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Lexus of Las Vegas Open

USTA-Nevada is proud to sponsor and support Lexus of Las Vegas Open, a USTA $50,000 Women's Pro Circuit Tournament at Red Rock Country Club, Las Vegas, Nev.


Daily blog by By Ryan Wolfington

ASIA FINDS A VICTORY IN LOSS


Local Star Asia Muhammad put on a show at Red Rock Country Club today going down like a champion to the #3 seed.

Muhammad, who withdrew from a pro tournament last week in New Mexico due to a severely sprained ankle, willed herself to play her home towns pro tournament. Ice and pain pills made it bearable, but it was Asia's fight that gained her a ton of respect on the court today. I was very proud of her.

There to watch andsupport Asia was my good friend Rudy Ruettiger. For those who do not know who Rudy is think back to the legendary film "RUDY" about a young man whose extraordinary attitude inspired the blockbuster film called "RUDY."

His attitude was so incredible they made a feature film about him and his quest to play for Notre Dame. Rudy is the living example that with a little fight in your soul, a great and honest attitude, anything is possible. Today Asia Muhammad displayed that winners attitude, even in her loss. It is easy to be a champion when you are winning. True champions rise to the occasion when their talent is tested and when things seem not to go their way.

Muhammad is not finished yet. She plays doubles in the quarterfinals tomorrow on center court around 1pm. Before and after that there is still plenty of great tennis to see. It was just so exciting to see one of our own, a girl we have watched grow up in novice tournaments, state and national tournaments, now beating players in the top 100!

None of this would be possible without the Team at Red Rock Couyntry Club and their great sponsors. So thank you for giving Asia this opportunity and us the chance to see her and other rising starts as they begin their quest to be the next "RUDY." Here is a guy who never won one major title or football game. In fact his whole college football career lasted less then 2 minutes, yet his attitude and heart has inspired millions of people.

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OTHER NEWS

Kulikova will play No. 2 seed Shenay Perry in the semifinals Saturday. Perry, the lone American to reach the semis, defeated fellow American Lilia Osterloh 7-6 (4), 6-3 Friday. Osterloh, ranked No. 156 in the world had beaten the 102nd-ranked Perry twice earlier in the year.
Perry defeated Kulikova 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in a hard-court tournament last year in the players’ only meeting.

Former Australian Open doubles champion Mirjana Lucic, of Croatia, reached the semifinals by beating 194th-ranked Lindsay Lee-Waters, of the United States, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Lucic, who was ranked No. 32 in the world in 1998, returned to professional tennis about a year ago after a lengthy layoff.

Lucic, who is now ranked No. 373 in the world, wasn’t even in the main draw when this week’s tournament started, but has advanced as a qualifier.

Lucic will play Hungarian Aniko Kapros in the semis. Kapros, ranked No. 216 in the world, defeated American Madison Brengle, the No. 6 seed, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 Friday. Lucic triumphed over Kapros 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at the 2002 U.S. Open in the players’ only meeting.

Americans Lee-Waters and Kimberly Couts teamed to beat Ana Jovanovic, of Serbia, and Anna Tatishvili, of Georgia, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 in a doubles semifinal match Friday.

The remaining doubles semifinal match will be played Saturday. Americans Muhammad and Coco Vandeweghe will play Kapros and Agustina Lepore, of Argentina.

Saturday’s first singles semifinal is set to begin at 10 a.m., followed by the other semifinal at 11:30 a.m. The remaining doubles semifinal will conclude the day’s play.

Both the singles and doubles finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Admission for Saturday’s matches starts at $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by going to http://www.lvwomensprocircuit.com.

Tournament sponsors and partners include Hand Surgery Specialists of Nevada, Michelob Ultra, Wynn Las Vegas, Court Think, ZizZazz Explosive Energy Mix, Dartfish and Marquis & Aurbach.

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USTA-NEVADA LOSES A FRIEND

On a sad note, Vegas lost a wonderful 4.0 league and tournament player today to heart disease. We regret to advise everyone that Anthony Paturzo (Tony), unexpectedly passed away today, October 2, at about noon after suffering complications following a heart attack. Tony was a devoted USTA-Nevada league tennis player in both the regular adult 4.0 and senior leagues . He played for Red Rock Country Club year round on the team and could always be counted on to play a match when needed. At age 67, Tony played with the enthusiasm and ability of a man much younger. He was known as a tenacious competitor who would make his opponents win a match. He would never give up and played both singles and doubles. Tony brought humor to the game and was a gracious and respectful player. He also loved soft ball and played on a local league. His love for life and sports was evident and his Red Rock team as well as many in the tennis community will sorely miss him. Tony is survived by his wife, Denise (Dee) and a son and daughter who reside in New York. Tony and Dee came to Vegas about 9 years ago to enjoy their retirement. He has left us far too soon.

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Below I have pasted todays results and tomorrows schedule.


Lexus of Las Vegas Open
USTA $50,000 Women’s Pro Circuit tournament
Friday, October 2
At Red Rock Country Club
Las Vegas, Nev.
Purse: $50,000
Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Friday’s results
Singles ? Quarterfinals
Mirjana Lucic (CRO) def. Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA), 7-6(4), 6-3
Shenay Perry (USA) [2] def. Lilia Osterloh (USA) [8], 7-6(4), 6-3
Aniko Kapros (HUN) def. Madison Brengle (USA) [6], 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Regina Kulikova (RUS) [3] def. Asia Muhammad (USA), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles ? Semifinals
Kimberly Couts (USA) / Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA) def. Ana Jovanovic (SRB) / Anna Tatishvili (GEO), 6-2, 2-6, [10-8]

Saturday’s schedule
Stadium Court
Singles - Semifinals
10 a.m. Aniko Kapros (HUN) vs. Mirjana Lucic (CRO)
11:30 a.m. Regina Kulikova (RUS) [3] vs. Shenay Perry (USA) [2]

Doubles - Semifinals
1 p.m. (approx.) Aniko Kapros (HUN) / Agustina Lepore (ARG) vs. Asia Muhammad (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
 
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