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Preliminary Entry List for 2018 $25,000 USTA National Campus Pro Tennis Classic in Orlando, Florida

$25,000 USTA National Campus Pro Tennis Classic – January 14-21 2018.

Venue: USTA National Campus, 110000 USTA Boulevard, Orlando , Florida, USA
Surface: Clay – Outdoor (Har Tru)

MAIN DRAW

1 Anhelina KALININA (UKR) 157
2 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 162
3 Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) 178
4 Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) 183
5 Irina Maria BARA (ROU) 185
6 Maria-Teresa TORRO-FLOR (ESP) 213
7 Fanni STOLLAR (HUN) 215
8 Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 218
9 Anna ZAJA (GER) 224
10 Jessica PIERI (ITA) 226
11 Ayla AKSU (TUR) 229
12 Victoria DUVAL (USA) 231
13 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 232
14 Georgina GARCIA-PEREZ (ESP) 238
15 Elena Gabriela RUSE (ROU) 241
16 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 244
17 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 247
18 Petra KREJSOVA (CZE) 252

QUALIFYING

1 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 253 1
2 Grace MIN (USA) 255
3 Claire LIU (USA) 256
4 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 258
5 Nina STOJANOVIC (SRB) 260
6 Emina BEKTAS (USA) 261
7 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 262
8 Dejana RADANOVIC (SRB) 263
9 Julia GRABHER (AUT) 265
10 Melanie STOKKE (NOR) 267
11 Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 272
12 Maria SANCHEZ (USA) 274
13 Ankita RAINA (IND) 276
14 Katy DUNNE (GBR) 278
15 Victoria RODRIGUEZ (MEX) 284
16 Cristiana FERRANDO (ITA) 285
17 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 286
18 Ksenia LYKINA (RUS) 291
19 Mai MINOKOSHI (JPN) 292
20 Catalina PELLA (ARG) 299
21 Katie SWAN (GBR) 300
22 Hanyu GUO (CHN) 301
23 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 303
24 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 304
25 Sophie CHANG (USA) 305
26 Harriet DART (GBR) 306
27 Mari OSAKA (JPN) 310
28 Jovana JAKSIC (SRB) 311
29 Nigina ABDURAIMOVA (UZB) 317
30 Olga DANILOVIC (SRB) 326
31 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 332
32 Riko SAWAYANAGI (JPN) 335
33 Anastasiya KOMARDINA (RUS) 338
34 Nicoleta-Catalina DASCALU (ROU) 341
35 Sofia SHAPATAVA (GEO) 347
36 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 360
37 Alisa KLEYBANOVA (RUS) 365
38 Naiktha BAINS (AUS) 368
39 Shiho AKITA (JPN) 370
40 Akgul AMANMURADOVA (UZB) 375
41 Harmony TAN (FRA) 379
42 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 381
43 Anastasiya VASYLYEVA (UKR) 382
44 Kyoka OKAMURA (JPN) 387
45 Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) 392
46 Katharina GERLACH (GER) 394
47 Shilin XU (CHN) 398
48 Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) 399
49 Chihiro MURAMATSU (JPN) 408
50 Yuuki TANAKA (JPN) 409
51 Marcela ZACARIAS (MEX) 413
52 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 416
53 Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) 418
54 Gozal AINITDINOVA (KAZ) 423
55 Maria MATEAS (USA) 424
56 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 428

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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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The Long Road Back

Allie Kiick’s return from injury and illnesses took another couple substantial leaps forward the past two weeks with appearances in the semifinals and quarterfinals of a pair of USTA Pro Circuit events in Evansville, Indiana ($15K) and Louisville, Kentucky (%60K). In the Women’s Hospital Classic in Evansville, Kiick knocked out Stephanie Nemtsova 6-0 6-1, Jada Robinson 6-2 6-3, and Kennedy Shaffer 6-4 4-6 6-3 before falling to Marcela Zacaria in the semifinal 0-6 4-6. In the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships in Lexington, Kiick beat Katie Boulter 7-5 6-3 and Chloe Paquet 6-4 7-5 before losing to Vera Lapko in the quarterfinals 1-6 4-6. After nearly two years away from the game suffering from a variety of ailments that included skin cancer, mononucleosis and not least of all, multiple surgeries on both knees, Kiick is getting the valuable match play she needs to regain her confidence that should eventually carry her back toward the top 100 in the rankings.

And oh by the way, it was nice to see Allie in action this summer as part of World Team Tennis, with the Springfield Lasers, getting complimented left and right on her “Federer-like” serve!

Keep up the hard work, Allie!

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Tennis Glory

I was really moved reading this great article by David Waldstein on the struggles of life for tennis pros trying to make it in the lower tiers of professional tennis.

Thanks to Sharon Fichman (@Sharon_fichman) for retweeting it.

Knowing that such hardships and disparities exist in a sport known for its nobler and more luxurious and genteel traditions is heartbreaking. After reading that I wish every girl and boy with a dream of playing professional tennis could see their dream of making it to the top come true.

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Memories of Kiwi: 2009-2011

Photo montage of highlights from the 2009 and 2011 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments at Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

Players featured: Mirjana Lucic, Melanie Oudin, Jessica Pegula, Heidi El Tabakh, Alexa Glatch, Allison Riske, Irina Falconi, Laura Robson, Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran.

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“Lookback” – 2013 Port St. Lucie Tesoro Challenger Women’s Open

My photo montage of highlights from the 2013 USTA Pro Circuit tournament at Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Players featured: Alexis King, Gabriella Castaneda, Misa Eguchi, Kristy Frilling, Ulrikke Eikeri, Olivia Thaler, Ajla Tomljanovic, Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran, Catalina Castano, Heidi El Tabakh, Jovana Jaksic, Viktoriya Tomova, Tadeja Majeric, Shuai Zhang

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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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