Four players, four countries.
That's the singles semifinal field for the U.S. Tennis Association's Women's Circuit $10,000 clay-court Kingsmill Resort Tennis Classic.
Caroline Doyle, a rising 11th-grade left-hander from San Francisco, is the last American remaining. Beginning the week in the qualifying bracket, she beat Arizona State standout Jacqueline Cako, the No. 6 seed, 6-4, 6-3 a day after eliminating top-seeded Alexis King in two tiebreakers.
Doyle's semifinal foe will be No. 5 seed Nika Kukharchuk of Russia, who bounced former Iowa Hawkeyes standout Sonja Molnar 6-4, 6-3. (Kukharchuk is pictured on the blog.)
No. 7 Daiana Negreanu of Romania, handling the 90-degree-plus heat well, rallied past rising 12th-grader Denise Starr of Staten Island, N.Y., 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to earn a spot against Serbia's Vojislava Lukic, who beat No. 2 seed Anastasia Kharchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-2.
Saturday's card will begin at 9 a.m. with Negreanu against Lukic, followed by Doyle versus Kukharchuk.
At least two more countries will be represented in the doubles final, thanks to top-seeded Laura Deigman of Great Britain and Julia Moriarty of Ireland. They edged Americans Erin Clark and Elyse Steiner 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
The other doubles semifinal will be held Saturday, no earlier than noon. Negreanu and Yasmine Guimaraes of Brazil will meet the second-seeded tandem of Cako and Whitney Jones.
Both finals are Sunday; admission is free.Tennis
KINGSMILL RESORT TENNIS CLASSIC
Results and pairings from the $10,000 outdoor clay-court women's tournament (players are American unless noted):
Caroline Doyle d. (6) Jacqueline Cako 6-4, 6-3;
(5) Nika Kukharchuk (Russia) d. Sonja Molnar (Canada) 6-4, 6-3;
(7) Daiana Negreanu (Romania) d. Denise Starr 3-6, 6-4, 6-0;
Vojislava Lukic (Serbia) d. (2) Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukraine) 6-3, 6-2.
The singles draw is here:
(1) Laura Deigman (Great Britain)-Julia Moriarty (Ireland) d. Erin Clark-Elyse Steiner 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6).
The doubles draw is here:
The daily schedule is here: