2014/04/17

Shelby Rogers Claims US Open Wild Card Through USTA Pro Circuit Events

Shelby Rogers by Craig Glover / Party Rock Open

Shelby Rogers by Craig Glover / Party Rock Open

From the USTA: (July 28, 2013) The USTA announced that Shelby Rogers has earned a main draw wild card into the 2013 US Open. This year, the USTA awarded one women’s singles main draw wild card into the US Open to the American who earned the most WTA Tour Ranking points at two of three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Yakima, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Lexington, Ky. Rogers earned a combined 102 points with her best two results, winning the title in Lexington today and reaching the semifinals in Portland.

Rogers also earned a main-draw wild card into the 2013 French Open by winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge; in Paris, she defeated Irena Pavlovic in the first round to win her first-ever Grand Slam main draw match. The winner of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge was determined similarly to this US Open wild card system by the player who accumulated the greatest number of WTA ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events. Rogers rose to the top of the standings by winning the title at the $50,000 event in Charlottesville, Va., and reaching the quarterfinals at the $50,000 event in Dothan, Ala.

Last year, Rogers made a run to the final of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas and claimed the singles title in Yakima with a victory over US Open girls’ champion Samantha Crawford. As a junior player, Rogers won the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships to earn a wild card into the main draw of the 2010 US Open for her first appearance in a Grand Slam (in the either main draw or the juniors). She trains at the USTA National Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., and is ranked No. 143 in the world.

The USTA first used this wild card format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker, who each advanced to the second round at last year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. The USTA also used this format to grant a men’s and women’s main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open, which was won by Steve Johnson and Mallory Burdette, who both reached the third round of the US Open, as well as the 2013 French Open, which was won by Alex Kuznetsov and Rogers.

Ranking points from two out of four men’s events—$50,000 events in Binghamton, N.Y., and Lexington, Ky., and $100,000 events in Vancouver, B.C., and Aptos, Calif.—will be used and combined to calculate the men’s point total and determine the US Open wild card recipient. Vancouver and Aptos will be held over the next two weeks. Lexington concludes today. Alex Kuznetsov currently leads the men’s standings with 80 points after winning Binghamton.

Only players who have not earned direct acceptance into the US Open are eligible for the wild card.

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Kudla Wins Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

Dennis Kudla

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – May 4, 2013American Denis Kudla followed up a dramatic Friday night win with a solid performance Saturday, beating Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.

 

Kudla, 20, had snapped Ryan Harrison’s eight-match win streak Friday at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex and waited out a four-hour rain delay Saturday to beat Stebe, a left-hander from Germany.

 

“I’ve been playing well this week, so I felt like if I came out and played my game today it would go my way,” said Kudla, who won his third career challenger title. “It feels great to win here this week. It was kind of unexpected to do this, but I trusted my training.”

 

In doubles, the No. 1 seeds Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren stayed true to their ranking with a well-earned 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 victory over Greg Jones of Australia and Canadian Peter Polansky.

 

“I got a little bit impatient sometimes, trying to shorten the points with drop shots,” said the 22-year-old Stebe, who owns three challenger titles himself. “I wasn’t able to go in the long rallies with him. He played well today, making it tougher for me in the important points.”

 

Kudla won the first set on a backhand long from the German. In the second set, the American opened up a 3-0 lead and didn’t look back, closing out the match in 68 minutes.

 

“Until 6-3, 5-2 I didn’t realize it was Germany vs. USA,” said Kudla, laughing. “It did make me feel good to get that win.”

 

Kudla is projected to reach a career-high No. 114 in Monday’s rankings and says his goal is to receive direct entry into this year’s US Open.

 

Kudla is the 15th American to win in Tallahassee in 21 years of the challenger’s history, including five out of the last six years. Tim Smyczek was defending champion and Donald Young won here in 2011.

 

For Americans Krajicek and Sandgren, it marked the first time they had played doubles together – ever.

 

“It’s a great start to win our first tournament playing together,” said Krajicek, 22. “We have good chemistry on the court and played the big points well. It’s always better to get a win.”

 

Krajicek won his fourth challenger doubles title while Sandgren, 21, collected his second. Tennys noted the change in Tallahassee from hard courts a year ago to green clay for this year.

