Top seeds on collision course at Shipyard Cup

Top-seeded Alexa Graham and second-seeded Ulrikke Eikeri continued on their collision course Friday at The Shipyard Cup at the Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club on Hilton Head Island.

The women’s $10,000 ITF Pro Series event was in its second day of main draw play.

Graham knocked off sixth-seeded Raveena Kinglsey 6-1, 7-6(3) and Eikeri beat unseeded Caroline Price 6-2, 6-3 to advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

Graham will face Makenna Jones, a 7-6(6), 6-3 winner over Martina Frantova, while Eikeri will play Alexandra Perper, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Nicole Coopersmith.

In doubles, there was a big upset.

Alexa Bortles, cousin of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, and her partner, Lauren Herring knocked off the top-seeded pair of Sophie Chang and Eikere 7-6(7), 7-5.

Bortles and Herring will face the second-seeded duo of Madeleine Kobelt and  Nika Kukharchuk, who beat Melissa Kopinski and Mara Schmidt 4-6, 7-6(2), [10-2].

The singles semifinals and doubles final will start at 9 a.m. as tournament organizers try to complete play before rain moves into the area.

The event is free and open to the public.



Alexa GRAHAM (USA) [1] def. Raveena KINGSLEY (USA) [6] 6-1, 7-6(3)

Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) [2] def. Caroline PRICE (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Makenna JONES (USA) def. Martina FRANTOVA (SVK) 7-6(6), 6-3

Alexandra PERPER (MDA) def. Nicole COOPERSMITH (USA) 6-2, 6-4


Madeleine KOBELT (USA) [2] / Nika KUKHARCHUK (RUS) def. Melissa KOPINSKI (USA) / Mara SCHMIDT (USA) 4-6, 7-6(2), [10-2]

Alexa BORTLES (USA) / Lauren HERRING (USA) def. Sophie CHANG (USA) / Ulrikke EIKERI (NOR) [1] 7-6(7), 7-5