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Min Reaches Rock Hill Rocks Open Final

September 21, 2011 04:44 PM
Grace Min
Italian tennis player Romina Oprandi used her mixed bag of tricks, including soft drop shots and lobs, to defeat regional favorite Grace Min in the final singles match of the third annual Rock Hill Rocks Open.
Oprandi, 25, currently ranked 85th in the world in women’s singles, was the top seed in the tournament. She outdueled the hard-hitting 17-year-old Min of Norcross, GA, by a score of 7-5, 6-1 on a comfortable, sunny day at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in front of applauding fans.
Min, also right handed, is currently ranked 480 in the world in women’s tennis. She has enjoyed some success on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, and she has excelled on the Junior Circuit (players 13 to 18 years old) where she won the Wimbledon Junior Championship for doubles in July and the US Open Junior Championship for singles in September.
The Rock Hill Rocks Open is a $25,000 women’s USTA Pro Circuit event. Oprandi, who also mixes up slices and topspin shots, has won three of the last five Pro Circuit events she played, including the RHRO. She was a finalist in the other two tournaments.
In the final doubles match of the RHRO, which took place before the singles match, Maria Abramovic of Croatia and Roxane Vaisemberg of Brazil defeated Madison Brengle of the U.S. and Gabriela Paz of Venezuela by a score of 3-6, 6-3 [10-5].

Southern Players Qualify
Grace Min of Norcross, Ga., Shelby Rogers of Daniel Island of Sc., and Hayley Carter of Hilton Head Island, Sc. made it to the women's singles qualifying finals. Rogers and Carter competed against each other with Rogers defeating Carter to qualify. Grace Min defeated Melichar to qualify. Along with Jamie Hampton of Auburn, Ala., those two players made it to round one of the Rock Hills Open.
Ten tennis players ranked between 100 and 200 in the world plan to compete in the third annual ROCK HILL ROCKS OPEN, a $25,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit tournament set for October 16 to 23 at the Rock Hill Tennis Center.
The highest ranked player scheduled to compete is Italian Romina Oprandi at 100. The top USA player on the entry list is 133-ranked Jamie Hampton of Auburn, AL. Hampton competed in the inaugural 2009 Rock Hill event. Last year’s RHRO singles champion, 144-ranked Camila Giorgi, also an Italian, plans to defend her title.
Players compete in singles and doubles daytime matches that are open free to the public. In previous years the outdoor, hard court contest has drawn players from more than 20 countries competing for prize money and ranking points. Some could be future tennis stars.
Last year’s RHRO singles finalist Irina Falconi of Alpharetta, GA, is currently ranked 76th in the world in women’s singles, and she is fourth in the USA. Falconi made it to the third round of the US Open in New York City recently by upsetting 14th seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in Arthur Ashe Stadium. (Falconi is not in this year’s RHRO.)
"Rock Hill is looking forward to hosting our third Pro Circuit event," said Tournament Director Kim Ozmon. "We anticipate a diverse field of players from many countries, including some top-ranked competitors. Admission is free, so please come out and enjoy professional level tennis up close here at the Rock Hill Tennis Center."
The RHRO will feature two community events: the ROCKIN’ JUNIOR KICKOFF on Sunday, October 16, and the ADULT PRO-AM on Monday, October 17. Both events are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The kickoff clinic is free to the first 75 players ages 4 to 18 who sign up by contacting the tennis center. The pro-am, featuring doubles round-robin play, costs $50 per person. Tournament pros are scheduled to participate at both events.
The Pro Circuit tournament features 32 players in the singles main draw event, and 16 teams in the doubles main draw event. The main draw singles winner takes home $2,940 and gets 50 ranking points. The winning doubles team gets $1,176 total and 50 points each.
There are also qualifying events for singles and doubles, where players compete for spots in the main draw events. Players from Winthrop University in Rock Hill will compete between themselves in advance for one singles and one doubles entry into the qualifying event. The players will not be officially representing the school. Qualifying matches take place early in the week, and main draw matches are held later.
For more information contact Tournament Director Kim Ozmon or Tournament Public Relations Director Tim Hartis the Rock Hill Tennis Center at 803-326-3842. Also, e-mail Ozmon at rhtc10s@yahoo.com and Hartis at timhartis@live.com



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