Breaking News : ASB Classic Open qualifying round draw

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  • Breaking News : ASB Classic Open qualifying round draw

Breaking News : ASB Classic Open qualifying round draw

The ASB Classic Open is reputed for having a particularly difficult qualifying draw, and this year will be no exception. Moreover, it will be even more difficult for the three New Zealand teenagers to tag a place for themselves in the event. The three Kiwis in the elimination round are 17 year old Katherine Westbury, 16 year old Leela Beattie and 15 year old Emily Fanning. Westbury is the most highly ranked player at World Number 600, and she recently won the New Zealand Residentials title. However, all three players have very limited international practice.

Westbury will be playing against veteran Jill Craybas, a local player who has taken part in the event twelve times. Craybas is currently World Number 98. Meanwhile, Beattie will compete against Italian World Number 149 Corinna Dentoni. Fanning’s Opponent is British player Katie O’Brien (currently ranked Number 181).

The top seed in this round is World Number 91 Alberta Brianti, from Italy. She will be competing against Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella in the opening match of the day. The second seed is Mirjana Lucic at World Number 96; she will be competing against Maria Irigoyen from Argentina.

Other notable clashes are former World Number 14 Elena Bovina against Japanese Aiko Nakamura, and Grand Slam semi-finalist German Sabine Lisicki against Stephanie Dubois of Canada. 21 year old Lisicki made the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships in 2009, while Lucic has reached the semi finals of two Slams at the All England Club.

German tennis pro Anna-Lena Groenefeld (World Number 166) reached the quarter finals of the 2006 French Open and will play against Czech pro Vladmira Uhlirova in the opening round.

Meanwhile, India’s leading female tennis player Sania Mirza will fight Stefani Voegele of Switzerland. Luxembourg’s Anne Kremer will be seeking to claim a spot in the event she won in 2000; this is the 11th time Kremer is taking part in Auckland. Her first opponent is Silvia Soler Espinosa from Spain.

Qualifying rounds will take place over the weekend, while main draw clashes will commence on Monday.

Meanwhile, India’s leading female tennis player Sania Mirza will fight Stefani Voegele of Switzerland. Luxembourg’s Anne Kremer will be seeking to claim a spot in the event she won in 2000; this is the 11th time Kremer is taking part in Auckland. Her first opponent is Silvia Soler Espinosa from Spain.

Qualifying rounds will take place over the weekend, while main draw clashes will commence on Monday.

 

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