 

“I liked playing on the clay this week,” said Sandgren. “The grounds crew really knew what they were doing … it’s not that hard to pull off. But they did a great job on it.”

By Nick McCarvel

 

TALLAHASSEE TENNIS CHALLENGER – TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA

$50,000

APRIL 27 – MAY 04, 2013

 

RESULTS – APRIL 29, 2013

Men’s

Singles – Semifinals

[7] Denis Kudla, United States, def. Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany, 6-3, 6-3

 

Doubles – Final

[1] Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren, United States, def. Greg Jones, Australia, and Peter Polansky, Canada, 1-6, 6-2, 10-8

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No. 1 Seed Russell Stunned as No. 2 Ryan Harrison Survives Three-Set Scare at Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 30, 2013 – Top seed Michael Russell was bounced out of the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger while No. 2 Ryan Harrison avoided an upset scare Tuesday at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.

 

World No. 294 Suk-Young Jeong took down the 34-year-old Russell, ranked No. 93, Tuesday afternoon on Stadium Court, beating the American veteran 7-6 (6), 6-3 in a hard-fought affair.

 

Harrison, the world No. 81, followed Russell on court but avoided the upset trend by coming back from a second-set loss to Taro Daniel of Japan, winning 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5).

 

“It was a long match, it was tough,” said Harrison, who won the title last week in Savannah. “But I didn’t close it out and finish it the way that I wanted to. Things kind of go that way sometimes, you just have to keep fighting. I was able to come away with the third set.”

 

Earlier in the day it was Ryan’s younger brother Christian, just 18, who shocked No. 6 seed Steve Johnson 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Stadium Court. Christian said he’d like to get his ranking up to the Wimbledon qualifier cut off (around No. 200) in the next month. He entered Tallahassee as the world No. 378.

 

“Christian has been getting stronger everyday,” 20-year-old Ryan said of his younger brother. “I think he’s getting more comfortable at this level. I think he’s starting to feel like he can beat these guys. He put it together and got a big win. He’s going to start building off of that for sure.”

 

A pair of Americans, former champions Donald Young and No. 5 seed Tim Smyczek, were successful on familiar turf. Young, who won here in 2011, beat Michael Venus of New Zealand 7-5, 6-4 while defending champion Smyczek held off big-serving Australian Greg Jones 6-3, 7-5.

 

No. 4 seed Jack Sock fell on the wrong side of the upset tracks, losing to fellow American Alex Kuznetsov 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Kuznetsov, who is leading the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, moved a step closer to clinching a spot in the French Open with the win.

 

“Jack is a really good, talented player,” said the 26-year-old Tampa resident. “It was difficult for me to break in the first set. I just really tried to stay the course in the second set and got a few chances on his serve. I won a break point at 3-1 in the second set when we were both at the net and I really felt like that turned the match around. That gave me confidence from there on out. I just kept fighting until the end.”

 

It’s Wayne Odesnik who still stands in Kuznetsov’s way for a French Open berth. Odesnik was a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Denys Molchanov of Ukraine on Court 1.

 

No. 8 seed Mischa Zverev of Germany notched a 6-4, 6-0 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili while American Bradley Klahn won 6-3, 6-2 against Nicolas Barrientos. Florida State University standout Dominic Cotrone fell short against Canadian Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-4.

 

In doubles, local hopes Salif Kante and Takura Happy of Florida A&M University produced quite the win over Dante Saleh and Mico Santiago, winning 6-4, 6-4. Their victory marked the first time a college team had won in Tallahassee since a Florida State team did so in 2009.

By Nick McCarvel

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Harrison, Sock, Johnson Headline Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Field

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, April 10, 2013 – The USTA announced the line-up for the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger set for April 27-May 4, including a slew of up-and-coming Americans headlined by Ryan Harrison, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, defending champion Tim Smyczek and 2011 winner Donald Young.

 

The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is the third of three events in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge series, which will determine which American male earns a wild card into the 2013 French Open.

 

The field is revealed on the heels of the announcement last week that Mardy Fish, the former world No. 8 and current No. 42, was awarded a wild card for the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, held at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex. He won here in 2006.

 

Thirty-four-year-old Michael Russell is the highest-ranked player on the acceptance list at No. 73. The Houston resident made the quarterfinals of the ATP event in Memphis this February. In 2001, he reached the fourth round of the French Open, losing to eventual winner Gustavo Kuerten.

