Former Iowa Hawkeyes standout Sonja Molnar ousted No. 3 seed Whitney Jones of St. Louis 6-4, 6-3 Wednesday in the first round of the Kingsmill Resort Tennis Classic, a $10,000 USTA Women's Circuit entry-level pro event.
Molnar, who was one of the Big Ten's better players as a senior this season, played through the qualifying rounds -- including a win over Williamsburg's Clare Spooner -- to reach the main draw. Now the Guelph, Ontario, product has made her way to the round of 16 in a tournament that includes a host of players ranked between the 500s to just worse than 1,000 on the Women's Tennis Association computer.
Top-seeded Alexis King, ranked 529th in the world, won 6-1, 6-2 over Brazil's Marina Danzini.
Action resumes at 9 a.m. Thursday on the clay courts.Tennis
KINGSMILL RESORT TENNIS CLASSIC
Results and pairings from the $10,000 outdoor clay-court women's tournament (players are American unless noted):
(1) Alexis King d. Marina Danzini (Brazil) 6-1, 6-2;
Caroline Doyle d. Simone Kalhorn 6-3, 6-3;
(6) Jacqueline Cako d. Julia Moriarty (Ireland) 6-3, 6-1;
Sonja Molnar d. (3) Whitney Jones 6-4, 6-3;
Charlotte Petrick (Canada) d. Spencer Liang 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3;
Caroline Dailey d. Dominique Damian 6-2, 6-2;
Sherry Li d. Olena Leonchuk (Ukraine) 7-5, 6-3;
Denise Starr d. Shilin Xu (China) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1;
(8) Nadia Echeverria Alam d. Erin Clark 7-5, 6-4;
Vojislava Lukic (Serbia) d. Nicole Robinson 6-1, 6-1;
Veronica Corning d. Luicelena Perez (Venezuela) 0-6, 6-1, 6-1;
(2) Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukraine) d. Yasmine Guimaraes (Brazil) 6-4, 6-0.
The singles draw is here:
(3) Kelsey Laurente-Nicole Robinson d. Caroline Dailey-Tristen Dewar 6-3, 6-2;
Yasmine Guimaraes (Brazil)-Daiana Negreanu (Romania) d. Simone Pratt (Bahamas)-Denise Starr 6-4, 6-4;
(4) Nadia Echeverria Alam-Nika Kukharchuk (Russia) d. Kseniia Berestetskaya (Ukraine)-Zaruhi Harutyunyan (Armenia) 6-4, 6-2;
Mayo Hibi (Japan)-Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukraine) d. Julia Browne-Eva Raszkiewicz 6-2, 6-2.
The doubles draw is here:
The daily schedule is here: