Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Biggest Server an Early Bust Schultz-McCarthy Loses

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Biggest Server an Early Bust Schultz-McCarthy Loses

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AMELIA ISLAND -- When Rachel McQuillan learned her first-round

match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships would be against Brenda

Schultz-McCarthy, who has the fastest and strongest serve on the

Corel WTA Tour, she asked her coach to spend 30 minutes serving

to her as hard as he could.

Her coach, Ted McQuillan, who is also her father, ended up with

a sore arm yesterday. Rachel McQuillan, ranked No. 65 in the

world, ended up with a first-round victory over

Schultz-McCarthy, the No. 13 seed, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4).

"It was an ugly match, but it was good to get through it,"

McQuillan said.

McQuillan surprised the crowd and Schultz-McCarthy in the first

set, serving well and keeping the 6-foot-2 SchultzMcCarthy off

balance and chasing balls.

"She didn't play well at all," the Australian said of

Schultz-McCarthy.

That changed in the second set, but Schultz-McCarthy committed

too many unforced errors and served too many doublefaults during

crucial points in the match.

"I play OK when it's not important, but when I have to win the

point, I kind of cramp up," she said.

No. 12 seed Joannette Kruger also lost, 6-4-6-2 to Elena

Likhovtskeva.

Michigan's Anne Miller hopes to copy what Likhovtskeva and

McQuillan did -- upset a top seed. Miller, who yesterday beat

Gala Leon Garcia 6-2, 6-2, did that last week when she beat Mary

Pierce at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Tomorrow, Miller will play

No. 6 seed Conchita Martinez.

At the end of last year, Miller was contemplating a serious

lifestyle change. She considered giving up professional tennis

and doing what other 20-year-olds already were doing -- going to

college.

It was an option her parents in Michigan encouraged her to

consider every time she lost a match. But after beating Lindsay

Davenport in 1996 in Philadelphia and moving into the top 50 for

the first time, giving up tennis wasn't an option in Miller's

mind.

Then, last season happened. Miller didn't win much and her

ranking dropped to 118.

"It was like, `Wow, this is a tough time for me. …

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