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Brodsky provides upset of day at Dow Corning Tennis Classic

Gail Brodsky upset No. 5 seed Stephanie Dubois to reach the Midland quarterfinals.
By McCarton Ackerman, special to USTA.com

-- The 24th Annual Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center was full of upsets during Thursday’s second-round matches, with two seeded players being bounced out of the tournament. Americans Madison Brengle, Gail Brodsky and No. 8 seed Jamie Hampton booked their places in the quarterfinals with victories during the day session, while No. 3 seed Anna Tatishvili defeated American Alison Riske in the evening session.

The biggest upset of the day came from American Gail Brodsky, who shocked No. 5 seed Stephanie Dubois of Canada 6-2, 6-2. In their most recent meeting at last year’s US Open, Dubois defeated Brodsky, 6-0, 6-0, in less than 40 minutes.

"That was the match that motivated me to work harder on the court," said Brodsky. "To me, that US Open match was the fluke. I knew today that, theoretically, my game should be able to beat her game, so I tried to put that match out of my mind and just take it in stride."

Brodsky has gone 10-2 on the USTA Pro Circuit so far this year, reaching two consecutive finals at $25,000 events in Florida (at Innisbrook and Plantation) and currently sits at a career-high ranking of No. 204. She credits a new coaching base at the USTA Training Center - East in Flushing, N.Y., with helping to produce a strong start to 2012.

"I had a coaching change, and since then, I’ve put in some of the hardest hours on and off the court of my entire career," said Brodsky. "I can see the results coming from it, though, so I’m not going to stop here."

No. 1 seed and defending champion Lucie Hradecka was tested heavily against 15-year-old American wild card Anne-Liz Jeukeng before prevailing, 6-2, 7-5. Jeukeng fought off six match points on Hradecka’s serve at 5-4 in the second set to level the match, but the power from the Czech player proved to be too much in the end.

"I had no idea she was just 15," said Hradecka. "She’s got a good kick serve and power on her groundstrokes. I think she definitely has a good career ahead of her."

In the evening session, Anna Tatishvili let a 5-0 lead slip in the second set before regrouping to defeat Alison Riske, 6-3, 7-5. The No. 3 seed is playing some of the best tennis of her career, having reached the second round of the Australian Open this year and currently sitting at a career-high ranking of No. 80.

In other matches, No. 8 seed Jamie Hampton, the highest-ranked American left in the draw, clinched a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. American Madison Brengle followed up her upset win over No. 4 seed and defending Midland finalist Irina Falconi with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist Mirjana Lucic of Croatia.
Evgeniya Rodina of Russia caused a mild upset by defeating No. 6 seed Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France, 6-3, 6-3, while No. 2 seed Magdalena Rybarikova also advanced by defeating Vesna Dolonts of Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (5). The lone match to be completed as of press time was a quarterfinal doubles match between No. 1 seeds and 2011 French Open doubles champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka against the all-NYC team of Gail Brodsky and Lena Litvak.

All quarterfinal singles matches will take place on Friday, in addition to the two remaining quarterfinal doubles matches. No. 1 seed Lucie Hradecka will take on No. 8 seed Jamie Hampton in the feature match of the day session, while No. 2 seed Magdalena Rybarikova squares off against Gail Brodsky in the feature evening match.

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.

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
Midland, Mich.
Purse: $100,000
Surface: Hard-Indoor

Thursday, February 9 - RESULTS:

Singles – Second Round

Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic (1), def. Anne-Liz Jeukeng, United States (WC), 6-2, 7-5
Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia (2), def. Vesna Dolonts, Russia, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Anna Tatishvili, Georgia (3), def. Alison Riske, United States, 6-3, 7-5
Gail Brodsky, United States, def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada (5), 6-2, 6-2
Evgeniya Rodina, Russia, def. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France (6), 6-3, 6-3.
Olga Govortsova, Belarus (7), def. Ashley Weinhold, United States, 6-1, 6-1
Jamie Hampton, United States (8), def. Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portugal, 6-3, 6-3
Madison Brengle, United States, def. Mirjana Lucic, Croatia, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles – First Round
Stephanie Foretz Gacon, France, and Vesna Dolonts, Russia, def. Simone Kalhorn and Alessondra Parra, United States (WC), 6-3, 6-1
Melanie Oudin and Jamie Hampton, United States, def. Darya Kustova, Belarus, and Chi Chi Scholl, United States, 6-3, 6-1

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Megan Moulton-Levy and Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States, def. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada, and Jessica Pegula, United States, 6-2, 6-0.

Friday’s February 10 – SCHEDULE:

Stadium Court – starting at 10 a.m.

Evgeniya Rodina vs. Madison Brengle, followed by TK vs. Olga Govortsova (7), followed by Lucie Hradecka (1) vs. Jamie Hampton, followed by Irina Falconi/Alison Riske vs. Vesna Dolonts/Stephanie Foretz Gacon

Stadium Court – starting at 7 p.m.
Gail Brodsky vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (2), followed by Alexa Glatch/Anna Tatishvili (4) vs. Jamie Hampton/Melanie Oudin


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