By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
– It’ll be No. 1 vs. No. 2 on Sunday for the Carson USTA Women’s $50,000 Challenger singles title, as top-seeded Camila Giorgi and No. 2 Alexa Glatch recorded straight-set wins on Saturday at The Home Depot Center.
Glatch ended the run of 15-year-old amateur Taylor Townsend of Stockbridge, Ga., 7-6 (1), 6-2, while Giorgi has no problems brushing aside 21-year-old and No. 3-seeded Ashley Weinhold of Austin, Texas, 6-0, 6-0, in just 42 minutes.
Count Glatch as another impressed with the big lefty game of Townsend, who came all the way through qualifying and was playing for the seventh consecutive day.
"She’s a good player," said Glatch, who gave up just nine games in her previous three matches coming into the day. "She’s young and has a lot of potential. She has some things to work on, as well. She’s got great hands, and the lefty advantage always helps."
Glatch, hanging right around No. 200 in the world rankings and a Carson finalist in 2008, said she didn’t play her best tennis but will need to amp up her game if she is going to have a chance against Italy’s Giorgi, who just couldn’t seem to miss against Weinhold, who has had a solid 2011 so far winning the Rancho Mirage $25,000 Challenger in February and one month later beating Melanie Oudin in the first round of the $25,000 event in Pelham, Ala.
After Sunday’s match, Glatch will prepare to leave for Europe, where she is playing an indoor hardcourt event in Copenhagen, Denmark, before trying to qualify at Wimbledon in mid-June.
Townsend will take a much-needed day off on Sunday and then head back home to Georgia for a few days before more training at USTA Headquarters in Boca Raton.
"I really had a great week," Townsend said. "To me, it was really just a learning experience. Alexa is such a great player, and I’ve heard so many great things about her. She played a really solid second set and didn’t miss as much. The points that I did get she really made me work for them."
Townsend said she did feel tired in the second set but it was not a factor in the match.
"I did feel a little fatigued out there," she said. "But it’s no excuse. I train every day with the USTA, so I should be able to play a match like this every day."
In the doubles final, the No. 4-seeded team of Alexandra Mueller and Asia Muhammad beat the No. 2 team of Christina Fusano and Yasmin Schnack, 6-2, 6-3.
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Saturday’s Singles Semifinals
Alexa Glatch, U.S. , def. Taylor Townsend, U.S. [q], 7-6 (1), 6-2
Camila Giorgi, Italy, , def. Ashley Weinhold, U.S. , 6-0, 6-0
Satuday’s Doubles Final
Alexandra Mueller, U.S., / Asia Muhammad. U.S.  def. Christina Fusano, U.S.  / Yasmin Schnack U.S., 6-2, 6-3
Sunday’s Singles Final
Court 4 starting at 10 a.m.
Camila Giorgi, Italy,  vs. Alexa Glatch U.S. 
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