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American No. 7 Seed Dabek Sweeps Singles and Doubles Titles at $25,000 Coca-Cola Classic

September 27, 2003 11:01 PM

Florida's Tiffany Dabek enjoyed a career day on the tennis court as she pulled off a rare title sweep this past weekend in Raleigh, NC at the 2003 $25,000 Coca-Cola Classic.

Dabek, seeded No. 7 in singles, needed over two hours to defeat No. 6 seed Edina Gallovits of Romania. After losing the opening set, Dabek regrouped and showed remarkable composure in set number two. She and Gallovits traded holds of serve until Dabek broke through and took the set by a score of 7-5. She was able to carry over the momentum from the previous set into set three and jumped out to an early lead, going on to take the match by a score of 3-6, 7-5, 3-6.

Dabek and partner Maria Fernandez Alves of Brazil had an equally difficult time in winning the doubles final. After only a thirty minute break, Dabek and Alves faced off against Canada's Maureen Drake and singles finalist Gallovits. The American-Brazilian duo seemed to come out flat as Drake and Gallovits took an early lead and went on to take the opening set 6-2. However, Dabek and Alves came out for the second set with renewed vigor and determination and won 6-3.

With both Dabek and Gallovits seemingly exhausted from the week's worth of tennis and their earlier match, the final set was relatively quick. Dabek and partner Alves rolled to an easy victory and took the match by a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

With the victories Dabek now has two singles Professional Circuit titles to her credit and three doubles championships.

The Coca-Cola Classic, a $25,000 USTA Professional Circuit event, was played at the North Hills Club in Raleigh, NC. Proceeds from tickets sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday all went to Breast Cancer charities.

Follow the action and download the current 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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