Schiavone, Day, Peterson Advance in W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic

MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 22 – OCT 29, 2017
Second Round Action on Thursday

MACON, Georgia, (October 25, 2017) With temperatures only in the low 60s, players and fans looked to stay in the sunshine and out of the wind on Wednesday at Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center for the conclusion of the first round of singles and doubles.

Playing the wind was key on Wednesday and former Macan champs in Kayla Day and Rebecca Peterson appeared to enjoy the challenge. Day picked up right from where she left off last year by starting quickly and winning a quick straight set match over wildcard, Alona Bondarenko. Peterson started a little slower, falling behind early against Kristie Ahn, but rallied winning four consecutive games in the first set and cruising in the second to a 6-4, 6-1 upset.

A former Macon champ that wasn’t so fortunate on Wednesday was the younger Bondarenko sister in Kateryna. 18-year old American, Ashley Kratzer, who emerged from the qualifying scored this big upset, drubbing Bondarenko, 6-4, 6-1 in 83 minutes.

On Wednesday, former French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone showed why she has been one of the top players over the last 10 years. She used angles and her serve to take out American, Ashley Weinhold, 6-2, 6-3 in an entertaining match that the tennis fans in Macon enjoyed.

“It’s good to get out and play tennis,” Schiavone said following the win. “I’m coming back from injury and it was good to see my leg hold up.”

Schiavone will take on Sesil Karantatcheva of Bulgaria on Thursday.

Taylor Townsend came to Macon one of the hottest players on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning the last two American events, but she fell in the longest match of the day, to Ann Li, in three sets.

Now in its fifth year, the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, has moved up to a USTA Pro Circuit 80K event, with a 32 player singles draw and 16 doubles teams to Macon, along with a 32 player qualifying draw the first weekend. It’s eight days of world class tennis and now the second biggest professional tournament in the state of Georgia in terms of prize money (ATP World Tour 250 event – BB&T Atlanta Open in July is largest) and the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia.

Players come to Macon to play for $80,000 in prize money, valuable WTA ranking points and a spot in the first major of 2018, the Australian Open in Melbourne.

22 former Macon participants were in the main draw at the U.S. Open in New York, last month. There are 16 different countries represented in the main draw of singles and doubles.

On Monday, five players took to the streets of Downtown Macon for the first “Tennis in the Streets” event. Local businesses came out to hit with the players and media outlets enjoyed interviewing the professionals.

Tuesday night was also the annual Pro/Am hosted by Mercer University. Featuring spirited play with the professionals and dinner.

Play will begin each morning and continue until the slate of matches in singles and doubles is finished for the day.

Wednesday’s Results:

Grace MIN (USA) def Sachia VICKERY (USA) [4] 7-5 6-3
Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) def Kristie AHN (USA) [6] 6-4 6-1
Stefanie VOEGELE (SUI) def Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 6-3 7-5
Victoria DUVAL (USA) def Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) 6-2 6-1
Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) def Nicole GIBBS (USA) [3] 3-6 6-3 6-2
Kayla DAY (USA) [8] def Alona BONDARENKO (UKR) 6-3 6-2
Ashley KRATZER (USA) def Kateryna BONDARENKO (UKR) [2] 6-4 6-1
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) def Danielle LAO (USA) 6-4 7-6(5)
Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA) [1] def Ashley WEINHOLD (USA) 6-2 6-3
Ann LI (USA) def Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) [7] 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5

Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) / Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) def Julia BOSERUP (USA) / Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) 7-5 Ret.
Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA) [4] / Sabrina SANTAMARIA def Madeleine KOBELT (USA) / Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) 6-3 6-1
Alona BONDARENKO (UKR) / Kateryna BONDARENKO def Angelina GABUEVA (RUS) / Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) 6-4 4-6 [10-4]
Sophie CHANG (USA) [2] / Alexandra MUELLER (USA)Kayla DAY (USA) / Ashley KRATZER (USA) 7-6(10) 2-6 [10-7]

Thursday’s play to begin at 10am.

Volunteers are needed and any help is always appreciated. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.

About the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center

The LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center is the home for Mercer University men’s and women’s tennis. The facility is located just inside the South campus entrance, nestled among its pine tree lined western perimeter and adjacent to MU’s softball stadium and practice fields. The Center features a total of eight courts, aligned in a picturesque bi-level configuration (four courts each on the upper and lower tiers). The lighted venue also has ample parking and seating for fans on either level and a park-like walkway for access between the two sections.

About the USTA Pro Circuit

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually 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 1979 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 more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Victoria Azarenka, Eugenie Bouchard, John Isner, Madison Keys, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey and Caroline Wozniacki are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation

The W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation is the title sponsor of the tournament.

Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation

The mission of the Middle Georgia Tennis Foundation is to raise funds to support tennis programs, especially youth programs in Middle Georgia.

For more information:
On-site PR contact: Rick Limpert (209) 920-7425 or email: Rick.Limpert@gmail.com
Website: www.ustamaconclassic.com
Twitter: @USTAMacon80K
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