Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic
A USTA Pro Circuit Event Presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
Ashland Tennis Center — July 22-29, 2018
Brodsky roars back after dropping first set, takes Braidy Industries Tennis Classic title
Ashland tournament part of USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge
ASHLAND, Ky. — American Gail Brodsky rallied back after dropping the first set for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Maegan Manasse in the main draw final of the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic at the Ashland Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.
Brodsky had her serve broke only once, when the match was tied 3-3 in the first set. The break helped Manasse (USA) take the first set, but Brodsky rolled off 12 of the next 13 games for her first $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit title.
Brodsky, 27, played her way into the main draw via the qualifier last weekend. Three of her five main draw matches went three sets, as did her opening round qualifying match.
The championship lasted a little over an hour and a half and was played in front of a full stadium court crowd. The matchup was the second time Brodsky and Manasse faced each other in a final this year. Brodsky won a three-set match over Manasse to claim the title in a $15,000 tournament in Canada last month.
The Ashland tournament is an integral stop as part of the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge, which allows American women to compete for a spot in next month’s US Open.
Ashland is the third in a string of five $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s events that, along with the WTA tournaments in San Jose, Calif., and Washington, D.C., will help determine which American woman, whose ranking falls outside the direct-entry cutoff for the US Open, gets into the year’s final Grand Slam in New York. The women’s wild card will be awarded to the American with the highest cumulative total of WTA singles ranking points earned from their best two results during this five-week period.
Brodsky’s Road to the Title:
Defeated Ashley Weinhold (USA) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Defeated Emily Fanning (NZ) 6-3, 6-2
Defeated Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Defeated Julia Elbaba (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Defeated Nao Hibino (JAP) 2-1 ret.
Defeated Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 6-2, 6-3
Defeated Maegan Manasse (USA) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Watch Tournament Replays
NOTE: USE “EVENT POSTS” ICON IN UPPER-RIGHT OF THE VIDEO FRAME TO SORT MATCHES.
The tournament’s draw, scoring and match statistics are online at itftennis.com.
Championship Match Photos
Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic, A USTA Pro Circuit Event Presented by Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital
The USTA Pro Circuit was formed in 1979 to provide players with an opportunity to gain the professional ranking points they need to compete on the major pro tours. It has since grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 90 tournaments and offering nearly $3 million in prize money.
July 22-29, 2018
Singles Qualifying: July 22-24
Singles Main Draw: July 24-29
Doubles Main Draw: July 24-28
Singles Final: July 29, 1:30 p.m.
1300 Oakview Road
Ashland, KY 41105
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