Unseeded American Nicole Pitts Topples Number Two Seed In Three Set Marathon

March 28, 2003 09:02 AM
The powerful serve of Jenny Hopkins. Photo by Ron Cioffi
Americans Nicole Pitts and Jennifer Hopkins both upset seeded players to move into the quarterfinals at the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger at the Racquet Club of The South. Sixteen year-old Pitts, a USTA wild card, beat number two seed Libuse Prusova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, to reach her first quarterfinal appearance in a USTA Pro Circuit event. Hopkins, who has been ranked as high as 52 in the world and is on the come back trail, beat number five seed Renata Voracova in straight sets.

Both Pitts and Hopkins are playing in Friday's quarterfinal action. Pitts will take on Nathalie Vierin from Italy and Hopkins plays Catalina Castano from Colombia (more on Jennifer Hopkins).

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Thursday, March 27, 2003 Results
Singles - Second Round
Zi Yan,China, def. Olga Barabanschikova (4) Belarus, 6-3, 6-2
Nicole Pitts, United States def. Libuse Prusova (2), Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Jie Zheng, China def. Gabriela Lastra, United States, 6-1, 7-5
Tian Tian Sun, China, def. Lucie Ahl, Canada, 6-4, 6-2
Nathalie Vierin,Italy, def.Samantha Stosur,Australia, 6-4, 6-1
Jana Nejedly,Canada, def. Julie Pullin, Great Britain, 6-3, 6-4
Catalina Castano, Colombia, def. Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
Jennifer Hopkins, United States, def. Renata Voracova, Czech Republic (5), 6-4, 6-4

Doubles - First round
Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3), China, def. Olga Barabanschikova, Belarus and Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada, 1-1 retired injury
Leanne Baker,New Zealand and Francesca Lubiani,Italy def. Alyssa Cohen,United States and Diana Srebrovic, Canada,6-2,7-6 (7-3)
Erica Krauth, Argentina and Sarah Stone, Australia def. Julie Ditty, United States and Petra Rampre, Slovenia, 7-5, 6-1

Friday, March 28 - SCHEDULE

Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Catalina Castano, vs. Jennifer Hopkins, followed by
Jana Nejedly, vs. Tian Tian Sun, followed by
Libuse Prusova and Renata Voracova, vs. Leanne Baker and Francesca Lubiani, followed by
Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3) vs. Remi Tzuka and Yuka Yoshida

Court 12- starting at 10 a.m.
Nathalie Vierin, vs. Nicole Pitts, followed by,
Zi Yan, vs. Jie Zheng, followed by,
Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler (1), vs. Erica Krauth and Sarah Stone
Zi Yan and Jie Zheng (2) vs. Jin-Hee Kim and Ayami Takase

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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 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