By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
– Americans Jessica Pegula, Shelby Rogers, Mallory Burdette and Lauren Davis all won second-round singles matches on Day 3 of main-draw action at the Party Rock Open, a women’s $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event sponsored by Redfoo of the hit group LMFAO and being played at the Darling Tennis Center.
The No. 2-seeded Davis from Cleveland took out local favorite and wild card Asia Muhammad of Las Vegas on Thursday night, 6-3, 6-3, in the night match with Redfoo looking on.
The 18-year-old Davis said she tried to use the crowd cheering for her opponent to her advantage. "I can see it getting kind of annoying, but I think I do a good job of not letting outside things bother me," Davis said. "You really can’t benefit from getting mad, so I don’t get mad. I tried to win every single point just so they would be quiet. So you can say I kind of tried to use it to my advantage."
Another 18-year-old, Pegula, had the easiest time getting to the quarterfinals, as she beat Petra Rampre of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-3. On Tuesday night, Rampre took out top-seeded Edina Gallovits-Hall, 6-1, 6-1.
Rogers, of Charleston, S.C., beat Stephanie Dubois of Canada, 7-6 (3) 6-4, and Burdette won her second straight match as a professional, as the No. 7 seed took out fellow American Madison Brengle, 6-3, 6-3.
The sister vs. sister match never got going Thursday, as Anastasia Rodionova of Australia beat her sister Arina Rodionova of Russia, who retired down 5-2.
But later in the day, Arina felt well enough to play doubles with her sister, as the top-seeded duo beat Maria Abramovic of Croatia and Amra Sadikovic of Switzerland, 6-3, 7-6 (2), to advance to the doubles semis on Friday.
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Main-Draw Singles Second Round
Jessica Pegula, U.S., def. Petra Rampre, Slovenia, 6-1, 6-3
Adirana Perez, Venezuela, def. Maria Abramovic, Croatia, 6-4, 6-4
Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, def. Arina Rodionova, Russia, 5-2, retired
Heidi El Tabakh (8), Canada, def. Marie-Eve Pelletier, Canada, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Shelby Rogers, U.S., def. Stephanie Dubois, Canada, 7-6 (3) 6-4
Elena Bovina, Russia, def. Chi Chi Scholl, U.S., 5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (2)
Lauren Davis (2), U.S., def. Asia Muhammad (wc), U.S., 6-3, 6-3
Mallory Burdette (7), U.S., def. Madison Brengle, U.S., 6-3, 6-3
Main-Draw Doubles Quarterfinals
Jessica Pegula, U.S.-Marie-Eve Pelletier (3), Canada, def. Lena Litvak, U.S.-Nicole Melichar, U.S., 6-4, 6-1
Arina Rodionova, Russia-Anastasia Rodionova (1), Australia, def. Maria Abramovic, Croatia-Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Nicole Rottmann, Austria-Lenka Wienerova, Slovakia, def. MacCall Harkins, U.S.-Chieh-Yu Hsu, U.S., 3-6, 6-4, 10-3
Elena Bovina, Romania-Edina Gallovits-Hall (4), Romania, def. Shelby Rogers, U.S.-Ashley Weinhold, U.S., 6-3, 7-5
Stadium Court starting at 11 a.m.
Heidi El Tabakh, Canada, vs. Anastasia Rodionova (4), Australia
Followed by Elena Bovina, Russia, vs. Shelby Rogers, U.S.
After suitable rest: Anastasia Rodionova, Australia-Arina Rodionova (1), Russia, vs. Jessica Pegula, U.S.-Marie-Eve Pelletier (3), Canada
Court 11 starting at 6 p.m.
Mallory Burdette (7), U.S., vs. Lauren Davis (2), U.S.
Court 11 starting at 11 a.m.
Jessica Pegula, U.S., vs. Adriana Perez, Venezuela
After rest, Elena Bovina, Romania-Edina Gallovits-Hall (4), Romania, vs. Nicole Rottmann, Austria-Lenka Wienerova, Slovakia
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