Teenager Lauren Herring's bid to gain a spot in RBC Bank Women’s
Challenger, the professional tennis tournament, in Raleigh this week
ended in the second round of qualifying on Monday.
The 16-year-old from Greenville made a challenge but was eliminated in
three sets by Tiffany Welford of Australia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, on the clay
courts at the North Hills Club.
Another area contender will make her debut today. Green Hope High
School junior Melissa Kandinata, 15, who is the local wild-card
recipient in the main draw, will play in her first-round match at 1
p.m. against Tetiana Luzhanska of Ukraine. Kandinata is ranked No. 83
nationally and No. 4 in North Carolina in the 18-and-under age group.
The tournament, which has a $50,000 prize purse, runs through Sunday.
It's a great chance for area recreational players to learn from
watching pros in action. For tickets, go to the event Web site or or call 919-781-0468.
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