PLAYER FIELD IS SET FOR PARTY ROCK OPEN

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2012) – A strong contingent of young American players heads up a talented international field set to play in the inaugural Party Rock Open being hosted by Redfoo from the hit music group LMFAO Sept. 23-30 at Darling Tennis Center.

Fresh off the US Open where he was a guest in Victoria Azarenka’s box for the ladies’ final, Redfoo and the Party Rock Open will welcome a slew of rising American talent, including teenager Lauren Davis, NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs, and Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist Irina Falconi.

The women’s USTA Pro Circuit tournament will kick off with singles qualifying on Sunday, Sept. 23, where Redfoo plans to participate in free kids’ tennis clinics as part Cox Kids’ Day from noon to 3 p.m.

Romania’s Edina Gallovits-Hall is the highest ranked played and will likely be top-seeded coming in at No. 114 in the world. She is followed by Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito (No. 120 in the world) and Davis who is currently No. 129. Australia’s
Anastasia Rodionova (No. 130), Falconi (No. 147), and fellow American Alison Riske (No. 150) will all be seeded. Gallovits-Hall and Rodionova both reached the second round of the U.S. Open.

Former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, who has climbed over 500 spots in the world rankings (from 687 to 186) in her rookie season on tour in 2012, will also be featured.

Another notable entry in the main draw is Elena Bovina from Russia. The former WTA World No. 14 ranked player was also a 2002 US Open quarterfinalist

Gibbs, who captured the NCAA women’s singles title in June, is joined by her Stanford teammate, Mallory Burdette. Burdette reached the third round of this year’s U.S. Open as a wild card.

“We are excited about this year’s player field,” tournament co-director Jordan Butler said. “There are a number of up-and-coming players who are going to have bright careers, and many who have already been ranked inside the top 100, so it should be interesting. The field is wide open and it’s a big opportunity for someone to break through.”

Now in its fourth year, the tournament has acted as a stepping stone for some of the top talent in women’s professional tennis. Several players who have competed in Las Vegas since the event was founded in 2009 now find themselves amongst the world’s best, such as current Top 25 player and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko, the 2010 champion.

The tournament’s official website is www.partyrockopen.com. To learn more about Redfoo and Party Rock Clothing, go to www.partyrockclothing.com.

The Party Rock Open is presented by Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, Las Vegas’ premier orthopedics group.

Other sponsors include: USTA-Nevada, CourtThink, LLC, Agent Atleta, Ltd., WG Communications Group, Cox Communications, ESPN 1110 AM, The Point 97.1, 98.5 KLUC, Marty Hennessey Foundation, Solinco strings, Western Cab Company, the law firm of Marquis, Aurbach, and Coffing, www.10sBalls.com, and Perrier water.

Follow along on Twitter @partyrockopen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partyrockopen.com.

Tournament Co-Directors: Tyler Weekes tyler@CourtThink.com
Jordan J. Butler, Esq. jordan@agentatleta.com

Tournament Press Contact: Steve Pratt 310.408.4555, Sprattt@aol.com

Tournament Marketing/Sponsorship: Terri Weisbord 702.806.9760 terriwgcommgroup@aol.com

USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, 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 33 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 nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Québec City (Mon): Barthel Passes First Round Test, Wickmayer Wins

BELL CHALLENGE
Québec City, Canada
September 10-16, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Monday, September 10, 2012
Singles – First Round
(2/WC) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Alison Riske (USA) 63 63
(3) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Heather Watson (GBR) 67(5) 76(5) 61
Annika Beck (GER) d. (5) Romina Oprandi (SUI) 61 76(11)
Tatjana Malek (GER) d. Alexa Glatch (USA) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
Coin/Pelletier (FRA/CAN) d. Bovina/Wienerova (RUS/SVK) 64 63
Bouchard/Falconi (CAN/USA) d. Abramovic/Sadikovic (CRO/SUI) 63 36 108 (Match TB)
Mueller/Muhammed (USA/USA) d. Litvak/Weinhold (USA/USA) 60 76(2)
(WC) Min/Zhao (USA/CAN) d. Elie/Karatantcheva (USA/KAZ) 62 75

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(1) Lauren Davis (USA) d. (8) Julie Coin (FRA) 63 64
(2) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) 64 26 64
(7) Maria Sanchez (USA) d. (3) Jessica Pegula (USA) 64 62
(5) Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) d. Jennifer Elie (USA) 62 61

