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Southern Players Set to Compete at the Palmetto Pro Open

May 28, 2008 03:00 PM

With play to begin in the Palmetto Pro Open, there were eight qualifying spots to be claimed in the main draw. Two of those spots were filled by Southern players as they made it through each individual draw to qualify. The Palmetto Pro Open is a $10,000 ITF Women’s Circuit event in Sumter, SC.

Grace Min, the soon to be 14 year old junior player from Lawrenceville, GA, opened her play in the qualifier by beating Erin Clark 6-3, 6-3. In the next round, Min beat Kristina Doerr 7-6(6), 6-0. Only one more win stood between Min and a spot in the main draw of the Palmetto Pro Open. In this match Min flourished, beating Sydni Katz without even dropping a game 6-0, 6-0. With this victory Min found a place in the main tournament where she will play Eugenie Bouchard, another qualifier.

Julia Courter, also from Lawrenceville, found herself trying to qualify for a spot in the main draw. In her first match, Courter defeated Laura Borza 6-0, 6-2. Then Courter breezed through another match against Kimberly Keethler 6-0, 6-1. One match away from the main draw, Courter had no problems with Ashlee Brown, beating Brown 6-3, 6-3. In the first round of the main draw, Courter will face the 7 seed Sloane Stephens in order to move into the second round.

One more Southern player, Mallory Cecil from Spartanburg, SC, will also be competing in the tournament. Cecil is in the main draw without having to compete in the qualifier like the other two players. However, Cecil has the tough task of going up against the tournaments top seed, Alexis Gordon, in the first round.




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