After a week of rain delayed matches in Macon, the semifinals are now set at the 2015 Tennis Classic of Macon, taking place through November 1, 2015 on the campus of Mercer University in middle Georgia. This is a 50K USTA Pro Circuit event that is held each fall.
“Great matches featuring warriors out there this week,” exclaimed tournament director, Eric Hayes. “We had matches in excess of three and four hours all week long. But look at the crowds other here on a Friday to watch matches, a crowd like this is unheard of, except in Macon.”
Friday’s quarterfinals made for a full day of tennis viewing, that was until fans were treated to two rounds of doubles action to make up for the rain of Monday and Tuesday. Tournament top seed, Anna Tatishvili faced Julia Glushko of Israel in the first featured match of the day. Tatishvili used a strong ground game to frustrate Glushko and took the first set 6-1. Glushko found her range in set two, jumping out to a 5-2 advantage before Tatishvili regained form. A tiebreak would settle the second set and the 25-year old from Tbilisi, Geo. was too consistent in taking the tiebreak 7-2.
Lesley Kerkhove of The Netherlands upset No. 2 seed, Naomi Broady on Thursday and she was upset-minded again on Friday. Following the same blueprint as she did against Broady, Kerkhove lost the first set before rallying in the final two. Kerkhove next takes on Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, who overcame American, Jennifer Brady in three tough sets.
“Well, I just keep fighting,” Kerkhove admitted after the match. “I do what’s best for me and I start playing more aggressive and win the second set and then the third.”
Kerkhove has been in the U.S. for five weeks this fall and Macon has been her best result on her trip.
The final quarterfinal was yet another match over three hours and it again went down to the wire. Two 20 something Americans in Nicole Gibbs and Julia Boserup. The two had squared off twice before, splitting the meetings. Boserup had the upper hand early on taking the first set 6-3. The quality of play went up a notch in the second set as Gibbs bounced back to win a close tiebreaker. The third set was full of ebbs and flows with Boserup taking a lead, Gibbs fighting back and saving match points that were followed long rallys in a battle of wills. Leave it up to the “Tennis Gods” to let Gibbs save 11 match points along the way but lose the match on a net cord double fault in a match were both players walked off the court exhausted.
The doubles also has reached the semifinals with top seeds, Sanaz Marand and Paula Cristina Golcalves leading the charge. The singles semifinals start at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Macon with the doubles to follow. See more at the official tournament website here.