RED ROCK COUNTRY CLUB * SEPT. 27-OCT. 2, 2011
Site: Red Rock Country Club,
Surface: Hard/Outdoor Prize Money: $50,000
Website: (www.lexuslvopen.com) Who: Top American and international women’s players
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USTA JUNIOR QUALIFIER KRISTA HARDEBECK UPSETS LUCIC
FIRST ROUND AT $50,000 LEXUS OF
LAS VEGAS, Nev., (Sept. 28, 2011) – Calling it her career-best win “for sure”, newly turned 17-year-old Krista Hardebeck upset No. 4 seeded Mirjana Lucic 7-6, 6-4 in the first round of the third annual Lexus of Las Vegas Open, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, taking place at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin.
Hardebeck, a qualifier
“I did feel some
dizziness and very faint, but I’m not one to retire,” said the Croatian Lucic,
the 29-year-old former
on Wednesday in the first round, 2009 US Open Melanie Oudin lost her first-round
singles match to Sessil
A day after being eliminated in the doubles, Las Vegas’ Asia Muhammad also lost a three-set match in singles to No. 2 seeded Anna Tatishvili of Georgia, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“I think it’s always nice to play in your hometown,” said Muhammad, now 20, who first played in the main draw at the Vegas event as a 14-year-old in February of 2006 and was a finalist here in 2008. “It sucks that I wasn’t able to do better in singles and doubles but it’s OK. I’m playing another event next week (Kansas City Challenger) and I did well last week so that’s the way it goes.”
Lucic, a semifinalist here last year, says she can recall only retiring from one match in her entire career. “It was about 12 years ago and I actually fainted on the court. I will fight and grind until they have to pick me up and carry me off. I kept hoping I would feel better and I was just trying to end the points quickly.”
Hardebeck, currently ranked just inside the top 500 in the world, said she was aware that Lucic wasn’t feeling well, but was determined not to think much about it. “I could tell she looked a little tired and then called the medical before the second set,” she said. “I could tell she was trying to be the aggressor but I just kept playing good defense and knew that if it went three sets I would win.”
Hardebeck will play
former USC All-American Maria Sanchez in the second round on Thursday. Both
players have trained together at the USTA
Hardebeck said she
wouldn’t mind cancelling a college recruiting trip to Stanford this weekend if
she’s still playing in
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Wednesday’s Singles Scores
(wc: wild card; q: qualifier)
Anna Tatishvili (2),
Krista Hardebeck (q) def. Mirjana Lucic (4),
Edina Gallovits-Hall (6),
Romina Oprandi (1), Italy def. Laura Siegmund, Germany, Laura Siegemund, Germany, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5
Vasilla Bardina (q),
Wednesday’s Doubles Scores
Alison Riske, U.S.-Ashley Weinhold,
Varvara Lepchenko, U.S.-Melanie Oudin,
Thursday’s Schedule of Play
Stadium Court starting at 9:30 a.m.
Followed by Maria Sanchez,
Not before 4 p.m.
Court 2 starting at 9:30 a.m.
Followed by Allie Will,
Followed by Shelby Rogers, U.S.-Allie Will,
Court 3 starting at 9:30 a.m.
Followed by Alison Riske, U.S.-Ashley Weinhold,
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Main Draw Singles 9/28
Main Draw Doubles 9/28