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American Hopeful Advances to Semifinals at Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25K Challenger

March 28, 2003 08:34 PM

American Jennifer Hopkins, at one time ranked as high as 52 in the world and on the come back trail advanced to thesemifinals at the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger at the Racquet Club of The South, with a straight set quarterfinal victory over Columbian Catalina Castano. Hopkins, from Leawood, Kansas has a career six singles USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit championships (more on Jennifer Hopkins).

The powerful serve of Jenny Hopkins. Photo by Ron Cioffi
The other American quarterfinalist, sixteen year old Nicole Pitts, lost in straight sets to Nathalie Vierin, 6-4, 6-1. Vierin, ranked as high as 146 in the world, was a finalist in January at the $25,000 Challenger in Belfort, France.


In other quarterfinal action, Jana Nejedly, 1996 Canadian Olympian and winner of the USTA Pro Circuit event in Redding, CA on Sunday, came back from down a set to defeat Tian Tian Sun from China, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Finally, Jie Zheng, defeated Zi Yan 6-1, 6-2. Both competitors are from China.

Saturday's semifinal singles will feature American Jennifer Hopkins against Italy's Nathalie Vierin. The other semifinal will feature a rematch of the Redding finals, between Jana Nejedly, named Tennis Canada's 2001 Female Player of the Year and Jie Zheng, a member of China's 2002 Fed Cup team. Semifinal doubles matches will feature the top three seeds in action.

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Friday, March 28, 2003 Results
Singles - Quarterfinals
Jennifer Hopkins, United States, def. Catalina Castano, Colombia, 6-2, 6-3
Nathalie Vierin, Italy, def. Nicole Pitts, United States, 6-4, 6-1
Jana Nejedly, Canada, def. Tian Tian Sun, China, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jie Zheng, China, def. Zi Yan, China, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles - Quarterfinals
Leanne Baker, New Zealand, and Francesca Lubiani, Italy, def. Libuse Prusova and Renata Voracova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3)
Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3), China def. Remi Tzuka and Yuka Yoshida, Japan, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)
Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler (1), Australia, def. Erica Krauth, Argentina and Sarah Stone, Australia, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Zi Yan and Jie Zheng (2), China, def. Jin-Hee Kim, Korea, and Ayami Takase, Japan, 6-3, 6-0

Saturday, March 29 - SCHEDULE
SEMIFINALS
Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Jennifer Hopkins, vs. Nathalie Vierin followed by,
Jana Nejedly, vs. Jie Zheng, followed by,
Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler (1), vs Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3), followed by,
Zi Yan and Jie Zheng (2), vs. Leanne Baker and Francesca Lubiani

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.

CONTACTS
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

 

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