De Los Rios returns to Challenger final

Published 8:01 pm Saturday, April 4, 2009

After falling short in last year’s singles championship at the United States Tennis Association Women’s $25K Pro Circuit Challenger, Rosana de Los Rios will return to the championship match again. She will face Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina Sunday at noon.

De Los Rios, the No. 2 seed, defeated Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine Saturday, 6-2 and 6-1, at the Pelham Racquet Club. Cravero had to go three sets to beat Japan’s Yurika Sema, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Two champions were crowned Saturday as Danielle Harmsen and Kim Kilsdonk of the Netherlands defeated Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada and Frederica Piedade or Portugal, 6-4, 5-7, (11-9), to win the doubles final.

Following the noon singles final Sunday, will be a pair of tennis clinics at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. led by former No. 1 player in the world, Tracy Austin. Austin team up with local radio personality Bill “Bubba” Bussey at 5:30 p.m. to play an exhibition set against Greg Howe and Ann Etheredge from the Pelham Racquet Club.