$75,000 Dow Corning USTA Championships
Midland (Mich.) Community Tennis Center
February 4-9, 2003
Singles - Finals
Q-Bianka Lamade, Germany, def. Laura Granville (1), United States, 6-3, 1-6,
Doubles - Finals
Teryn Ashley and Abigail Spears (1), United States, def. Q-Bethanie Mattek
and Shenay Perry, United States, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Lamade is a qualified success at Dow Corning USTA Championships
Midland, Mich. - German Bianka Lamade won her eighth match in as many days
at the 15th Annual Dow Corning USTA Challenger overpowering and outlasting
No. 1 seed Laura Granville of Chicago in the final, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, to
capture her first USTA Pro Circuit title.
Lamade, ranked No. 233 in the world, started the event last Sunday in the
qualifying rounds just hoping to earn a berth in the main draw. Her upset
of No. 47 Granville capped a remarkable comeback after a six-month hiatus
since breaking her foot in July.
"It was an amazing feeling to win here," said Lamade, who was ranked as high
as No. 57 in the world after winning her only tour-level title in 2001 at
Tashkent. "This means more to me than (Tashkent) since I had missed playing
for so long. I was not always smiles before the injury, but I've had fun
this week and really enjoy playing again."
In doubles, No. 1 seeds Teryn Ashley of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and Abigail
Spears of Valley Center, Calif., ended the 13-match winning streak of
Florida teenagers Bethanie Mattek and Shenay Perry, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Ashley,
a Stanford University graduate, and Spears, who turned professional after
her freshman year at UCLA, won their first tour title last month in