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China's Shuai Peng Takes Title in Dothan

April 25, 2004 06:21 PM

Thanks to injuries and several early round upsets, final round play of the Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic was a match-up of two unseeded young talents. Unfortunately the excitement surrounding the championship round didn't match the reality as China's Shuai Peng easily rolled over Russia's Eugenia Linetskaya, 6-2, 6-1.

Linetskaya, who won the title at last week's $25,000 Bankplus/USTA Women's Challenger in Jackson, MS and has played played some outstanding tennis enroute to the finals here in Dothan, seemed to run out of steam against Peng.

Linetskaya was a quarterfinalist at junior Wimbledon in 2003. This title marks the second of Peng's young career.

In doubles, the No. 2 seeded team of Australian Lisa Mcshea and Venzuela's Milagros Sequera took the championship won in three exciting sets over Peng and countrywoman Yan Ze Xie.

The 2004 Movie Gallery USTA Pro Classic is being played at the Westgate Tennis Center in Dothan, AL.

Follow the action and 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 2004 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. For more information about the USTA Pro Circuit visit www.usta.com.

Member Appreciation Day Kicks Off Movie Gallery Pro Classic
Held on Monday, April 19, during the qualifying rounds of the event, the USTA Member Appreciation event had a fantastic turn-out. Evening session match play started at 6 pm and all USTA members received discounted admission. The final qualifying match of the day featuring Jamea Jackson and Carly Gullickson went on first, followed by an exhibition featuring local pros playing doubles with former tour pros Hank Pfister and Jimmy Arias. The event was also "League Night," where all USTA Alabama State, Sectional, and National Champion league teams were recognized between matches.

The USTA Southern Section set up a booth near the court and gave away premiums, snacks, refreshments and free door prize tickets to all members in attendance. Between matches a drawing for door prizes like "USTA Prize Packs" that included a bag with hats, visors, t-shirts, Southern Tennis History books, and certificates for free league fees, was held as well. While only 65 USTA members picked up a raffle ticket, there was at least 100-150 members in attendance at the membership event.




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