2020 Mercer Tennis Classic Quarterfinals Set
Kostyuk, Frech, Bellis Lepchenko In Semifinals
Doubles Final on Saturday
MERCER UNIVERSITY and John Drew Smith Tennis Center – OCT 19 – OCT 25, 2020
USTA Pro Circuit 80K Event
MACON, Georgia, (October 23, 2020) If you haven’t heard the name Marta Kostyuk yet, here is your warning! The 18-year old from Ukraine is making a statement in Macon, Ga. this week and the few people watching the live tennis in middle Georgia are coming away impressed. Kostyuk advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over tournament top seed, Misaki Dou.
Since tennis resumed in 2020, Kostyuk reached the third round at the US Open, falling in three sets to Naomi Osaka, qualified for the French Open and reached the quarterfinals in doubles at Roland Garros.
That’s a lot of tennis, but Kostyuk said she has been prepared.
“I’m going great, since I had been working hard all during the break.”
Kostyuk said she spent the break at home in Kiev.
“We had a private court, we had a gym so I feel very fit and ready!”
Next up for Kostyuk is a 22-year old Polish player, Magdalena Frech. Frech has spent most of her career on the ITF Circuit, but she has played in all the majors and has a 5-3 record in Fed Cup for Poland.
In the longest match of the day, Former Macon singles champ, Varvara Lepchenko made a valiant comeback to defeat fellow American, Sachia Vickery in three sets.
The doubles teams advancing to the finals are Frech and Kawa and DiLorenzo and Loeb.
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.
Singles semis and doubles final on Saturday starting at 11am
Marta KOSTYUK (UKR)  Misaki DOI (JPN)  6-2 6-1
Magdalena FRECH (POL) Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) 7-5 6-3
Catherine BELLIS (USA) Sara ERRANI (ITA) 6-0 6-3
Varvara LEPCHENKO (USA) Sachia VICKERY (USA) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4
Magdalena FRECH (POL) / Katarzyna KAWA (POL) Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) / Caty MCNALLY 6-4 6-3
Followed by WD Francesca DI LORENZO (USA) / Jamie LOEB (USA) Misaki DOI (JPN)  / Nina STOJANOVIC 1-6 6-3 [10-8]
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.