Mercer Tennis Classic: Youth is Served on Wednesday in Macon
MERCER UNIVERSITY – LEROY PEDDY TENNIS CENTER – OCT 21 – OCT 28, 2018
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event to be on Tennis Channel
MACON, Georgia, (October 24, 2018) There is something to be said for experience, but it’s also good to be young. That was demonstrated on Wednesday at Mercer University for the 2018 edition of the Mercer Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit women’s 80K event running through Sunday October 28.
A pair of American teenagers earned some big wins in Macon.
Former world junior No. 1, Whitney Osuigwe drew a big crowd for her match again veteran Christina McHale and the 16-year old from Bradenton, Fla. didn’t disappoint. Right from the first game, Osuigwe appeared more comfortable than her counterpart and was keen to hitting the ball deep to put Mchale in a defensive position. A tight first set came to an end on a McHale unforced error, and Osuigwe was off to the races. The third set didn’t even take 30 minutes as the youngster closed it out with a flurry. Osuigwe 7-5, 6-0.
Asia Muhammad is always a favorite in Macon, but she too ran into a up and coming American in Hailey Baptiste of Washington D.C. Baptiste had already won three qualifying matches to make it into the main draw and after a slow start on Wednesday, she too came on with a flourish to close out a three setter, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Baptiste now has won four matches in four days as she came through the qualifying draw.
Other winners on Wednesday include for Macon singles champ, Kayla Day, Alexandra Kiick, Marie Bouzkova and Sophie Chang.
All second round matches will be held on Thursday.
The top-seed in doubles is the team of Alexa Guarachi and Giuliana Olmos. They won their first round match on Tuesday afternoon.
Kayla DAY (USA) def. Claire LIU (USA)  7-6(7) 6-4
Allie KIICK (USA) def. Kristie AHN (USA)  6-4 4-6 6-0
Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE)  def. Alexa GUARACHI (CHI) 7-5 6-2
Varvara LEPCHENKO (USA) def. Ashley KRATZER (USA) 6-1 6-3
Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) def. Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) 1-6 6-3 6-1
Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) def. Christina MCHALE (USA)  7-5 6-0
Sophie CHANG (USA) def. Kurumi NARA (JPN) 7-5 7-6(4)
Jessica PEGULA (USA)  def. Sanaz MARAND (USA) 2-6 6-3 6-1
Ann LI (USA) def. Nicole GIBBS (USA)  2-6 7-5 6-0
Louisa CHIRICO (USA) def. Beatriz HADDAD MAIA (BRA) 7-6(4) 6-4
Giuliana OLMOS (MEX) def. Ana Sofia SANCHEZ (MEX) 6-2 7-5
Anna DANILINA (KAZ) / Ingrid NEEL (USA) def. Madison BRENGLE (USA) / Ashley KRATZER (USA) w.o.
Sanaz MARAND (USA) / Whitney OSUIGWE (USA) def. Hailey BAPTISTE (USA) / Peyton STEARNS (USA) 6-1 6-4
There are 20 different countries represented in the main draws of the 2018 Mercer Tennis Classic
The team of Madison Brengle and Ashley Kratzer withdrew from the doubles draw.
Tennis Channel will cover the singles semifinals and finals live on air and its platforms.