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Palmetto Pro Open Returns To Sumter

June 1, 2012 02:59 PM
Hayley Carter
By Alex Welch, USTA Southern Intern
For the fifth year in a row, the Palmetto Pro Open, a $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s tennis event, will be hosted at the Palmetto Tennis Center, 400 Theater Drive, Sumter, S.C.
Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Anamika Bhargave of Collierville, Tenn. represented the USTA Southern section in this year’s tournament, both competing in the singles and doubles events.
Carter had a great run in Sumter last year, but her success could not be matched this time around. After reaching the semifinals of the 2011 singles tournament, she was knocked out of the first round this year by the No. 4 seed Cecilia Costa Melgar.
Despite her tough draw, Carter put up a strong fight throughout the match, taking Costa Melgar to three sets and nearly coming away with an upset. The No. 4 seed, though, outlasted Carter winning 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.
Carter paired up with Austin Brooke for the doubles tournament, and took on the woman that defeated her in Round 1 of the singles tournament. Costa Melgar and Ana-Paula De La Pena entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed in doubles action, but their run was short lived. Carter and Brooke wasted no time taking down the second-ranked team, winning in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
Round 2 would prove to be a tougher road for Carter and Brooke, as they were eliminated by Elizabeth Ferris and Mayo Hibi in straight sets 7-6, 6-4.
Bhargava and her doubles partner Sylvia Krywacz were given the No. 3 seed, and they proved worthy of their rank. The two were the only seeded doubles team to advance to the second round of play after they beat Yoshimi Kawasaki and Yuuki Tanaka 6-3, 6-1 in their opening match.
The second round was practically a walkover for the No. 3 seed, as Bhargava and Krywacz shut down Paulina Bigos and Denis Muresan 6-0, 6-1. Round 3, though would be the end of the line. Ferris and Hibi struck again, defeating Bhargava and Krywacz 1-6, 6-4 (10-6).
Bhargava, the former Pepperdine All-American, competed in the singles tournament as well, but lost to Sanaz Marand in the first round.
Louisa Chirico would emerge victorious in the singles tournament, beating Victoria Duval in the finals 6-4, 6-3. Last year’s winner Alexis King failed to make it past Round 1 this year.
Jan Abaza and Nicola Slater came away with the doubles title, beating the combo of Ferris and Hibi in the last round 7-6, 6-3.



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