 

World No. 93 Harrison is making his main draw debut in Tallahassee at 20 years old. He played in the qualifying here at the age of 16 in 2009. The Shreveport, La., native has been ranked as high as No. 43 and has one USTA Pro Circuit title to his credit at Honolulu in 2011.

 

Sock, also 20, enters the Tallahassee field at a career-high No. 119 after a quarterfinals effort – like Russell – in Memphis. The big-serving Lincoln, Neb., native also paired with veteran James Blake to win his first-ever ATP doubles title in February in Delray Beach.

 

Former two-time NCAA champion Johnson, ranked No. 130, leads a host of top college alumni that includes No. 144 Rhyne Williams (Tennessee), 2008 Tallahassee winner and No. 145 Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt), No. 189 Bradley Klahn (Stanford), No. 210 Somdev Devvarman (Virginia) and No. No. 213 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee).

Written by Nick McCarvel

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Fish Awarded a Wild Card into Savannah Challenger

Mardy Fish

(April 5, 2013) Mardy Fish has been awarded a wild card into two USTA Pro Circuit events this month. Fish will compete in two $50,000 Challengers—the Savannah (Ga.) Challenger, held the week of April 22, and the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger in Florida, held the week of April 29.

 

Fish, once ranked in the Top 10 in the world, has been sidelined with an undisclosed heart condition that was diagnosed almost a year ago. In his first appearance since the 2012 US Open, Fish reached the third round of the ATP Masters Series event in Indian Wells, Calif., last month and has not played since.

 

Fish peaked at No. 7 in the world in 2011 and owns six career ATP singles titles. Fish won the silver medal in men’s singles at the Athens Olympics and has been a longtime member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.

 

Fish is no stranger to the USTA Pro Circuit’s Tallahassee event. He won the event in 2006 when the tournament was played on hard courts and then went on to win the ATP singles title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston the following week in a rarity—winning a hard-court event and a clay-court event on consecutive weeks, as well as a USTA Pro Circuit event and ATP World Tour event on consecutive weeks. Tallahassee is one of three USTA Pro Circuit singles titles won by Fish.

 

Savannah and Tallahassee are two of three men’s tournaments that are part of the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, in addition to the $100,000 Sarasota (Fla.) Open, held the week of April 15. The three men’s tournaments join three $50,000 women’s tournaments—the Dothan (Ala.) Pro Classic, held the week of April 15; the Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville, Va., held the week of April 22; and the Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., held the week of April 29.

 

The American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA Tour ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events will receive USTA wild cards to compete in the main draws of the 2013 French Open. Players who did not receive direct entry into the French Open are eligible for the wild cards. Fish, who is currently ranked No. 42 in the world, already has direct entry into the 2013 French Open.

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Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Awards Tournament Wild Card to Mardy Fish

Mardy Fish photo by Siggi Bucher/USTA

Mardy Fish photo by Siggi Bucher/USTA

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 2, 2013 – The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger and USTA announced Wednesday that world No. 42 Mardy Fish, a former world No. 8 and three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, has been awarded a wild card into the USTA Pro Circuit event, set for April 27-May 4 at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.

 

Tournament director Karen Vogter announced the wildcard for Fish at a press conference Wednesday morning in Tallahassee that also unveiled a new Har-Tru court for the tournament, which is the final of three French Open wild card qualifying events known as the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.

 

Additionally, Vogter and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks dedicated the court to the city.

 

“We are delighted to welcome Mardy back to Tallahassee to play in the 21st edition of this event,” Vogter said. “He has a special place in our hearts, and we’re happy to help him continue his tennis journey.”

 

Fish, 31, took six months away from the pro tennis game following the diagnosis of a heart condition he revealed at the US Open in August of 2012. He made his return to the sport at Indian Wells last month, and will play in Tallahassee for the second time in his career.

 

In 2006, Fish played in the USTA Pro Circuit event in Tallahassee, winning five straight matches to claim the title. Fish has won three USTA Pro Circuit titles in his career, the last being in Tallahassee.

 

The new Har-Tru hydro court in Tallahassee marks the first year of clay being used after two decades of hard court play. The player that earns the most points through three Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge events will earn a wild card into the French Open.

