The 2015 Tennis Classic of Macon may be saving the best for last. Seven days of play has yielded a final two in the singles draw. WTA veteran and frequent USTA Pro Circuit participant, Anna Tatishvili will face off with an upstart Swede, 20-year old, Rebecca Peterson on Sunday November 1, 2015. Tatishvili has not dropped a set in the tournament and Peterson has dropped just one set in her four matches. Tatishvili is here looking for her second Tennis Classic of Macon title and this is Peterson’s first time in middle Georgia. Tatishvili found herself down 1-3 in the opening set against another young American in Julia Boserup, but she said it wasn’t attributed to a slow start.
“I don’t think I really started show since Julia started by hitting so hard,” explained Tatishvili, now a Florida resident. “She played really clean the first couple games and she was hitting so (hard).
The native of Tbilisi, Georgia found her groove and won 11 of the last 13 games played. Tatishvili is currently ranked No. 108 in the world and is the top seed in Macon. She typically splits her time between playing WTA events and Pro Circuit tournaments. She said she will be ready on Sunday.
“I think my game is pretty solid. I have one more match to go tomorrow, so hopefully it will go well. I’m getting better and better with each match.”
Peterson had to be at her best on Saturday as her opponent, Lesley Kerkhove of The Netherlands has defeated seeds in the previous two rounds. Peterson kept Kerkhove off balance for most of the match and refused to let her opponent get out in front. The Stockholm native said it was important for her to stay aggressive.
“It was a tough match and I had to real fight hard,” said Peterson. “She’s hitting the ball real hard, so I needed to be aggressive.”
Peterson has been serving at a high percentage all week and she’s liking her time in Georgia. it shows with her play.
“I really enjoy being here in Macon,” added Peterson. “It’s a great tournament and I like the surface. It suits me.”
Peterson and Tatishvili have never played before in an event, but they did warm each other up on Saturday morning. Peterson said she will lean on her coach, Lars, for some advice.
“My coach knows a little about her, so I’ll talk to him and see what he says. It should be a great match.
A doubles champion was crowned on Saturday since both the semifinals and finals were played.A close final featured Jan Abaza and Viktorija Golubic against Paula Cristina Goncalves and Sanaz Marand. The duo of Abaza and Golubic claimed the title with a 7-6(3) 7-5 win. The finals on Sunday are scheduled to start at noon on the campus of Mercer University in Macon.