Rogers Reaches Sumter Doubles Final

May 26, 2010 10:30 AM
Shelby Rogers

By Kaitlyn Brown & Andrew Meyers, USTA Southern Interns 

The third-seed American team of Kaitlyn Christian and Caitlin Whoriskey, of the University of Tennessee, took the doubles title of the Mount Pleasant Women’s Pro Classic in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Currently ranked 1,176 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, they defeated Petra Rampre of Slovakia and Shelby Rogers, of Daniel Island, S.C. 6-4, 6-2.

Wild card recipient Lauren Davis, of the U.S., faced off against second-seed Petra Rampre of Slovakia in the final of the Mt. Pleasant Woman’s Pro Classic. It was no surprise that Rampre took the final victory, defeating Davis 6-3 6-2.

Davis had to win two tiebreaks to defeat fifth seed Nicole Gibbs in the semifinals 7-6(4) 7-6(1), while Rampre easily beat Megan Falcon in her semifinal round, 6-1 6-1.

In previous action
USTA Southern player Lauren Herring and doubles partner Brooke Bolender defeated Elizabeth Lumpkin and first-seed Amanda Fink in the quarterfinals of the Head/Tail Pro Circuit tournament 6-2, 6-4. After moving on to the semifinal round, Herring and Bolender won three tiebreaks to beat Megan Falcon of the U.S. and Nicole Slater of Great Britain 6-7(5), 7-6(4) [12-10], allowing them to advance to the finals.

Facing off against Erica Krisan and fourth-seed Jacqueline Cako of the U.S. in the final round, Herring and Bolender unfortunately came up short in both games. Krisan and Cako took the victory, winning 6-1, 6-4.

Cako also competed in the singles final against U.S. player Alexis King. King came out on top, defeating Cako 6-2, 6-2.

Jelena Pandzic of Croatia was victorious in the final round of the Palmetto Pro Open singles draw. She defeated Alexis King of the U.S. 6-2, 6-3.

In the doubles final, top-seeded Alexandra Mueller and Ashley Weinhold, who hold a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking of 550, defeated Alexandra Leatu and Nicole Melichar 6-1, 6-3.

Catherine Harrison had another successful day at the Palmetto Pro Open when she defeated Gaia Sinesi of Italy in the second round. After losing the first set in a tiebreak 6-7(4), Harrison was able to come back in the second set 6-4. Having split the first two sets, Harrison finished off strong winning the third set 6-3. Her next match will be today against the fourth seed, Alexandra Mueller of the U.S.

Both Ashley Murdock and Lauren Herring, former USTA Southern players were unsuccessful in advancing to the next round of the tournament. Murdock came up short in her match against Nicole Slater of Great Britain with a final score of 2-6, 4-6. Herring had better luck in her first set when she won the tiebreak 7-6(5), but her efforts came up short in the next two sets, losing 2-6, 1-6.

For the third 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. The tournament will take place from May 22-30, and will showcase some of the rising stars on the USTA circuit and will bring in players from all over the world. The Palmetto Tennis Center is only the second USTA Pro Circuit event to offer a 128-qualifying draw that began on Saturday, May 22.

The first of USTA Southern women to play in the main draw was Megan Blevins, the wild card recipient from North Charleston, S.C. Blevins was able to pull out a win in the first set against Gira Schofield 7-5, but her winning streak came to an end in the second two sets when she lost 4-6 2-6. Blevins suffered another loss in her doubles qualifying match with fellow USTA Southern player, Catherine Harrison. The two played against Dianne Holland of New Zealand and Tiffany Welford of Austria, with a final score of 2-6 3-6.

It is apparent that USTA Southern did not have much luck in the doubles qualifiers when Lauren Herring, partnered with Brooke Bolender of the U.S., was also defeated in a match against Ashlee Brown and Kassandra Dunsor of Austria. After losing the first set, Herring and Bolender did their best to come back, succeeding in the second set 6-3. Unfortunately, their efforts came up short in a tiebreak in the last set [7-10].

Although they lost in the doubles qualifiers, Herring and Harrison are not out of the tournament yet. Herring is scheduled to play a first-round singles match today against Gaia Sanesi of Italy. Harrison will play today as well in a match against Nicole Melichar of the U.S.

Our final USTA Southern Player in the Pro Circuit is Ashley Murdock, who will be facing Nicole Slater of Great Britain in her first-round match of the main draw.

USTA Southern was well represented in the qualifying rounds, when players Catherine Harrison, of Germantown, Tenn., and Ashley Murdock, of Memphis, Tenn., both successfully qualified for the main singles draw. In her qualifying final, Murdock faced Kassandra Dunser of Austria in what turned out to be a very close match. Forced into a first-set tiebreak, Murdock made it through with a 7-6(1) victory. The second set remained close, but Murdock was able to pull out the win 7-6(1), 7-5. Murdock now moves onto the main draw to face Nicole Slater of Great Britain.

Harrison was also able to qualify with a straight-set victory over Jade Frampton 7-5, 6-3. Hoping to continue her winning streak, Harrison will compete against Gaia Sanesi of Italy in the first round of the main draw.

Megan Blevins of North Charleston, S.C. received a wild card into the tournament and is set to play Gira Schofield in her first round match.

The last player to represent the USTA Southern Section is Lauren Herring, of Greenville, N.C. Herring has a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking of 925, allowing her to compete in the tournament as well. She will be playing Nicole Melichar, a qualifier from the United States.

The 32-player main draw started Monday, May 24 and will continue throughout this week.