 

Vogter and Mayor Marks were joined by USTA Pro Circuit director Brian Early, Ed Montaclevo of Har-Tru Sports, Paula Fortunas and Mark O’Bryant of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and Dee Cumpler of the City of Tallahassee.

 

By Nick McCarvel Special to the USTA

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Tallahassee Tennis Challenger and Har-Tru Holding April 3 News Conference to Unveil New Court

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TALLAHASSEE, April 1, 2013 – The USTA and Har-Tru will hold a joint press conference at the Forestmeadows Tennis Center Wednesday, April 3 at 11 AM local time to unveil the brand-new hydro green clay Har-Tru court for the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, set for April 27-May 4.
Tournament director Karen Vogter will be joined by Ed Montecalvo of Har-Tru Sports for the unveiling of Stadium Court, which was installed over the last year after two decades of hardcourt play at the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. The hydro court, a soft green clay, will be donated to the City of Tallahassee at the April 3 press conference, as well.
“The community in Tallahassee has supported this event for 20 years and I’m delighted to announce that we will donate the court to its residents on April 3,” Vogter said. “We look forward to another incredible Tallahassee Tennis Challenger later next month and can’t wait to see tennis enthusiasts from throughout the region come and watch some of the sport’s up and coming stars play in Northern Florida.”
Earlier this month the USTA announced that Har-Tru will serve as the title sponsor for the three-tournament swing which awards a French Open wild card to the leading American man and woman. Tallahassee serves as the final of the three tournaments, collectively known as the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to sponsor the USTA Pro Circuit,” said Pat Hanssen, general manager of Har-Tru Sports. “It’s a great opportunity to support the governing body of our sport, the USTA, and its efforts to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the U.S. The fact that we can help the USTA leverage their efforts to drive more high level training and competition on clay, and indeed support the method for these players to gain wild card entry into Roland Garros, lines up perfectly with our commitment to developing champions.”
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a $50,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit and last year was won by American Tim Smyczek. Players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish, James Blake, John Isner and Donald Young have appeared at the event, which benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D., Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
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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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Davis Wins Dow Corning Tennis Classic

Lauren Davis

By  McCarton Ackerman

(February 10, 2013) The Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center concluded on Sunday with two marathon matches in the singles and doubles finals. The fighting spirit that No. 1 seed Lauren Davis of the US has shown all week was on full display in her third-set tiebreaker win over unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia, while the unseeded pairing of Melinda Czink of Hungary and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia prevailed in the doubles final.

In a match that took well over two hours, Davis took the title with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2) win over Tomljanovic. The teenagers are no strangers to each other, having practiced together many times at the Evert Tennis Academy in Florida.

Tomljanovic struggled to find the range on her shots early on in the match, allowing Davis to comfortably take the opening set. The wear and tear on the American’s body after numerous long matches this week began to show in the second set as Tomljanovic reeled off five consecutive games on her way to the second set.

“After the first set, my energy level went down,” said Davis. “But if you want something bad enough, you’ve got to find the energy.”

Things looked bleak for Davis in the final set as she went down 2-0 to the Croatian. But as she has done all week, the No. 1 seed showed remarkable resistance in clawing her way back into the match. She fought off break points on her serve at 4-4 and 5-5 to help bring the match into a tiebreaker and saved her best tennis for the end. As she continued to track down balls that would be winners against most players, Tomljanovic began to overhit on her forehand. Winning the first four points of the tiebreaker, Davis rode the momentum the rest of the way and converted on her second match point.

Davis, currently ranked No. 90, had never won a title at the $100,000 level before. Currently ranked No. 90 on the WTA Tour, she is projected to rise to around No. 75 in the rankings.

“I have so many dreams and so many visions, and this is part of it,” said Davis. “It’s another step to where I want to go.”

In the doubles final, Melinda Czink and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni rallied from a set down to defeat the Brazilian-British team of Maria-Fernanda Alves and Samantha Murray 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.

“I’ve had such a great week here,” said Czink. “Some of the WTA tournaments should come here and see how you guys run this because it really is a great tournament.”

