Duval, Day, Peterson Advance in W.L. Amos Sr. Tennis Classic
MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 22 – OCT 29, 2017
Singles Quarterfinals on Friday
MACON, Georgia, (October 26, 2017) The second round in singles and doubles were completed on Thursday, and Americans earned three spot in the singles quarterfinals at Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center for the conclusion of the first round of singles and doubles.
21-year old American, Victoria Duval, started the day off on a good note for Americans as she edged fellow American and 2016 Macon singles runner-up Danielle Collins in one of the closest matches of the tournament. Duval used her speed and quickness to run down Collins’ crosscourt angles and frustrate the former NCAA champ to win a first set tiebreak. It was more of the same in the second set, as Duval erased an early deficit to win the last two games of the set to take the match.
18-year old American, Ashley Kratzer, who emerged from the qualifying, fell to Jamie Loeb and another young qualifier, Ann Li, fell to Stephanie Voegele.
In an afternoon upset, former French Open champion, Francesca Schiavone, was out “Schiavoned” by Sesil Karantatcheva of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian had answers for all of the Italian’s slice and dice and was able to move Schiavone back and forth to keep her off-balance. Karantatcheva mixed up her shots and kept the ball in play to earn the victory.
Former Macon champs, Kayla Day and Rebecca Peterson, both advanced to the quarterfinals.
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.
Victoria DUVAL (USA) def Danielle Rose COLLINS (USA) 7-6(4) 7-5
Stefanie VOEGELE (SUI) def Ann LI (USA) 6-3 6-2
Paula Cristina GONCALVES (BRA) / Sanaz MARAND (USA) def Jessica PEGULA (USA) / Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) w.o.
Kayla DAY (USA)  def Irina FALCONI (USA) 6-4 6-1
Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) def Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) 6-3 6-3
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO) def Patty SCHNYDER (SUI) 7-6(5) 6-0
Sesil KARATANTCHEVA (BUL) def Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA)  6-2 6-1
Jamie LOEB (USA) def Ashley KRATZER (USA) 6-3 5-1
Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) def Grace MIN (USA) 7-6(5) 2-6 6-2
Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA)  / Sabrina SANTAMARIA def Cagla BUYUKAKCAY (TUR) / Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) 6-4 4-6 [10-5]
Sophie CHANG (USA)  / Alexandra MUELLER (USA) def Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) / Elitsa KOSTOVA (BUL) 6-3 7-6(7)
Sofia KENIN (USA) / Anastasiya KOMARDINA (RUS)  def Alona BONDARENKO (UKR) / Kateryna BONDARENKO (UKR) 7-6(5) 6-2
Friday’s play to begin at 11am.
Volunteers are needed and any help is always appreciated. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.