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Mallory Cecil Wins the Palmetto Pro Open

June 2, 2008 10:24 AM

Three Southern Section players took the court this past weekend, looking to do well in the Palmetto Pro Open. The Palmetto Pro Open is a $10,000 ITF Women’s Circuit event in Sumter, SC. In the end, it was Mallory Cecil taking home her first Pro Circuit title.

Grace Min and Julia Courter were both successful in qualifying for the main draw of the tournament. Min, a junior player from Lawrenceville, GA faced Eugenie Bouchard in the first round of the main draw. With a strong showing Min was able to win the match 6-0, 6-3, setting up a second round match against fifth seeded Anna Wishink. Although Min kept it a very tight match, she ended up losing 6-7(2), 5-7. Julia Courter, also from Lawrenceville, qualified and would take on seventh seeded Sloane Stephens in the first round. Courter could not get much going as she lost 2-6, 1-6.

Mallory Cecil from Spartanburg, SC began the main draw matched up against top seeded Alexis Gordon. The top seed was no problem for Cecil as she moved on with a 6-4, 6-2 victory. The second round was a little tougher, but Cecil still prevailed with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jacqueline Wu. In the quarterfinals sixth seeded Anastasia Kharchenko stood in Cecil’s way, but after a tough three set match Cecil found herself in the semifinals with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win.

Third seeded Mary Gambale was the next opponent for Cecil in the semifinals. After an easy 6-0, 6-3 victory, Cecil had played her way into the finals of the tournament. Her opponent in the final was the eighth seeded Theresa Logar. This was both players first ever Pro Circuit final. Cecil lost the first set, but came back to win the second set in a tiebreaker. After the third and deciding set, Cecil found herself on the winning side of a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 match and captured her first Pro Circuit championship. Cecil also competed in the doubles draw of the tournament, but lost in the semifinals.




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