Order Of Play Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Court Bell (from 11.00hrs)
1. Irina Falconi vs. Melanie Oudin
2. Marie-Ève Pelletier vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Stéphanie Dubois vs. Lauren Davis
4. Heidi El Tabakh vs. Mirjana Lucic
5. Dabrowski/Riske vs. Dekmeijere/Martic
6. Elena Vesnina vs. Aleksandra Wozniak (NB 19.15hrs)
7. Grace Min vs. Eugenie Bouchard

Court Banque Nationale (from 11.00hrs)
1. Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Petra Rampre
2. Jessica Pegula vs. Petra Martic
3. Anna Tatishvili vs. Sesil Karatantcheva
4. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Madison Brengle
5. Lucie Hradecka vs. Maria Sanchez
6. Glatch/Tatishvili vs. Malek/Mladenovic

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WTA – Québec City preview information

BELL CHALLENGE
Québec City, Canada
September 10-16, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Order Of Play – Monday, September 10, 2012
Court Bell (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jennifer Elie vs. Heidi El Tabakh (Singles Q Final)
2. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Gabriela Dabrowski (Singles Q Final)
3. Romina Oprandi vs. Annika Beck
4. Abramovic/Sadikovic vs. Bouchard/Falconi
5. Alison Riske vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 19.15hrs)
6. Mona Barthel vs. Heather Watson

Court Banque Nationale (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lauren Davis vs. Julie Coin (Singles Q Final)
2. Jessica Pegula vs. Maria Sanchez (Singles Q Final)
3. Alexa Glatch vs. Tatjana Malek
4. Bovina/Wienerova vs. Coin/Pelletier
5. Elie/Karatantcheva vs. Min/Zhao
6. Litvak/Weinhold vs. Mueller/Muhammed

On-Site WTA Communications Staff
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www.wtatennis.com/page/Scores/

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Sportimes Rally Past Aces, 16-15

NEW YORK — Martina Hingis and Jesse Witten won singles events, both by 5-0 counts, and Hingis won a super-tiebreak over Liezel Huber, 7-6, as the New York SPORTIMES rallied for a 16-15 World TeamTennis victory over the St. Louis Aces at SPORTIME on Randall’s Island tonight.

The SPORTIMES (5-1) trailed the entire match, finally earning a tie on Hingis’s 5-0 victory in the fifth event, women’s singles.  By WTT rules, Hingis’ win over Maria Sanchez (with Huber replacing Sanchez for the final game) narrowed evened the match at 15, extending the match to a super tiebreak.  With the super-tiebreak tied at 6-6, Hingis won the deciding point, coming to the net after a 12-ball rally and stroking the winner.

Jean-Julien Rojer and Roman Borvanov’s opening event men’s doubles win, Huber and Sanchez topped the SPORTIMES’ duo of Hingis and Katie O’Brien, 5-1, to give the Aces (4-2) a commanding 10-3 match lead.  Witten swept a 5-0 third event over Borvanov to pull the hosts to within 10-8.  Huber and Rojer’s 5-2 win extended the Aces’ margin to 15-10 before Hingis’s heroics gave the SPORTIMES their fifth straight win.

New York visits first-place Washington in a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, while Western Conference-leading St. Louis continues its eastern swing against winless Philadelphia.

World TeamTennis
at New York
N.Y. SPORTIMES 16, St. Louis Aces 15
Men’s Doubles – Roman Borvanov/Jean-Julien Rojer (St. L.) def. Travis Parrott/Jesse Witten, 5-2
Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber/Maria Sanchez (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Katie O’Brien, 5-1
Men’s Singles – Jesse Witten (N.Y.) def. Roman Borvanov, 5-0
Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber/Jean-Julien Rojer  (St. L.) def. Martina Hingis/Travis Parrott, 5-2
Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis def. Maria Sanchez (Liezel Huber replaced Sanchez in Game 5), 5-0
Super Tiebreak – Martina Hingis def. Liezel Huber, 16-15

STRONG QUARTET OF SEMIFINALISTS WIN EXCITING MATCHES ON DAY 4 OF LEXUS OF LAS VEGAS OPEN

LAS VEGAS, Nev., (Oct. 1, 2010) – The top four seeded players moved into the semifinals at the second annual Lexus of Las Vegas Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin.

