Top seeds pull out of Ashland tennis event
ASHLAND - The top two seeds, No. 1 Caroline Dolehide and No. 2 Nao Hibino, withdrew Friday in their quarterfinals matches in the main draw of the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic at the Ashland Tennis Center.
Hibino of Japan didn’t continue her match against qualifier Gail Brodsky (USA) with Brodsky ahead 2-1 in the first set. Dolehide (USA) was officially a walkover as she didn’t begin her match against Misaki Doi of Japan.
Another qualifier, Maegan Manasse (USA), used three sets to beat Sanaz Marand (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Jovana Jaksic of Serbia defeated Renata Zarazua of Mexico 6-2, 6-3 to set the semifinals.
Jaksic and Brodsky face off in the first semifinal match at 10 a.m. Saturday. Doi and Manasse follow in the other semifinal.
The doubles finals are set. Sanaz Marand (USA) and Whitney Osuigwe (USA) defeated Brynn Boren (USA) and Brodsky 7-5, 6-3. On the other side of the draw, Jovana Jaksic (SRB) and Zarazua (MEX) beat Chanel Simmonds (RSA) and Abigal Tere-Apisah (PNG) 2-6, 6-4, 10-4. The doubles championship match will be after singles Saturday on the showcourt.