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Americans Advance as First Round of 2013 Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale Tournament Comes to an End

2013 Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale1The first round of the 2013 Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale Tournament concluded yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona, with two of three Americans advancing to the quarterfinals.

Americans Sabrina Sobhy and Kristen Lange both won their matches in four games. Sixteen-year-old Sobhy started slowly and dropped her first game to New Zealand’s Larissa Stephenson, 8-11. However, she found her rhythm in the next three games, playing tighter and more controlled shots to win the match, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3.

Lange faced German Franziska Henne, who is making only her fifth WSA appearance. Lange’s experience paid off as she took the match three games to one fifty minutes, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5.

Cyrielle Peltier of France defeated American Corey Schafer in three

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games, 11-5, 11-6, 11-2. However, Peltier said that recent Dartmouth graduate Schafer showed promise, “Corey will soon improve the more tournament experience she gets. But for now, I was glad to get her while she was still new.”

The top two seeds, Egyptian Salma Nasser and England’s Carrie Ramsay, both advanced as well, each winning in three games.

Matches resume today as Sobhy takes on Brazil’s Thaisa Serafini at 4:00 pm. Serafini advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Ivonne Diaz of Mexico in three games. Sobhy and Serafini have faced-off twice in 2013 with Sobhy coming out on top both times.

Lange is scheduled to play next at 4:40 pm as she faces top seeded Nassar. This will be the first time the two have met on court.

For match times and draws, visit the WSA website or the tournament page.

Images courtesy of Tina Fuselli

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