Jamie Hampton in action against Alexa Glatch at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic.
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By McCarton Ackerman, special to USTA.com
MIDLAND, Mich. -- The 24th Annual Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center featured the 13 remaining opening-round singles matches during Wednesday’s schedule of play. The top three seeds in the tournament all won their opening-round matches during the day session, while No. 8 seed Jamie Hampton defeated Alexa Glatch in an all-American match in the evening session.
No. 1 seed and defending champion Lucie Hradecka found herself in a battle against Frenchwoman Victoria Larriere on Stadium Court. Hradecka missed the chance to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but regrouped to win her match, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. No. 2 Magdalena Rybarikova breezed through a 6-3, 6-3 win over American Shelby Rogers, while No. 3 Anna Tatishvili moved past veteran American Lindsay Lee-Waters with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
The first American player to win during the day session was 15-year-old wild card Anne-Liz Jeukeng, who battled for over two hours against Federica Grazioso, overcoming a set point in the first set tiebreaker on her way to prevailing, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2. Jeukeng will now be rewarded with a second-round match Thursday on Stadium Court against Hradecka, which will be her first time going up against a top-50 player.
"I’m just going to go out there and give it my best shot," said Jeukeng. "It’ll be interesting how the crowd responds on the Stadium Court because I’ve never had that experience before. It will be exciting."
In the evening session, Hampton used a strong forehand to make several timely trips up to net throughout the match, easily defeating former U.S. Fed Cup player Alexa Glatch, 6-2, 6-3. Dictating the tempo of the points from the beginning, Hampton encountered little resistance from Glatch as she eased to victory in just over an hour, earning her first main-draw victory in Midland after three previous first-round exits.
"If I had lost in the first round again here, I probably wouldn’t have come back," said a laughing Hampton. "The crowd is great here, though, so it’s nice to finally get a win. Alexa is my best friend on tour, so it was tough to play against her, but we’re both professionals, and you have to just put that aside."
Other players who advanced into the second round include No. 5 seed Stephanie Dubois, No. 7 seed Olga Govortsova and Americans Alison Riske and Gail Brodsky. The lone match to be completed as of press time was a doubles match featuring Americans Yasmin Schnack and Alexandra Mueller against the Canadian-American combo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Jessica Pegula.
All eight second-round singles matches will take place on Thursday, in addition to the remaining first-round doubles matches and some quarterfinal rounds. Top-seed Lucie Hradecka squares off against Jeukeng during the day session at 10 a.m., while No. 2 Rybarikova takes on Vesna Dolonts. In the evening session starting at 7 p.m., No. 3 Tatishvili squares off against American Alison Riske during the feature match, followed by the 2011 French Open champion doubles team of Czech players Andrea Hlavackova-Hradecka against the all-NYC team of Gail Brodsky-Lena Litvak.
The Dow Corning Tennis Classic is in its 24th year on the USTA Pro Circuit, making it the longest-running women’s event on the USTA Pro Circuit. Several former competitors at the event have gone on to win Grand Slam titles and reach the top 10 in the rankings. Past competitors include seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and Olympic gold medalist Justine Henin, three-time Grand Slam singles champion Maria Sharapova, two-time Grand Slam singles champion Mary Pierce, 2011 French Open singles champion Na Li, 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone and two-time Grand Slam doubles champion Anna Kournikova.
ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT
With approximately 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. The USTA launched its pro circuit in 1976 to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from over 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andre Agassi, James Blake, Lindsay Davenport, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Dow Corning Tennis Classic
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Midland Community Tennis Center
Wednesday, February 8 - RESULTS:
Singles – First Round
Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic (1), def. Victoria Larriere, France, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia (2), def. Shelby Rogers, United States (Q), 6-3, 6-3
Anna Tatishvili, Georgia (3), def. Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States (LL), 6-3, 6-2
Stephanie Dubois, Canada (5), def. Alessondra Parra, United States (WC), 6-2, 6-2
Olga Govortsova, Belarus (7), def. Jessica Pegula, United States (Q), 6-3, 7-5
Jamie Hampton, United States (8), def. Alexa Glatch, United States, 6-2, 6-3
Gail Brodsky, United States, def. Samantha Murray, Great Britain (Q) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Mirjana Lucic, Croatia, def. Julia Boserup, United States (WC), 6-2, 6-3
Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States (WC) def. Federiza Grazioso, Italy (LL), 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2
Alison Riske, United States, def. Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-3
Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portugal, def. Madison Keys, United States (Q), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, def. Darya Kustova, Belarus, 6-2, 6-4
Vesna Dolonts, Russia, def. Yana Buchina, Russia (LL), 6-0, 6-2
Thursday’s February 9 – SCHEDULE:
Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Vesna Dolonts d. Magdalena Rybarikova (2), followed by Michelle Larcher De Brito vs. Jamie Hampton (8), followed by Lucie Hradecka (1) vs. Anne-Liz Jeukeng (WC), followed by Jamie Hampton/Melanie Oudin vs. Darya Kustova/Chi Chi Scholl
Stadium Court – starting at 7 p.m.
Anna Tatishvili (3) vs. Alison Riske, followed by Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (1) vs. Gail Brodsky/Lena Litvak
Court 5 - starting at 10 a.m.
Ashley Weinhold vs. Olga Govortsova (7), followed by Mirjana Lucic vs. Madison Brengle, followed by Simone Kalhorn/Alessondra Parra (WC) vs. Vesna Dolonts/Stephanie Foretz Gacon,
Court 3 - starting at 10 a.m.
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (6) vs. Evgeniya Rodina, followed by Stephanie Dubois (5) vs. Gail Brodsky, followed by Lindsay Lee-Waters/Megan Moulton-Levy vs. Alexandra Mueller/Yasmin Schnack or Gabriela Dabrowski/Jessica Pegula