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Mallory Cecil Wins Two Pro Circuit Titles

June 20, 2008 04:33 PM


Three Southern Section players took the court in Sumter the weekend of June 1, looking to do well in the Palmetto Pro Open.  The Palmetto Pro Open is a $10,000 ITF Women’s Circuit event in Sumter, SC.  In the end, it was Mallory Cecil taking home her first Pro Circuit title.

Grace Min and Julia Courter were both successful in qualifying for the main draw of the tournament.  Min, a junior player from Lawrenceville, GA faced Eugenie Bouchard in the first round of the main draw.  With a strong showing Min was able to win the match 6-0, 6-3, setting up a second round match against fifth seeded Anna Wishink.  Although Min kept it a very tight match, she ended up losing 6-7(2), 5-7.  Julia Courter, also from Lawrenceville, qualified and would take on seventh seeded Sloane Stephens in the first round.  Courter could not get much going as she lost 2-6, 1-6.

Mallory Cecil from Spartanburg, SC began the main draw matched up against top seeded Alexis Gordon.  The top seed was no problem for Cecil as she moved on with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.  The second round was a little tougher, but Cecil still prevailed with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Jacqueline Wu.  In the quarterfinals sixth seeded Anastasia Kharchenko stood in Cecil’s way, but after a tough three set match Cecil found herself in the semifinals with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win.

Third seeded Mary Gambale was the next opponent for Cecil in the semifinals.  After an easy 6-0, 6-3 victory, Cecil had played her way into the finals of the tournament.  Her opponent in the final was the eighth seeded Theresa Logar.  This was both players first ever Pro Circuit final.  Cecil lost the first set, but came back to win the second set in a tiebreaker.  After the third and deciding set, Cecil found herself on the winning side of a 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 match and captured her first Pro Circuit championship.  Cecil also competed in the doubles draw of the tournament, but lost in the semifinals.

Just a week after winning her first ever Pro Circuit title, Mallory Cecil competed in the Kaelin Diadora ITF Women’s Circuit event.  The $10,000 Challenger Tournament was held at the Van Deer Meer Tennis Center in Hilton Head, SC.  Similar to the previous week, Cecil was able to pull through and win her second Pro Circuit title.

Cecil came into the Pro Circuit in Hilton Head ranked 1006 in the world, but had confidence after winning the week before.  Cecil’s first round match in the main draw was against the 8 seed Bo Verhulsdonk of the Netherlands.  Cecil advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 victory that set up a match with fellow American Monica Yajima.  Cecil was able to reach the quarterfinals in a match that also had the score of 6-1, 7-5.  The quarterfinal match against Brazil’s Nathalia Rossi was more of a challenge for Cecil than her first two rounds, but she still came out on top 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

In the semifinals of the tournament, Cecil matched up against Megan Moulton-Levy.  Cecil advanced easily into her second straight final with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.  Cecil’s opponent in the final was Theresa Logar, who had already beaten the top seed of the tournament in straight sets.  With a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win, Cecil won her second straight tournament despite being ranked so low.