Tennis

Kuwata lone seeded player standing at Hilton Head's USTA Pro Circuit tournament

sports@islandpacket.comJune 1, 2013 

And then there was one.

Hiroko Kuwata's 6-4, 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Brooke Austin on Friday, coupled with Yana Koroleva's 6-3, 6-0 upset of seventh-seeded Katerina Stewart, left her as the only seeded player remaining after the singles quarterfinals of the Head/First Federal Women's $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Tournament at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center on Hilton Head Island.

Kuwata, the 787th-ranked woman in the world, is seeded eighth. In Saturday's semifinals, she'll face the tournament's local connection, Hayley Carter.

Carter, a Smith Stearns Academy senior who signed to play at North Carolina, stopped Nelly Ciolkowski of France, 6-3, 6-0 to advance.

Koroleva will play Michelle Sammons, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 winner over Alexis King.

In Saturday's doubles final, the top-seeded American duo of Kristy Frilling and Alexandra Mueller will face Carter and Josie Kuhlman.

Play starts at 9 a.m.

ITF Women's Circuit -- Head/First Federal Women's $10,000

A USTA Pro Circuit event; Friday's results at Van Der Meer Tennis Center, Hilton Head Island

Singles

Quarterfinals

[8] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) def. [4] Brooke Austin (USA) 6-4, 6-4

Hayley Carter (USA) def. Nelly Ciolkowski (FRA) 6-3, 6-0

Michelle Sammons (RSA) def. Alexis King (USA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Yana Koroleva (RUS) def. [7] Katerina Stewart (USA) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles

Semifinals

[1] Kristy Frilling (USA)/Alexandra Mueller (USA) def. [3] Jessica Moore (AUS)/Belinda Woolcock (AUS) 6-1, 6-4

Hayley Carter (USA)/Josie Kuhlman (USA) def. [2] Erin Clark (USA)/Sonja Molnar (CAN) 6-3, 6-4

Saturday's Matches

Singles -- Semifinals

[8] Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) vs. Hayley Carter (USA)

Michelle Sammons (RSA) vs. Yana Koroleva (RUS)

Doubles -- Final

[1] Kristy Frilling (USA)/Alexandra Mueller (USA) vs. Hayley Carter (USA)/Josie Kuhlman (USA)

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