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Rogers Stuns Seed In Raleigh Tournament

April 14, 2010 05:50 PM

On the day before her nineteenth birthday, Johanna Konta of Australia won the RBC Bank Women’s Challenger defeating the fifth-seed Lindsay Lee-Waters 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. 

Konta breezed through the first set 6-2 and was up 5-2 in the second set before Lee-Waters, of Dunwoody, Ga., changed gears and ran off five games in a row to take the set 7-5.  Konta didn’t allow herself to be flustered by the loss of the second set; she kept her composure and remained calm throughout the third set winning it 6-4.

Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs had no trouble defeated Alexandra Mueller and Ahsha Rolle 6-3, 6-2 in the RBC Bank Women’s Challenger Doubles Finals.  Ahn and Gibbs will both attend Stanford University.

In previous action
Lindsay Lee-Waters defeated Ashley Weinhold from Texas in a hard fought three-setter, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5.  Lee-Waters was down 2-5 in the third set when she kicked her game into a new gear winning five games in a row. Serving 40-15 in the third set, Lee-Waters showed her true sportsmanship when the chair umpire called a ball out hit by Weinhold, the ball had clipped the baseline; Lee-Waters overruled the call to the applause of the entire crowd.  

Julie Ditty, of Ashland, Ky., and partenr Carly Gullickson, formerly of Brentwood, Tenn., are moving through the draw the top-seeded doubles team. They defeated  Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and her partner, Ashley Weinhold, 6-3, 6-2.

Alina Jidkova, a 32-year-old Russian, defeated Shelby Rogers, of Daniel Island, S.C., 6-2, 6-3. Rogers has been on a winning streak since her finals run at the the $50,000 Challenger in Indian Harbor Beach last week.  Jidkova used her tournament maturity to control the court throughout the match.  Her crafty shots and tenacious play forced Rogers to commit many unforced errors by playing high risk shots. 

Shelby Rogers, a 17 year old from Daniel Island, S.C., stunned Alexa Glatch, the tournament's no. 4 seed, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the RBC Bank Women’s Challenger in Raleigh, N.C.

Lindsay Lee-Waters, 2009 RBC Bank Women’s Challenger finalist, of Dunwoody, Ga., defeated Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-2. No. 7 seed, Mirjana Lucic of Croatia easily defeated the Qualifier Yana Koroleva of Russia 6-2, 6-0. Carly Gullickson, 2009 US Open Mixed Doubles Champion, defeated Alexandra Cercone 6-1, 6-4.  Ivana Lisjak of Croatia and the No. 3 seed advanced because Coco Vandeweghe, of California, retired due to illness.

In doubles play, Melissa Kandinata, of Cary, N.C. but representing Indonesia, and her partner Whitney Kay, of Alpharetta, Ga., lost 6-2, 6-1. Greenville, N.C.’s Lauren Herring and her partner Alexandra Cercone played a very solid match but were defeated by the No. 3 seeds, Alexandra Mueller and Ahsha Rolle.

Southerns Julie Ditty, of Ashland, Ky., Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lindsay Lee-Waters, of Dunwoody, Ga., are set to play the RBC Bank Women’s Challenger in Raleigh, N.C.

Lee-Waters is seeded No. 5. Ditty is teamed up with Carly Gullickson, formerly of Brentwood, Tenn., as the top-seeded doubles team. Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C, and Whitney P. Kay, of Alpharetta, Ga., lost in qualifying.

The RBC Bank Women’s Challenger presented by Coca-Cola and Courtyard Marriott is a $50,000 tournament to be played May 10-16 at the North Hills Club, 4824 Yadkin Dr., Raleigh, N.C. Qualifying begins May 9.

Among the events scheduled are: Adult Pro Am for Sponsors, May 10; Sponsor, Player, Volunteer Party, May 11; Media Day InterAct Night, May 12; USTA Member Appreciation Day, May 13; Prince Demo Night, May 14 and Kid’s Carnival, May 15.

The tournament will have a singles main draw of 32 with 32 qualifying. The doubles main draw will consist of 16 teams. Entry deadline is April 22. Web site: www.rbcbankwomenschallenger.com

Click for tournament poster. Click for daily schedule.

 

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