The Dow Corning Tennis Classic has completed its 25th year on the USTA Pro Circuit, making it the longest-running women’s event on the USTA Pro Circuit. Several former competitors at the event have gone on to win Grand Slam titles and reach the top 10 in the rankings. Past competitors include seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and Olympic gold medalist Justine Henin, three-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam singles champion Mary Pierce, 2011 French Open singles champion Na Li, 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, and two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Anna Kournikova.

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Lauren Davis and Ajla Tomljanovic to Square Off in Midland Final

Lauren Davis

Lauren Davis

(February 9, 2013) MIDLAND, Mich. – The  Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center continued on Saturday with all semifinal singles and doubles matches taking place. Unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia continued her dream run with a win in the day session over American Mallory Burdette, while No. 1 seed Lauren Davis in the US had yet another major comeback win in the evening session against No. 8 seed Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

In the day session, Tomljanovic stood her ground in the hard-hitting baseline rallies with Burdette, reeling off the final eight games of the match to win 7-5, 6-0. Burdette fought hard to rally from 2-5 down in the first set, but it was the last bit of momentum she would have in the match.

“At 5-5, she had the momentum and it could have gone either way. But after I held serve and broke again, I felt like it was my turn to dominate,” said Tomljanovic.

Tomljanovic, currently ranked No. 370, was sidelined by mononucleosis for most of 2012 and was limited to just six events. So far in 2013, she has already reached the finals of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Innisbrook, Flor. “I was prepared for it to take a while for my form to come back, but I had a really good off-season and knew that I would eventually pick my form up and do something big,” she said. “I’m not too surprised to be hitting the ball like this, but I’m welcoming it.”

In the evening session, Davis rallied from 1-6, 1-4 down to defeat Puig 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. The world No. 116 Puig seemed unable to miss throughout much of the early stages of the match, reeling off five straight games to take the opening set. Midway through the second set, Davis started to add more variety to her game and displayed a willingness to attack the net when the opportunity came. She won 11 of the final 13 games in the match.

“At 1-4 in the second set, I started to get more balls back and make her play more in the rallies,” said Davis. “I have no idea how I pulled that out though.”

The 19-year-old Davis has come into her own over the last six months, breaking into the world’s top 100 on the back of strong results including quarterfinal finishes at WTA events in Quebec City, Canada and Hobart, Australia, as well winning two USTA Pro Circuit titles last fall at the $75,000 challenger in Albuquerque, N.M. and $50,000 event in Las Vegas.

Despite needing over two hours to win tonight and spending roughly ten hours on court throughout her four matches this week, Davis said she was confident that she’ll have enough in the tank for Sunday’s final.

“I feel so fresh and so new, so I’ll be fine for tomorrow,” said Davis. “I’ve been working hard on my fitness, especially during the off-season and it’s paying off for me.”

In doubles action, the Brazilian-British team of Maria-Fernanda Alves and Samantha Murray moved into the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 3 seeds Julia Cohen of the US and Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia. They will play the winners of the evening session doubles match between Americans Jill Craybas and CoCo Vandeweghe and the Hungarian-Croatian team of Melinda Czink and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The singles and doubles finals of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic will kick off tomorrow at 1:00pm. Lauren Davis and Ajla Tomljanovic will be up first in the singles final, followed by the doubles final between Maria-Fernanda Alves and Samantha Murray against either Jill Craybas and CoCo Vandeweghe or Melinda Czink and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

The Dow Corning Tennis Classic is in its 25th year on the USTA Pro Circuit, making it the longest-running women’s event on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Dow Corning Tennis Classic
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Saturday, February 9
Midland Community Tennis Center
Midland, Mich.
Purse: $100,000
Surface: Hard-Indoor

Saturday, February 9 – RESULTS

Main Draw Singles – Semifinals
Lauren Davis, United States (1), def. Monica Puig, Puerto Rico (8), 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
Ajla Tomljanovic, Croatia, def. Mallory Burdette, United States, 7-5, 6-0

Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
Maria-Fernanda Alves, Brazil, and Samantha Murray, Great Britain, def. Julia Cohen, United States, and Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia (3), 6-3, 6-1

Sunday’s February 10 – SCHEDULE

Stadium Court – starting at 1 p.m.
Lauren Davis vs. Ajla Tomljanovic, followed by Maria-Fernanda Alves/Samantha Murray vs. Jill Craybas/Coco Vandeweghe or Melinda Czink/Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

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