American qualifiers heat up play at Carson Challenger

May 24, 2011 10:21 AM
Sachia Vickery.
By Steve Pratt
CARSON, Calif. – Fifteen of the 16 players who competed in qualifying Monday for a chance to advance and have a shot at the four all-important main draw singles spots into the Carson USTA Women’s $50,000 Challenger presented by the Farmers Classic had U.S. behind their names on the draw sheet.
And you would even call the 16th a full-fledged American as Jessica Roland-Rosario was born in nearby Hollywood, Calif., but is currently representing the unincorporated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Roland-Rosario, a 29-year-old former two-time All-Big 12 selection at Texas A&M, beat No. 5 seeded 14-year-old American Anne-Liz Jeukeng, 6-2, 7-5, at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
Several other young players moved on Monday as well, including newly turned 16-year-old Sachia Vickery, the No. 7 seeded player from Miramar, Fla., who rolled past Desiree Tran, 6-2 6-0. She will face Stanford-bound Ellen Tsay in the final round of qualifying Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m.
Fifteen-year-old Taylor Townsend beat fellow USTA junior player Mia King, 7-5 6-2, while USC-bound Zoe Scandalis also moved on with a straight-set win.
Following the final four qualifying matches at 10 a.m., 14-year-old Gabrielle Andrews of nearby Pomona, will take on former USC All-American Amanda Fink on the main court, No. 4. Andrews received a wild card into the tournament by the USTA and is also playing doubles on Tuesday with Townsend.
Monday’s Second-Round Singles Qualifying Scores
Sachia Vickery, U.S. [7] def. Desiree Tran, U.S., 6-2 6-0
Jessica Roland-Rosario, Puerto Rico, def. Anne-Liz Jeukeng, U.S. [5], 6-2 7-5
Ellen Tsay, U.S. [4] def. Alyssa Grace Smith, U.S., 6-0 6-0
Elizabeth Ferris, U.S. def. [3] Sabrina Santamaria, U.S., 7-5 6-2
Taylor Townsend, U.S. def. Mia King, U.S., 7-5 6-2
Zoe Scandalis, U.S. [8] def. Sierra A. Ellison, U.S., 6-3 6-0
Katie Ruckert, U.S. [2] def. Alexis Pereira, U.S., 6-1 6-0
Nicole Melichar, U.S. [6] def. Caroline Doyle, U.S., 6-2 6-1
Tuesday’s Schedule of Play
Starting at 10:00 WSQ Ellen TSAY U.S. [4] Sachia VICKERY U.S. [7]
Starting at 10:00 WSQ Taylor TOWNSEND U.S. Zoe Gwen SCANDALIS U.S. [8]
Starting at 10:00 WSQ Katie RUCKERT U.S. [2] Jessica ROLAND-ROSARIO (PUR)
Starting at 10:00 WSQ Elizabeth FERRIS U.S. [3] Nicole MELICHAR U.S. [6]
Followed by WS Amanda FINK U.S. Gabrielle ANDREWS U.S.
Followed by WS Chichi SCHOLL U.S. [8] Asia MUHAMMAD U.S.
Followed by WS Amanda MCDOWELL U.S. Grace MIN U.S.
Followed by WS Marie-Eve PELLETIER (CAN) Jessica PEGULA U.S.
Followed by WS Macall HARKINS U.S. Krista HARDEBECK U.S. [7]
Followed by WS Julia BOSERUP U.S. [5] Yasmin SCHNACK U.S.
Followed by WS Jennifer ELIE U.S. Brittany AUGUSTINE U.S.
Followed by WD Yawna ALLEN U.S. / Svetlana KRIVENCHEVA (BUL) Samantha CRAWFORD U.S. / Caroline DOYLE U.S.
Followed by WD Alexa GLATCH U.S. / Marie-Eve PELLETIER (CAN) [1] Roxanne ELLISON U.S. / Sierra A. ELLISON U.S.
Followed by WD Alexandra MUELLER U.S. / Asia MUHAMMAD U.S. [4] Grace MIN U.S. / Ashley WEINHOLD U.S.
Followed by WD Megan FALCON U.S. / Amanda MCDOWELL U.S. Gabrielle ANDREWS U.S. / Taylor TOWNSEND U.S.