FORT WORTH, Texas (August 4, 2015) – The first round of main draw singles and doubles action got under way at the 2015 Holt Jeep $10K Fort Worth Women’s Pro Circuit Event on Tuesday with at least one ranked player or duo falling in the opening round at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU.
The top six ranked singles player began play in the main draw on the Bernard J. ‘Tut’ Bartzen Varsity Courts, with four players coming out victorious. The No. 1 seed and No. 371 ranked Lou Brouleau of France easily handled Nazari Urbina of Mexico, 6-2, 6-1.
Seeds two and three in the singles main draw were not so lucky in the opening rounds as they both dropped their matches. No. 2 seed and No. 404 Naomi Totka of Hungary fell in straight sets to incoming freshman and No. 814 Marie Norris of the United States 7-5, 6-4. No. 3 seed and No. 473 Tori Kinard of the United States also fell in straight sets to No. 870 Brynn Boren, 6-2, 6-4.
The final three ranked players to compete finished off the first day with a win. No. 5 seed Renata Zarazua of Mexico finished off Kristina N. Smith of the United States, 6-1, 7-5, while No. 6 seed and USC senior and All-American Giuliana Olmos took care of Carolyn Xie of the United States, 6-2, 6-4.
The No. 4 seed, Zoe Hives of Australia, was faced with the task of taking on her doubles partner, Nicole Collie of Australia in the first round. Hives picked up the first set 6-3, but Collie battled back for a 6-4 win in the second set. Hives proved to have the finishing power and took the final set, 6-2, to seal the win.
Only two ranked pairs saw action of day one of the main draw for doubles, with twin sisters and the No. 3 seeded pair of Alexandra and Kat Facey of the United States battling back from a first set loss to Anna Brogan of Great Britain and Steffi Carruthers of Samoa to win their first round match, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
The No. 4 seeded team in the main draw was not so lucky, as Norris and partner Alexandra Morozova fell to wildcards Frances Altick and Alexa Bortles of the United States, 6-7 (8), 6-4, 10-7.
The Holt Jeep Women’s $10K USTA Pro Circuit event will continue to be held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU until Sunday, Aug. 9. Professional athletes from around the world will be competing for $10,000 in prize money, as well as valuable WTA Tour Ranking points.
By Abby Norman
Tournament Press Aid
Tuesday August 4 – RESULTS
Singles – Qualifying Fourth Round
Maegan Manasse (1), United States def. Olivia Hauger, United States, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2
Ulrikke Eikeri (2), Norway def. Yana Koroleva, Russia, 5-7, 7-6(10), 6-4
Frances Altick, United States def. Steffi Carruthers (4), Samoa, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Veronica Miroshnichenko (6), Russia def. Ines Karmen Vias, United States, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
Amy Zhu (7), United States def. Shannon Hudson, United States, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Erin Carol Stephens, United States def. Meghan Kelley, United States, 6-3, 7-5
Josie Kuhlman, United States def. Mary Closs, United States, 6-1, 6-3
Ashley Kratzer, United States def. Chalena Scholl, United States, 6-2, 6-2
Singles – Main Draw First Round
Marie Norris, United States def. Naomi Totka (2), Hungary, 7-5, 6-4
Alexa Graham, United States def. Andie K. Daniell, United States, 6-2, 6-2
Brynn Boren, United States def. Tori Kinard (3), United States, 6-2, 6-4
Renata Zarazua (5), Mexico def. Kristina N. Smith, United States, 6-1, 7-5
Lou Brouleau (1), France def. Nazari Urbina, Mexico, 6-2, 6-1
Zoe Hives (4), Australia def. Nicole Collie, Australia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Giuliana Olmos (6), Mexico def. Carolyn Xie, United States, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles – Main Draw First Round
Josie Kuhlman and Maegan Manasse, United States def. Madeleine Kobelt, United States and Alina Silich, Russia, 3-6, 6-2, 10-7
Lauren Herring and Mia King, United States def. Mary Closs and Ashley Kratzer, United States, 7-6(3), 6-2
Frances Altick and Alexa Bortles, United States def. Alexandra Morozova and Marie Norris (4), United States, 6-7(8), 6-4, 10-7
Alexandra Facey and Kat Facey (3), United States def. Ana Brogan, Great Britain and Steffi Carruthers, Samoa, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5