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Lexus of Las Vegas Open

USTA $50,000 Women's Pro Circuit Tournament
Red Rock Country Club, Las Vegas, Nev.


Daily blog by By Ryan Wolfington

Let's hear it for USTA-Nevada's 4.0 ladies who will fight hard tomorrow morning at Darling Center in the national Championships semifinals- Go Vegas!
Congratulations to Rob Kinas's men's 5.0 team who went deep into the national Championships draw in California this weekend.

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Red Rock Country Club's $50,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit Tournament Concludes Sunday


Las Vegas, October 3, 2009 - Aniko Kapros and Regina Kulikova reached the finals of the USTA Lexus of Las Vegas Open at Red Rock Country Club with victories Saturday.

Kapros, ranked No. 216 in the world, defeated former Australian Open doubles champion Mirjana Lucic, of Croatia, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a semifinal match. Kapros, of Hungary, battled shin splints throughout the day, but prevailed in a hard-fought match that lasted 2 hours, 22 minutes.

No. 3 seed Kulikova, of Russia, had an easier time reaching the finals despite tightness in her lower back, beating American Shenay Perry, the No. 2 seed, 6-4, 6-3, in 1:17.

Kulikova, 20, is ranked No. 159 in the world and has won eight singles titles on the ITF Circuit. She has never faced Kapros, 25, who has won two ITF singles titles in her career.


Kapros gained her biggest victory at the 2002 French Open, where, as a qualifier, she beat fifth-seeded Justine Henin 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the first round. Kapros reached the final of the 2003 Japan Open, where she lost to Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7).

Kapros, who won junior singles and doubles titles at the 2000 Australian Open, also will be playing in Sunday's doubles final. She teamed with Argentina's Agustina Lepore on Saturday for a 6-2, 6-1 semifinal victory over Americans Asia Muhammad and Coco Vandeweghe.

Kapros and Lepore will play Americans Kimberly Couts and Lindsay Lee-Waters for the championship. Lee-Waters and Couts reached the finals Friday with a 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 victory over Ana Jovanovic, of Serbia, and Anna Tatishvili, of Georgia.

Sunday's singles final is set to begin at 11 a.m., with the doubles final scheduled to start 30 minutes after the completion of the singles match.

Admission for Sunday's matches starts at $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by going to http://www.lvwomensprocircuit.com.

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

Results and tomorrows schedule pasted below.

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Saturday's results
Singles - Semifinals

Aniko Kapros (HUN) def. Mirjana Lucic (CRO), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Regina Kulikova (RUS) [3] def. Shenay Perry (USA) [2], 6-4, 6-3
Doubles - Semifinals
Aniko Kapros (HUN) / Agustina Lepore (ARG) def. Asia Muhammad (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA), 6-2, 6-1

Sunday's schedule
Stadium Court
Singles - Finals

11 a.m. Aniko Kapros (HUN) vs. Regina Kulikova (RUS) [3]
Doubles - Finals
(30 minutes after singles match) Kimberly Couts (USA) / Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA) vs. Aniko Kapros (HUN) / Agustina Lepore (ARG)
 
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