2011 USTA Pro Circuit – Rancho Mirage, CA

Hey Tennis Friends!

The USTA Pro Circuit made its way to Rancho Mirage, California,
for the Childhelp Desert Classic women’s event.
I was there to file this report:

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The first semifinal was quite a see-saw match, considering how lopsided the second set was. Things evened out in the third set and Kristyna Pliskova rolled ahead to win in a third set tiebreak: 7-3.

Kristyna Pliskova d. Lauren Albanese 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(3)

The second semifinal was a spectacular comeback match!
Ashley Weinhold struggled with Karolina Pliskova’s serve and went down 4-1 in the first set. The Texas native fought back and won five games in a row to take the set! In the second set, Weinhold once again fell behind 4-0 before winning six consecutive games to clinch a spot in the final.

Ashley Weinhold d. Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4

After suitable rest, the Pliskova twins won the doubles championship by besting the team of Nadejda Guskova & Sandra Zaniewska: 6-7(6), 6-1, [10-5]

In the Sunday final, Weinhold, who beat Kristyna Pliskova the previous week at Rancho Sante Fe in the first round, breezed through the first set before struggling with the 6-foot Czech’s serve in the second. Pliskova continued serving well in the third and went up a break but, in her come-from-behind style, Weinhold took advantage of her quickness to rally back.

Ashley Weinhold d. Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

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– Marcus Tennis

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