Seeded Players Hold True to Form in Doubles

Seeded Players Hold True to Form in Doubles

FORT WORTH, Texas (August 3, 2017) – The top four seeds in the doubles main draw held true to form as day five wrapped up on Thursday at the 2017 Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic $25K Women’s Pro Circuit Event at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU.

Due to the rain delay on Wednesday, the top seed of Alexa Guarachi of Chile and Caitlin Whoriskey of the United States had to play two matches as they easily handled the two American pairs they faced by only dropping five games between the two matches. Former USC All-American Giuliana Olmos of Mexico paired up with current Georgia student-athlete Ellen Perez as the No. 4 seed with the duo able to take out Jaeda Daniel and Katerina Stewart of the United States, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.

Reigning Fort Worth doubles champion Chanel Simmonds of South Africa is one of three players still alive in both the singles and doubles draw as she paired up with Tammi Patterson of Australia for the 6-2, 6-4 over the Michigan duo of Chiara Lommer and Brienne Minor of the United States. Simmonds was also able to easily handle Guarachi on the singles side with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the second round.

Miharu Imanishi is one of the other players still making her way through both draws as she paired up with fellow Japanese player Ayaka Okuno for a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory over Kimberly Birrell of Australia and Mai Minokoshi of Japan. As the No. 1 seed in the singles draw, Imanishi took care of qualifier Lauren Proctor of the United States earlier in the day, 6-4, 6-1.

Only one qualifier remains in the main draw of singles as former world No. 158 Katerina Stewart of the United States continued her dominance on the singles side of the bracket with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 7 seed and No. 360 Elizaveta Ianchuk of Ukraine. Stewart is the only unranked player left on the singles side of the bracket.

Three seeded players remain in the singles main draw with Imanishi winning in straight-sets and Simmonds moving on as the No. 6 seed. Minokoshi rounds out the seeded players still alive at No. 5 as she took out Guillermo 6-2, 6-2.

The Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic $25K USTA Pro Circuit event will be held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU from July 30-Aug. 6. The main draw portion of the tournament will continue on Friday with matches beginning at 10 a.m. Professional athletes from around the world will be competing for $25,000 in prize money, as well as valuable WTA Tour Ranking points.

About the USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to $125,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 38 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering more than $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, and Sam Querrey and are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

By Abby Norman
Tournament Press Aid

Thursday, August 3 – RESULTS
Singles – Main Draw Second Round
Mai Minokoshi, Japan (5) d. Lorraine M. Guillermo, United States, 6-2, 6-2
Lauren Albanese, United States d. Jessica Failla, United States, 6-1, 6-3
Katerina Stewart, United States d. Elizaveta Ianchuk, Ukraine (7), 6-2, 6-2
Marcela Zacarias, Mexico d. An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium (2), 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Giuliana Olmos, Mexico d. Jada Robinson, United States, 6-4, 6-2
Chanel Simmonds, South Africa (6) d. Alexa Guarachi, Chile, 6-3, 6-4
Miharu Imanishi, Japan (1) d. Lauren Proctor, United States, 6-4, 6-1
Emiliana Arango, Colombia d. Dominique Schaefer, Peru, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Doubles – Main Draw First Round
Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor, United States d. Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez/Marcela Zacarias, Mexico, W/O
Kimberly Birrell, Australia/Mai Minokoshi, Japan d. Ingrid Neel, United States/Katie Swan, Great Britain, 6-2, 2-6, 10-5
Alexa Guarachi, Chile/Caitlin Whoriskey, United States (1) d. Jessica Failla/Lorriane M. Guillermo, United States, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles – Main Draw Quarterfinals
Giuliana Olmos, Mexico/Ellen Perez, Australia (4) d. Jaeda Daniel/Katerina Stewart, United States, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6
Tammi Patterson, Australia/Chanel Simmonds, South Africa (2) d. Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor, United States, 6-2, 6-4
Miharu Imanishi/Ayaka Okuno, Japan (3) d. Kimberly Birrell, Australia/Mai Minokoshi, Japan, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6
Alexa Guarachi, Chile/Caitlin Whoriskey, United States (1) d. Chelsea Kung/Janice Shin, United States, 6-0, 6-2