2004 MEN'S & WOMEN'S
USTA NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadow, New York - December 27-30, 2004
Tuesday, December 28th-Day Two
While the men's singles moved on today without any excitement, there was plenty to watch in the women's singles draw as the college and junior players moved on.
Top seeded Stacia Fonseca, who has been improving her skills on the women's tour in the two years since she won this event, had an easy time against junior Lela Petrovic, but it looked like the University of Oregon's Courtney Nagle was going to be a tough opponent. Earlier in the day Courtney had defeated No. 10 seed Dasha Cherkasov in a match that came down to a tie-breaker. Unfortunately, Courtney couldn't keep it up and was forced to retire in the second set. Stacia will now face Georgetown University's Stephanie Cohen. Stephanie advanced with a win over Binghamton's Lya Kushnirovich.
Julia Koulbitskaya of the University of Pennsylvania lived up to her twelth seeding by eliminating Katelyn Bevard. She will play sixth-seeded Jessica Schlotterback in the quarters. Jessica's first win of the day was against local junior Anuja Ankola, a high school senior who will play for Amherst next fall.
Tomorrow's quarterfinals in the bottom half of the draw will be top-notch. The No. 5 seed Tarrin Dougery has sailed through with just a five game loss, though St. John's Allison Adamski did make her work for it. Tomorrow she will face former University of Tennessee player Agnes Wiski who now teaches at the National Tennis Center. The fourth seed needed three sets to get by the Air Force Academy's Heather Shelby, who had just barely gotten by a close won against Princeton's Allison Hashmall.
Dominique Liquori, one of the top junior players in the east, won quickly against Katherine Bushey, but was pushed to 7-6(5),7-5 by Penn State's Maaria Husain. Tomorrow she will face the No. 9 seed Marilyn Baker, a local pro who defeated Binghamton's Jennifer Naegeli and then took advantage of the absence of the second seed and eliminated junior Amanda Wu.
As we wind down to the quarters, it is anyone's guess who will be in the winners circle, though I wouldn't be surprised if we see some familiar faces there.
Pictured above left to right: Allison Adamski and Jennifer Naegli
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