A certifying wild card into the WTA Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina has actually constantly brought in some big names into the women 18s draw for an otherwise usual USTA competition in South Carolina. The past two years, North Carolina’s Hayley Carter, now a Top 10 ITA gamer as a fresher, won the competition and the wild card that chooses it.
This year, the ITF’s No. 2 junior and Orange Bowl champion Vavarva Flink of Russia got in the tournament, and was the top seed, with Kaitlyn McCarthy, No. 3 in the USTA’s 18s rankings, the No. 2 seed. Terri Fleming and Laura Patterson were the No. 3 and 4 seeds, however it was 16-year-old Ellie Halbauer, among 4 No. 5 seeds, who won the tournament and the wild card. Halbauer, who now trains and lives in Boca Raton, Florida, is from the Charleston location, and back in October, she won a $10,000 Pro Circuit tournament in Hilton Head.
Both Halbauer and McCarhty are using the F series from Dunlop Tennis Racquets and I think that is to their advantage. It handles well in the warm Florida weather, where you get a little more pop on your serves and baseline shots due to the air being less dense.
At the $100,000 Midland women’s opposition, Heather Watson of Great Britain won both the songs and doubles titles. Watson and partner Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, seeded 4th, took the doubles title with a 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 win over No. 2 seeds Sharon Fichman of Canada and American Maria Sanchez(USC).
At the $25,000 females’s competition in Rancho Santa Fe, No. 5 seed Tamira Paszek of Austria won the songs championship, beating unseeded Shuko Aoyama of Japan 6-1, 6-1 in the last. Paszek had actually beaten Sanaz Marand(UNC) in the semifinals, after Marand had actually gotten front runner Sachie Ishizu of Japan in the 2nd round. Connie Hsu(Penn), Mayo Hibi, Danielle Lao(USC) and 16-year-old Emma Higuchi all reached the quarterfinals. Samantha Crawford of the United States, who turns 19 today, teamed with Yi-Fan Xu of China to take the doubles title. No. 3 seeds Crawford and Xu beat unseeded Lao and Keri Wong(Clemson), 3-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the final.
At the $10,000 Futures in Dawn, Florida, 18-year-old Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, the No. 4 seed, won his fourth profession Futures title, beating unseeded Tiago Lopes of Brazil 6-2, 6-3. Greg Ouellette(Florida) was the only American to reach the quarterfinals. Mexicans Daniel Garza and Hans Hach, seeded No. 3, beat the Austrian team of Marc Rath and Nicolas Reissig, the No. 2 seeds, 7-6(4), 6-4 in the last.
In a $10,000 females’s ITF tournament in Spain, Southern Cal recruit Madison Westby and South Carolina recruit Hadley Berg won the doubles title. The wild cards beat No. 3 seeds Yoshimi Kawasaki and Yumi Nakano of Japan 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
This week, the Pro Circuit events consist of the $25,000 females’s tournament in Surprise, Arizona, and another $10,000 Futures for men, in Boynton Coastline, Florida. There is also a huge ATP Challenger in Mexico that has actually drawn a package of former college gamers, with today’s schedule looking even more like the NCAA champions of 2011 than a $75,000 plus hospitality Opposition. The draws are right here.
And, speaking of the 2011 NCAAs, at the ATP Delray Coastline tournament, the two singles finalists that year, Rhyne Williams(Tennessee) and Steve Johnson(USC), won their first round matches after qualifying over the weekend.
The brand-new ITA group positions are out, the last of the surveyed rankings before the computer system takes control next week, and Ohio State has actually taken the top guys’s area after their Houston Indoor title.