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Chelsey Gullickson Wins at the RBC Bank Challenger

May 19, 2008 09:48 AM

The inaugural RBC Bank Challenger was held at the North Hills Club in Raleigh with main draw matches going from May 11 to May 18. The $25,000 ITF Women’s Circuit event hosted players from around the world trying to make it in professional tennis. A few Southern players had the opportunity to compete in Raleigh at the clay court tournament.

In the qualifying portion of the tournament, Grace Min of Lawrenceville, GA was successful in her first match of the qualifier but would lose 2-6 7-5 3-6 to Chieh-Yu Hsu in the second round. Chelsey Gullickson of Brentwood, TN, ranked 607 in the world, was one of eight qualifiers for the main draw of the tournament. Also in the main draw of the challenger was Chelsey’s sister Carly, ranked 387 in the world. Carly was unable to make it past the first round, losing to the tournaments third seed Maria-Fernanda Alves 6-4 3-6 2-6. With sister Carly knocked out in the first round, Chelsey breezed into the finals losing only one set to that point. In her first ever USTA/ITF Pro Circuit final, Gullickson was victorious over fourth seeded Lauren Albanese 6-4 2-6 6-3.

On the doubles side of the draw, the Gullickson sisters played together and were easily able to qualify with a 6-0 6-0 win. Qualifying for the main draw put the Gullickson sisters up against the second seed, Soledad Esperon and Neha Uberoi, in the first round. Unfortunately, the Gullickson sisters would go on to lose this match 4-6 4-6. The eventual winners of the doubles draw would be Kimberly Couts and Anna Tatishvili.




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