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All-American singles semifinals set in Charlottesville

April 28, 2012 09:18 AM
Melanie Oudin advances to the Charlottesville semifinals.
By John Kelly, special to USTA.com

– The semifinals of the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic will be an all-American affair. On Friday at the the USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit event at The Boar’s Head, Melanie Oudin, Julia Cohen, Irina Falconi and Coco Vandeweghe each won two matches to move on to Saturday’s semis.

Saturday’s play, which will feature the singles semifinals followed by the doubles semifinal matches, will kick off at 10 a.m. ET at The Boar’s Head.

Melanie Oudin topped South African Chanel Simmonds, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, in a hard-fought match that drew one of the largest crowds of the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Oudin beat Camila Giorgi of Italy, 6-4, 6-4, and Simmonds overcame Julia Glushko of Israel in a thrilling three-set match, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

Julia Cohen moved into the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-4 win over 2011 Tinsley finalist Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. Earlier, she had beaten fellow American Lauren Davis, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Larcher de Brito topped U.Va. standout Lindsey Hardenbergh by a score of 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Second-seeded Irina Falconi’s day began with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over American Shelby Rogers and ended with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Gail Brodsky. Coco Vandeweghe turned back fourth-seed Alison Riske before topping American Maria Sanchez in the final match of the day, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

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
Friday, April 27th
At Boar’s Head Sports Club
Charlottesville, VA
Purse: $50,000
Surface: Clay-outdoor

Singles – Second Round

Irina Falconi, United States (2) def. Shelby Rogers, United States 6-1, 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe, United States, def. Alison Riske, United States (4) 6-2, 7-5
Gail Brodsky, United States def. Jill Craybas, United States (7) 6-4, 6-4
Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal, def. Lindsey Hardenbergh, United States 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Melanie Oudin, United States def. Camila Giorgi, Italy 6-4, 6-4
Julia Cohen, United States def. Lauren Davis, United States 6-4, 7-6(4)
Chanel Simmonds, South Africa, def. Julia Glushko, Israel 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(2)
Maria Sanchez, United States, def. Alexandra Kiick, United States, 6-2, 6-0

Singles - Quarterfinals
Julia Cohen, United States def. Michelle Larcher de Brito, Portugal (8) 7-5, 6-4
Melanie Oudin, United States def. Chanel Simmonds, South Africa 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Irina Falconi, United States (2) def. Gail Brodsky, United States 6-4, 6-1
Coco Vandeweghe, United States def. Maria Sanchez, United States 6-4, 1-6, 6-1

Schedule for Saturday, April 28:

Stadium Court, beginning at 10 a.m.

Julia Cohen, United States vs. Melanie Oudin, United States
Followed by
Coco Vandeweghe, United States vs. Irina Falconi, United States
Followed by
Sharon Fichman, Canada and Valeria Solovieva, Russia (3) vs, Elena Bovina, Russia and Julia Glushko, Israel
Followed by
Irina Falconi, United States and Coco Vandeweghe, United States vs. Maria Sanchez, United States (4) and Yasmin Schnack, United States


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