Irina Falconi will face Melanie Oudin in the Charlottesville final.
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By John Kelly, Special to USTA.com
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Melanie Oudin and Irina Falconi moved on to the final of the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic on Saturday.
Oudin continued a strong week of play with a convincing 6-2, 6-4 victory over Julia Cohen, while second-seeded Irina Falconi needed three sets to get by Coco Vandeweghe, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.
"I thought we were both playing some good tennis out there," Falconi said. "There were a couple of breaks here and there that kind of tilted the scale, so it was just really back and forth. I thought we were both grinding out there."
Falconi and Vandeweghe had a brief rest following their match before teaming up for their doubles semifinal. The pair fell to the fourth-seeded doubles team of Maria Sanchez and Yasmin Schnack by a score of 7-6 (1), 6-1.
Earlier in the day, Elena Bovina of Russia and Julia Glushko of Israel moved on to the doubles final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the third-seeded duo of Sharon Fichman of Canada and Valeria Solovieva of Russia.
Play on Sunday begins at noon, with the doubles final followed by the singles final.
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
Saturday, April 28th
At Boar’s Head Sports Club
Singles – Semifinals
Irina Falconi, United States (2) def. Coco Vandeweghe, United States 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
Melanie Oudin, United States, def. Julia Cohen, United States 6-2, 6-4
Doubles – Semifinals
Maria Sanchez, United States (4) and Yasmin Schnack, United States def. Irina Falconi, United States and Coco Vandeweghe, United States 7-6(1), 6-1
Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel def. Sharon Fichman, Canada and Valeria Solovieva (3) Russia 6-4, 6-4
Schedule for Sunday, April 29
Stadium Court, beginning at 12 noon
Maria Sanchez, United States (4) and Yasmin Schnack, United States vs. Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel
Irina Falconi, United States (2) vs. Melanie Oudin, United States