Russian Sharapova Takes Title at Cloister Cup in Sea Island, GA

May 11, 2003 11:10 AM

While a Russian did take the singles title at the 2nd Annual Cloister Cup in Sea Island, GA, it was not won by Anna Kournikova. Maria Sharapova, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, came out strong in her match against No. 7 seed, Christina Wheeler and defeated her in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Sharapova defeated Kournikova in their highly anticipated semifinal matchup on Saturday when Kournikova pulled out with an injury. Kournikova aggravated an existing abductor injury in her quarterfinal match against Sunitha Rao.

The doubles final featured a match-up of the event's No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The No. 1 seeded team of Lisa McShea and Christina Wheeler was strong throughout the event, not having dropped a set the entire week. The Australian team faced an American team of No. 2 seed Jennifer Embry and Jessica Lenhoff. Embry and Lenhoff had struggled throughout the tournament, needing to win three straight three-set matches to make it to the finals. In the end, Embry and Lenhoff put it all together and quickly dispatched McShea and Wheeler, 6-3, 6-4.

Wheeler was denied the chance to sweep the singles and doubles titles as the day unfolded.

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The Cloister Cup, a $25,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit, was sponsored this year by GOGO of the Shops at Sea Island and is being played at the Cloister Tennis Center in Sea Island, GA.

"We were obviously thrilled to have someone with the drawing power of Anna Kournikova playing in this event," said Dickie Anderson, Sea Island's Director of Tennis. "She did not disappoint and the caliber of tennis played by all of our competitors was simply top notch. We also appreciate the great support of Gogo Ferguson, who sponsored this year's tournament."

Ferguson, an avid tennis fan, is known internationally for her unique jewelry designs inspired by nature. Prizes to the winner and runner-up will be original GOGO designs.

For more information about this event contact Merry Tipton, at 912-634-4359 or tournament director Dickie Anderson at 912-638-5168.