There were no upsets on Friday with No. 1 Edina Gallovits, No. 2 Varvar Lepchenko, No. 3 Sorana Cirstea and No. 4 Mirjana Lucic all advancing to Saturday’s semifinals with the sole American Lepchenko needing three sets to
beat Anna Tatishvili, the No. 6 seed from Georgia.

Saturday’s Lucic-Lepchenko semi will be a rematch of last weekend’s semifinals in Albuquerque, N.Y., which Lucic won on her way to the $50,000 title. The Croatian is now riding an eight-match winning streak.

“I’m feeling really great right now and healthy,” said Lucic, 28, the 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist. “I’ve been slowly playing these events and gaining my confidence.”

Lucic qualified for the U.S. Open and lost in the second round last month. She stands at No. 104 in the world currently, very close to a goal she would like to reach by the end of the year. “The goal is still Top 100 by the end of the year,” she said. “I’m very close. I just want to reach that one and then move on to the next.”

Cirstea had the easiest time Friday, beating American Lauren Albanese on her 21st birthday, 6-2, 6-3. Albanese knew she’d have her hands full against the 2009 French Open quarterfinalist and a player who already has career wins over four players currently in the Top 10 in the world: Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Francesca Schiavone and Agnieszka Radwanska.

“I was a little erratic at the start and thought I could have played better,” Albanese said. “I’m playing so much better than I was at this time last year and to start the year. I think I lost the first 10 matches I played. When I go big, I go big.”

In the doubles final on Sunday, wild cards Irina Falconi and Maria Sanchez will face No. 4 seeds Lindsay Lee-Waters and Megan Moulton-Levy in the first match on beginning at 11 a.m.

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results

q: qualifier; wc: wild card

Mirjana Lucic, Croatia (4), def. Abigail Spears, U.S., 7-6 (3), 7-5

Sorana Cirstea, Romania (3), def. Lauren Albanese, U.S., 6-2, 6-3

Edina Gallovits, Romania (1), def. Valerie Tetreault (Canada) (8),

Varvara Lepchenko, U.S. (2), def. Anna Tatishvili, Georgia (6), 7-6 (5), 6-7
(5), 6-3

Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Results

Irina Falconi, U.S. / Maria Sanchez, U.S. (wc), def. Alexandra Mueller, U.S.
/ Ahsha Rolle, U.S., 6-2, 6-2

Lindsay Lee-Waters, U.S. / Megan Moulton-Levy, U.S. (4), def. Abigail
Spears, U.S. (2) / Mashona Washington, U.S., 3-6, 6-2, 11-9

Saturday’s Order of Play

Stadium Court Starting at noon

Mirjana Lucic, Croatia (4), vs. Varvara Lepchenko, U.S. (2)

Followed by Sorana Cirstea, Romania (3), vs. Edina Gallovits, Romania (1)

Note: The doubles final will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday followed by the
singles final.

The following is a tentative schedule of events supplementing the
tournament:

COMMUNITY EVENTS

*       Saturday, Oct. 2 – Super Semifinal Saturday; USTA Ladies League
Luncheon.

LAS VEGAS PAST CHAMPIONS

Singles

Year                Winner
Runner-up

2009                Regina Kulikova (RUS)                      Aniko Kapros
(HUN)

2008                Camille Pin (FRA)                               Asia
Muhammad (U.S.)

2007                Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)                 Akiko Morigami
(JPN)

1999                Erika de Lone (U.S.)                           Hila
Rosen (ISR)

Doubles

Year                Winner

2009                Aniko Kapros (HUN) – Agustina Lepore (ARG)

2008                Melinda Czink (HUN) – Renata Voracova (CZE)

2007                Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – Tatiana Poutchek (BLR)

1999                Erika de Lone (U.S.) – Annabel Ellwood (AUS)

PRIZE MONEY

SINGLES:                  Prize Money              Points

Winner                         $7,315                         70

Runner-up                   $3,990                         50

Semifinalist                 $2,185                         32

Quarterfinalist             $1,235                         18

Round of 16                $760                            10

Round of 32                $475                            1

DOUBLES:                Prize Money (per team)

Winner                          $2,660

Runner-up                     $1,425

Semifinalist                 $760

Quarterfinalist             $380

Round of 16                $285