Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Weather Wins First Day | Four Qualifying Matches End before Storm Suspends Play

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Weather Wins First Day | Four Qualifying Matches End before Storm Suspends Play

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TENNIS: 2016 Wilde Lexus Women's Pro Circuit Event

OSPREY -- The dismal weather won out on Tuesday at the Wilde Lexus $50,000 Women's USTA Pro Circuit event, held annually at The Oaks Club.

The first four singles matches of the 2016 edition of the tournament were in progress when the first bolt of lightning struck nearby, stopping play at 12:54 p.m. The first downpour on the clay courts arrived 20 minutes later.

Tournament officials finally postponed the rest of Tuesday's scheduled matches at 3:30 p.m., when the rain would not relent. Two more singles matches and four first-round doubles matches that were scheduled for Tuesday will be rescheduled for today.

Tournament officials plan to use five courts instead four today in order to get back on schedule. Play will resume today at 10 a.m., beginning with the four singles matches that were in progress on Tuesday when the rain came.

No. 6 seed Francesca Schiavone, a French Open champion in 2010 and ranked No. 105 in the world, was leading Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 2-5. Ukraine's Maryna Zanevska was ahead of left-hander Xinyun Han of China 6-2, 3-1.

Katerina Stewart of the USA will resume play today with a 6-1, 4- 4 lead over Maria Sakkari of Greece and France's Alize Lim holds a 4- 1 lead over the USA's Jamie Loeb, a wild card entry into the tournament.

The final four matches of the qualifying tournament were completed before the bad weather set in. The four winners earned their way into the main draw.

Arantxa Rus, who won the tournament in Osprey in 2012, made here way into the main draw with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over the USA's Sophie Chang.

Switzerland's Amra Sadikovic won her way into the main draw by beating the USA's Taylor Townsend 7-5, 6-0.

In the other two qualifying matches, Anne Schaefer of Germany defeated Bradenton resident Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-3, 6-3 and Turkey's Ipek Soylu topped Paula Badosa Gibert of Spain 7-6(2), 2- 6, 3-0 Ret.

Tournament director and director of tennis at The Oaks Tom Whitten had a bright outlook on the gloomy afternoon. …

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