2014 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships
Sunday, September 14th - Sunday, September 21st
at Tanoan Country Club
2014 TOURNAMENT UPDATES
The first match of the day was a doubles showdown between Melanie Oudin, and Jan Abaza versus Allie Will and Nicole Melichar. Oudin/Abaza jumped out with a first set lead 6-2. In the second set, they completed their tournament run winning the match 6-3.
As winners of the doubles Oudin/Abaza split $4180 in prize money. Will/Melichar split $2090 as Runners-Up.
The final match of the day saw sometimes doubles partners Anna Tatishvili and Irina Falconi compete for the singles championship. Tatishvili jumped out to a 6,2 lead to take the first set. This is the third time Tatishvili has been in the finals of this tournament. It turns out that the third time is the charm for her as she won the second set 6-4. Tatishvili walks away with $11,400 in prize money. Falconi received $6,080 as the Runner-Up.
The second doubles semifinal match kicked off the first of three matches on Center Court today at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships. Gabriela Dabrowski and Paula Kania met Jan Abaza and Melanie Oudin in front of a crowd of about 70 people. They split sets and in a 10-8 tie break Oudin/Abaza won the match 2,6 6,4 (10-8).
In the second match of the day Irina Falconi won a second set tie break over Lousia Chirico. Falconi will compete in the finals tomorrow afternoon.
The last match today completes the finals for tomorrow. Anna Tatishvili and Johanna Konta took three sets, the final set going to a tie break to determine the winner. Tatishvili won the match 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) She will compete in her third CVTC finals against her frequent doubles partner, Irina Falconi.
The tennis keeps getting better and better at the Coleman vision Tennis Championships. In the day’s opening match Louisa Chirico played Madison Brengle in a marathon three setter. Chirico won 6,4 1,6 6,4.Irina Falconi continued her run in the tournament by defeating Petra Rampre 6,1 6,1. Falconi has not lost a set this entire tournament. The match between Johanna Konta and Caitlin Whoriskey went to a first set tie break before Konta won 7-6 (3), 6-2.
A finals quality match was played by Anna Tatishvili and Julia Boserup where the first set took an hour and half to complete. Two set tie breaks determined the final result. Tatishvili won 7,6 (1) 7,6 (6). The only doubles match played today had Nicole Melichar and Allie Will taking on Denise Muresan and Caitlin Whoriskey. Also determined by a tie break. Melichar/Will won the match 5,7 6,4 10-8.
Come to Tanoan tomorrow at 11 a.m. to see the semifinals matches.
Thursday was a beautiful day for tennis in Albuquerque! Elementary students from schools around the Metro area were bused to the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships to meet and learn from the international women professionals. First Seed Anna Tatishvili defeated Tornado Alicia Black 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the Quarterfinals of the event. She will meet Julia Boserup, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Melanie Oudin.
Quarterfinals begin at 10:00 AM today. Other Quarterfinals match Louisa Chirico v. Madison Brengle, Johanna Conta v. Caitlin Whorisky, Irina Falconi v. Petra Rampre, and NIcole Melichar v. Denise Muresan. A doubles Semifinal will conclude the day with Nicole Melichar and Ali Will v. Caitlin Whorishky and Denise Muresan.
The second round Qualifying Draw matches had Maria Sanchez (USA)  vs. Sofia Kenin (USA) and Mary Weatherholt (USA) vs. Tori Kinard (USA). Both matches went to three sets, with Kenin defeating Sanchez, the 2012 Singles champion, and Kinard holding on to beat Weatherholt in three sets with two set tie breaks.
Tournament Director Sue Jollensten has said that the level of tennis in the qualifying matches of yesterday and today has equalled that of some of the Singles Finals of previous years. The attendance for these matches has surpassed last year’s numbers.
Tournament Director, Sue Jollensten is pleased to confirm that Catherine “CiCi” Bellis has been given a Wild Card entry into the Qualifying Round of the ColemanVision Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit Event.
In the first round of the U.S. Open, Bellis stunned the 12th seeded Dominika Cibulkova, the 2014 Australian Open Finalist. Bellis is the youngest player to win an opening round match since 1996. The 15-year-old Bellis was given a Wild Card invitation to U.S. Open this year after winning the USTA Girls 18s Championships. Qualifying play begins on Sunday September 14, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Bellis will be in Albuquerque with her fellow Junior FedCup team members, Tornado Alicia Black and Sofia Kenin to train at high altitude to prepare for the Junor FedCup finals to be held in Mexico at the end of this month. UNM’s Women’s Tennis Coach, Erica Perkins Jasper said the UNM Women’s team will host a match with the Junior FedCup team on Friday, September 19 at 4 p.m., at the McKinnon Family tennis Stadium.
Tournament Director Sue Jollensten has announced that she has given Nicole Vaidisova a Main Draw Wild Card in the 2014 ColemanVision Tennis Championships. Vaidisova retired from tennis in 2010. Two shoulder surgeries delayed any comeback for the last three years. “After extensive rehab and practice, I now feel like I am ready to start playing competitive tennis,” said Vaidisova. Her record includes six WTA Tour Titles, the Semi Finals of the 2006 French Open, the Semi Finals of the 2007 Australian Open and the Quarter Finals of Wimbledon in 2007 and 2008.
Be a part of history and witness a true champion competing in her first professional event in four years!
2013 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships!
Coleman Vision Tennis Championships Doubles Winner 2012 & 2011
Lasik Eye Surgery, Coleman Vision - March 2013
Lauren Davis, a 2012 Coleman Vision Finalist. After making it to the main draw of the French Open earlier in the year, the 5'2" Wisconsin native played some of her finest tennis ever, right here in Albuquerque.
Dr. Coleman and Singles Champion Maria Sanchez. A three-time All-American at USC, Maria was the No.1 collegiate player in the country before turning professional in 2012. A hard-hitting right-hander, she is generally considered to be on the fast track to tennis stardom!
Every year, the legion of volunteer ball kids get an up-close and personal look at some of the finest professional athletes in the world!
Benefiting the NM Youth Tennis Foundation
a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
Today's Players are Tomorrow's Champions
Sloane Stephens delighted fans at the 2011 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships as an up and coming young player. Incredibly outgoing and fun, Sloane advanced through several rounds in the 2012 French Open!
Mirjana Lučić was most recently seen playing in the 2012 French Open, but she began her comeback in Albuquerque at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships! Lučić played here in 2009, won the tournament in 2010, and played again in 2011.
Dr. Stephen Coleman, Tom Gullikson, Melanie Oudin (2011 U.S. Open Mixed Doubles Winner and No. 3 seed in the 2011 Coleman Vision Tennis Championships), celebrating Melanie's 21st birthday with the ball kids!
Aleksandra Wozniak played in the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships in both 2006 and 2011. Aleksandra has also played in the French Open since 2006, and in the 2012 French Open she advanced to the third round, her best outing yet!