Gabbie Andrews won her first pro match in Carson.
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By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
CARSON, Calif. – Gabby Andrews admitted it felt like any other match at just another tournament, but deep down she knew Tuesday was a special day.
There will undoubtedly be many, many more professional tournaments and victories for the 14-year-old wild card from Pomona, Calif., who played – and won – in her first professional match in the first round at the Carson USTA Women’s $50,000 Challenger presented by the Farmers Classic at The Home Depot Center.
"I felt really loose and have just been playing with a lot of confidence," said Andrews, who will also pick up her first world ranking points with her 6-4, 6-1 win over former four-year USC starter Amanda Fink, a 24-year-old and two-year Pro Circuit veteran from Calabasas, Calif., who is currently ranked No. 375 in the WTA world rankings. "It really just feels like any other tournament. I haven’t even looked at the draw. I don’t even know who I play next."
Fink said she had never seen or heard of the talented Andrews, who is still an amateur and doesn’t turn 15 until December, before Tuesday. "She’s obviously got some game and will do very well in the coming years," Fink said. "She’s just a very solid player."
Sixteen-year-old Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, the No. 7-seeded player and ranked No. 336 in the world, needed three sets to advance, beating former TCU player Macall Harkins of Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Qualifying concluded on Tuesday, as 16-year-old Sachia Vickery, 15-year-old Taylor Townsend, Jessica Roland-Rosario and Elizabeth Ferris each earned spots into the main draw and will play opening-round matches on Wednesday.
For more information on the tournament log onto the website at www.usta.com/carsonchallenger.
Tuesday’s Final Singles Qualifying Scores:
Sachia Vickery, U.S.  def. Ellen Tsay, U.S. , 6-1, 7-5
Taylor Townsend, U.S. def. Zoe Gwen Scandalis, U.S. , 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
Jessica Roland-Rosario, Puerto Rico, def. Katie Ruckert, U.S. , 6-3, 6-4
Elizabeth Ferris, U.S.  def. Nicole Melichar, U.S. , 6-3, 6-2
Tuesday’s First-Round Main Draw Singles Scores
Gabrielle Andrews, U.S. def. Amanda Fink, U.S., 6-4, 6-1
Chichi Scholl, U.S.  def. Asia Muhammad, U.S., 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Amanda McDowell, U.S. def. Grace Min, U.S., 7-6(3), 6-3
Jessica Pegula, U.S. def. Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Krista Hardebeck, U.S.  def. Macall Harkins U.S., 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Yasmin Schnack, U.S. def. Julia Boserup U.S.,  6-3, 7-6(5)
Tuesday’s First-Round Main Draw Doubles:
Samantha Crawford, U.S. / Caroline Doyle, U.S. def. Yawna Allen, U.S. / Svetlana Krivencheva, Bulgaria, 6-0, 6-3
Megan Falcon, U.S. / Amanda McDowell, U.S. def. Gabrielle Andrews, U.S. / Taylor Townsend, U.S., 6-4, 7-5
Alexa Glatch, U.S. / Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada , def. Roxanne Ellison U.S. / Sierra A. Ellison U.S., 6-1, 6-3
Alexandra Mueller, U.S. / Asia Muhammad, U.S. def.  Grace Min, U.S. / Ashley Weinhold, U.S. 6-3, 6-3
WS: Women’s Singles; WD: Women’s Doubles
Starting at 10 a.m. WS Shelby Rogers, U.S. vs. Petra Rampre, Slovakia 
Followed by WS Jessica Roland-Rosario, Puerto Rico, vs. Alexa Glatch, U.S. 
Followed by WS Taylor Townsend, U.S. vs. Brittany Augustine, U.S.
Followed by WS Jan Abaza, U.S. vs. Sachia Vickery, U.S.
Followed by WD Amanda Fink, U.S. / Lena Litvak, U.S. vs. Angelina Gabueva, Russia / Alyona Sotnikova, Ukraine
Starting at 10 a.m. WS Camila Giorgi, Italy,  vs. Lena Litvak, U.S.
Followed by WS Ashley Weinhold, U.S. vs.  Elizabeth Ferris, U.S.
Followed by WS Alexandra Mueller, U.S. vs. Samantha Crawford, U.S.
Followed by WD Aleksandrina Naydenova, Bulgaria / Shelby Rogers, U.S. vs. Petra Rampre, Slovakia / Chichi Scholl, U.S.
Followed by WD Nicole Melichar, U.S. / Ellen Tsay U.S. vs. Christina Fusano, U.S.  / Yasmin Schnack U.S.
Starting at 10 a.m. WS Alyona Sotnikova, Ukraine, vs. Megan Falcon, U.S.
Followed by WS Aleksandrina Naydenova, Bulgaria, vs. Teodora Mircic, Serbia 
Followed by WS Angelina Gabueva, Russia, vs. Ellen Tsay, U.S.
Followed by WD Julia Boserup, U.S. / Jessica Pegula, U.S. vs. / Macall Harkins, U.S.  / Teodora Mircic, Serbia
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