Top seed Townsend poised for sweep at Sumter Pink Open


Top seed Taylor Townsend could be in for a big weekend.

After knocking her doubles partner - Jessica Pegula - out of the singles main draw of the Sumter Pink Open in the quarterfinals on Friday, the duo rallied to capture the doubles championship on Saturday at Palmetto Tennis Center.

And Townsend faces No. 7 seed Ulirkke Eikeri in the singles championship today at 1 p.m. on Court 1.

Townsend and Pegula lost the first set 4-6 to Alexandra Mueller and Caitlin Whoriskey, the top-seeded team, but won the next set 7-5 and the tie-break 10-5.

"It's not easy," Townsend said of having to play your doubles partner in the singles draw. "It's easy for someone to be upset, but Jess is a good person. She just wants to play and wants to win. It was a really good match, came down to just a couple of points.

"I've had a lot of fun with Jess," she added. "We've played together before and play really well together. "

Earlier in the day, Townsend downed Marta Paigina 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the singles championship without losing a set during the tournament. Townsend has lost only 23 games in her four matches - nine of those came to Pegula.

"I'm really happy with how I've played," said Townsend. "At the end of the day, you have to go out and play who you draw. Whether I know them or not, it doesn't change the fact that I have to play them. It's just about going out and playing tennis."

Townsend will face Eikeri for the first time in the championship. Eikeri defeated qualifier Anna Tatishvili 7-5, 3-0, ret., in her semifinal and is going for her fourth singles title of 2017.

So, Townsend is a 3-time winner on the USTA Pro Circuit and the former No. 1 junior player in the world. Needless to say, she's been in this spot before.

How does she get ready for a championship match? "Relax and do some laundry," she said.