After a near 5-hour rain delay, the singles and doubles main draws of the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open got underway Tuesday afternoon with 8 pros and 4 teams from the International Tennis Federation’s Pro Circuit advancing to the second round.
Among those advancing in singles action was 16-year-old Katrine Isabel Steffensen, a quarterfinalist and the highest placing returner from last year’s event, who pulled through a hard-fought win over wild card entry Erin Vierra. The 7-6 (7) 7-5 win drew the full attention of the Sea Colony crowd with its back-and-forth play and incredible shots.
The first day was not without upsets, as the first match saw the No. 5 seed Eleanor Peters (USA) fall at the hands of Sanaz Marand (USA) in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Eighth-seeded Yasmine Guimaraes of Brazil was also bounced, dropping straight sets to American Madeleine Kobelt 6-4, 6-2. The No. 6 seed, Daiana Negreanu (ROU), was the last seed to make an early exit, losing to American Amanda Rodgers 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.
One of the top 8 seeds did advance on this day though, as third-seeded Nika Kukharchuk of Russia won her first round match 6-0, 6-1 over Casey Robinson.
After only a couple games into the first matches, the rain began to come down in Bethany Beach, prompting the delay. Play resumed at 2 p.m with an overcast sky but the eight planned singles matches and three of four doubles contests went on as scheduled.
Singles Main Draw Results:
- Sanaz Marand (USA) def. No. 5 Elaenor Peters 6-1, 6-1
- Molly Scott (USA) def. Erin Clark (USA) 6-1, 6-2
- No. 3 Nika Kukharchuk (RUS) def. Casey Robinson (USA) 6-0, 6-1
- Katrine Isabel Steffensen (USA) def. Erin Vierra (USA) 7-6 (7), 7-5
- Tristen Dewar (USA) def. Kristina Chasovskikh (RUS) 0-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
- Madeleine Kobelt (USA) def. No. 8 Yasmine Guimaraes (BRA) 6-4, 6-2
- Caroline Dailey (USA) def. Lizeth Ramirez (COL) 6-0, 6-1
- Amanda Rodgers (USA) def. No. 6 Daiana Negreanu (ROU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw Results
- No. 3 Jacqueline Cako (USA)/Sanaz Marand (USA) def. Elizabeth Adams (USA)/ Sarah Candeloro (USA) 6-0, 6-0
- No. 2 Erin Clark (USA)/Nadia Echeverria Alam (USA) def. Julia Browne (USA) /Trelsie Sadler (USA) 6-1, 6-1
- Joelle Kissell (USA)/Erin Vierra (USA) def. Samantha Asch (USA)/Veronica Corning (USA) 6-2, 6-4
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