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SAN DIEGO’S HALEY GIAVARA UPSETS 4TH SEED DANIELLE LAO TO
ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND AT SHOEBACCA WOMEN’S OPEN Tuesday’s Matches to Begin at 10 a.m. (PST) at Morgan Run Club & Resort
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – (February 24, 2020) – It was quite a day for 19-year-old Haley Giavara as the local wild card from the San Diego community of Tierrasanta used a powerful baseline game to eliminate fourth-seeded Danielle Lao 6-1, 6-3 to move into the second round of the $25,000 Shoebacca Women’s Open at Morgan Run Club & Resort.
Giavara is currently a freshman at University of California, Berkeley, where she plays collegiate tennis for the Golden Bears. She is ranked No. 751 in the latest Women’s Tennis Association singles rankings.
“It feels really good. I think anyone can beat anyone on any given day. I just went with my game. I know what works and what doesn’t. She (Lao) was mentally tough, but I just stayed calm and stuck with it,” Giavara said following her first-round victory.
After losing in the final round of qualifying in last year’s tournament, Giavara was overjoyed to win her first match in this year’s main draw.
“It’s nice to have that confidence being back here in my hometown. I felt good on the court. Having my family here is amazing. I’ve been looking forward to this. It means so much. It’s extra special,” said Giavara, who will meet the winner of the first-round match between American Alexa Noel and qualifier Diane Parry of France.
In other first-round main draw singles action, Alexa Glatch dispatched fellow American and sixth-seed Claire Liu 6-4, 6-4 and second-seeded Olga Danilovic of Serbia outlasted American wild card entrant Lorraine Guillermo 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Top-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, a former US Open semifinalist, will play her first-round match on Tuesday as she faces American Grace Min in the third match on Court No. 1. It is scheduled to begin Not Before 12:30 p.m. (PST).
The final qualifying round was played on Monday as Americans Hanna Chang, Maegan Manasse, and former USTA Girls’ Nationals 18s champion Kayla Day were among the eight qualifiers advancing to the main singles draw.
The starting times for each day of the Shoebacca Women’s Open are as follows: Tuesday, February 25 through Friday, February 28 – 10 a.m. (PST) Saturday, February 29 – TBA
(Starting Times Subject to Change)
Past tournament participants include American stars Madison Keys, Sofia Kenin, Danielle Rose Collins, CiCi Bellis, defending singles champion Nicole Gibbs, and current Rancho Santa Fe resident CoCo Vandeweghe. Canada's Bianca Andreescu, the reigning US Open champion, won the tournament singles title in Rancho Santa Fe in 2017.
About USTA Pro Circuit
With more than 100 tournaments throughout the country and prize money ranging from $15,000 to upwards of $160,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world and the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players. Now in its 40th year, the USTA Pro Circuit has been a launching pad for many of today's top pros, including Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Kei Nishikori, Victoria Azarenka, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza. Follow the USTA Pro Circuit at #USTAProCircuit on Social Media and at www.procircuit.usta.com.
About Morgan Run Club & Resort
A premier private club, boutique and conference center, Morgan Run Club & Resort is set amid majestic hills in scenic Rancho Santa Fe, just three miles from Del Mar and the Pacific Ocean and half an hour from San Diego. Featuring beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, San Diego North County’s #1 rated championship golf course featuring 27 holes, world class tennis facilities, San Diego North County’s #1 rated Day Spa, heated swimming pool, fitness and extensive private event space, Morgan Run serves the ideal location for getaways, golf and tennis retreats, and corporate meetings.
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USTA $25,000 Shoebacca Women's Open Morgan Run Club & Resort Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Monday’s Results
Singles First Round
Alexa Glatch, United States, def. Claire Liu (6), United States, 6-4, 6-4
Haley Giavara, United States, def. Danielle Lao (4), United States, 6-1, 6-3
Olga Danilovic (2), Serbia, def. Lorraine Guillermo, United States, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
Singles Qualifying Final Round
Hanna Chang (1), United States, def. Pamela Montez, United States, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Mari Osaka (3), Japan, def. Emina Bektas (11), United States, 6-1, 3-6, [10-6]
Francoise Abanda (2), Canada, def. Sophia Whittle (12), United States, 6-1, 6-3
Maegan Manasse, United States, def. Amy Zhu, United States, 6-4, 6-2
Panna Udvardy (6), Hungary, def. Victoria Bosio, Argentina, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Diane Parry (4), France, def. Beatrice Gumulya, Indonesia, 6-4, 6-1
Kayla Day (16), United States, def. Eudice Wong Chong (8), Hong Kong, 5-7, 6-3 [10-8]
Sofia Shapatava (7), Georgia, def. Elizabeth Mandlik, United States, 6-2, 6-4