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Feb. 25, 2011
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 19th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team moved into the semifinal round of the Blue Gray Classic with a 4-0 win over Utah on Friday at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. Kristy Frilling (Sidney, Ohio) clinched the win with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles.
After nearly an hour and half rain delay, the Irish took the courts and made quick work of the doubles point, winning at both the No. 1 and 2 spots.
Chrissie McGaffigan (Davenport, Iowa) and Kristen Rafael (Grand Prairie, Texas) claimed their first victory as a team on the season, knocking off Utah’s Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lexi Provancha, 8-3, at No. 2. The Irish pairing did not start the dual season together, but joined up for the first time against Michigan and now carry a 1-2 record.
The 57th-ranked duo of Frilling and Shannon Mathews (Birmingham, Mich.) clinched the point with a convincing 8-4 win over Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles at No. 1 doubles. The Irish tandem, which got off to a 3-3 start at the No. 1 position, has now posted three consecutive doubles victories to push their record to 6-3.
The freshman pairing of Jennifer Kellner (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Julie Sabacinski (Plantation, Fla.) trailed in their No. 3 doubles match against Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova, 6-5, before the contest was abandoned with the doubles point already in hand.
The Irish bumped the advantage to 2-0, as Kellner, ranked 102nd in singles, took down Kovarcikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in her second consecutive match at the No. 4 court. The freshman now owns a five-match winning streak and is 7-2 overall on the dual season.
Mathews, ranked 43rd, then pushed the Irish to match point, defeating #59 Kryuchkova in three sets (6-2, 0-6, 6-2) at No. 2 singles. The junior improved to 9-0 on the dual season, including 5-0 against other nationally-ranked opponents.
The match went final as #3 Frilling disposed of #114 Putilina at No. 1 singles in another three-set thriller, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Frilling continues to match Mathews win-for-win, moving to 9-0 on the dual season at the No. 1 position, including 7-0 against ranked foes.
With the match in-hand and remaining tournament matches yet to take the court the remaining three singles matches were abandoned. At No. 6, Sabacinski led Provancha, 3-6, 6-4, 5-1, before the match was called. The freshman ended the match on quite a run, winning 11 of the final 12 games after being down 0-4 in the second set.
Rafael and Pham ended their No. 3 singles match in a dead heat (6-1, 5-7, 2-2) while McGaffigan led Miles at No. 5 singles (6-3, 4-6, 3-2) when the match was halted.
The Irish improve to 5-4 on the season and now prepare to take on 22nd-ranked Oklahoma in the semifinals. The Sooners advanced with a 4-2 victory over Alabama earlier in the day and are led by the doubles team of Ana-Maria Constantinescu and Alice Radu, which is ranked 59th in the nation.
The Irish enter tomorrow’s matchup with a 4-0 all-time record versus Oklahoma; including a 2-0 mark under head coach Jay Louderback. The last time the two teams met the Irish won 9-0 back on Jan. 31, 1999.
The women’s semifinal matches are tentatively scheduled to get underway at 11:00 a.m. (CT) Saturday. Be sure to check back with und.com for a complete recap of Saturday’s action.
Utah vs. Notre Dame Feb 25, 2011 at Montgomery, Ala. #19 Notre Dame 4, Utah 0
Singles Competition 1. #3 Kristy Frilling (ND) def. #114 Anastasia Putilina (UTAH) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 2. #43 Shannon Mathews (ND) def. #59 Evgenia Kryuchkova (UTAH) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 3. Kristen Rafael (ND) vs. Sarah Pham (UTAH) 6-1, 4-6, 2-2, unfinished 4. #102 Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH) 6-3, 6-3 5. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) vs. Paige Miles (UTAH) 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, unfinished 6. Julie Sabacinski (ND) vs. Lexi Provancha (UTAH) 3-6, 6-4, 5-1, unfinished
Doubles Competition 1. #57 Kristy Frilling/Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Anastasia Putilina/Paige Miles (UTAH) 8-4 2. Chrissie McGaffigan/Kristen Rafael (ND) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova/Lexi Provancha (UTAH) 8-3 3. Jennifer Kellner/Julie Sabacinski (ND) vs. Sarah Pham/Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH) 5-6, unfinished
Match Notes Utah 4-6; National ranking #51 Notre Dame 5-4; National ranking #19 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,2,1)
Feb. 24, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. – Coming off its first two wins of the season, the No. 64 Auburn women’s tennis team is headed to Montgomery to participate in the prestigious Blue Gray National Classic. This is the first year the tournament is open to women’s teams and Auburn looks to continue its strong form against No. 43 Ohio State Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the first round.
