- Kimberly Runyan
Rogers, Bellis Advance; Baptiste, Tauson Blaze Through Main Draw
Tyler Athletic and Swim Club Hosts Day 4 of USTA Pro Circuit Event
Tyler, TX (October 29, 2020) – Thursday began with the conclusion of the remaining qualifying singles matches, highlighted by the competitive University of Texas freshman, Peyton Stearns, claiming victory over #4 seed Veronica Cepede Royg in a thrilling three-setter. Soon after, main draw singles took the courts and prompted a flurry of nail-biters, upsets and seeded victories.
Center Court began with #5 seed Kristie Ahn squared up against Wild Card Hailey Baptiste. Baptiste set the tone early on with powerful, line-grazing groundstrokes and the 2017 Tyler champion never had a chance to find her rhythm. Baptiste maintained the intensity and sealed the victory in just over 90 minutes.
Swift off her qualifying victory, Clara Tauson of Denmark knocked out young American star Caty McNally in the Singles Main Draw on Center Court. Another American standout, Francesca Di Lorenzo, fell to world No. 85 Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Despite the former top-ranked college player’s best efforts, #2 seed Doi commanded a decided victory against the 23 year-old.
One American up-and-comer that came out on top of an upset was Catherine “CiCi” Bellis. WTA’s 2017 Newcomer of the Year and 2020 US Open 2R finalist, Bellis played smart and savvy to take the win over #6 seed Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.
Doubles began under the lights with a thrilling win from twin duo Allura and Maribella Zamarripa. The alternates, assuming their run at the Tyler 80K was over, had traveled to the Dallas airport only to receive a call that they were selected to play in the Doubles Main Draw. Upon their return, they quickly clinched a win against Wild Cards Fernanda Contreras Gomez and Felicity Maltby.
Hailey Baptiste kept her win streak for the day alive with partner Maria Mateas, pulling out a third set tiebreak victory against Whitney Osuigwe and Sachia Vickery. The #1 seeded pair, Caroline Dolehide and Caty McNally, stayed alive while Wild Card high school duo Savannah Broadus and Kylie Collins fell in a close three-setter to #4 seeds Kania-Chodun and Piter.
Play will resume at 12pm CST tomorrow at Tyler Athletic and Swim Club.
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ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:
With more than 100 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to upwards of $160,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Now in its 41st year, the USTA Pro Circuit has been a launching pad for many of today’s top pros, including Andy Murray, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza, Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit on social media and at www.procircuit.usta.com.
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Emilie Moeller, Bellatorum Resources Pro Classic Press Aide
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