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Preliminary Entry List for 50K Indian Harbour Beach Released!

Now while it isn’t Flushing Meadows, or Rome, or Indian Wells or Sydney or Charleston, the local 50K ITF at the Indian Harbour Beach, Florida Kiwi Tennis Club (the Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic), along with the two lead-up events on the USTA Pro Circuit, at Dothan, Alabama and Charlottesville, Virginia, usually plays an interesting role in the determination of a United States main draw wildcard at the French Open in the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. And as fortune has it, I happen to have a front row seat for this event each year.

The preliminary entry list for the 2014 Audi Melbourne Pro Tennis Classic was released on April 10, 2014. The April 15 withdrawal deadline has now passed, and, as of April 24, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending any last minute withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 60
2 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 125
3 Melanie OUDIN (USA) 135
4 Irina FALCONI (USA) 136
5 Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) 139
6 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 148
7 Allie KIICK (USA) 155
8 Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ) 157
9 Grace MIN (USA) 163
10 Nicole GIBBS (USA) 168
11 Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) 196
12 Petra RAMPRE (SLO) 204
13 Melanie KLAFFNER (AUT) 207
14 Julia COHEN (USA) 209
15 Mayo HIBI (JPN) 210
16 Ilona KREMEN (BLR) 224
17 Chieh-Yu HSU (USA) 226
18 Heidi EL TABAKH (CAN) 240
19 Julia BOSERUP (USA) 242
20 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 244

The qualifying list is currently as follows, pending last minute withdrawals:

1 Elitsa KOSTOVA (BUL) 245
2 Montserrat GONZALEZ (PAR) 251
3 Olga PUCHKOVA (RUS) 266
4 Sofiya KOVALETS (UKR) 268
5 Dia EVTIMOVA (BUL) 274
6 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 280
7 Francoise ABANDA (CAN) 284
8 Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) 294
9 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 306 1
10 Zuzana ZLOCHOVA (SVK) 312
11 Louisa CHIRICO (USA) 335
12 Katerina KRAMPEROVA (CZE) 340
13 Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 345
14 Allie WILL (USA) 362
15 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 384
16 Alexandra STEVENSON (USA) 434
17 Tatjana MARIA (GER) 441
18 Elise MERTENS (BEL) 452
19 Jennifer ELIE (USA) 456
20 Sally PEERS (AUS) 457
21 Jan ABAZA (USA) 476
22 Jillian O’NEILL (CAN) 483
23 Jacqueline CAKO (USA) 520
24 Danielle LAO (USA) 523
25 Nicole MELICHAR (USA) 533

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/tournaments/women’s-tournament/info.aspx?tournamentid=1100031502

Updated April 23, 2014.

This is a strong field, with a number of accomplished veteran WTA stars and future prospects.

The IHB tournament is played on Har-Tru, or green clay, and has seen a number of breakthrough performance from up and coming young stars in recent years, including Melanie Oudin, Yaninina Wickmayer and Belinda Bencic. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of April 28 – May 4, with qualifying starting on Sunday April 27.

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