Friday, April 7, 2023

It's quarterfinal Friday in Charleston!

Singles quarterfinals will be played today at the Credit One Charleston Open, while doubles quarterfinals have already been determined. Here are the results:

Olmas/Shibahara (1) def. Sizikova/Sutjiadi
Dolehide/Hunter (3) def. Fernandez/Townsend
Siegemund/Zvonareva def. Melichar-Martinez/Parks
Collins/Krawczyk def. Mladenovic/Zhang (2)

We're expecting showers this evening (they were originally forecast for early in the week). Historically, the tournament has--for the most part--dodged excessive rain (though we've experienced both a tornado and a hail storm), so we're all hoping that historic good luck continues.

There's a lot going on on the Charleston Open grounds besides tennis. Ted Dimond is here, creating paintings of the players and the grounds. Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Alison Riske-Amritraj do a daily "Behind the Baseline" show every day at noon at the Match Point Bar & Grill. The two WTA players talk with fellow players and other guests.

2014 champion Andrea Petkovic does a daily "Happy Hour" show at 5 p.m., also at the Match Point Bar & Grill, in which she has conversations with WTA players

The tournament also offers free tennis clinics, as well as a variety of ways to test one's tennis skills. And, of course, there is always live music throughout the grounds.

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