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No. 1 Seed Dominates Goody Products USTA $25K Women's Pro Championship Final

September 14, 2003 09:08 PM

Tennis fans who came out this week to see Kristina Brandi, the top seed at the Goody Products USTA Women's Pro Championships at the Peachtree City Tennis Center, learned early in the week that they better not be late or they might miss something -- like the entire match.

Brandi won the singles title at Peachtree City, a $25,000 event, for the second time, capping off the week with a 6-0, 6-1 win in about 45 minutes over San Diego's Allison Bradshaw in the final. The champion collected $3,000 and the runnerup received $1,700.

Brandi truly dominated this event, losing only seven games in her last four matches enroute to the finals. Her stiffest competition came against American Jessica Lenhoff in the first round. Brandi lost her only set of the tournament against Lenhoff while she battled to a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over the qualifier.

A winner here back in 1998, Brandi climbed as high as No. 26 in the women's rankings before a torn tendon in her wrist led to a layoff of about a year and a half. She started back last year and entered this tournament ranked 112th.

This was her fifth tournament win of 2003. After a three-set victory Tuesday in the first round, she lost only seven games the rest of the way and none of her matches lasted more than an hour and 10 minutes. She led 5-0 in the second set of Sunday's match before Bradshaw broke through and won a game.

Bradshaw started her week at Peachtree City in the qualifying rounds before working her way up to her first final of the year.

Brandi earned herself a tournament title earlier this year in Europe at a grass-court tuneup to Wimbledon. She went on to reach the second qualifying round at Wimbledon and the final qualifying round at the U.S. Open.

With her ranking almost certain to climb into the top 100 with this win, she is looking to play in a few larger tournaments in the near future, including a $170,000 event in Quebec. Her win in Peachtree City automatically secures her a spot in the qualifying tournament of the February WTA event in Memphis.

Born in Puerto Rico, she has lived in Florida almost her entire life but has been able to compete for Puerto Rico in the Federation Cup and the Pan American Games, and she will be on the Puerto Rican Olympic team next summer in Athens, Greece.

Lenhoff won the doubles title the previous day.

Lauren Kalvaria and Jessica Lehnhoff Take Doubles Title
Due to a last-minute scheduling change, the final two rounds of doubles competition in the Goody Products USTA Women's Pro Championships at the Peachtree City Tennis Center were played on Saturday. When all was said and done, Americans Lauren Kalvaria and Jessica Lehnhoff won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Amanda Augustus and Melanie Marios and picked up the $1,200 first prize in the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. The runnerup team split $700.

Earlier in the day, Augustus and Marois won 6-2, 6-2 over Natalie Grandin and Nicole Rencken in the semifinals. In a match showcasing two teams of Americans, Kalvaria and Lehnhoff defeated Stephanie Hazlett and Julia Scaringe 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal, which ended 30 minutes before the final began. The tournament champions won four of five sets over a four-hour period.

Download the final singles and doubles draws.

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 Sanex WTA tour ranking points.

Among the players to have launched notable careers on the USTA Professional Circuit are: Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Patrick Rafter, Mary Pierce, Todd Martin, Chanda Rubin, Alexandra Stevenson, Jan-Michael Gambill, Anna Kournikova, Meghann Shaughnessy, James Blake and Andy Roddick.




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