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Ashland, KY Resident and Former Vandy Standout Ditty wins $10,000 USTA Houston Pro Tennis Classic

June 5, 2006 03:48 PM

Julie Ditty of Ashland, Kentucky won the $10,000 USTA Houston Pro Tennis Classic on Sunday at the Downtown Club at the Met. The 27-year old defeated Slovenian Petra Rampre in the finals to capture the Pro Circuit win in singles.

Ditty entered the Classic as the top seed and earned quick wins over American Lauren Lui (6-0, 6-1), Shona Lee of New Zealand (6-1, 6-3) and Bei’er Ko of Singapore (6-4, 6-3) in the first three rounds of play. She lost her first set of the tournament in her semifinal win over fellow American and eighth seed Ashley Weinhold (4-6, 6-2, 6-1) In the final, Ditty and Rampre split the first two sets before Ditty turned things around in the final set, breaking Rampre in the first and fifth games and Rampre taking the sixth and the seventh. With Ditty holding service in the eighth and Rampre hitting a forehand wide in the ninth Ditty’s victory was clinched, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Said Ditty about her quick start in the final round, "I was up a set and started thinking about winning the match and not playing the points. It wasn't that I was playing badly, but she got more aggressive and began playing better."

A 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University and the first tennis All-American in the school’s history, Ditty also paired up with Story Tweedie-Yates at the Houston Classic and reached the semifinals of the doubles draw before losing to Elena Gancheva (Bulgaria) and Klara Jagosova (Czech Republic) in the finals. Ditty has 14 career USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro Circuit - the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals, and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2005-2006 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at the USTA Pro 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. The USTA Pro Circuit boasts an alumni of some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.

 

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