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Qualifer Min Makes Wimbledon Main Draw Third Round

June 29, 2010 06:09 PM
Grace Min
Grace Min, a sixteen-year old from Lawrenceville, Ga., made quite a splash at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, advancing four rounds into the main draw.
Min is currently one of the top junior American players in the world, and was given a wildcard by the USTA into the Girl’s singles Qualifying. After a successful run in the qualifying, Min then prepared for the Girl’s Singles Main Draw.
n the third round, Min once again had to pull off the upset in order to advance. Yulia Putintseva, the fifteenth seed, was her next challenge. Unfortunately for Grace Min, she was not able to come through with the upset, and Putintseva won decisively 7-5, 6-0.
Advancing into the second round, Min now was paired with Polina Pekhova of Belarus. Min once again proved to be too much for her opponent, and was able to defeat Pekhova 7-5, 7-5.
In the opening round, Min faced top seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine. Svitolina, just a few weeks ago, took home the 2010 Junior French Open Girl’s title. After losing the first set 2-6, Min was able to take the second set 7-5. In the deciding set, the Georgia native was able to pull off the upset by winning 6-3 in the third.
Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., moved into the third round of the Wimbledon's girls' singles after emerging from qualifying.
Min defeated Bulgarian Polina Pekhova 7-5, 7-5 in the singles second round. Min eliminated top-seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round.
In doubles, Min and American Krista Hardebeck defeated two British players in three sets in the first round.
In previous action
Robby Ginepri, of Kennesaw, Ga., lost in his opening match against French Open Finalist and sixth seed Robin Soderling of Sweden. Soderling won convincingly 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.      
Bobby Reynolds, a former All-American from Vanderbilt University, is playing doubles with Marco Chuidinelli of Switzerland, and will be playing Mike and Bob Bryan, the second-seeded team, in the first round.
Marietta, Ga. resident Melanie Oudin easily advanced in the first round defeating Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-3, 6-0. In the second round, Oudin faced Jarmila Groth of Austria and came up short 6-4, 6-3.
In the Ladies’ doubles first round, Julia Ditty, of Ashland, Ky. and her partner Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic, lost to top seeds Venus and Serena Williams 6-4, 6-2.
In the girls’ junior qualifying, two top juniors, Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C,. will begin play on Friday.



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