Americans Advance in W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic Qualifying

Qualifying to Continue on Monday

MACON, Georgia, (October 22, 2017) Under cloudy skies, the 2017 W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic kicked off on Sunday at Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center, with 16 singles qualifying matches.

Americans fared well in early action. Caitlin Whoriskey, Ashley Kratzer, Sabrina Santamaria and Allie Kiick were winners in the morning matches.

The matches became a little more competitive in the afternoon, but leading the way in the into the second round of qualifying was American, Usue Maitaine Arconada. Arconada, seeded No. 1 in the qualifying, a rising young American on the verge of the top-200 held on to defeat Zuzana Zlochaova of Slovakia.

Ashley Weinhold ousted Brynn Boren and Sophie Chang dismantled Paula Cristina Goncalves of Brazil. Of local interest, Rebecca Rubanov, a Macon resident who is a high school junior lost to Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov of Spain.

There are 20 Americans in the 32-person singles qualifying draw.

Looking ahead to the main draw, for the first time in the history of the tournament, a former Grand Slam singles champion has entered in Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Schiavone, who has been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, won the 2010 French Open singles title by defeating Sam Stosur in the finals. Schiavone has won eight WTA singles titles and is currently ranked No. 81 in the WTA rankings.

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.

Also with major titles, 2014 Macon singles champ, Kateryna Bondarenko, of Ukraine, and her sister, Alona, who she teamed with to win the 2008 Australian Open Doubles title. Kateryna also just won the WTA singles title in Tashkent. The Bondarenko Sisters will reunite to play doubles in Macon.

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.

Highlights of the week include the Pro Am and Player/Sponsor party, and an annual event with free lessons, food and more. Also the players will make visits to local schools to promote tennis as a lifetime sport and the professional event. Monday there is a special “Tennis in the Streets” event at noon in Downtown Macon. Play will begin each morning and continue until the slate of matches in singles and doubles is finished for the day.

Sunday’s Qualifying Results:

Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) def. Sanaz MARAND (USA) 6-4 6-0
Caitlin WHORISKEY def. (USA)Allison MULVILLE (USA) 6-1 6-2
Nathaly KURATA (BRA) def. Amanda RODGERS (USA) 6-3 6-3
Ashley KRATZER (USA) def. Bianca TURATI (ITA) 6-1 7-5
Aliona BOLSOVA ZADOINOV (ESP) def. Rebecca RUBANOV (USA) 6-0 6-1
Allie KIICK (USA) def. Chanel SIMMONDS (RSA) [6] 7-5 6-1
Aleksandra WOZNIAK (CAN) [4] def. Eleni CHRISTOFI (GRE) 6-3 6-1
Sabrina SANTAMARIA (USA) def. Alexandra MUELLER (USA) 6-3 6-2
Hanna CHANG (USA) def. Anastasiya KOMARDINA (RUS) [2] 6-3 7-5
Ann LI (USA) def. Samantha CRAWFORD (USA) [5] 5-7 6-4 6-2
Aymet UZCATEGUI (VEN) def. Rasheeda MCADOO (USA) 7-6(3) 6-1
Lorraine M. GUILLERMO (USA) def. Marta PAIGINA (RUS) 6-3 3-6 7-5
Usue Maitane ARCONADA (USA) [1] def. Zuzana ZLOCHOVA (SVK) 6-1 6-4
Sophie CHANG (USA) [7] def. Paula Cristina GONCALVES (BRA) 6-0 6-1
Ashley WEINHOLD (USA) def. Brynn BOREN (USA) 6-2 6-3
Jessica PEGULA (USA) def. Raveena KINGSLEY (USA) 6-4 6-1

Monday’s play to begin again at 10am.

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

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