Former Champs Upset as Duval and Schmiedlova Make Finals
MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 22 – OCT 29, 2017
Singles and Doubles Finals on Sunday at Noon
MACON, Georgia, (October 28, 2017) Two former W.L. Amos Sr. singles champs were upset on Saturday at Mercer University’s Leroy Peddy Tennis Center.
Sunday’s finals will feature a couple new players in Macon in American, Victoria Duval and Slovakia’s Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova.
Kayla Day, the 2016 Macon champ, dug herself a hole against a red hot Duval and she couldn’t find her way out of it. Credit Duval for smart tactics and accurate forehands that Day didn’t have an answer for in either set. The 75-minute match was all Duval with the exception of the first four games of the second set.
“Yea, pretty good,” said Duval after the match. “I knew it was going to be a tough match coming into today, so really happy to get through it.”
Duval won five straight games in the second set to close out the defending champ and beat the rain that is expected later in the day.
“I like the weather and the courts are a little slower here, so that suits me,” added Duval.
Duval has only dropped on set in the tournament enroute to the finals.
Schmiedlova also jumped out to a quick lead over the 22-year old from Stockholm, Sweden. The Slovak had no trouble returning Peterson’s looping forehands and her powerful serve. Schmiedlova has has a leg wrapped throughout the tournament, but it doesn’t appear to impact her movement. Schmiedlova won a three-set thriller on Friday where she was just two points from defeat. The Slovak is currently ranked No. 181 in the world but has been as high as No. 26.
This will be the first meeting between Duval and Schmiedlova.
Finals start at noon on Sunday.
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.
Victoria DUVAL (USA) def Kayla DAY (USA)  6-1 6-3
Anna Karolina SCHMIEDLOVA (SVK) def Rebecca PETERSON (SWE) 6-3 6-4
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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.