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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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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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Kiick Set to Return to Court

Looks like American Allie Kiick, plagued by severe, career threatening knee injuries, among other ailments, the past two years, is finally set to resume her tennis career, entered in USTA Pro Circuit tournaments the next three weeks in Bethany Beach, Delaware, Sumter, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana using her protected ranking.

The $25,000 clay court Resortquest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony starts Sunday June 4, 2017 in Bethany Beach.

Kiick, currently based in Orlando, Florida, has been preparing for her return at the USTA’s National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida.

Go Allie! 🇺🇸

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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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Entry List for 2017 USTA Pro Circuit Orlando Professional Tennis Series Released

The preliminary entry list for the 2017 $25,000 Orlando Professional Tennis Series, scheduled for January 15-22, at the United States Tennis Association’s new National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida, has been released, and Austrian Tamira Paszek, World Number 126, is tentatively the tournament’s top ranked entrant. With Australian Open entries still to be determined, and normal withdrawals still to come, the entry list for Orlando is subject to change. As of December 23, 2016, the Main Draw entrant list, including player ranking, pending withdrawals, is as follows:

1 Tamira PASZEK (AUT) 126
2 Anastasia PIVOVAROVA (RUS) 163
3 Jessica PEGULA (USA) 166
4 Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) 172
5 Quirine LEMOINE (NED) 189
6 Teliana PEREIRA (BRA) 207
7 Jil TEICHMANN (SUI) 210
8 Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) 212
9 Andreea MITU (ROU) 213
10 Sofia KENIN (USA) 214
11 Alize LIM (FRA) 215
12 An-Sophie MESTACH (BEL) 218
13 Varvara FLINK (RUS) 221
14 Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) 223
15 Jesika MALECKOVA (CZE) 225
16 Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 227
17 Kristie AHN (USA) 230
18 Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 231

QUALIFYING – last modified on 23 Dec 2016

1 Valeria SOLOVYEVA (RUS) 235
2 Martina TREVISAN (ITA) 236
3 Karolina MUCHOVA (CZE) 238
4 Robin ANDERSON (USA) 240
5 Katarzyna PITER (POL) 242
6 Irina Maria BARA (ROU) 245
7 Lauren ALBANESE (USA) 246
8 Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) 251
9 Paula KANIA (POL) 254
10 Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) 255
11 Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 260
12 Kathinka VON DEICHMANN (LIE) 265
13 Polina LEYKINA (RUS) 270
14 Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) 276
15 Valeriya STRAKHOVA (UKR) 278
16 Sofya ZHUK (RUS) 292
17 Magdalena FRECH (POL) 293
18 Ekaterine GORGODZE (GEO) 298
19 Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 299
20 Indy DE VROOME (NED) 300
21 Anna ZAJA (GER) 305
22 Chloe PAQUET (FRA) 306
23 Olga IANCHUK (UKR) 318
24 Elizabeth HALBAUER (USA) 319
25 Bernarda PERA (USA) 322
26 Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) 324
27 Tena LUKAS (CRO) 328
28 Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 329
29 Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) 336
30 Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 339
31 Georgia BRESCIA (ITA) 340
32 Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 344
33 Kamila KERIMBAYEVA (KAZ) 348
34 Jaqueline Adina CRISTIAN (ROU) 349
35 Ching-Wen HSU (TPE) 354
36 Olga FRIDMAN (UKR) 357
37 Ayano SHIMIZU (JPN) 360
38 Michaela HONCOVA (SVK) 368
39 Julia WACHACZYK (GER) 371
40 Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) 381
41 Harmony TAN (FRA) 383
42 Katie SWAN (GBR) 384
43 Akgul AMANMURADOVA (UZB) 386
44 Chiara SCHOLL (USA) 387
45 Vanda LUKACS (HUN) 389
46 Chantal SKAMLOVA (SVK) 390
47 Pemra OZGEN (TUR) 395
48 Chieh-Yu HSU (TPE) 399
49 Angelica MORATELLI (ITA) 406
50 Ronit YUROVSKY (USA) 414
51 Alexandra PERPER (MDA) 419
52 Laura PIGOSSI (BRA) 428
53 Tess SUGNAUX (SUI) 432
54 Sandra SAMIR (EGY) 433
55 Kimberley ZIMMERMANN (BEL) 434
56 Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) 436

Orlando Entry List

The Orlando tournament will be played on Har-Tru, or green clay, at the USTA’s National Campus in Lake Nona, near Orlando, Florida. This year’s tournament is scheduled for the week of January 15-22, 2017, with qualifying starting on Sunday January 15.

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