The Tennis Classic of Macon
Presented by the W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation
STRATFORD ACADEMY – JAIME KAPLAN TENNIS CENTER * OCTOBER 19-26, 2014
Crowd Gathers to Watch Vaidisova Win in Qualifying
MACON, Georgia, (October 19, 2014) Singles qualifying began on Sunday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m.at Stratford Academy for the 2014 Tennis Classic of Macon. Tennis fans were greeted with beautiful fall weather, with temperatures in the 70s.
Former world No. 7 Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic drew most of the onlookers as she took on a top junior player from Macon in Ariadna Riley.
Vaidisova powered her way to 6-1, 6-1 victory in front of about 200 spectators which is almost unheard for a first round qualifying match at a USTA Pro Circuit event.
Vaidisova’s serve and forehand made the difference as she fired two aces and a dozen or so forehand winners in keeping Riley off balance.
Riley actually broke to start the second set, but Vaidisova upped her game and she stayed aggressive throughout the second set to close out the top ranked junior.
“It was fun and great seeing how she hits the ball,” admitted Riley after the match. She hit a really big ball and it took some getting used to; her serve was really big too.”
Riley said she tried to grind with her and just get into the points, but then Vaidisova was able to overpower her.
Other winners on Sunday included Americans, Rianna Valdes, Ashley Weinhold, Jacqueline Cako, Andie K. Daniell and Jan Abaza.
Featured matches on Monday include:
Valdes taking top top seed in qualifying Kateryna Bondarenko and Vaidisova back on the court to face qualifying No. 2 seed, Danielle Lao.
Two courts will feature qualifying action on Monday.
“It was some great tennis,” says Mercer Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach, Eric Hayes. “There are going to be some great matches and this sets us up for the rest of the week. The weather is going to be perfect and this is what we work all year for.”
This is one of the three fall events where U.S. players can earn points for the USTA’s wildcard into the first major of 2015.