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Grace, Williams To Face Off In Claycourt Open

University of Tennessee sophomores Jesse Grace and Caitlyn Williams will face off Sunday in the finals of the Southern Adult Claycourt Open at the Knoxville Racquet Club.

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.

Singles Championships
Q             (2) Jesse Grace d. Emily Holloway             6-0; 6-1
Q             Kayla McMurry d. Rachel Hinkle                6-0; 6-0

Q             Kathryn Evans d. Sarah Rainwater            6-2; 7-5
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




ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (8/6/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of Aug. 6, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 587

Doubles: 453

Note: Playing this week in the $25,000 Hechingen Ladies Open in Germany ... Off last week.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 839

Doubles: 348

Note: Shot up the doubles ranking after reaching the final of the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger last week off this week ... Off this week.

Pluskota Falls In Odlum Brown Van Open Finals

Final Bracket

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.

Pluskota Advances To Odlum Brown Doubles Finals

Recent graduate Natalie Pluskota has advanced on to the doubles finals of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open with partner, and Arizona State junior Jacqueline Cako.

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.


Pluskota To Odlum Brown VanOpen Semis

Recent Tennessee graduate Natalie Pluskota has been making her way through the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit this summer.

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.

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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.



Happy Birthday - Aug. 1: Soccer's Iyana Moore, Tennis' Brynn Boren

On Aug. 1, we send birthday wishes to soccer sophomore Iyana Moore and tennis sophomore Brynn Boren.

Iyana Moore  Brynn Boren 

ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (7/30/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 30, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 618 

Doubles: 459

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 758 

Doubles: 605

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.

ON TOUR: WTA Tour Rankings (7/23/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 23, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 618 

Doubles: 459

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.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 758 

Doubles: 605

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.

ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (7/16/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of July 16, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 


Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 621 

Doubles: 504

Note: Last week, lost in the second round of qualifying at the $25k Zwevegem (Belgium) Challenger but made the quarterfinals in doubles ... Playing this week at the $10k Knokke (Belgium) Futures.


Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 767 

Doubles: 558

Note: As a qualifier last week, reached the second round of singles last week at the $50k Wakima (Wash.) Challenger ... Also made it to the doubles semifinals to achieve a career high in both singles and doubles ... Playing this week in the $10k Evansville (Ind.) Futures.

Jimmy Hyams' latest tennis notebook is in today's Knoxville News Sentinel. Topics include recent graduate Natalie Pluskota's singles win at the US Open southern sectional qualifying, John-Patrick Smith's bolt up the rankings thanks to winning the Winnetka (Ill.) Challenger and Paul Annacone's return to the Grand Slam winners circle as a coach.


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