Defending Champ Peterson Through to Round 2 at W.L. Amos
All Second Round Matches Set for Thursday at Mercer
MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 23 – OCT 30, 2016
MACON, Georgia, (October 25, 2016) The entire first round in singles and doubles was completed on Wednesday at Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center, with trying to earn spots in the second round of the W.L.Amos Sr. Tennis Classic.
Featured matches on Court 1 and other singles and doubles matches on the outer courts made up the order of play at the Mercer tennis courts.
No. 2 seed, Jennifer Brady, a former standout at UCLA had no problem with qualifier Alexandra Mueller. Brady connected on passing shots and was able to return Mueller’s hard serve to earn enough breaks to post a 6-1, 6-2 win in the opening match on Court 1.
Two former University of Michigan players, Ronit Yurovsky and Emina Bektas also posted opening round wins. In other action, Alize Lim of France defeated Melanie Oudin 6-1, 7-6 (5), while qualifier Danielle Rose Collins downed Robin Anderson.
Macon defending singles champion, Rebecca Peterson of Sweden picked off from where she left off last fall and came back from a 5-2 deficit in her first set against American teenager, Ingrid Neel to pull out a 7-5, 6-4 win. It was an important win for the returning champ.
“I think she played very well, but it was because I lost myself mentally a little bit,” admitted Peterson. “I was happy to win the match.”
Peterson added that everything starts over this year.
“I played really well last year, but that tournament means nothing right now. It’s a new day and a new week.”
Mercer senior tennis team member, Aikaterini Stavroulaki, took to the courts in the main doubles draw where she and partner, Alexa Guarachi lost a tough three set match to Jan Abaza and Alyona Sotnikova. Stavroulaki and her partner fought back from losing the first set to force a match tiebreaker that went 10-8.
Thursday’s matches start at 10am
Now in its fourth year, the W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit 50K event, brings a 32 player singles draw and 16 doubles teams to Macon with a 32 player qualifying draw the first weekend. It’s eight days of professional tennis and the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia.
As in the past, players come to Macon to play for $50,000 in prize money, valuable WTA ranking points and a spot in the first major of 2017, the Australian Open.
Many players that have played in Macon have spent time in the top-100 in the world and 20 former “Classic” players were in the main draw at the U.S. Open in New York, last month. Play will begin each morning and continue until the slate of matches in singles and doubles is finished for the day.
Jennifer BRADY (USA) d  Alexandra MUELLER (USA) 6-1 6-2
Basak ERAYDIN (TUR) d Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) 1-6 6-2 6-3
Ronit YUROVSKY (USA) d Ellie HALBAUER (USA) 6-1 6-3
Emina BEKTAS (USA) d Jessica WACNIK (USA) 4-6 6-1 6-1
Alize LIM (FRA) d Melanie OUDIN (USA) 6-1 7-6(5)
Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) d Ingrid NEEL (USA) 7-5 6-4
Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) d Robin ANDERSON (USA) 6-2 6-3
Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) d Myrtille GEORGES (FRA) 6-4 7-5
Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) d Sachia VICKERY (USA)  6-1 4-6 5-0 Ret.
Barbara HAAS (AUT)  d Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (POR) 6-4 1-6 6-2
Catherine HARRISON (USA) / Jessica HO (USA) d Yuliya BEYGELZIMER (UKR) / Basak ERAYDI6N- 7((T4U)R 6)-0 [10-4]
Michaella KRAJICEK (NED) / Taylor TOWNSEND (USA)  d Pia KONIG (AUT) / Jessica WACNIK (USA) 6-1 7-6(3)
an ABAZA (USA) / Alyona SOTNIKOVA (UKR) d Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) / Aikaterini STAVROULAKI [10-8]
Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) / Melanie OUDIN (USA) d Bernarda PERA (USA) / Chanel SIMMONDS 6-2 6-3
Sophie CHANG (USA) / Alexandra MUELLER (USA) Emina BEKTAS (USA) / Ronit YUROVSKY 3-6, 7-6(7) [10-4]