over Madison Brengle while Tatishvili downed American qualifier Allie Kiick, 5-7, 6-0, 6-0.

Both Hibi (2013) and Oudin (2008) are former ASICS Easter Bowl junior champions and have never faced each other before.

“I haven’t seen much of her play because she’s younger, but I know she had a marathon match in the first round and I saw some of that,” said Oudin, who has dropped just one set in three rounds. “We’ll see. I just need to play my game.”

Vandeweghe beat Tatishvili in their only career meeting on grass at an ITF pre-Wimbledon warm-up tournament last year.

Kiick was playing in her fifth match in as many days. “I think she just got a little tired,” Tatishvili said. “I practice with Allie a lot and know her pretty well. I think I wasn’t playing my game and wasn’t attacking. After the first set I changed my game plan and started attacking more.”

Vandeweghe will also contest the doubles final on Sunday as she and Austrian partner Tamira Paszek, the No. 2-seeded team, beat the young U.S. pairing of Samantha Crawford and Sachia Vickery, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8, in the night’s final match.

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.

Quaterfinal Singles
q: qualifying;
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) def. Allie Kiick (US) [q] 5-7, 6-0, 6-0
Melanie Oudin (US) def. Chanel Simmonds (RSA) 6-2, 6-2
CoCo Vandeweghe (US) [6] def. Madison Brengle (US) 6-3, 6-4
Mayo Hibi (JPN) def. Alja Tomljanovic (CRO) [1] 6-2, 7-6 (4)

Semifinal Doubles
Denise Mursean (US) / Caitlin Whoriskey (US) def. Stephanie Bengson (AUS) / Sacha Jones (AUS) 6-1, 6-3
Tamira Paszek (AUT) / CoCo Vandeweghe (US) [2] def. Samantha Crawford (US) / Sachia Vickery (US) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8

Saturday’s Singles Semifinal Schedule
Stadium Court, starting at 4 p.m.
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs. CoCo Vandeweghe (US) [6]
Not before 6 p.m.
Melanie Oudin (US) vs. Mayo Hibi (JPN)


Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy to Host $50K USTA Women’s Pro Circuit Event in November


September 27, 2013, CAPTIVA, FLORIDA – The Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy has announced that they will be hosting a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event – the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic – from November 3rd-10th at the award-winning South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Florida.  This tournament is the last USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event on the calendar in 2013 and opportunity for players to obtain WTA Tour points for the 2014 Australian Open. This event will benefit three local philanthropic causes – the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Madisen’s Match and Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc.


“We are thrilled to have been selected to host the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic,” said Tournament Director, Nick Blackwood (also Co-Founder of the Pavel & Blackwood Tennis Academy).  “The tournament will not only bring highly competitive tennis to our area that will give the excitement and experience of the professional game up close, but it will also benefit our community and the three philanthropic causes we are supporting.”


For more information on the South Seas Island Resort Women’s Pro Classic, visit www.facebook.com/www.ssirproclassic


Mayo Hibi Upsets No. 7 Seed Sesil Karatantcheva at Party Rock Open

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 24, 2013) – US Open National Playoff winner Mayo Hibi continued her impressive form with a marathon first-round win at the Party Rock Open on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old from Irvine, Calif., upset No. 7-seeded Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in three hours and 38 minutes to kick off main-draw play at the Darling Tennis Center.

“Every point was a grind,” said Hibi, who won her first $50,000 event earlier this year in Sacramento. “She was so solid from the baseline. You really don’t know what to expect.”

Hibi had never faced Karatantcheva, who has been ranked as high as No. 35 in the world and is a member of the Kazakhstan Fed Cup team. Hibi said she watched some points via YouTube to prepare for the match.

Hibi, who captured two major junior events – the ITF Carson Spring International and the ASICS Easter Bowl – back-to-back in April, said the warm desert air didn’t bother her. “It’s such a great atmosphere here and the wind wasn’t too bad today,” she said.

Hibi will play the winner of tomorrow’s Taylor Townsend-Asia Muhammad match, which begins at noon on stadium court.

Muhammad, the No. 4-seeded player in qualifying, won her third match in three days to qualify for the main draw with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Brianna Morgan. Muhammad had to come back from a break down 4-2 to win the second set.

