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American Jenny Hopkins Rolls Into Finals of the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger

March 29, 2003 08:54 PM
The powerful serve of Jenny Hopkins. Photo by Ron Cioffi
American Jennifer Hopkins, 22, advanced to the finals at the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger at the Racquet Club of The South, with a close straight set semifinal victory over Nathalie Vierin 7-5, 7-5. Hopkins, from Leawood, Kansas has a career six singles USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit championships, and has competed in all four Grand Slams (more on Jennifer Hopkins).

Jana Nejedly won the other semifinal match in straight sets over Jie Zheng, 19, from China, 6-0, 6-2. Nejedly, one of the best players to ever come out of Canada has earned seven ITF career singles titles, two this year.

In doubles semifinal action, third seeds Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun, of China, outlasted the number one seeds, Australia's Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler in three sets. In other doubles semifinal action, Leanne Baker, New Zealand, and Francesca Lubiani, Italy, came back from down two match points in the second to win the three hour, three set marathon against China's Zi Yan and Jie Zheng.

Tomorrow's single final will feature Jennifer Hopkins, one of the fastest rising young Americans on the tour against Jana Nejedly, who is going for her second straight title in as many weeks. The single final begins at 1 p.m. with the doubles final to follow.

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Saturday, March 29, 2003 Results
Singles - Semifinals
Jennifer Hopkins, United States, def. Nathalie Vierin, Italy, 7-5, 7-5
Jana Nejedly, Canada, vs., Jie Zheng, China, 6-0, 6-2

Doubles - Semifinals
Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3), China, def. Samantha Stosur and Christina Wheeler (1), Australia, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Leanne Baker, New Zealand, and Francesca Lubiani, Italy def. Zi Yan and Jie Zheng (2), China, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4

Sunday, March 30 - SCHEDULE
Stadium Court - starting at 1 p.m.
Jennifer Hopkins, vs. Jana Nejedly, followed by
Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun (3),vs. Leanne Baker and Francesca Lubiani

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 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




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