PRO TENNIS

Former world No. 35 Govortsova playing in Palmetto Pro Open after having baby

BY DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 6/12/18

Olga Govortsova is trying to work her way back up the world rankings in women's tennis after taking time off to have a baby. Part of that journey means competing in qualifying tournaments to just get in the main draw for $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit …

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PRO TENNIS

Former world No. 35 Govortsova playing in Palmetto Pro Open after having baby

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Olga Govortsova is trying to work her way back up the world rankings in women's tennis after taking time off to have a baby. Part of that journey means competing in qualifying tournaments to just get in the main draw for $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournaments like the Palmetto Pro Open at Palmetto Tennis Center

She took another small step forward in her comeback on Monday even though she had to wait awhile before finally advancing with a straight set 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over Adriana Reami in the second round of qualifying.

The match was delayed for almost three hours starting with a lightning delay followed by a heavy thunderstorm with Govortsova needing just three points to win. Leading 0-15 with Reami serving, Govortsova reeled off three quick points that took far less time to record than the time it took for them to warm up again.

"I felt a few rain drops and I was hoping we'd have a chance to finish the match before it rained," said Govortsova, a 29-year-old from the country of Belarus.

She is four months removed from having a son by the name of Dominic. This is her third tournament since returning to play. She has advanced through qualifying to the main draw in both, losing in the first round of one and winning a first-round match in the other before falling.

Govortsova is currently ranked No. 778 in the world. At her peak, she was ranked No. 35 in the world in 2008.

"I'm trying to improve every time I play," said Govortsova, who is the No. 1 seed in the qualifying portion of the PPO.

Govortsova will meet No. 10 seed Alaina Smith in one of eight qualifying final matches in which the winners will secure spots in the main draw. Smith defeated Emma Jackson 6-4, 7-6(5) on Monday.

The other matches today will have No. 2 Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez taking on Giana Pielet, No. 3 Genevieve Lorbergs meeting Hailey Baptiste, No. 5 McCartney Kessler will take on No. 11 Alice Garcia, No. 6 Gail Brodsky will face Bojana Markovic, Sophia Whittle will meet Abigail Forbes, No. 13 Paige Hourigan will meet Nicole Mossmer and Rhiann Newborn will take on Kylie Collins.

There were singles matches in the main draw originally scheduled for today, but they were pushed back to Wednesday due to the threat of more bad weather today. The main draw of the 16-team doubles tournament will begin today.

Play begins at 9 a.m. today. Admission is free.