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Family Circle Cup Qualifying Underway

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sunday Preview

Seven of the eight qualifier-reserved spots in the Family Circle Cup main draw could potentially go to Americans, as the qualifying wraps up at the $1-million tournament on Sunday.

Melanie Oudin, Abigail Spears, Madison Brengle, Lilia Osterloh, Shenay Perry and Mashona Washington are all one win away from the main draw, having won their first round qualifying matches on Saturday.

In the second round on Sunday the Americans will have their work cut out for them however, with only one of them being the on-paper favorite to win their match: Brengle, seeded No.16 this weekend, plays unseeded Catalina Castano. No.10 seed Oudin faces No.5 seed Anna Tatishvili; No.15 seed Spears faces No.3 seed Betina Jozami; unseeded Osterloh plays No.4 seed Lenka Wienerova; Perry, also unseeded, plays No.9 seed Kristina Kucova; and Washington will play Marie-Eve Pelletier in a battle of unseeded players.

Angela Haynes, the No.2 seed, also has a shot at the main draw, but will have to win two matches in one day, as she and Liga Dekmeijere weren't able to play on Saturday on account of contesting the doubles semifinals in Ponte Vedra Beach. Haynes will play Ekaterina Afinogenova early on Sunday and, should she win that, would then play either No.13 seed Chan Chin-Wei or Dekmeijere in the second round.


Round 1

Angela Haynes, USA defeated Ekaterina Afinogenova, RUS
6-3, 6-2

Ahsha Rolle, USA defeated by Lenka Wienerova, SVK
2-6, 2-6

Danielle Mills, USA defeated by Melanie Oudin, USA
0-6, 2-6

Mashona Washington, USA defeated Tetiana Luzhanska UKR
6-3, 6-4

Shenay Perry, USA defeated Ekaterina Bychkova, RUS
6-3, 6-3

Round 2

Angela Haynes, USA defeated Chin-Wei Chan TPE
6-2, 6-2

Mashona Washington, USA defeated by Marie-Eve Pelletier, CAN
4-6, 4-6

Shenay Perry, USA defeated Kristina Kucova, SVK
7-5, 6-2

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