Recreational tennis players who learn by watching get a great chance to pick up some tips watching an international field of Women's Tennis Association players this week as the USTA Pro Circuit's RBC Bank Women’s Challenger is played at the North Hills Club.
Lauren Herring of Greenville is among 32 players trying to play their way into the $50,000 pro event. Herring took the first step toward qualifying for the 32-player main singles draw when she won her first-round qualifying match Sunday in Raleigh.
Herring defeated fellow American Elizabeth Ferris 6-0 6-3 on the clay courts at the North Raleigh tennis facility, where the main tournament starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday and runs through Sunday.
Herring's second-round opponent will be Australian Tiffany Welford. Their match starts at 10 a.m.
The RBC Bank Women's Challenger gained some recognition last year when champion Melanie Oudin built upon her Raleigh success and went on reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
This year’s tournament will benefit InterAct Family Safety and Empowerment Center.
For tickets, call the North Hills Club at 919-781-0468.
Starting at 10:00 Lauren HERRING (USA) vs. Tiffany WELFORD (AUS) 
Starting at 10:00 Nicole GIBBS (USA)  vs. Whitney P. KAY (USA)
Starting at 10:00 Olga BOULYTCHEVA (RUS) vs. Chanelle VAN NGUYEN (USA)
Followed by Yana KOROLEVA (RUS)  vs. Angelina GABUEVA (RUS)
Followed by Svetlana KRIVENCHEVA (BUL) vs. Anastasia KHARCHENKO (UKR) 
Followed by Chieh-Yu HSU (USA)  vs. Nicola SLATER (GBR)
Followed by Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) vs. Shikha UBEROI (IND) 
Followed by Kristie AHN (USA)  vs. Aleksandrina NAYDENOVA (BUL)
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