And then there were two.

American Alexa Glatch and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg will play for the singles championship of the third annual RBC Pro Challenge Tennis Tournament on Sunday at Tyler Athletic & Swim Club.

The singles final of the USTA Pro Circuit event is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Center Court. It will also be televised on the Tennis Channel.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Tickets can be purchased online at

Glatch, of Delray Beach, Florida, scored a thrilling three-set win over Marcela Zacarias of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, in the first semifinal on Saturday.

Glatch, who received a wild card entry into the main draw won 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 over the 25-year-old Zacarias who gained entry through the qualifying draw.

Zacarias had great success on the Junior Circuit, reaching a career-high ranking of world No. 7 in 2012 as a junior. Glatch is coming back from knee and hip surgery and an 18-month hiatus from professional play. After starting to play competitively again in only May, 30-year old Glatch knocked off the No. 1 seed Astra Sharma of Australia in the first round of the main draw earlier this week.

In the second semifinals match, Minella, ranked No. 169 in world, won over No. 190 American Danielle Lao, a former USC Trojan, 6-1, 7-5.

In the doubles final on Saturday, the Indonesian pair of Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies won over the team of Chieh-Yu Hsu of Taiwan and Zacarias 6-2, 6-3.

The RBC Pro Challenge is an $80,000 women’s USTA Pro Circuit tennis tournament hosted annually at the Tyler Athletic & Swim Club.

The event plays a crucial role in the USTA’s Australian Open Wild Card Challenge each fall. The singles champion in Tyler each of the last two years (Kristie Ahn 2017 and Whitney Osuigwe 2018) have received wild card entry into the Australian Open.


RBC Pro Challenge

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Saturday, Nov. 2

Tyler Athletic

& Swim Club

Tyler, Texas

Purse: $80,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Singles — Semifinals

(WC) Alexa Glatch (USA) def. (Q) Marcela Zacarias (Mexico), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) def. Danielle Lao (USA), 6-1, 7-5

Doubles – Finals

Beatrice Gumulya (Indonesia)-Jessy Rompies (Indonesia) def. Chieh-Yu Hsu (Taiwan)-Marcela Zacarias (Mexico), 6-2, 6-3

Sunday’s Schedule

Singles — Finals

Glatch vs. Minella, 11 a.m.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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