Sumter Pink Open begins today at PTC


After 10 years of the Palmetto Pro Open being held in late spring or early summer, the USTA Women's Pro Circuit is putting on a fall event at Palmetto Tennis Center as well.

The inaugural Sumter Pink Open, a $25,000 event like the Pro Open, will begin with qualifying rounds today and run through Sunday, Oct. 15, with the singles championship match.

The Pink Open will follow the Pro Open format. The 64-player singles qualifying tournament will run through Tuesday with eight players advancing to the 32-player main draw.

The singles main draw and the 16-team doubles main draw will begin on Tuesday and kick into full gear on Wednesday.

The Pink Open will have a strong field in the main draw as four players are ranked in the top 180 in the world. They are No. 128 Taylor Townsend, a 3-time Pro Circuit winner, Anna Karonlina Schmiedlova at 159, 2-time NCAA singles champion Danielle Rose Collins at 169 and Sesil Karatantcheva at 180.

Also in the field is Francesca Di Lorenzo, the top-ranked NCAA singles player last year from Ohio State and the runner-up in the Pro Open, and Emina Bektas, who is ranked No. 350 in the world but has 13 singles or doubles titles, including seven this year.

Pro Open semifinalist Robin Anderson, an 8-time All-American at UCLA, is also in the field.

Admission to the tournament is free.