Seven nationalities represented in 32-player field at Ashland Tennis Center
Gail Brodsky

Gail Brodsky, a Ukraine-born player with American nationality, will have a first-round bye in the Braidy Industries Women’s Tennis Classic qualifying tournament, which begins on Sunday. Photo by Christopher Levy, itftennis.com.

ASHLAND, Ky. — The qualifying field for the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic was set Saturday evening and includes top-seed Anastasia Nefedova, one of three American players to secure the four first-round byes.

Seven nationalities in all are represented in the 32-player qualifying field, which will be played Sunday and Monday at the Ashland Tennis Center (July 22-23, 2018).

The tournament’s main draw will begin Tuesday, with the singles final set for Sunday afternoon.

Gail Brodsky, Luisa Stefani of Brazil, and Amanda Rodgers also have byes for the qualifying field. Brodsky, who has a career high ranking of No. 182, played in the U.S. Open in 2008.

Haley Carter, who was the top-ranked women’s college singles player in the country when she was at North Carolina in 2016, earned a spot in the 32-player field of the main draw by beating New Zealand’s Emily Fanning last Sunday in the finals of the prequalifying tournament at the Ashland Tennis Center. She fought off two set points to win the first set in a tiebreaker and took the match 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

By making the finals Fanning earned a wild-card into the qualifying tournament and will play Helen Abigail Altick in the opening round, who also played her way in via the prequalifier.

Qualifying scores and draws can be viewed at itftennis.com.

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