Fanning battles back for three-set victory

ASHLAND, Ky. — The qualifying field for the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic opened play on Sunday, with rain forcing matches indoors at the Ashland Tennis Center.

Emily Fanning

Emily Fanning

New Zealand’s Emily Fanning, who played her way into the qualifying field by advancing to the prequalifying finals last weekend, rallied to beat American Ena Shibahara in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Fanning won nine of her 14 service games in a match that lasted three hours, one minute, easily the longest match of the day.

Top qualifying seed Anastasia Nefedova will see her first action Monday against fellow American Alana Smith. Gail Brodsky, Luisa Stefani of Brazil, and Amanda Rodgers also had byes for the qualifying field and will play Monday. Brodsky, who has a career high ranking of No. 182, played in the U.S. Open in 2008.

Seven nationalities were represented in the 32-player qualifying field, which will continue Monday (July 23, 2018) at the Ashland Tennis Center — the round of four players in the bracket-style qualifier will earn spots in the tournament’s main draw. The main draw will be set Monday night after qualifier play completes.

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

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

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