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Houston, There is No Problem

June 2, 2004 02:19 PM
Formally a top national junior player, Cory-Ann Avants is no stranger to winning. This past week she captured the second professional title of her young career, winning the Houston Pro Tennis Classic by defeating fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the finals.

Born in Hawaii, Avants now calls Gastonia, NC home. At only 19 years of age, Avants has already had a successful tennis career. Growing up she dominated the game in North Carolina and the South. This Houston title is her second USTA/ITF Professional Circuit title of her young career; her first was the $10,000 Raleigh, NC Challenger in 2000.

Her win in Houston surely marks her arrival on the professional tour.

Avants made it to the finals by beating four very strong players. She defeated Ann Mall 7-6(5),6-4; Jaslyn Hewitt 7-6(5),3-6,6-0; Cindy Watson 3-6, 7-6(1),6-0; and Bruna Colosio 6-0,6-1. The road to the finals was long, but Avants is a strong player that knows her way around the court.

In the finals, she met up with Varvara Lepchenko, an opponent she has come to know well. The two had played a great match in the Qualifying draw for the Pro Tournament in Raleigh NC, earlier this May. Avants beat Lepchenko in Raleigh 3-6,6-4,6-4, and in Houston, Avants came out strong again, beating Lepchenko easily in two sets, 6-1,6-4.

In the doubles bracket of the tournament in Houston, Avants made it to the Semi finals, with partner Kim-Ahn Nguyen. They lost to Angela Haynes and Asha Rolle in a tight two setter, 4-6,4-6. Although they didn't win the finals in doubles, Avants and Nguyen played strong their first two doubles matches in the tournament.

More information about Cory-Ann Avants can be found 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 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.




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