General Buzz, Miscellany, Uncategorized

Coach Heidi?

Awhile ago a little birdie told me about a rumor that my all-time favorite player, Heidi El Tabakh, was starting to coach tennis professionally, and was working with Canada’s latest prodigal tennis talent, sixteen year old Carson Branstine, who elected to play under the Canadian flag owing to the fact that her Mother was born in Toronto.

If this rumor is true, then perhaps it is also true that Heidi played some part in the French Open junior girls doubles title won by Branstine and fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu last Saturday at Roland Garros. Which would be a real feather in her cap, professionally.

Even if it’s not true, it makes for a good story.

In any event, congrats to the young Canucks on their second straight junior grand slam title as a doubles team.

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General Buzz, Miscellany, Tournament Match Reports

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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General Buzz, Miscellany, Tournament Match Reports

Williams, Muguruza to Clash in French Open Final

World No. 1 Serena Williams tries again to match Steffi Graf’s tally of 22 grand slam titles on Saturday in Paris, when she will take on 4th ranked Garbine Muguruza for the second time in a slam final in less than a year, the first matchup coming in the 2015 Wimbledon final, won by Williams, 6-4, 6-4. In 2014, the pair met early on the Terre battue at Roland Garros, with Muguruza handing Williams her worst ever loss in a grand slam, 6-2, 6-2.

So far, in 2016 French Open, Muguruza has been in slightly better form but both players have arguably benefitted from a number of upsets plaguing the high seeds in their respective halves of the draw. Muguruza did defeat former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetzova (2009) and finalist Samantha Stosur (2010) en route to the final. Williams dispatched upstart Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the semis after winning matches against Kristina Mladenovic, Elina Svitolina and Yulia Putintseva on her way to the title match.

So who and what will it be? A record-tying Number 22 for Williams, or a first slam title for Muguruza?

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General Buzz, Miscellany

Vickery, Chirico Qualify for Roland Garros

Congratulations to Americans Sachia Vickery and Louisa Chirico, both alums of the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic clay court USTA Pro Circuit tournament here in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, for qualifying for the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros.

Vickery, 21, a native Floridian with two career ITF singles titles to her credit, earned her spot in the French Open main draw by beating Rebecca Peterson 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, Cindy Burger 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, and Fiona Ferro 6-1, 6-0.

Chirico, now 20, has three career ITF titles, and is a former two time junior grand slam semifinalist, including the 2013 French Open Girls’ semifinal, which she lost to Belinda Bencic. In addition, Louisa, by finishing as runner up in the 2015 Revolution Pro Tennis Classic, wound up as the winner of the 2015 French Open USTA Pro Circuit Wildcard Challenge which earned her a spot in the main draw last year’s edition of the French. She booked her spot in this year’s main draw by defeating Tereza Martincova 6-3, 6-2, Andrea Hlavackova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Irina Khromacheva 6-3, 6-1.

Congratulations to both women for qualifying and Good Luck in the Main Draw!

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