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Italian Romina Oprandi wins Rock Hill Rocks Open

ROCK HILL, S.C., October 23, 2011 – Italian tennis player Romina Oprandi used her mixed bag of tricks, including soft drop shots and lobs, to defeat regional favorite Grace Min in the final singles match of the third annual ROCK HILL ROCKS OPEN on Sunday.

Oprandi, 25, currently ranked 85th in the world in women’s singles, was the top seed in the tournament.  She outdueled the hard-hitting 17-year-old Min of Norcross, GA, by a score of 7-5, 6-1 on a comfortable, sunny day at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in front of applauding fans.

Oprandi1"I feel confident with my game," said Oprandi, a right hander who lives in Switzerland.  "The longer the match goes, the better I feel about my strokes."

The ROCK HILL ROCKS OPEN is a $25,000 women’s USTA Pro Circuit event.  Oprandi, who also mixes up slices and topspin shots, has won three of the last five Pro Circuit events she played, including the RHRO.  She was a finalist in the other two tournaments.

Oprandi was ranked as high as 46th in 2006 before requiring surgery on her right shoulder.  She also suffered from hand and knee injuries.

Min, also right handed, is currently ranked 480 in the world in women’s tennis.  She has enjoyed some success on the USTA Pro Circuit this year, and she has excelled on the Junior Circuit (players 13 to 18 years old) where she won the Wimbledon Junior Championship for doubles in July and the US Open Junior Championship for singles in September.

In the final doubles match of the RHRO, which took place before the singles match, Maria Abramovic of Croatia and Roxane Vaisemberg of Brazil defeated Madison Brengle of the U.S. and Gabriela Paz of Venezuela by a score of 3-6, 6-3 [10-5].

The Pro Circuit tournament features 32 players in the singles main draw event, and 16 teams in the doubles main draw event.  The main draw singles winner takes home $2,940 and gets 50 ranking points.  The winning doubles team gets $1,176 total and 50 points each.

The USTA Pro Circuit has 41 women’s and 47 men’s tournaments scheduled for 2011, with prize money for each ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.  Other South Carolina events (all women’s) include $10K tournaments at Hilton Head Island and Sumter.  North Carolina hosts a $50K women’s event in Raleigh.  The circuit is the pathway for women players to WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour competition and the US Open.  It is the men’s route to ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Events and the US Open.