At the Movie Gallery Pro Classic tennis tournament in Dothan, Alabama at the Westgate Tennis Center on Saturday, American Shenay Perry advanced to the event’s final when her opponent Austrian Patricia Mayr retired at 6-3, 2-1, Perry leading.
When asked about the win Perry said, “I will take anything , I felt like I was playing pretty good.”
In the other semifinal American Carly Gullickson defeated Russian Evgeniya Rodina 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Gullickson and Perry are good friends and have played together on occasion as doubles partners. The two have played each other in singles competition twice – each winning once.
“Playing each other in the finals would be fun,” Gullickson said before the second semifinal match began.
Sunday’s final will be the first championship match of the year for both players.
“I’ve never done well here before,” Perry said. “I always hate to play a friend, but playing against Gullickson will be fun.”
At the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger Presented by Comcast at Forestmeadows in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday, Donald Young, who defeated Robert Kendrick 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals, met John Isner in the championship match.
The first set went back and forth, with both players holding serve until 5-5. On Young’s serve, Isner was able to capitalize on his second break chance to take the lead 6-5. Young was able to save one set point, but Isner’s serve proved to be too much, as the former Bulldog pulled out the set 7-5.
“Donald had some chances to break me because I started off a little slow,” Isner said. “I was fortunate to get out of some jams on my serve, and that helped me gain momentum. Once I got a look at a break point, I played a pretty good point and converted.”
Young was defeated by the former Georgia Bulldog 7-5, 6-4.