“I feel really good,” said Muhammad , 22, who has played her hometown event the past five years. “I feel warmed up and I’ve gotten used to the courts. I’ve gotten all the butterflies out.”

In the night match, two-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek downed 2012 Party Rock Open semifinalist Adriana Perez from Venezuela, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (7).

Joining Muhammad as qualifiers into the main draw were: No. 2-seeded Allie Kiick, Jacqueline Cako, and No. 3 Sanaz Marand.

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.

Final Qualifying match results from Tuesday:
Allie Kiick (US) [2] def. Denise Muresan (US) 6-1, 6-0
Jacqueline Cako (US) def. Lauren Embree (US) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Asia Muhammad (US) [4] def. Brianna Morgan (US) 6-1, 7-5
Sanaz Marand (US) [3] def. Tori Kinard (US) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

First-main draw singles
Tamira Paszek (AUT) def. Adriana Perez (VEN) 7-6 (8), 7-6 (7)
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) [2] def. Elizabeth Lumpkin (US) [wc], 6-2, 6-3
Mayo Hibi (JPN) def. Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ) [7] 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-3
Chanel Simmonds (RSA) def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) [3] 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Amra Sadikovic (SUI) def. Julia Boserup (US) [wc], 6-4, 6-3
Alexandra Stevenson (US) [wc] def. Grace Min (US) [5] 6-1, 7-6 (7)

First-round main draw doubles
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) / Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) def. Jacqueline Cako (US) / Natalie Pluskota (US) [3] 6-2, 6-3
Samantha Crawford (US) / Sachia Vickery (US) def. Anamika Bhargava (US) / Lenka Wienerova (SVK) 7-5, 6-3
Melanie Oudin (US) / Taylor Townsend (US) def. Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) / Mayo Hibi (JPN) 6-2, 6-3
Macall Harkins (US) / Sanaz Marand (US) def. Jan Abaza (US) / Louisa Chirico (US) 7-5, 7-5

Wednesday’s Matches
Stadium Court, starting at Noon
wc: wild card; q: qualifying;
Taylor Townsend (US) vs. Asia Muhammad (US) [q]
Followed by Chieh-Yu Hus (US) vs. Maria Sanchez (US) [4]
Followed by Asia Muhammad (US)-Allie Will (US) [1] vs. Madison Brengle (US)-Allie Kiick
Not before 6 p.m.
Melanie Oudin (US) vs. Petra Rampre (SLO)
Court 11, starting at Noon
Allie Will (US) [wc] vs. Shelby Rogers (US) [8]
Followed by CoCo Vandeweghe (US) [6] vs. Eleni Danilidou (GRE)
Followed by Alja Tomljanovic (CRO) [1] vs. Jacqueline Cako (US) [q]
Followed by Lauren Embree (US) / Mary Weatherholt (US) [wc] vs. Tamira Paszek (AUT) / CoCo Vandeweghe (US) [2]
Court 10, starting at Noon
Sachia Vickery (US) vs. Madison Brengle (US)
Followed by Anna Tatishvili (GEO) vs. Samantha Crawford (US)
Followed by Emily Harman (US) / Elizabeth Lumpkin (US) vs. Stephanie Bengson (AUS) / Sachia Jones (AUS)
Followed by Chieh-Yu Hsu (US) / Nicole Melichar (US) [4] vs. Denise Mursean (US) / Caitlin Whoriskey (US)
Court 8, starting at Noon
Sacha Jones (AUS) vs. Allie Kiick (US) [q]
Followed by Sanaz Marand (US) [q] vs. Tereza Mrdeza (CRO)


Napa Valley Challenger Results


(September 24, 2013) Head Men’s Tennis Coach at UC Berkeley, Peter Wright was presented a $1,000 donation for the Cal Men’s Tennis Program from the Napa Valley Challenger, a USTA pro circuit event. “Our Napa Valley community has a lot of Cal Berkeley alumni and it’s important for us to support the local tennis programs,” Chris Arns said, Tournament Director.

Ben McLachlan is UC Berkeley’s No. 1 player lost to Alex Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4. Denys Molchanov retired against Matt Reid due to a shoulder injury after the first set.

