The Palmetto Pro Open begins today with the first of three rounds of singles qualifying to fill out the 32-player main draw. Also, it will be a chance for the kids to have some fun as well.
Sixty-four players will compete in 32 matches today …
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Sixty-four players will compete in 32 matches today beginning at 9 a.m. at Palmetto Tennis Center. Ten courts will be used with three matches scheduled for eight of the courts and four on two of them.
After that, it will be Net Generation Play Day for boys and girls age 12 and younger.
The play day will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 7:30. It will allow the children the chance to play with the professionals. All children who participate will get a free tennis racquet and free snow cones.
After the 32 matches are played today, 16 will be played on Monday along with the doubles qualifying matches beginning as well. There will be eight singles qualifying matches on Tuesday to fill out the main draw field.
The singles main draw will actually begin on Tuesday as well. The tournament will progress with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship matches on Sunday.
Taylor Townsend is the No. 1 seed in the PPO, a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. She is ranked 71st in the world and will be the highest ranked player to ever play in the PPO.
She won the French Open Wild Card Challenge for the third time in her career and then won her first-round match. She lost in the second round to world No. 1 Simona Halep 6-3, 6-1. Halep won the French Open title on Saturday.
Townsend was the No. 1 seed in the PPO in 2015, but lost in the first round. She was the No. 1 seed in the inaugural Sumter Pink Open last October and won both the singles and doubles title.
Defending PPO champion Ashley Lahey is back to defend her title. Lahey, ranked No. 463, is the No. 11 seed. She won the tournament last year as a wild-card.
Rounding out the top 10 are Usue Maitaine Arconada (288) at No. 2 followed by Alize Lim (302), Robin Anderson (355), Shilin Xu (363), Maria Mateas (391), Chieh-Yu Hsu (396), Astra Sharma (397), Marcela Zacarias (405) and Quinn Gleason (428).
Play will begin at 9 a.m. each day. Admission to the event is free.
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