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The one seed of the Southern Adult Claycourt Championship, Tennessee sophomore women's tennis player Caitlyn Williams outlasted her teammate and second seeded Jesse Grace to earn the title.
Williams defeated Grace 6-1 in the first set but had to battle to a 7-5 victory in the second set to earn the win.
Williams, a native of Knoxville, and the No. 1 seed in the tournament will take on her teammate and Germiston, South Africa native Grace, the No. 2 seed.
Williams has not dropped a game during the tournament defeating Erin Allen in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals followed by another 6-0. 6-0 victory over Kathryn Evans in the semifinals yesterday.
Grace took down Emily Holloway 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters and defeated Tennessee teammate Kayla McMurry 6-1, 6-0 in the semis. (McMurry advanced to the semis after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Rachel Hinkle).
Also of note, Grace and McMurry took home the doubles championship with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Megan Conley and Holloway.
Q (2) Jesse Grace d. Emily Holloway 6-0; 6-1
Q Kayla McMurry d. Rachel Hinkle 6-0; 6-0
Evans d. Sarah Rainwater 6-2;
Q (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Erin Allen 6-0; 6-0
SF (2) Jesse Grace d. Kayla McMurry 6-1; 6-0
SF (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Kathryn Evans 6-0; 6-0
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of Aug. 6, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Playing this week in the $25,000 Hechingen Ladies Open in Germany ... Off last week.
Note: Shot up the doubles ranking after reaching the final of the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger last week off this week ... Off this week.
After a thrilling run in the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, University of Tennessee women's tennis player Natalie Pluskota fell in the doubles championship with partner Jacqueline Cako, Saturday.
The duo battled to the end falling in the first set 6-4, but earning the second set victory over Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 7-5.
Pluskota and Cako's third set went to extra points for the second straight match, however this time it was not in their favor as Glusko and Rogowska went on to earn the 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 win.
-- Odlum Brown VanOpen (@vanopen) August 5, 2012
@nataliepluskota Crush it on the Grind! Great battle in the final last night.Thanks for playing VanOpen. Good luck rest of year
The duo came back to defeat third seeded Jessica Pegula and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the semifinal round Friday night.
Pluskota and Cako will face off against Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS) in the final once again on Centre Court Saturday night.
Cako/Pluskota into women's doubles final on Saturday with 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 win over Pegula/Townsend-- Odlum Brown VanOpen (@vanopen) August 4, 2012
After winning the U.S. Open Southern Sectional Qualifying in Alpharetta, Ga., she will play in the U.S. Open National tournament Aug. 17-20 at Yale University to earn a wild card spot in the Grand Slam tournament.
Pluskota defeated Alabama junior Mary Anne Macfarlane 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 to earn her bid into the qualifier, rallying from a 4-0 third-set deficit to win the last six games in 100-degree heat.
Most recently the Newnan, Ga. native traveled west, and north, to Vancouver where she has found herself in the semifinals of the Odlum Brown VanOpen doubles tournament.
Partnered with Jacqueline Cako of the Arizona State women's tennis team, the duo will play Friday, August 3 on Centre Court at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Watch Pluskota live as she looks to advance to the finals of the tournament, to be held Saturday.
Also of note, returning junior Brynn Boren has spent much of her summer in Europe playing in clay court tournaments.
Boren recently spoke to Jimmy Hyams of AM 990, FM 99.1, FM 99.3, the Sports Animal here in Knoxville.
Listen Live Friday night between 6 and 7 p.m. during the Tennis Hour to hear all about Boren's experience.
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 30, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.
Note: Played in the singles qualifying at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger over the weekend, losing to Romana Tedjakusuama in the first round ... Off last week.
Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 23, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first.
Note: Last week, reached the quarterfinals at the $10k Knokke (Belgium) Futures and reached the doubles semifinals with Belgium native Elyne Boeykens ... Off this week.
Note: Lost in the first round of the $10k Evansville (Ind.) Futures but reached the doubles finals with Stanford's Mallory Burdette ... Off this week.