Thansai Kokkinakis, 17 years old, beat the No. 2 seed to qualify for the main draw. This is his second Challenger in his career and his first main draw. When asked how the Napa Valley has affected his game, Kokkinakis said, “This is cool, I played my first qualifying match on center court and I wasn’t really focused, I was really busy looking around because there was so much open space here. I’ve had good results here, so I can’t complain.”

September 25th features  a match between Tim Smyczeck and Daniel Cox on Center

Singles – First Round
[4] A Kuznetsov (USA) d [WC] B Mclachlan (NZL) 61 64
[5] B Klahn (USA) d D Evans (GBR) 63 36 75
[8] D Young (USA) d [Q] G Ouellette (USA) 63 62
P Polansky (CAN) d S Caruso (ITA) 61 63
T Sandgren (USA) d M Arevalo (ESA) 76(2) 61
M Reid (AUS) d D Molchanov (UKR) 61 00 Retired
R Ginepri (USA) d N Barrientos (COL) 61 61
S Groth (AUS) d [WC] D Novikov (USA) 67(6) 62 62
B Reynolds (USA) d S Singh (IND) 62 64
[Q] T Kokkinakis (AUS) d [Q] J Witten (USA) 63 46 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
E Corrie (GBR) / D Smethurst (GBR) d [3] B Klahn (USA) / M Venus (NZL) 75 63
E Elliott (USA) / M Seeberger (USA) d D Cox (GBR) / J Milton (GBR) 62 64
D Kudla (USA) / D Young (USA) d V Malik (IND) / S Singh (IND) 62 62


American Tim Smyczek Opens with win at Napa Valley Challenger

Tim Smyczek

(September 24, 2013) Monday marked the beginning of the main draw at the Napa Valley Challenger, a USTA pro circuit tennis tournament in Napa, California.

Players are competing for $50,000 in total prize money and 80 ATP points to the winner – there’s a lot to gain. Tim Smyczek (USA) the tournament’s No. 2  seed won against Vijayant Malik (IND) 6-2, 6-2 on Monday afternoon. Smyczek will face Daniel Cox in the second round. When asked about Monday’s game Smyczek said, “When I got on the court I felt a little flat, it took four or five games to dig my teeth into the match and I got into a rhythm. I’m really happy with the way I played, especially the second set – I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”

The experience for players so far in the Valley has been positive. “It’s the second time I’ve been here and it’s quickly becoming my favorite place to play. It’s pretty ideal too, not much wind. I’m really happy to be here.”

When asked what Smyczek would do to prepare for his next tournament match he said, “I’ve never played Cox before, not sure what to expect but I’ll go out and play my game and focus on the things I can take care of, I’m confident right now and I’m going to carry it forward.”

Daniel Cox commented on his opponent, “I’ve seen him a little bit, he’s experienced at his level, it’s going to be a tough match. I’m going to try to play well and do my best.” Recovering from wrist surgery last August, Cox is returning to the game from eight months off and is feeling good, “It’s still not perfect, but I’m managing it well and able to play,” said Cox.

The tournament runs through Sunday, September 29th. For more detailed information visit NapaValleyChallenger.com.


Men’sSingles – First Round
[1] D Kudla (USA) d E Corrie (GBR) 60 62

[2] [WC] T Smyczek (USA) d V Malik (IND) 62 62

[3] R Williams (USA) d [WC] C Altamirano (USA) 62 62

M Venus (NZL) d [7] S Johnson (USA) 76(4) 64

D Cox (GBR) d B Mitchell (AUS) 76(2) 61

Men’sDoubles – First Round
A Kuznetsov (USA) / P Polansky (CAN) d [4] D Molchanov (UKR) / M Reid (AUS) 46 64 10-5

B Reynolds (USA) / J Smith (AUS) d S Caruso (ITA) / D Kutrovsky (BUL) 61 36 10-5

M Arevalo (ESA) / N Barrientos (COL) d G Ouellette (USA) / J Witten (USA) 76(5) 75

MensQualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying - T Kokkinakis (AUS) d J Milton (GBR) 63 64

Qualifying – J Witten (USA) d [WC] K Harbatsiuk (BLR) 64 61

Qualifying – D Kutrovsky (BUL) d A Blumenberg (BRA) 62 63

Qualifying – G Ouellette (USA) d M Santiago (USA) 61 63