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Japan's Akiko Morigami Takes Title at Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic

April 23, 2003 04:14 PM

Held at the Westgate Tennis Center in Dothan, AL, the finals of the 2003 Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic on Sunday was a day of perfect tennis. With rain a problem earlier in the week, Sunday had clear skies and warm spring time temperatures. In the singles final, defending Champion Milagros Sequera of Venezuela faced off against Japan's Akiko Morigami. Off the court Sequera and Morigami are close friends, but on the court the match was a fierce battle. Morigami controlled the match from the start and took the title with a straight set, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

However Sequera did not leave Dothan without being crowned a champion, as she and Australia's Christina Wheeler took the doubles title, defeating the American team of Julie Ditty and Varvara Lepchenko, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. After losing the first set, Wheeler and Sequera regrouped and improved their concentration and intensity. Their efforts were rewarded as they easily swept the next two sets.

You can download the tournament's complete draw here. (must have Adobe Acrobat Reader)

The Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic attracts top ranked players from around the world. Eighteen different countries were represented in the 2002 event. The Pro Classic brings Dothan and the Tri-State area a unique opportunity to host and view an international professional tennis tournament.

The Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic is in it's second year as the USTA's top circuit event featuring a $75,000 purse.




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