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Sea Colony to Host Women’s USTA Pro Circuit Event

Pro tennis is back in Middle States, and this time it’s headed to Delaware.

Sea Colony Tennis Resort will host the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open June 10-17 in Bethany Beach, Del. It’s the second Pro Circuit event this year in Middle States, with the first concluding May 20 in Landisville, Pa. This is the second year the $10,000 clay-court tournament has been held.

In the opening two days, 64 players will compete for 32 spots in the main draw. Main-draw singles and doubles play will begin June 12. Admission to the tournament is free.

The tournament attracts ranked players from around the nation and around the world, representing five continents. Tournament Co-Chair Rich Kent described it as “world-class tennis,” where not only pros participate, but juniors also have a chance to be involved. Approximately 80 juniors serve as ball chasers during matches, while being exposed to the high level of play.

“They’re able to see, ‘wow, these guys are really good,’” Junior Tennis Coordinator Alex Justiniani told reporter Dave Kozlowski in a 2011 post-tournament interview.

In its inaugural year, Ukranian-born Lena Litvak claimed her first ever singles title over Brazilian Maria-Fernanda Alves. Later, Litvak paired with former Wake Forest player and Atlanta native Alexandra Hirsch, and the two won the doubles title over Alves and her partner, Angelina Gabueva of Russia.

Litvak played one season at Harvard University before turning pro in 2008.  Since her victory at the 2011 Pro Women’s Open, she won the US Open Qualifying tournament in the New England Section and advanced to the National Playoffs. She will reappear at this year’s ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open.

Hirsch was active in junior play in the Southern section before turning pro herself.  She was the top-ranked player in the state of Georgia and the Southern section before playing three seasons at Wake Forest University.

Read more about USTA Pro Circuit events on the Middle States Pro Circuit homepage.

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