The field is set.
Tuesday's action in the Palmetto Pro Open at Palmetto Tennis Center saw eight players win matches to qualify for the main draw of the tournament.
Carson Branstine of Montreal is one of them. Branstine, who is originally from …
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PALMETTO PRO OPENTuesday’s ResultsQualifying Singles - Final round(1) Ghitescu Andreea defeated (16) Mary Closs 6-3, 6-2.(5) Jada Robinson defeated Allie Gretkowski 6-7, 6-2, 10-6.(2) Petia Arshinkova defeated (9) Peyton Stearns 6-0, 6-4.Kenya Jones defeated (6) Salome Devidze 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.(8) Boren Brynn defeated Carson Tanguilig 6-2, 7-5,(7) Connie Ma defeated Hailey Giavara 2-6 6-4 6-3.(10) Mccartney Kessler defeated (4) Alycia Parks 6-4, 7-6.(3) Carson Branstine defeated (11) Joelle Kissell 7-5, 6-0.Main Draw Singles- First RoundEllie Douglas defeated (12) Mahak Jain 6-3, 6-4.(7) Katie Volynets defeated Carly Briggs 6-3, 6-4.Pamela Montez defeated Kennedy Shaffer 6-2, 6-1.(8) Victoria Duval defeated Alexa Graham 6-2, 6-2.Main Draw Doubles-First Round(4) Brynn Boren/Caitlin Whoriskey defeated Alycia Parks/NatashaSubhash 1-6, 6-3, 10-5.Alexandra Osborne/Madison Westby defeated Jada Robinson/Andreea Ghitescu, 2-6, 7-6, 10-8.(1) Sophie Chang/Alexandra Mueller defeated Petia Arshinkova/Gergana Topalova 1-6, 6-4, 10-5.(3) Dea Herdzelas/Tereza Mihalikova defeated Mary Closs/PamelaMontez 2-6, 7-5, 10-3.Wednesday’s ScheduleCourt 1 - starting at 10 a.m.WS – Andrea Renee Villarreal vs. (2) Hailey Baptistefollowed byWS – Mccartney Kessler vs. (5) Sophie Chang followed byWS – (1) Usue Maltane Arconada vs. Jada Robinson (USA)Not before 2 p.m.WD – Katherine Fahey/Alexa Graham vs. Carson Branstine/Maria Mateas followed byWD- Carly Briggs/Carson Tanguilig vs. (2) Vladica Babic/HaleyCarterCourt 2 - starting at 10 a.m.WS– (3) Maria Mateas vs. Katherine Fahey followed byWS – Connie Ma vs. Kenya Jones followed byWS –Natasha Subhash vs. Tereza Mihalikova,Not before 3 p.m.WD – Victoria Duval/Mccartney Kessler vs. Andrea Renee Villarreal/Marcela ZacariasCourt 4 – starting at 10 a.m.WS – Carson Branstine vs. Vladica Babic followed byWS –Madison Westby vs. Marcela Zacarias followed byWS –(6) Dea Herdzelas (BIH) (6) vs. Tess SugnauxNot before 2 p.m.WD- Joelle Kissell/Peyton Stearns vs. Haley Giavara/MadeleineKobeltCourt 5 – starting at 10 a.m.WS – Haley Carter vs. Brynn Boren followed byWS – Gergana Topalova vs. Nika Kukharchuk followed byWS – Petia Arshinkova vs. Andreea Ghitescu
Carson Branstine of Montreal is one of them. Branstine, who is originally from southern California, defeated American Joelle Kissell 7-5, 6-0, to move on the main draw.
"It feels good," Branstine said of making the main draw. "I mean, I expect nothing less from myself. I think I've had enough training and stuff where this is the level I need to be at, so I'm excited just to keep it going."
To get to Tuesday's match with Kissell, Branstine first had to defeat Sumter's own Julia Sorrells on Monday. Branstine obviously ended up accomplishing that, winning 6-1, 6-0. However, Branstine had to deal with a large crowd there to support Sorrells, who was in the qualifying draw as a wild card.
"Of course, like, she had the home court advantage and everything else," Branstine said. "I actually thought it was a great thing for her. I mean, good for her; she's from here and she had support around her. But I just kept my head down and played tennis."
Branstine, who was the No. 3 seed in the qualifying field, also loves playing tennis in the South for a few reasons.
"I'm excited to be in the South," she said. "I love the South, mostly because my cousin plays for the Atlanta Braves. He's Freddie Freeman; I always see Braves fans around here and stuff, and I love baseball and I love the hospitality of the South."
The other seven players to make the main draw by winning two qualifying matches were No. 1 seed Andreea Ghitescu, No. 5 Jada Robinson, No. 2 Petia Arshinkova, Kenya Jones, No. 8 Brynn Boren, No. 7 Connie Ma and No. 10 Mccartney Kessler.
Jones was the only unseeded player in the 32-player qualifying draw to reach the main draw. Jones defeated No. 6 Salome Devidze 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
Main draw singles and doubles play also began on Tuesday.
In singles, No. 7 seed Katie Volynets defeated Carly Briggs 6-3, 6-4, Pamela Montez defeated Kennedy Shaffer 6-2, 6-1, Ellie Douglas beat Mahak Jain 6-3, 6-4, and No. 8 seed Victoria Duval beat Alexa Graham, 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles, Alexandra Osborne and Madison Westby defeated Jada Robinson and Andreea Ghitescu 2-6, 7-6, 10-8, No. 1 seed Sophie Chang and Alexandra Mueller beat Petia Arshinkova and Gergana Topalova 1-6, 6-4, 10-5, No. 4 seed Brynn Boren and Caitlin Whoriskey defeated Alycia Parks and Natasha Subhash 1-6, 6-3, 10-5, and No. 3 seed Dea Herdzelas and Tereza Mihalikova beat Mary Closs and Pamela Montez 2-6, 7-5, 10-3.
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