ASHLAND Alexa Glatch continued to play without a glitch, and things are going swimmingly for Katie Swan.
They’ll face the top remaining seeds in the quarterfinals of the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic today.
Glatch eliminated second-seeded Anna Kalinskaya on Wednesday. She defeated Vladica Babic, 6-1, 6-2, on Thursday. Dr. Jack Ditty, the tournament chairman, remembers Glatch from the mid-2000s when she played in the former version of this event. The 29-year-old from Newport Beach, California, had just turned professional then.
“We’re glad to have Alexa Glatch back here,” Ditty said.
Swan knocked off defending champion Gail Brodsky, 6-1, 6-2, on Thursday. She will face No. 3 Ann Li today. Li is the best seed left in the field after No. 1 Madison Brengle had to withdraw due to heat prostration. Maegan Manasse, last year’s runner-up, advanced past Brengle as a result. Manasse was leading the first set, 5-1, when Brengle had to stop.
“It was a combination of heat and fatigue,” Ditty said. “(Brengle) had just won a $60,000 tournament last week. She won the singles in five matches, and the doubles in four matches. Then she played three matches here and finally her body just shut down.
“We hated to lose our No. 1 seed,” Ditty added, “but on the other hand, you have Maegan Manasse in the quarterfinals. She’s very highly appreciated and well-liked. When one door closes, others open. This gives somebody else a route to the championship, and it could be the highlight of their year.”
Quarterfinals action will begin at 11 a.m. today as No. 5 Robin Anderson will encounter Glatch on Court 1. Manasse will take on Ellen Perez on Court 3 at 11. Zoe Hives, who like Perez is from Australia, is set to face Hanna Chang. Li and Swan will follow Glatch-Anderson. Hives-Chang will be after Manasse-Perez.
The doubles semifinals matchups are as follows: No. 1 Hayley Carter/Manasse vs. Babic/Julia Rosenqvist; and Sanaz Marand/Caitlin Whoriskey vs. Maria Sanchez/Swan. Doubles play will follow singles matches.
“The doubles matches have been terrific,” Ditty said. “Every doubles match gets better and better.”
Ditty said the week has gone well so far. Weather conditions, aside from Monday’s rain, have been superb.
“Ideal tennis weather,” he said. “We don’t have high winds. We have intermittent cloud cover, which lets it cool off a bit.”
Ditty noted Thursday’s off-the-court starpower as a highlight. Representative Rocky Adkins, Braidy CEO Craig Bouchard and former Kentucky tennis coach Dennis Emery were all present at Ashland Tennis Center.
Joe Christie, a close friend of Ditty’s who teamed up with him to put on several tennis events decades ago, traveled to Ashland from Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Throw all the elements together, and it’s been great,” Ditty said. “I appreciate all the things people do to make this tournament go.”
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