A solid outing in this tournament could set the tone for the rest of the season for the Tigers, who are 2-4 and currently riding a two match win streak
“We’re extremely excited to be a part of the Blue Gray Classic,” head coach Tim Gray said. “This is one of the premier events in collegiate tennis and I’m hoping our hard work will begin to pay off this weekend. With this great field of teams, we’re going to have to stay focused and compete.”
Previewing the Buckeyes
Ohio State is currently ranked 43rd in the nation, which is the fifth ranked team the Tigers will have faced in seven dual matches this season. Ohio State is 5-2 and has faced off against two other SEC teams this year. The Buckeyes lost at Tennessee, 6-1, and beat Kentucky in Lexington, 4-3. The Buckeyes are going into the tournament with victories against Penn State (6-1) and William and Mary (7-0) this past weekend.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, Auburn hosted its first home matches of the season Saturday against Alabama A&M and Memphis. Auburn came away with victories in both matches, beating Alabama A&M, 7-0, and Memphis, 4-3. To have success this weekend, the freshman duo of Olivia Bennett and Jacqueline Kasler will need to continue their winning ways from last weekend, were they came up with big wins against both teams.
Blue Gray National Classic
Other teams the Tigers may face this weekend include No. 9 Virginia, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 36 Alabama, No. 48 DePaul and No. 51 Utah. This year marks the 58th time the tournament was been played, dating back to 1949.
A cloud of icy snow puffed in the brisk air Saturday afternoon as Myles Zeinert hacked at a tennis ball with a golf club at Yawkey Park in Wausau.
The 5-year-old Myles was participating in the 16th annual Ice Tee Classic, a wacky winter miniature golf tournament. The event is a fundraiser for The Neighbors’ Place, but it also gave families such as the Zeinerts a chance to break out of the winter doldrums together.
Myles was joined on the course by his parents, Jason and Kelly Zeinert, and his brother, Logan, 10. The Wausau family participated in the event last year, liked it and decided to give it a go again this year.
“It’s just spending time as a family,” Kelly said.
That’s the overriding purpose of the event, said Tom Rau, executive director of The Neighbors’ Place. Nobody was charged to participate. The money raised came from the sponsorship of Wausau area businesses and organizations. Rau expected the event to net between $5,000 and $6,000 for the nonprofit.
That’s money that will be used to bolster programs offered by The Neighbors’ Place, including a food pantry, adult and youth education, language programs and outreach services, said Naomi Peters, community outreach and youth education director.
For the past few years, the event was held on the 400 block of Third Street, but the ongoing renovation to the block meant the tournament had to be moved to Yawkey Park, next to the Woodson YMCA. As part of the event, participants could use YMCA facilities for free.
That partnership worked out well, Rau said, and he hopes the two agencies can work together in future Ice Tee Classics.
For the Zeinerts, the event gave them a chance to get ready for their summer miniature golf sessions. And young Myles got a chance to meet his goal: “To hit the ball hard!”
Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic won the championship at the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Midland on Sunday.
She defeated American Irina Falconi, 6-4, 6-4, to win her second title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.
The 25-year-old also won in 2009, finished as the 2010 singles runner-up and shared last year’s doubles title with Laura Granville.
MORE TENNIS: Michigan’s women’s team (6-0) defeated visiting Vanderbilt, 4-3. Whitney Taney wrapped up the win for the Wolverines with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Lauren Mira at No. 5 singles. … Michigan State’s women’s team topped visiting Miami (Ohio), 6-1. In No. 1 singles, MSU’s Amy Barton beat Stephanie Danesais, 6-4, 6-1. The Spartans are 5-1. … Oakland’s women’s team (0-3) lost, 6-1, at Ball State. …
Eastern Michigan’s women’s team defeated Northern Iowa, 4-3, in Lincoln, Neb. Marcela Rivero‘s 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 5 singles position clinched EMU’s victory. She beat Krissy Lankelma. … Wayne State’s men’s team (3-0) defeated Bellarmine, 8-1, in Indianapolis. In No. 1 singles, WSU’s Thomas Ducret beat Christian Nikou, 6-1, 6-0.
BASEBALL: Grand Valley State (2-1) defeated Lynn in Greenwood, S.C., after Dan Ponegalek hit a grand slam and Ryan Garman (1-0) threw five shutout innings.
