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Pro Circuit

Cohen upsets top seed, defending champ in Charlottesville

April 26, 2012 07:22 AM
Julia Cohen upset top-seed and defending champion Stephanie DuBois in her opening-round match in Charlottesville.
By John Kelly, special to USTA.com

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.
– American Julia Cohen toppled No. 1 seed and defending champion Stephanie Dubois of Canada, 6-4, 6-2, Wednesday in opening-round play at the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic, the USTA Pro Circuit event at The Boar’s Head.

In a match that drew the day’s biggest crowd, University of Virginia standout Lindsey Hardenbergh defeated Australian Johanna Konta by a score of 6-4, 6-2.

Additional American seeded players in action included No. 2 Irina Falconi, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Julie Coin of France; No. 4 seed Alison Riske, who defeated fellow American Alexa Glatch, 6-4, 6-2; and No. 7 seed Jill Craybas, who topped Brazil’s Roxanne Vaisemberg, 7-5, 6-3.

Julia Glushko of Israel defeated sixth-seeded Erika Sema of Japan in one of the day’s more exciting matches, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (4).

But perhaps the day’s most exciting match was the nearly three-hour-long battle between fifth-seeded Olivia Rogowska of Australia and 17-year-old American Alexandra Kiick. After taking the first set in a tiebreak, Kiick dropped the second in the same fashion. She led 5-2 in the third when Rogowska mounted a strong comeback before Kiick shut the door, taking the set, and the match, 6-4.

"I actually broke all my racquets, so I was using a different racquet," Kiick said. "So I pretty much started freaking out in the third set, especially when I lost those two games. I had to calm down, and I was just hoping she would make some mistakes here and there, and she did."

The win was an important one for the young player. "It’s great for me because I get a lot of practice and I get to hang around these girls and see how they act on the court and the things they do because they are professional. I really have no pressure, so I just go out there, and I try to learn and get better."

Other winners on the day were Italian Camila Giorgi, who knocked off Canadian Sharon Fichman, 6-3, 6-2. Americans Coco Vandeweghe, Lauren Davis, Gail Brodsky and Maria Sanchez also moved on to the second round, as did South African Chanel Simmonds.

On the doubles side, winners included Carly Gullickson and Ashley Weinhold. The American pair, longtime fan favorites in Charlottesville, topped Madison Brengle and Chieh-Yu Hsu, 4-6, 6-1 (10-5).

Play continues at the Boar’s Head Sports Club on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. ET.

The 11th Annual Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic features 32 singles players and a 16-team doubles field. The tournament is held at Boar’s Head Sports Club, 200 Wellington Drive in Charlottesville, Va. Admission to the tournament is free, and the event is open to the public.

With more than 90 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking points.

11th Annual Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic
Wednesday, April 25th
At Boar’s Head Sports Club
Charlottesville, VA
Purse: $50,000
Surface: Clay-outdoor

Singles – Second Round

Julia Cohen, United States def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada (1) 6-4, 6-2
Irina Falconi, United States (2) def. Julie Coin, France, 6-3, 6-2
Alison Riske, United States (4) def. Alexa Glatch, United States 6-4, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick, United States def. Olivia Rogowska, Australia 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-4
Julia Glushko, Israel, def. Erika Sema, Japan(6) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(4)
Jill Craybas, United States (7) def. Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil, 7-5, 6-3
Camila Giorgi, Italy def. Sharon Fichman, Canada 6-3, 6-2
Lauren Davis, United States def. Sacha Jones, Australia 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
Lindsey Hardenbergh, United States def. Johanna Konta, Australia 6-4, 6-2
Gail Brodsky, United States, def. Madison Brengle, United States 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
Chanel Simmonds, South Africa, def. Julia Boserup, United States  7-5, 6-2
Coco Vandeweghe, United States def. Isabella Holland, Australia 6-0, 6-2
Maria Sanchez, United States def. Chalena Scholl, United States 6-2, 6-1

Doubles – First Round
Carly Gullickson, United States and Ashley Weinhold, United States def. Madison Brengle, United States and Chieh-Yu Hsu, United States 4-6, 6-1 (10-5)
Sharon Fichman, Canada (3) and Valeria Solovieva, Russia def. Sally Peers, Australia and Olivia  Rogowska, 6-1, 6-3
Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel def. Jill Crayas, United States (2) and Alison Riske, United States 6-4, 6-1

Schedule for Thursday, April 26:

Stadium Court, beginning at 10:00

Lindsey Hardenbergh, United States vs. Michele Larcher de Brito, Portugal (8)
Followed by
Coco Vandeweghe, United States vs. Alison Riske, United States (4)
Followed by
Melanie Oudin, United States vs. Camila Giorgi, Italy
Followed by
Irinia Falconi, United  States and Coco Vandeweghe, United States vs. Isabella Holland, Australia and Akiko Omae, Japan
Followed by
Doubles To Be Determined
Julia Cohen, United States and Chi Chi Scholl, United States or Whitney Jones, United States and Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil vs. Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel
Followed by
Doubles To Be Determined
Alexa Glatch, United States and Melanie Oudin, United States or ?? vs. Irina Falconi, United States and Coco Vandeweghe, United States or Isabella Holland, Australia and Akiko Omae, Japan

Court 1, beginning at 10:00
Shelby Rogers, United States vs. Irina Falconi, United States (2)
Followed by
Jill Craybas, United States (7) vs, Gail Brodsky, United States
Followed by
Chanel Simmonds, South Africa vs. Julia Glushko, Israel
Followed by
Maria Sanchez, United States and Yasmin Schnack, United States (4) vs. Carly Gullickson, United States and Ashley Weinhold, United States
Followed by
Doubles To Be Determined
Alexa Glatch, United States and Melanie Oudin, United States (1) vs. TBD

Court 7, beginning at 10:00
Julia Cohen, United States vs. Lauren Davis, United States
Followed by
Alexandra Kiick, United States vs. Maria Sanchez, United States
Followed by
Julia Cohen, United States and Chi Chi Scholl, United States vs. Whitney Jones, United States vs. Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil
Followed by
Julia Boserup, United States and Shelby Rogers, United States vs. Sharon Fichman, Canada (3) and Valeria Solovieva, Russia
 

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