First round play at Braidy Industries Tennis Classic set to conclude today
ASHLAND, Ky. — The three seeded players who took to the courts in the main draw of the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic on Tuesday each needed three sets to come away with victories and advance to the round of 16, including top seed Caroline Dolehide.
Dolehide, a 19-year-old from Orlando, Fla., played fellow American Victoria Duval on the live streamed showcase court at the Ashland Tennis Center and dropped the first set before rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win. She won 10 of her 12 services games (83%), included all four in the third set.
Dolehide, who played at Wimbledon and the French Open this year, will face the winner of American Louisa Chirico and Francoise Abanda of Canada, who are set to play on the showcase court at 10 a.m. today.
No 6 seed Jamie Loeb (USA) defeated Ann Li (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and No. 7 seed Grace Min (USA) beat Hayley Carter (USA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1. Carter had played her way into the main draw by winning the prequalifier last weekend.
The remaining singles and doubles first round matches are schedule for today, including matches for the four singles players who earned their way into the main draw via the qualifier — Americans Gail Brodsky, Catherine Harrison, Maegan Manasse and Anastasia Nefedova.
Nao Hibino of Japan is the No. 2 seed and will face Emiliana Arango of Columbia at 10 a.m. today. Hibino competed in singles this year’s Australian Open and all four grand slam events in both 2017 and 2016. Her lowest singles ranking was 78 in 2015.
Sofya Zhuk of Russia, who played in this year’s US Open, is the No. 3 seed and will face Nefedova.
The tournament’s draw & live scoring is available online at itftennis.com.