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Teenage, veteran Americans advance on Day 2 of qualifying in Midland

February 7, 2012 07:08 AM
Madison Keys advances in Midland.
By McCarton Ackerman, special to USTA.com

-- The 24th Annual Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center rolled on with second-round qualifying matches on Monday. Sixteen-year-old Madison Keys and 34-year-old Lindsay Lee-Waters, the youngest and oldest players left in the qualifying draw, were among the five American players who booked their place in the final round of qualifying.

In a match featuring plenty of high-quality baseline rallies, No. 3 seed Keys overcame University of Michigan player Denise Muresan, 6-4, 6-3. Keys, who won the USTA Australian Open wild card playoff this past December, also reached the second round of last year’s US Open through winning the USTA wild card playoff for that event.

Lindsay Lee-Waters, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 33 in April 1996, battled for over two hours before beating No. 7 seed Gabriela Dabrowski, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. She is also the only mother currently competing on tour, raising an 11-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son with her husband and coach, Heath.

In the upset of the day, American Shelby Rogers defeated No. 2 seed and former Midland champion Alexandra Stevenson, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Down 2-0 in the second set, Rogers began to increase the power on her groundstrokes and take control in the long baseline exchanges. She broke Stevenson to love in the final game of the match to advance.

Other American players to advance through include No. 5 seed Jessica Pegula and Michigan native Sara Remnyse.

Final-round qualifying matches and first-round singles and doubles in the main draw kick off on Tuesday at 10 a.m. 2011 Midland finalist and No. 4 seed Irina Falconi kicks off the main-draw action on Stadium Court against fellow American Madison Brengle, while No. 1 seeds and current French Open doubles champions Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova face off in the feature afternoon match against the American/British pairing of Whitney Jones and Samantha Murray. The evening session at 7 p.m. features 2009 US Open quarterfinalist and 2011 US Open mixed doubles champion Melanie Oudin squaring off against No. 6 seed Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France.

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
Monday, February 6
Midland Community Tennis Center
Midland, Mich.
Purse: $100,000
Surface: Hard-Indoor

Monday, February 6 - RESULTS:

Qualifying Singles – 2nd round

Shelby Rogers, United States, def. Alexandra Stevenson, United States (2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Madison Keys, United States (3), def. Denise Muresan, United States, 6-4, 6-3
Federica Grazioso, Italy, def. Ahsha Rolle, United States (4), 6-1, 3-1 ret.
Jessica Pegula, United States (5), def. Lena Litvak, United States, 6-3, 6-4
Yana Buchina, Russia (6), def. Eleanor Peters, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States, def. Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada (7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Samantha Murray, Great Britain, def. Alexandra Mueller (8), United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Sara Remnyse, United States, def. Whitney Jones, United States, 6-2, 6-4.

Tuesday’s February 7 – SCHEDULE:

Stadium Court - starting at 10 a.m.
Madison Keys vs. Yana Buchina, followed by Irina Falconi (4) vs. Madison Brengle, followed by Olga Govortsova/Evgeniya Rodina (2) vs. Megan Moulton-Levy/Lindsay Lee-Waters, followed by Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (1) vs. Whitney Jones/Samantha Murray

Stadium Court – starting at 7 p.m.
Stephanie Foretz Gacon (6) vs. Melanie Oudin, followed by Ahsha Rolle/Shuai Zhang (3) vs. Irina Falconi/Alison Riske

Court 5 - starting at 10 a.m.  
Sara Remnyse vs. Samantha Murray, followed by Ashley Weinhold vs. Chi Chi Scholl, followed by Gail Brodsky/Lena Litvak vs. Victoria Larriere/Mirjana Lucic.

Court 3 - starting at 10 a.m.
Shelby Rogers vs. Lindsay Lee-waters, followed by Federica Grazioso vs. Jessica Pegula, followed by Alexa Glatch/Anna Tatishvili (4) vs. Madison Brengle/Shelby Rogers


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