Day One of 2003 Neighborhood Charter School Women's $25K Challenger Tough on American Players

March 25, 2003 08:13 PM

Fifteen year old Lyndsay Burdette, from Jackson, GA made her debut at a professional tennis tournament at the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger and lost a heartbreaking match to Nicole Pitts, of Boca Raton, FL 1-6, 7-5, 6-2. Burdette came out strong, winning the first set easily, but did not have enough in reserve to hold off the comeback by Pitts. Both players had been awarded wild cards by the USTA to participate in the event.

Americans Tara Snyder and Teryn Ashley, both seeded, lost as well. Snyder lost to fellow American Gabriela Lastra. Down a set, Snyder was forced to withdraw after she fell ill and Ashley lost in straight sets to Lucie Ahl of Great Britain. Complete day one results can be found below.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003 Results
Singles - First Round
Renata Voracova(5), Czech Republic, def. Rika Fujiwara, Japan, 6-3, 6-4
Nicole Pitts, United States, def. Lyndsay Burdette, United States, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2
Catalina Castano, Columbia def. Shiho Hisamatsu, Japan, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Zi Yan, China, def. Jessica Lehnoff, United States, 6-2, retired injury
Gabriela Lastra, United States, def. Tara Snyder(7), United States, 7-6(1), retired illness
Lucie Ahl, Great Britain def. Teryn Ashley(8), United States, 6-3, 6-2
Tian Tian Sun, China, def. Cory Ann Avants, United States, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Doubles - First round
Zi Yan and Jie Zheng, China (2), def. Tanner Cochran and Kristen Schlukebir, United States, 6-1, 6-2
Libuse Prusova and Renata Voracova, Czech Republic def. Teryn Ashley and Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States (4) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Wednesday's line up features number one seed Lindsay Lee-Waters, of Duluth, GA against Jana Nejedly, who won the USTA Pro Circuit event in Redding CA this past Sunday. Nejedly represented Canada in the 1996 Olympic Games. Lee-Waters, once ranked as high as 31 in the world is currently number 107.

Wednesday, March 26 - SCHEDULE
Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Sybille Bammer vs. Jenny Hopkins, followed by
Lindsay Lee-Waters(1) vs. Jana Nejedly, followed by
Camille Pin (6) vs. Marie-Eve Pelletier, followed by
Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler (1), vs. Jorgelina Cravero and Melissa Torres

Court 12- starting at 10 a.m.
Julie Pullin vs. Francesca Lubiani, followed by
Olga Baranschikova (4) vs. Dimana Krastevitch, followed by
Nathalie Vierin vs. Anne Keothavong, followed by
Jin-Hee Kim and Ayami Takase, vs. Ansley Cargill and Kristin Cargill

Court 13 - starting at 10 a.m.
Jorgelina Cravero vs. Samantha Stosur, followed by
Christina Wheeler vs. Libuse Prusova (2), followed by
Nina Duebbers vs. Jie Zheng, followed by
Remi Tezuka and Yuka Yoshida, vs. TBA

Download the Main Singles and Doubles Draw here. (Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to successfully open this file.)

Admission to the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger is free but sponsorships and donations benefiting the Neighborhood Charter School will be accepted. The Neighborhood Charter School is an in-town elementary school in Grant Park that opened in the fall of 2002. The 98-year-old Atlanta school building was destroyed by fire in February following a full year of extensive remodeling by parents and volunteers. It housed the community's 105 kindergarten through third grade students. The tournament is scheduled to run through March 30.

The USTA organizes, sponsors and administers the USTA Professional Circuit, the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2003 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at USTA Professional Circuit events range from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in total purse. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA tour ranking points.

Debby Teitsman, Tournament Press Aide, cell 404.402.7719
Peggy May, Tournament Director, Cell 843.290.1570
Marc Kaplan, USTA Southern Section, 770-368-8200 / 404-966-9821 (cell)