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Georgia's Lee-Waters Sweeps Singles and Doubles Titles at 2003 City Club Championship

October 12, 2003 06:15 PM

Lindsay Lee-Waters, the City Club Championship's No. 2 seed, added to her already impressive resume as she captured both the singles and doubles titles this past weekend at the City Club Championship, a $25,000 USTA Professional Circuit event being played at the City Club at River Ranch in Lafayette, LA.

Lee-Waters, from Dunwoody, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, easily defeated the No. 3 seed, South Africa's Natalie Grandin, in the finals by a score of 6-2, 6-0. The win was by far Lee-Waters' quickest of the tournament, as two of her previous four matches leading up to the finals showdown went to three sets.

Grandin seemed to struggle at times with her serve and was a bit sluggish getting to the ball at the baseline.

Lindsay Lee-Waters
"I was just trying to move the ball around and make her move to hit defensive shots," Lee-Waters said. "I wanted to stay focused on my game plan, and it worked out well for me."

"She was struggling a little bit with her first serve and I just wanted to take advantage of her second serve by placing it and taking control of the point early, and my confidence just grew as the match went along."

In the semifinals she took out promising North Carolina native, Cory Ann Avants, 6-4, 7-6(2). Avants, from Raleigh, enjoyed her best year-to-date perfomance in any singles USTA Professional Circuit event this week in Lafayette.

Runner-up Grandin snuck by top seed, Canadian Maureen Drake, in the semis. After losing the opening set, Grandin outplayed her higher ranked opponent with blistering groundstrokes and timely serving. In the end Grandin came away with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.

Americans Lee-Waters, Tanner Cochran, Cory Ann Avants and Kelly McCain claimed four of the eight quarterfinal beths at the City Club Championship.

Lee-Waters pulled off the impressive singles-doubles titles sweep as she teamed up with Drake to capture the doubles championship. Drake and Lee-Waters entered the event unseeded but took out the top seeded team of Nicole Sewell (Australia) and Andrea Van Den Hurk (the Netherlands) in three sets in the opening round earlier in the week.

They powered through the draw winning another three setter in the semis, before taking on qualifiers Jessica Fernandez of Mexico and American Kara Molony-Hussey in the final round. The qualifying team did not put up much of a challenge as the more seasoned Drake/Lee-Waters combo went on to a straight set 6-2, 6-3 victory.

"I love the time that I spent here," Lee-Waters said. "The people were fantastic, the tournament was well-run, and the tennis was top-notch, so it was a wonderful experience."

Lee-Waters has now won seven singles and six doubles USTA / ITF Pro Circuit titles in her career. She is also one of the only players actively competing on the tour with a child, 2 year old daughter Sevyn.

Perhaps the biggest surpris this past week was Cory Ann Avants, who entered this event with a WTA ranking at #304. She defeated Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-1 in the round of 16 after a surprising upset victory over No. 4 seed Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa in the opening round. She then took out fellow American Kelly McCain in the quarters in straight sets before losing to Lee-Waters. She is coming off an impressive showing at the 2003 Junior US Open, where she reached the semifinals. That represents her best singles result at any of the four junior Grand Slams.

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.

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