GYMNASTICS: U-M’s Kylee Botterman earned the first 10.0 score in the NCAA this season as the host Wolverines (10-2) finished second in a tri-meet showdown. U-M (196.500) finished behind Stanford (196.800) and ahead of Nebraska (195.400). … Western Michigan (6-4, 3-0 MAC) defeated visiting Northern Illinois, 193.650 to 191.150.
SOFTBALL: WMU (0-6) lost to Oklahoma, 5-0, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. … U-M earned a 16-3, six-inning decision over Ohio at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational.
WRESTLING: No. 17 Central Michigan (6-8, 2-1 MAC) defeated visiting Buffalo, 19-14. Chad Friend won his debut at 197 pounds, topping Buffalo’s Josh Peters, 4-3. … Host Eastern Michigan (11-9, 0-3 MAC) lost to visiting Kent State, 30-3.
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Irina Falconi is double trouble at Dow Corning Tennis Classic Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 2:21 PM Updated: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 8:47 PM By Geoff Mott | The Saginaw News
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MIDLAND – Irina Falconi is treating the Dow Corning Tennis Classic like college.
Now she has a pair of big final exams today.
The 20-year-old native of Atlanta, Ga., has been all over the place at the professional women’s tennis tournament at the Midland Community Tennis Center, flipping between singles and doubles play. She’s produced an entertaining blog on the United States Tennis Association website throughout the week, has made appearances for sponsors, attended the player’s party and has signed numerous autographs.
With no time to think, Falconi has hit a comfort zone here.
Ranked No. 156 in the world after a $10,000 title, two finalist and four semifinalist finishes last year, Falconi has the opportunity to win her second professional singles title at 1 p.m. today after beating No. 84-ranked Rebecca Marino, 6-3, 6-2 Saturday.
She’ll run into a professor on the hard court in Midland. Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic defeated Russian Ksenia Pervak, 6-4, 6-4 in the second semifinal match. The 25-year-old makes her third-straight appearance in the finals of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic, winning the title in 2009 before finishing runner-up last year. She helped capture the doubles title last season.
This year, Falconi is pulling double duty on Sunday. She joined fellow American Alison Riske in beating Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and American Whitney Jones, 7-5, 7-5, in the semifinals. The pair await the winner of the other doubles semifinal match, which also took place late Saturday night.
“I talk to some of my classmates and they keep talking about all the tests they are taking,” said Falconi, who turned pro after her sophomore season at Georgia Tech, where she was named the top women’s collegiate player for the 2009-10 season after a stellar 40-3 record.
“All of these matches are tests to me now. Everyday I have a new test, a new challenge.”
But she refuses to get caught up in the emotion of what would be her biggest purse – $15,200 goes to the singles winner and the doubles champions split $5,573.
“I have no difference in my mindset from match to match,” Falconi said. “This was match No. 4 today. Now it’s on to match No. 5.”
Falconi has proven to be a quick study. Standing just 5-foot-4 and 135 pounds, Falconi had to come up with a quick game plan for Marino, a lanky 6-footer with a hard serve and surprisingly low ground strokes on her return.
Falconi nearly broke Marino’s serve twice in the first game and after an early 2-2 tie, Falconi broke Marino’s serve for the first of four times in the match.
“I didn’t play well, to be frank with you,” said Marino, who had beaten Falconi in a three-set match that included two tie-breakers in a match last summer. “Irina played a good match and is a very tricky player.
“Kudos to her for a good match.”
Falconi, who was born in Portoviejo, Ecuador before moving to the United States at an early age, returned a bevy of different shots, including productive slices. She had momentum early on her side and got comfortable.
She wondered where her comfort zone would be against the bigger, stronger Marino.
“It was about 30 feet behind that baseline,” quipped Falconi. “(Marino) has one of the biggest serves in the game and I was able to get some big returns.
“That’s huge if you can do that against her.”
Starting with the serve in the second set and building a 2-1 lead, Falconi broke Marino’s serve again for a 3-1 lead and made it 4-1 with a dominant service winner. Marino made it 4-2 with a big ace, but it was all Falconi from there. Falconi finished the match by dropping a lob in behind Marino after twice dropping shots to get the Vancouver native on the move.
Falconi is off and running in her professional career and will earn at least 100 points toward her world ranking after this weekend. A two-time All-American, Falconi qualified for the U.S. Open last fall and the Australian Open earlier this year.
She gave herself a modest grade for her coursework on Saturday.
“I’d have to say it was an A-minus,” Falconi said.
Hradecka, a 5-10, 159 pound righty, smashed her way to the finals. After eight games produced a 4-4 tie in the first set, Hradecka finally broke Pervak’s serve in the ninth game and crushed two hard serves for the 6-4 win.
