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Florence Open Womens USTA Pro Tournament Final Results

October 28, 2013 08:35 AM

The 2013 Florence Open came to a close on Sunday afternoon with a hard-fought singles finals match between No. 3 seed Madison Brengle of Dover, Delaware and No. 4 seed Anna Tatashvili from the Republic of Georgia. Both girls played well, sustaining long baseline rallies and showing occasional streaks of brilliance at the net. Tatashvili established dominance early in the first set, going up 4-0, then went on to take the set, 6-2. Showing great determination, Brengle charged back to win the second set, 6-4.  In the third and deciding set neither competitor gave an inch. The set was marked by strong serving and equally strong returns, an incredible number of 10 and 20 stroke rallies, and 7 breaks of serve. Tatashvili broke Brengle’s serve twice to take an early 3-0 lead, but Brengle battled back to tie the set at 4 all. Tatashvili broke again to take a 5-4 lead then held to win the set and the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.   

The finalists, both still in their early 20s, are tour veterans who have played in the grand slams and against some of the best women in the game. Brengle, who came into the Open ranked No. 160 in the world, has earned 4 Pro Circuit championships. Tatishvili, ranked No. 177 when the tournament began, claimed her 8th with this victory. The two had previously gone head-to-head three times, in 2008 and 2009, with Tatishvili winning twice. All three of their previous matches wemt to three sets. Both women had excellent tournaments in Florence, but today at least Tatashvili was the stronger of the two.florence

When presented the champion’s silver plate, which brought with it a check for $3,919, Tatashvili praised her opponent, then commented favorably on the tournament. She thanked the people of Florence for an excellent experience and promised that she will try to come back next year to defend her title.  Brengle, who claimed the loser’s share of $2,091, also plans to be here again in 2014.

The Florence Open is the product of successful collaboration between its two major backers, the United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit and the City of Florence. This year’s tournament, however, also relied on the hard work of dozens of local volunteers recruited by the Florence Tennis Association, a veteran crew of USTA officials, and over 60 great players from all over the world. The Tournament Committee, which began planning this year’s event months ago, was chaired by City Parks and Recreation Director Darlene Buchanan and included FTA President Ernie James, Ed Sprenger, Tara Durden, Nick Townsend, Richard Walker, and Paul Pittman.

One final element that was absolutely critical to the event’s success was the generous contributions, both financial and otherwise, of some 30 local sponsors. Major sponsors, in addition to the Pro Circuit and the City Of Florence, included Pepsi Cola, Palmetto Synthetics, the Florence Tennis Association, Nucor, King Cadillac, ACS Technologies, Webster Rogers, and Cormell, Street, and Patterson. Other contributors were Crown Beverages, the Carolinas Hospital System, Firehouse Subs, Fatz, Sundae House, Groucho’s Deli, Sodexo, Schlotzsky’s, First Reliance Bank, Grotto, Top Hat Special-Teas, Wholly Smokin BBQ & Ribs, and Therapeutic Massage and Body Works.  Forest Lake Greenhouses provided flowers for the player’s lounge and center court, the McLeod Fitness Center and the Fitness forum provided access for players while they were in town, and Hotel Florence, Springhill Suites, Country Inn and Suites and Courtyard by Marriott served as host hotels.


With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit. 

This year there are 44 women’s pro circuit events. Because of our great weather and excellent facilities, five of them are in South Carolina. The Florence Open, with its $25,000 purse, is one of the largest of these and the last tour event of the year. We can expect to see some of the young women who play here in the tennis Grand Slams in the next few years.


The final draws can be seen here:

Singles Draw

Doubles Draw