2020 Mercer Tennis Classic Quarterfinals Set
Vickery, Lepchenko Set Up Quarterfinal Clash
MERCER UNIVERSITY and John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 19 – OCT 25, 2020
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 22, 2020) The first Pro Circuit event back on US soil is showcasing some stellar play from Americans this week in Macon, Ga.
The 2020 Mercer Tennis Classic singles main draw continued under more cloudy skies on Thursday morning at the John Drew Smith Tennis Center.
No rain delayed matches today, but similar results for Americans Sachia Vickery and Varvara Lepchenko.
Lepchenko relied on a strong first serve in a 6-0, 6-1 rout of a young American, Katie Volynets.
Both players had progressed through the qualifying to reach this round, but it appeared Lepchenko’s experience is paying dividends. The 34-year old is a former champ in Macon and is comfortable with the surroundings.
“It’s good to be back here and it’s one match at a time, but I’m pleased,” explained Lepchanko.
Vickery has also been a frequent visitor to this Macon ITF stop. 2020 looks like it could be her best result in middle Georgia. On Thursday, Vickery took out No. 5 seed, Ann Li, 6-4, 6-3.
Vickery is a player that loves to hog the baseline and she didn’t give any ground to Li. Next up for Vickery is Lepchenko.
Others advancing on Thursday include: Catherine Bellis, Misaki Doi, Sara Errani and Francesca DiLorenzo.
The Mercer Tennis Classic is the first USTA Pro Circuit event being held in the U.S. since professional tennis came to a halt in March.
Quarterfinals of singles and semis of doubles are slated for Friday.
Sachia VICKERY (USA) def Ann LI (USA)  6-4 6-3
Catherine BELLIS (USA) def Gabriela TALABA (ROU) 6-1 6-3
Sara ERRANI (ITA) def Kristie AHN (USA)  6-3 6-4
Varvara LEPCHENKO (USA) def Katie VOLYNETS (USA) 6-0 6-1
Misaki DOI (JPN)  def Veronica CEPEDE ROYG (PAR) 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 6-1
Marta KOSTYUK (UKR)  def Renata ZARAZUA (MEX) 6-0 6-4
Magdalena FRECH (POL) def Caty MCNALLY (USA)  7-6(5) 6-3
Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) def Maria Camila OSORIO SERRANO (COL) 6-2 6-2
Magdalena FRECH (POL) / Katarzyna KAWA (POL) Anna DANILINA (KAZ) / Ankita RAINA (IND)6-4-6 [10-6]
The women’s event features a 32-player singles qualifying draw, a 32-player singles main draw and a 16-team doubles draw. Now in its eighth year and fourth year as an W80 event, the Mercer Tennis Classic will once again feature many of the best women tennis players in the world. It is 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 the largest). It is also the longest running professional women’s tennis tournament in the state of Georgia. The 2019 event was showcased on the Tennis Channel.
The Mercer Tennis Classic has featured players with major titles, including 2014 Macon singles champ, Kateryna Bondarenko, of Ukraine, and her sister, Alona, who she teamed with to win the 2008 Australian Open Doubles title, and 2010 French Open singles champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, who was the tournament’s top seed in 2018.
The event will adhere to all government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions, including social-distancing, throughout the duration of the tournament.
Tournament volunteers are needed and any help is always appreciated. Call Mercer tennis coach and tournament director Eric Hayes at (478) 301-2269.