Thursday, May 27, 2010
She may be just 18 years old, but Carson resident Brittany Augustine said the experience she's gained over the past three years as a professional keyed her first-round victory in the L.A. Open Women's Challenger on Tuesday at Home Depot Center.
"I'm finally happy now with where I'm at," said Augustine, who has been working with new coach Fred Haynes, WTA Tour player Angela Haynes' father, for the past couple of months. "And my ranking is starting to show it. I started the year in the 800s and now I'm somewhere in the 500s and will move up some more depending on how well I play here."
Augustine, who was awarded a wild card into the event, looked dominating in her 6-2, 6-4 win over Australian Isabella Howard, who is currently ranked No. 446 in the world.
Augustine next will face the winner of Haynes and Asia Muhammad, a first-round match to be played Wednesday on Center Court at 10 a.m. Augustine calls both of them friends but has not played either of them.
"I know both of their games," she said. "I just have to play my game and not worry about who is on the other side of the net."