Playing on the big stage is nothing new for Ashley Kratzer. The 2017 U.S. Girls 18 and Under National Champion earned a place in the U.S. Open earlier this year. After turning pro, Kratzer has made an impact in USTA Pro Circuit events, rising nearly 200 places in the WTA rankings so far this year.
The Newport Beach, California native raced through her second round qualifying match 6-1 6-0 over Julia Vulpio of France. Kratzer said that the extra matches aren't always a bad thing.
“I don't mind qualifying too much,” Kratzer said. “You get a few matches in and it's good to get our of your comfort zone. It can be tough mentally to play opponents that you know you're better than, so it's good to get through it.”
She added that competing at the elite stage of pro tennis has shown her what is needed to compete regularly with the world's best.
“It’s about working harder,” Kratzer said. “I need to keep winning more matches and grinding it out.”
Four other Americans advanced Monday; Katerina Stewart (Miami), Brynn Boren (Laguna Niguel, California), Amanda Rodgers (Brandenton, Florida) and Caitlin Whoriskey (Boston). Four qualifying places in the main draw are up for grabs Tuesday.
Monday’s match of the day was a marathon two hour, 41 minute contest eventually won by Yuliya Lysa of Ukraine in three sets. She outlasted Jada Robinson in front a strong crowd at the Tyler Athletic and Swim Club.
The singles and doubles main draws were announced Monday, with top seed Nicole Gibbs (Cincinnati) slated to take on fellow American Grace Min (Atlanta) in the first round. There are a total of 20 American women in the main draw, including all eight seeded players.
No. 2 seed Taylor Townsend (Chicago) will play Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland), while No. 3 Sofia Kenin will face a qualifier. Kenin recently reached the third round of the U.S. Open where she lost a close battle to Maria Sharapova.
Matches start at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with qualifying matches to be followed by main draw contests at Tyler Athletic and Swim Club, 11208 Oak Creek Blvd.
For tickets, full draws and results, visit www.RBCProChallenge.com.
RBC Pro Challenge
A USTA Pro Circuit Event
Monday, Oct. 30
Tyler Athletic and Swim Club
Monday Results Results
Qualifying Singles - Second Round
(5)Katerina Stewart (USA) def. Kamilla Galieva (Russia), 6-2 6-2;
(8)Amanda Rodgers (USA) def. Amy Zhu (USA), 6-3 6-3;
Brynn Boren (USA) def. Jasmine Amber Asghar (Great Britain), 6-1, 6-3;
Ksenia Laskutova (Russia) def. Ellie Douglas (USA) 2-6 6-3 6-2;
(7)Aymet Uzcategui (Venezuela), def. Idia Amen (USA) 6-0 6-0;
Yuliya Lysa (Ukraine) def. Jada Robinson (USA) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2;
(3)Ashley Kratzer (USA) def. Julia Vulpio (France) 6-1 6-0;
(5)Caitlin Whoriskey (USA) def. Chelsea Kung USA) 6-1 6-4.
ORDER OF PLAY – Tuesday
WQS: Women's Qualifying Singles
WS: Women’s Singles
WD: Women’s Doubles
Stadium - 10 a.m. Start
WQS: (4) Katerina Stewart (USA) vs. (8) Amanda Rodgers (USA)
WS: Danielle Rose Collins (USA) vs. (5)Sachia Vickery (USA)
WS: Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) vs. Taylor Townsend (USA)
WD: Kathleen Derienzo (USA)/Jada ROBINSON (USA) vs. (2)Ashley Weinhold (USA)/Caitlin Whoriskey (USA)
Court 1 - 10 a.m. Start
WQS: Brynn Boren (USA) vs. (5)Caitlin Whoriskey (USA)
WS: Elitsa Kostova (Bulgaria) vs. Usue Maitane Arconada (USA)
WS: Allie Kiick (USA) vs. Jessica Pegula (USA)
WD: Kamilla Galieva (Russia)/Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) vs. Angelina Gabueva (Russia)/Sachia Vickery (USA)
Court 2 - 10 a.m. Start
WQS: Yuliya Lysa (Ukraine) vs. (7)Aymet Uzcategui (Venezuela)
WS: Ulrikke Eikeri (Norway) vs. Jamie Loeb (USA)
WS: (7)Irina Falconi (USA) vs. Hanna Chang (USA)
Court 7 - 10 a.m. Start
WSQ: (3) Ashley Kratzer (USA) vs. (8) Amanda Rodgers (USA)
WS: Anastasiya Komardina (Russia) vs. (4)Kristie Ahn (USA)
WS: Sophie Chang (USA) vs. Louisa Chirico (USA)