She built a 4-1 lead in the second set, breaking Pervak’s serve twice. But the 19-year-old didn’t go away, breaking Hradecka’s serve and winning the next game easily to narrow her opponent’s lead to 4-3. Both players held serve and Hradecka finally put Pervak, 6-4.
“It’s a great feeling to be back in the finals here for three-in-a-row,” Hradecka said. “Yesterday’s match went so fast and today, (Pervak) slowed the match down. I adjusted, moved up and tried to make the match quicker.”
Hradecka, ranked No. 106 after reaching a career-best No. 56 in 2009, has never faced Falconi.
“I really don’t know what to expect from her,” said Hradecka, a native of Prague, Czech Republic. “I haven’t seen her practice or play.
“I’ve just got to stay loose.”
By The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Feb. 11–One week later than expected, the TAHHI Classic will return to Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center for a second consecutive year.
The tennis event begins today and concludes with semifinals and finals matches at 9 a.m. Sunday.
The tournament originally was scheduled for last weekend but was postponed due to the weather. Tournament director Jackie Reynecke said it’s the first time Palmetto Dunes has moved an event to a different weekend rather than cancel it altogether.
“It’s a special tournament to our players, so we wanted to do what we could to still have it,” she said.
The event, in its 11th year, provides funds for the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island (TAHHI) and gives discounts to member players, as well as players of the Coastal Carolina Tennis Association (CCTA).
It features singles, doubles and mixed doubles brackets, divided into NTRP-rated levels of 2.5 through open divisions. Reynecke said the field will include 130 players, who are allowed to participate in two events each.
What: TAHHI Classic
When: Today through Sunday
Where: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
Divisions: Singles, doubles and mixed doubles, NTRP-rated 2.5 through open
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By Dan Chalk
As 64 players from 11 countries head for the 23rd annual Dow Corning Tennis Classic at the Midland Community Tennis Center starting Sunday, what excites tournament director Mike Woody the most is what a springboard the DCTC has become for future success.
Among those who have played in the DCTC — the only $100,000 event on the USTA Women’s Pro Circuit — are three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, defending French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic, and Na Li — all of whom are currently ranked in the top 15 in the world.
Li, the 2002 DCTC champion, lost to Kim Clijsters in the final at the Australian Open this past weekend.
“Some of the DCTC players have gone on and accomplished big things on the WTA Tour,” Woody said. “To me, the exciting thing we continue to see is that our former players are (becoming some of the best in the world). Who’s it going to be this year (from the DCTC that goes on to win a Grand Slam)?”
This year’s tournament features many players who have played in the DCTC in the past, including two past DCTC champions, Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic (2009) and Alexandra Stevenson of the U.S. (1998). Stevenson is the daughter of former NBA basketball star Julius Erving.
Woody noted that Hradecka’s powerful serve is well suited to the MCTC’s indoor courts.
“I think her serve plays a big role,” he said. “That thing’s a cannon. She would be the reason we would need to get a speed gun.”
Another returning player, Varvara Lepchenko, formerly of Uzbekistan and now of the U.S., is the likely No. 1 seed in the tournament. She was ranked 76th in the world in the recent rankings.
Also in the field is Mashona Washington, a Flint native, who has played in the DCTC many times before.
Of local interest, Ekaterina Zhukoven of Russia, who is the top player on the Northwood University women’s tennis team, is a wild card entrant in the qualifying draw and will play on Sunday at approximately 11 a.m.
The 32-player qualifying draw is held Sunday and Monday, and four of those players, along with four wild-card entrants, will join the automatic qualifiers in the 32-player main draw, which runs from Tuesday through the following Sunday.
Eight players in this year’s field, including Keothavong, are competing for their home countries in the Fed Cup this week.
As in the past, fans can purchase a box seat ticket that includes a catered dinner during each of the featured matches from Tuesday through Saturday.
Woody said that for those with general admission seats, the concessions this year have been upgraded.
“Our concession area will be expanded and definitely an upgrade from years past,” he said.
Woody also emphasized that admission is free to all daytime matches from Sunday through Friday.
“If you’ve never experienced (professional) tennis, you can come during the day and it’s free to come out and view. And you’ll see the same kind of tennis that you would see in the evening,” he said.
They are both young, both classical counter-punchers and both in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Andy Murray and Alexandr Dolgopolov have much in common – and much that sets them apart.
