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Time Again

Recently I caught a few days of the first two women’s United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit tournaments of the 2018 season, the DME Sports Women’s Tennis Championship at Daytona Beach, and the National Campus Pro Tennis Classic at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, both $25,000 events played on Har Tru (green clay).

Haven’t been feeling well lately but spending a few days following the women pros as they begin their season is always fun. After all of the years, seeing so many of the players each trip, it just about feels like an annual visit with family. Seeing the grind of life on the Pro Circuit and the struggles of the players up close, you want them all to succeed and it’s impossible to take sides. I guess that’s why I really enjoy the tennis at the ITF level as much and probably a whole lot more than when I’ve gone to the bigger WTA tournaments. There’re just so many amazing and poignant personal stories that can be told, all heroic, all unique.

Maybe the best part is chatting with fellow fans. They’ll engage about anything, anyone, any player, any match, any tournament, any point… You give, and you get in this fashion, and the days at the court can pass in a flash.

In 2018’s editions of the Daytona and Orlado events, held the weeks of January 8 and January 15, respectively, I was able to track down a couple players I hadn’t had a chance to see previously (Ayla Aksu, Reka-Luca Jani) as well as many old faves, including cancer survivor Alisa Kleybanova. That was a real treat.

It hardly seems fair that another year of tennis in central Florida is gone already. I guess I’ll be hoping 2019 comes around soon!

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Preliminary Entry List for 2018 USTA Pro Circuit DME Sports Women’s Pro Tennis Championship in Daytona Beach

$25,000 DME Sports Women’s Pro Tennis Championship – January 7-14, 2018.

Venue: Florida Tennis Center, 1 Deuce Court Suite 200, Daytona Beach , USA

Surface: Clay – Outdoor (Har Tru)

MAIN DRAW

1 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 157
2 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 162
3 Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) 182
4 Maria-Teresa TORRO-FLOR (ESP) 213
5 Anna ZAJA (GER) 222
6 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 223
7 Jessica PIERI (ITA) 225
8 Ayla AKSU (TUR) 228
9 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 231
10 Elena Gabriela RUSE (ROU) 246
11 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 252
12 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 253
13 Grace MIN (USA) 254
14 Claire LIU (USA) 255
15 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 258
16 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 262
17 Julia GRABHER (AUT) 264
18 Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 270
19 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 273
20 Ankita RAINA (IND) 275

QUALIFYING

1 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 282
2 Cristiana FERRANDO (ITA) 286
3 Mai MINOKOSHI (JPN) 291
4 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 293
5 Nigina ABDURAIMOVA (UZB) 300
6 Katie SWAN (GBR) 301
7 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 305
8 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 306
9 Sophie CHANG (USA) 307
10 Harriet DART (GBR) 308
11 Mari OSAKA (JPN) 311
12 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 312
13 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 329
14 Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN) 332
15 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 340
16 Sofia SHAPATAVA (GEO) 345
17 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 358
18 Alisa KLEYBANOVA (RUS) 362
19 Shiho AKITA (JPN) 369
20 Anastasiya VASYLYEVA (UKR) 371
21 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 377
22 Harmony TAN (FRA) 379
23 Kyoka OKAMURA (JPN) 383
24 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 390
25 Katharina GERLACH (GER) 391
26 Shilin XU (CHN) 395
27 Chihiro MURAMATSU (JPN) 408
28 Yuuki TANAKA (JPN) 409
29 Tayisiya MORDERGER (GER) 413
30 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 416
31 Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) 418
32 Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) 421
33 Maria MATEAS (USA) 422
34 Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) 426
35 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 427
36 Katerina STEWART (USA) 447
37 Lisa MATVIYENKO (GER) 461
38 Quinn GLEASON (USA) 467
39 Sanaz MARAND (USA) 470
40 Helene SCHOLSEN (BEL) 471
41 Paula Cristina GONCALVES (BRA) 475
42 Hanna CHANG (USA) 479
43 Lidziya MAROZAVA (BLR) 487
44 Natalija KOSTIC (SRB) 489
45 Dia EVTIMOVA (BUL) 494
46 Marine PARTAUD (FRA) 499
47 Emiliana ARANGO (COL) 507
48 Anna TATISHVILI (USA) 519
49 Anastasia PIVOVAROVA (RUS) 520
50 Karin KENNEL (SUI) 525
51 Ronit YUROVSKY (USA) 549
52 Caitlin WHORISKEY (USA) 554
53 Tamaryn HENDLER (BEL) 556
54 Ching-Wen HSU (TPE) 559
55 Rutuja BHOSALE (IND) 571
56 Luisa STEFANI (BRA) 573

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Muguruza Looking Good at SW19

Hardly anyone is noticing, but Spaniard Garbine Muguruza is tripping merrily along at Wimbledon, toward what is looking more and more like a potential second grand slam title.

