De Los Rios advances in $25K Challenger

Published 10:49 am Thursday, April 2, 2009

Last year’s runner-up, Rosana de Los Rios won her featured match Wednesday night at the Pelham Racquet Club, 7-6(5), 6-4, over Sophie Ferguson of Australia to advance to the second round of the United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit Women’s $25,000 Challenger.

Rain delayed the start of the tournament again Wednesday, pushing the start time back a half hour. Tuesday’s opening round was completely washed out.

De Los Rios of Paraguay will play Meng Yuan of China in the second round Thursday afternoon. The match will follow the 11 a.m. match on the stadium court between Yurika Sema of Japan and Anna Tatishvili of the Republic of Georgia.

Other highlights from Wedneday’s opening round came when Chi Chi Scholl of the U.S., who was the USTA’s main draw wild card, took out sixth-seed Ksenia Palkina.

Top-seed Patricia Mayr of Austria also advanced to the second round by beating Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-3, 6-1.

Thursday was scheduled to be Kids’ Night, but with rain after looking at the weather forecast, the Pelham Racquet Club decided to postpone Kids Night to another day in the tournament to be announced.

Thursday’s Second Round Schedule

Stadium Court No. 9

11 a.m. – WS – Yurika Sema (Japan) vs. Anna Tatishvili (Georgia)

Followed by – WS – Meg Yuan (China) vs. Rosana de Los Rios (Paraguay)

Followed by – WD – Melanie Klaffner (Austria)/Patricia Mayr (Austria) vs. Marie-Eve Pelletier (Canada)/Frederica Piedade (Portugal)

Court No. 10

11 a.m. – WS – Patricia Mayr (Austria) vs. Frederica Piedade (Portugal)

Followed by – WS – Chi Chi Scholl (USA) vs. Sharon Fichman (Canada)

Followed by – WD – Liga Dekmeidre (Latvia)/Christina Fusano (USA) vs. Nicole Gibbs (USA)/Asia Muhammed (USA)

Court 11

11 a.m. – WS – Tetiana Luzhanska (Ukraine) vs. Betina Jozami (Argentina)

Followed by – WS – Yuliana Fedak (Ukraine) vs. Alexandra Stevenson (USA)

Court 12

11 a.m. – WS – Carly Gullickson (USA) vs. Melanie Klaffner (Austria)

Followed by – WS – Diana Nakic (Slovenia) vs. Jorgelina Cravero (Argentina)

Court 13

11 a.m. – WD – Katarina Kachlikova (Slovak Republic)/Zuzana Kucova (Slovak Republic) vs. Arina Rodionova (Russia)/Rita Zalameda (USA)

Followed by – WD – Soledad Esperon (Argentina)/Story Tweedie-Yates (USA) vs. Danielle Harmsen (Netherlands)/Kim Kilsdonk ( Netherlands)