The 23-year-old Scot and the 22-year-old Ukrainian meet on a tennis court for only the second time on Wednesday, having arrived at this point of the championship in contrasting style, although both played some of the best tennis of their lives in their latest matches.
Murray, the fifth seed, was expected to beat Austria’s 11th seed Jurgen Melzer in the fourth round, but the dominance suggested by the 6-3 6-1 6-1 scoreline hadn’t been anticipated.
Dolgopolov, the world’s 46th-ranked player had to fight for his corresponding victory over fourth seed Robin Soderling, who had made him look like the novice he is in the opening set.
But the Ukrainian then produced the biggest shock of the tournament so far to put Soderling out of the championship, 1-6 6-3 6-1 4-6 6-2.
In the previous round he had dismissed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, also in five.
But the major difference between the two is a matter of style.
Murray, the conservative, stealthy Scot, is disciplined and cool.
Dolgopolov is uninhibited and untamed and has a tennis kit that thankfully includes only a limited supply of the noxious green shirts he wore to begin his match against Soderling.
Until a year ago, Dolgopolov was coached by his father Oleksander, who had also been in the corner of former top Ukrainian player Andrei Medvedev.
In what could be seen as an unorthodox move, his son dumped him and employed South Australian Jack Reader.
“We saw too much of each other, we are both happy now,” Dolgopolov said.
The Ukrainian has seen a lot less of Murray, their only previous match being five years ago in a Davis Cup tie on clay in the Black Sea Resort of Odessa.
Murray won in straight sets and remembers it well.
“He has a very different game,” Murray said.
“When he hits his double-handed backhand, he kind of chops down on the ball.
“His whole game is just very unorthodox.
“He can hit big winners off his forehand, he can make some mistakes, he can hit high balls, he can definitely change the pace of the ball well.
“He’s got a very fast arm, he doesn’t look that big, but he can serve big.
“He’s just a very different guy to play against, so I have to be ready for everything.”
Dolgopolov also learned in that match that the two played a similar game.
“He also tries first of all to make his opponents feel uncomfortable,” Dolgopolov said.
“I was expecting more from him, because he didn’t play very fast.
“I hadn’t faced those kind of players in real life, I’d only seen them on TV, which makes it look much faster.
“When I went out there, I realised that I was the one playing faster.”
On Wednesday, he will have to play fast and hard and well.
But at a tournament that regularly announces new stars to the tennis world, Dolgopolov, playing in his first Australian Open, could be the player to emerge from the 2011 edition.
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So the fairytale is complete.
Having beaten the superstar Maria Sharapova and the fourth seed Julia Goerges, world no.88 Greta Arn finished the job with a supremely confident 6-3, 6-3 defeat of defending champion Yanina Wickmayer in today’s ASB Classic tennis final in Auckland.
Arn was an unknown who should have played in qualifying – but for some late withdrawals – who came without her coach, her lost luggage or any reputation and last beat a ‘name’ player back in 2002. But she charmed the Auckland crowd, and visibly improved as the week went on, culminating in a near error-free performance this afternoon.
The 31-year-old Arn, who was forced off the tour for three years by financial woes, was full value for her victory, tirelessly chasing everything and putting plenty of pressure on the visibly fatigued Wickmayer, who had a tough route to the final. The pressure told on the favourite as defeat neared, as she fired a loose ball at a line judge and bounced her racquet.
But Arn would have been a frustrating opponent, playing with absolute consistency and pushing the ball to the width of the court whenever she could.
She wobbled slightly as victory neared, double-faulting twice in the final game – and sank to her knees as she realised she had won just her second tour title of a long career.
Marina Erakovic made it through to the doubles final at the ASB Classic – Photosport
Greta Arn will take on defending champ Yanina Wickmayer in singles final – Marina Erakovic to feature in doubles
Hungarian veteran Greta Arn has continued her remarkable week at the ASB tennis Classic in Auckland to reach this afternoon’s final.
The world number 88 defeated Julia Goerges in straight sets to set up a title decider against second seed Yanina Wickmayer.
The players have distinctly contrasting careers – 31-year-old Arn has won one title in a 16 year pro career while defending champion Yanina Wickmayer is just 21 years old.
Arn has no intention of letting her run end before taking out the title. She says it has been an unbelievable week so far and she wants more.
New Zealander Marina Erakovic and partner Sofia Arvidsson are through to the doubles final against top seeds Katerina Srebotnik and Kveta Peschke.
Erakovic and Arvidsson are banking on massive crowd support. The home-town player says it is like having a third person on court.
The doubles final starts at 1pm followed by the singles.