The Tennis Classic of Macon
Presented by the W.L. Amos Sr. Foundation
STRATFORD ACADEMY – JAIME KAPLAN TENNIS CENTER * OCTOBER 19-26, 2014
Brengle, Oudin, Falconi and Chirico Lead American Charge in Macon
MACON, Georgia, (October 22, 2014) A busy day for main draw players today as many were forced to play both singles and doubles first round matches, but a successful day for some Americans that safely advanced to the second round.
Madison Brengle, newly in the top-100 wasted no time in jumping out to quick lead over qualifier, Petra Rampre. Brengle, using a consistent ground game won going away, 6-2 6-2.
Former U.S. Open quarterfinalist, Melanie Oudin played the match of the day. A close three setter that found her down 2-6 in a third set tiebreaker to Marina Melnikova of Russia. Oudin called on her experience and a bunch of fans in attendance at Stratford Academy in her home state to mount a comeback and get it back to 6-6. Oudin then found her forehand and scampered down some cross court shots to earn a 9-7 win in the breaker against an opponent she had never heard of before this tournament.
“I really had never heard of her before, I think she mainly plays in Europe,” said a relieved Oudin following the win.
When she was down 2-6, Oudin said she tried to keep thinking positive thoughts.
“I lost six points in a row and it was going pretty quickly,” admitted the Marietta, Georgia native. “I was nervous, but I decided to just keep the ball in play and make her beat me. I ended up hitting some pretty good shots and then she double faulted.”
Falconi, a former Georgia Tech All-American had no trouble in dispatching a visibly irritated Gabriela Ce of Brazil, 6-3 6-0.
Maybe the upset of the day happened late in the day as young American Louisa Chirico upset No. 5 seed, Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-2 6-4.
All second round matches will be held on Thursday.
“The play will pick up even more on Thursday,” said tournament director, Eric Hayes. “With Melanie Oudin, Grace Min and a host of other great players, tennis fan here are going to enjoy themselves.”
Tennis Classic of Macon players Epiphany Turner and Dilara Yurtkurian visited the fourth school of the week on Wednesday morning. The duo hit balls with the school children of Appling Middle School, answered questions and preached the merits of fitness and tennis.
Anna TATISHVILI (USA) def  Edina GALLOVITS-HALL (ROU)WS 6-3 0-6 6-2
Madison BRENGLE (USA) def  Petra RAMPRE (SLO)WS 6-2 6-2
Petra MARTIC (CRO)def Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) WS 4-6 6-4 6-3
Jasmine PAOLINI (ITA) def Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA)WS 6-4 4-6 6-0
Melanie OUDIN (USA) def Marina MELNIKOVA (RUS)WS 4-6 6-2 7-6(7)
Irina FALCONI (USA)  def Gabriela CE (BRA)WS 6-3 6-0
Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) def Jennifer BRADY (USA)WS 6-4 7-5
Kateryna BONDARENKO (UKR) def Sachia VICKERY (USA)WS 6-3 7-5
Asia MUHAMMAD (USA)def Mirjana LUCIC-BARONI (CRO) WS 7-6(3) 6-4
Sanaz MARAND (USA) def Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) WS 6-2 6-3
Louisa CHIRICO (USA) def Olivia ROGOWSKA (AUS) WS 6-2 6-4
Anna TATISHVILI (USA) / Ashley WEINHOLD (USA) def Conny PERRIN (SUI) / Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA)WD 6-1 6-3
Irina FALCONI (USA)  / Petra MARTIC (CRO) def Jennifer BRADY (USA) / Lauren EMBREE (USA)WD 6-2 6-4
Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) / Despina PAPAMICHAIL def Ellie HALBAUER (USA) / Petra RAMPRE (SLO)WD 6-4 6-3
Kateryna BONDARENKO (UKR) / Jacqueline CAKO (USA) def Ilona KREMEN (BLR)  / Marina MELNIKOVA (RUS) 6-2 6-4
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, the Australian Open.