On Monday, she vanquished world number 1 Angelique Kerber, 4-6 6-4 6-4, easing her way into the quarterfinals and simultaneously bumping Kerber from the No. 1 ranking. On Tuesday, Muguruza dismissed the No. 7 seed and former two time grand slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3 6-4 for a spot in the semifinals. It’s looking more and more like it could be Garbine’s year at the Big W, despite numerous problems with injuries again in 2017, including this grass court season. Next up: Coco Vandeweghe or Magdelena Rybarikova. Stay tuned.

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The Comeback Kiick

You can officially start calling her The Comeback Kiick. It’s a little kitschy, sure, but you get the point. Down 1-3 in the third set of her second round match at the Palmetto Pro Open in Sumter, South Carolina today, Floridian Allie Kiick turned it all around and never looked back, winning the final five games of a 7-5 2-6 6-3 victory over Canadian Katherine Sebov, the tournament’s number 2 seed.

With the win, Kiick moves into the quarterfinals of just her second tournament in nearly two years after undergoing multiple surgeries on both knees. “Feel good” story? Yessir!

Way to go, Allie! Keep rolling!

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Kiick Wins Opener in Sumter

A week after making her return to tennis in Bethany Beach, Delaware after being sidelined for nearly two years due to a multitude of injuries, illnesses and operations, American Allie Kiick is safely into the second round of the USTA Pro Circuit Palmetto Pro Open in Sumter, South Carolina. Kiick defeated Ellen Perez 7-6 6-4 in Tuesday’s first round, setting up a second round clash with either Katherine Sebov of Canada, the tournament’s number 2 seed, or American Sophie Chang. Sebov and Chang will play Wednesday, with the second round to be played on Thursday.

Good luck to Kiick, as she continues her journey back to the top!

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Dream of Genie?

I dunno if this is a hoax or not but Kiwi Tennis Club’s instagram, @lovekiwitennis, has posted that Genie Bouchard is coming to the Twelfth Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, which takes place Sunday April 9 through April 16 in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

Interestin’…

Stay tuned…..

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Entry List for Twelfth Annual Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic Released

The preliminary entry list for the 2017 $80,000 Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, scheduled for April 9-16, at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, has been released, and Kristina Kucova of Slovakia, World Number 82, is tentatively the tournament’s top ranked entrant.

The Har-Tru clay court tournament kicks off the 2017 USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, which will once again reward the American player who accumulates the most points from the best two of four results over a series of four consecutive weeks of clay court tournaments played in Indian Harbour Beach, Dothan, Alabama, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina, with a spot in the main draw of the French Open.

The tournament always fields a highly competitive and talented entry, and with a purse increase to $80,000 for this year’s tournament, making the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic the richest prize of the Pro Circuit’s clay court season, and a schedule change so the event takes place three weeks earlier than usual, the tournament was rewarded with what so far appears to be the deepest field in the tournament’s history. If you’re in the area during tournament week, be sure to some out and support these hard working ladies on the Pro Circuit!

With normal withdrawals still to come, the entry list for Indian Harbour Bearch is still subject to change. As of March 27, 2017, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Kristina KUCOVA (SVK) 82
2 Madison BRENGLE (USA) 86
3 Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 107
4 Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) 111
5 Nicole GIBBS (USA) 119
6 Ana BOGDAN (ROU) 124
7 Ons JABEUR (TUN) 128
8 Grace MIN (USA) 129
9 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 150 P
10 Kayla DAY (USA) 153
11 Tara MOORE (GBR) 154
12 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 160
13 Jamie LOEB (USA) 163
14 Lesley KERKHOVE (NED) 165
15 Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS) 167
16 Quirine LEMOINE (NED) 171
17 Barbara HAAS (AUT) 174
18 Francoise ABANDA (CAN) 175
19 Olga GOVORTSOVA (BLR) 186
20 Lina GJORCHESKA (MKD) 192
21 Kristie AHN (USA) 203
22 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) 207

As of March 27, 2017, the Qualifying Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Laura ROBSON (GBR) 213
2 Sofia KENIN (USA) 215
3 Jia-Jing LU (CHN) 220
4 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 223
5 Andreea MITU (ROU) 227
6 Jennifer ELIE (USA) 233
7 An-Sophie MESTACH (BEL) 236
8 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 237
9 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 238
10 Deniz KHAZANIUK (ISR) 248
11 Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 250
12 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 257
13 Fanni STOLLAR (HUN) 265
14 Olga SAEZ LARRA (ESP) 272
15 Chloe PAQUET (FRA) 278
16 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 279
17 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 280
18 Alexandra CADANTU (ROU) 283
19 Magdalena FRECH (POL) 284
20 Lauren ALBANESE (USA) 288
21 Laura SCHAEDER (GER) 292
22 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 299
23 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 302
24 Anna ZAJA (GER) 303
25 Valeriya STRAKHOVA (UKR) 304
26 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 307

Entry List

The Indian Harbour Beach Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic tournament will be played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the Kiwi Tennis Club in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of April 9-16, 2017, with qualifying starting on Sunday April 9.

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