Action heats up at ResortQuest tennis event

June has arrived, and with it, play in the ninth annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open at Sea Colony, which got under way on Monday, June 3, and runs through Sunday, June 9.

The $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit clay-court event was able to take advantage of beautiful weather for outdoor tennis this week, under bright sunshine and blue skies. Players from all over the world have descended upon the area in hopes of taking home their piece of the prize money, but perhaps more importantly, world ranking points.

Players from the U.S., Canada, Bulgaria, Georgia, Australia, Peru, Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Switzerland, the Ukraine and Russia all participated during the first two days of action.

On Monday, Americans Haley Giavara, Alycia Parks, Joelle Kissell, Jada Robinson, Peyton Stearns, Tori Kinard, Brynn Boren, Connie Ma and Rhiann Newborn all advance during qualifying-round action. All 16 seeded players advanced to Tuesday’s play.

Among the 16 matches played on Monday, four of them went to three sets. Giavara had the day’s longest match among them, with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 win over Canadian Louise Kwong. Australian Alexandra Osborne recovered after dropping the first set against American Emerald Able for a 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 win. Third seed Dominque Schaefer, the lone representative from South America, defeated American Fiona Crawley, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3.

On Tuesday, first-round singles action got under way, with Americans Sophie Chang and Natasha Subhash advancing. There were also more qualifying singles matches contested, with Ma, Stearns, Robinson and Kinard all advancing.

All the seeded players advanced during the main-draw singles action. Sixth-ranked Chang went the distance against countrywoman Jessica Livianu, 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-0. Subhash won following three hard-fought sets over Canadian Carson Branstine, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

No. 4 Australian Belinda Wilcox, the highest seed competing Tuesday, bested American Pamela Montez in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. No. 7 Dea Herdzelas of Bosnia/Herzegovina beat Mexican Andrea Renee Villarreal 6-1 6-0.

Doubles action also began on Tuesday, with three first-round matches completed. Americans Use Maitane Arconada and Hayley Carter knocked off the top-seeded duo of Nicole Hammond (USA) and Mariia Kostiuk (Ukraine), 6-2, 6-0.

Madeleine Kobelt (USA) and Dominique Schaefer (Peru) overcame a tough battle with the American duo of Andie K. Daniell and Jada Robinson, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6. Russian Nika Kuharchuk teamed with American Katerina Stewart to win their match, 6-4, 5-7, 10-6, over Americans Brynn Boren and Mara Schmidt.

The event is once again sponsored by ResortQuest, as well as the United States Tennis Association (USTA), UBS Financial and the Sea Colony community. The singles and doubles tournament continues through Sunday. The annual event sees participation from players who are nationally- and internationally-ranked across women’s tennis, seeking world ranking points and a share of the event’s prize money.

For more results, schedule and information on the event, visit the website at


By Jason Feather

Staff Reporter