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North Carolina's Ally Baker Part of Winning Doubles Team at the $50,000 World Tennis Cup

September 22, 2003 11:16 AM

Ally Baker and her partner Teryn Ashley, of Chestnut Hill, MA, took home the 2003 World Tennis Cup, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Event, this past weekend in Columbus, OH. Ashley pulled off a difficult tournament sweep as she also captured the single's title.

Unseeded, the team of Baker, from Raleigh, NC, and Ashley pulled off a surprising upset with their victory over Maria Emilia Salerni of Argentina and Andreea Vanc of Romania. As the No. 3 seeded team, Salerni and Vanc entered the event as the No. 152 ranked doubles team in the WTA rankings, while Baker and Ashley entered at No. 330.

During their improbable run, Baker and Ashley took out both the top seed, Samantha Reeves and Milagros Sequera, and the event's No. 3 seed, Americans Laura Granville and Jennifer Hopkins. The young American duo of Baker and Ashley capped off their impressive run with a three set finals victory over Salerni and Vanc, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2.

Ashley, ranked No. 157 in the world in singles took out two highly accomplished players during her singles championship run. She defeated No. 7 seed Adriana Serra-Zanetti of Italy in the second round and dominated No. 2 seed, American Amy Frazier, in the semis. Frazier, who is ranked No. 55 in the world, was completely overmatched as Ashley took her out, 6-1, 6-1.

This event was very profitable for Ashley as she took home a total of $9,100 for her victories ($7,700 for the singles title and half of $2,800 for winning the doubles).

You can download the final singles and doubles draws here.

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 ranges from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and 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.

The USTA owns and operates the US Open, two professional tour events, and 98 Pro Circuit events throughout the United States. In addition, it selects the U.S. teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the Olympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States, and is a not-for-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to www.usta.com.




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