Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Finalists on a Roll Set to Do Battle

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Finalists on a Roll Set to Do Battle

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TENNIS: Anastasia Nefedova will face Katerina Kramperova

Anastasia Nefedova will eat some yogurt and a granola bar for breakfast this morning. Then she will hit tennis balls against the wall at Lakewood Ranch High School.

"When things are going good, I try to stick to the same rituals, the 16-year-old Bradenton resident said after her latest success Saturday, a 7-6 (0), 6-3 win over Jessica Lawrence that landed her in today's final of the 2015 Wilde Lexus Wilde Card Event being held at The Oaks Club.

When things are going your way there is no reason to tamper with what works and Nefedova is currently on a 14-match win streak in wild card tournaments, having won one in Gainesville and another in Orlando. If she can somehow slow down Katerina Kramperova this morning in a showdown of players with Bradenton ties, Nefedova will earn a wild card entry into the main draw of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament to be held here at the end of the month.

Getting past Kramperova, in the final, set for 10 a.m. today, will be no easy task. The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic, who winters in Bradenton, is on a run of her own. Currently ranked No. 398 in the world, Kramperova won this tournament last year and has had a relatively easy time this weekend, winning four matches giving up a total of just 14 games.

A year ago, her wild card win only got her a spot in the qualifying tournament for the $50,000 women's event. This time the wild card winner skips the qualifying and goes straight into the main draw of The Wilde Lexus USTA Pro Circuit Event to be played March 29 to April 5.

"Of course that is good because getting into the main draw is so much better than qualies, where there is not as much money or (ranking) points. And the players (in qualifying tournaments) are all very good," Kramperova said. …

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