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8 qualifiers advance to main draw of Palmetto Pro Open

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 6/12/19

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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8 qualifiers advance to main draw of Palmetto Pro Open

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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 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.