Singles field cut to final 8 at Van Der Meer's USTA event

sports@islandpacket.comMay 30, 2014 

Thursday was the end of the road for Hilton Head resident and Smith Stearns Academy product Nadja Gilchrist at the USTA Pro Circuit ITA Head/First Federal Women's $10,000 tournament at Van Der Meer Tennis Center.

A week after reaching the final in the Palmetto Pro event in Sumter, Gilchrist fell 7-6 (1), 6-3 to Ema Burgic, a 21-year-old from Bosnia who just finished her junior season at Baylor University.

All of the seeded singles players advanced to the quarterfinals.

Top-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium handled American Anne-Liz Jeukeng, 6-2, 6-2, while second-seeded Canadian had a tougher time with American Rianna Valdes, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

American Caitlin Whoriskey, seeded seventh, beat American Emma Christine Higuchi 6-1, 7-5, while fifth-seeded American Jan Abaza fought back to stop Finland's Piia Suomalainen, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles play, the American duo of Lauren Albanese and Macall Harkins upset the top-seeded pair of Abaza and Angelina Gabueva, 6-2, 3-6 (12-10).

Play continues at 9 a.m. Friday at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center. The event is free and open to the public.

USTA Pro Circuit ITA Head/First Federal Women's $10,000

Thursday at Van Der Meer Tennis Center


Ema BURGIC (BIH) def. Nadja GILCHRIST (USA) 7-6(1), 6-3

Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) def. Steffi CARRUTHERS (SAM) 6-1, 6-4

Terri FLEMING (USA) def. Lynn KIRO (RSA) 6-1, 6-3

Jan ABAZA (USA) [5] def. Piia SUOMALAINEN (FIN) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Caitlin WHORISKEY (USA) [7] def. Emma Christine HIGUCHI (USA) 6-1, 7-5

Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) def. Anamika BHARGAVA (USA) 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2

Elise MERTENS (BEL) [1] def. Anne-Liz JEUKENG (USA) 6-2, 6-2

Sonja MOLNAR (CAN) [2] def. Rianna VALDES (USA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3


Ema BURGIC (BIH) / Blair SHANKLE (USA) def. Khristina BLAJKEVITCH (CAN) / Kateryna YERGINA (UKR) 6-4, 6-4

Lauren ALBANESE (USA) / Macall HARKINS (USA) def. Jan ABAZA (USA) / Angelina GABUEVA (RUS) [1] 6-2, 3-6 (12-10)

Sonja MOLNAR (CAN) [2] / Caitlin WHORISKEY (USA) def. Erica OOSTERHOUT (USA) / Chloe Michele OUELLET-PIZER (USA) 6-1, 6-3

Anamika BHARGAVA (USA) / Elise MERTENS (BEL) [3] def. Elizaveta IANCHUK (UKR) / Anita SAFRONENKA (BLR) 6-3, 6-1

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