Shelby Rogers won matches in both singles and doubles on Day 1 of play in Charlottesville.
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By John Kelly, special to USTA.com
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Main-draw play opened Tuesday at the Boyd Tinsley 2012 Women’s Clay Court Classic at The Boar’s Head with a trio of matches, highlighted by a thrilling three-set victory by Shelby Rogers over fellow American Madison Keys.
After losing the first set 6-2, Rogers stormed back from being down 5-3 in the second to win the set 7-6 before going on to take the third 6-1 for the victory.
Other first-round matches included a win by 2011 Tinsley tournament finalist Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal, who defeated American Chi Chi Scholl, 6-1, 7-6 (3). Melanie Oudin of the United States topped third-seeded Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-3 in the first set and was up 3-0 in the second, when Kudryavtseva retired due to injury.
The day also featured the finals of the qualifying round. Top-seeded qualifier Gail Brodsky advanced to main-draw play with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Chieh-Yu Hsu. Also advancing were Roxanne Vaisemberg of Brazil and Americans Chalena Scholl and Alexandra Kiick.
First-round doubles play also kicked off on Tuesday. Winners included Americans Julia Boserup and Rogers, who topped the Brazilian pair of Maria Fernanda Alves and Rocio de la Torre Sanchez, 6-3, 6-1, and the fourth-seeded team of Maria Sanchez and Yasmin Schnack of the United States, who knocked off Lena Litvak, United States, and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa, 6-4, 6-1.
Play continues at Boar’s Head Sports Club on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
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
Tuesday, April 24th
At Boar’s Head Sports Club
Qualifying Singles – Final Round
Gail Brodsky, United States (1) def. Lena Litvak, United States 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Johanna Konta, Australia (2) def. Li Xi, China 6-0, 6-1
Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil, def. Sally Peers, Australia 6-1, 6-0
Julie Coin, France def. Samantha Crawford, United States 7-6(4), 6-0
Chalena Scholl, United States def. Heidi El Tabakh, Canada (5) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Alexandra Kiick, United States def. Diana Ospina, United States, 6-1, 6-0
Julia Glushko, Israel (4) def. Valeria Solovieva, Russia 6-3, 7-5
Gail Brodsky, United States (1) def, Chieh-Yu Hsu, United States 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil, def. Johanna Konta, Australia (2) 4-6, 6-3 Ret.
Chalena Scholl, United States def. Julie Coin, France 7-6 (3), 6-0
Alexandra Kiick, United States def. Julia Glushko, Israel (4) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Singles – First Round
Shelby Rogers, United States def. Madison Keys, United States, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal, def. Chi Chi Scholl, United States, 6-1, 7-6(3)
Melanie Oudin, United States def. Alla Kudryavtseva, Russia (3) 6-3, 3-0 Ret.
Doubles – First Round
Julia Boserup, United States and Shelby Rogers, United States def. Maria Fernanda Alves, Brazil and Rocio De La Torre Sanchez 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sanchez, United States and Yasmin Schnack, United States (4) def. Lena Litvak, United States and Chanel Simmonds, South Africa 6-4, 6-1
Schedule for Wednesday, April 25:
Stadium Court, beginning at 10:00
Alexa Glatch, United States vs. Alison Riske, United States (4)
Lindsey Hardenberg, United States vs. Johanna Konta, Australia
Stephanie Dubois, Canada (1) vs. Julia Cohen, United States
Carly Gullickson, United States/Ashley Weinhold, United States vs. Madison Brengle, United States/Chieh-Yu Hsu, United States
Court 1, beginning at 10:00
Sharon Fichman, Canada vs. Camila Giorgi, Italy
Madison Brengle, United States vs. Gail Brodsky, United States
Julie Coin, France vs. Irina Falconi, United States (2)
Elena Bovina, Russia/Julia Glushko, Israel vs. Jill Craybas, United States (2)/Alison Riske, United States
Court 2, beginning at 10:00
Sacha Jones, Australia vs. Lauren Davis, United States
Julia Glushko, Israel vs. Erika Sema, Japan (6)
Julia Boserup, United States vs. Chanel Simmonds, South Africa
Sally Peers, Australia/Olivia Rogowska, Australia vs. Sharon Fichman, Canada (3)/Valeria Solovieva, Russia
Court 7, beginning at 10:00
Jill Craybas, United States vs. Roxanne Vaisemberg, Brazil
Olivia Rogowska, Australia (5) vs. Alexandra Kiick, United States
Coco Vandeweghe, United States vs. Isabella Holland, Australia
Maria Sanchez, United States vs. Chalena Scholl, United States