No. 7 seed Ellen Perez will play for the Braidy Industries Tennis Classic championship Sunday at 1:15 p.m. She faces fellow Australian Zoe Hives.

ASHLAND, Ky. — An all-Australian final is set for the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic after a pair of three-set semifinals on Saturday.

Zoe Hives (AUS) beat Robin Anderson (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and Ellen Perez (AUS) defeated Katie Swan (GRB) 7-6(6), 0-6, 6-3. Hives and Perez will play for the title on the Show Court at the Ashland Tennis Center at 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

Perez, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, beat last year’s finalist Maegan Manasse (USA) 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday. Defending champion Gail Brodsky (USA) lost in the round of 16.

The doubles championship was determined on Saturday also. American pair Sanaz Marand (USA) and Caitlin Whoriskey (USA) defeated Vladica Babic (MNE) and Julia Rosenqvist (SWE) 7-6(4) 6-4.

Closing Ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the championship match.

The Tennis Classic is again part of the US Open Wild Card Challenge in 2019. Three players who played in the Ashland tournament last year — with primary sponsors of Braidy Industries and Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital — went on to compete in the 2018 US Open: Caroline Dolehide, Asia Muhammad, and Whitney Osuigwe. Eleven others made it to the US Open Qualifier, including champion Brodsky.


US Open Wild Card Challenge

The USTA will be awarding one (1) women’s main draw wild card into 2019 US Open based on performance in specific ITF World Tennis Tour events and specific WTA Tour events. The wild card will be awarded to the American player with the highest total of cumulative WTA singles ranking points from their best three (3) results – including points earned in qualifying and main draw:


  • Week of July 8 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Honolulu, HI
  • Week of July 15 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Berkeley, CA
  • Week of July 22 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Ashland, KY / ITF World Tennis Tour W80 Granby, CAN
  • Week of July 29 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Lexington, KY / San Jose WTA Premier / Washington, D.C. WTA International
  • Week of August 5 – ITF World Tennis Tour W60 Landisville, PA / Toronto WTA Premier 5