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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Altick, Berg and Cline Win WTA Volvo Car Open Wild Cards; Three US Girls, One US Boy into Paraguay Grade 1 Semifinals; Tiafoe, Loeb, McDonald Receive BNP Paribas Open Main Draw Wild Cards

Vanderbilt senior Frances Altick will play in the main draw of the WTA Volvo Car Open next month in Charleston, South Carolina, after she defeated Duke freshman Kaitlyn McCarthy 6-2, 6-4 in the final of the Shape Magazine Invitational today. Altick, who has a WTA ranking of 967, has never played in a pro event above the ITF $10,000 level, so it will be quite an experience the 22-year-old from Louisiana.

The University of South Carolina will be represented in the doubles draw at the Volvo Car Open, with freshman Paige Cline and sophomore Hadley Berg beating Lauren Herring of Georgia and Caroline Dailey of South Carolina 7-5, 5-7, 10-3 in the final to secure the main draw wild card.

The semifinals of the Grade 1 Asuncion Bowl is Paraguay will feature four Americans: three girls and one boy.

Coffee Bowl champion JJ Wolf, the No. 7 seed, advanced to the semifinals with a  6-2, 6-4 win over top seed Yosuke Watanuki of Japan.  John McNally lost to No. 8 seed  Louis Wessels of Germany 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 and No. 2 seed Nathan Ponwith fell to No. 5 seed Tomas Etcheverry of Argentina 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2.  McNally and Wolf, who both committed to Ohio State last weekend, have advanced to the doubles final as the No. 3 seeds.

A US finalist is assured in the girls draw, with No. 3 seed Morgan Coppoc and unseeded Victoria Emma facing off in one of the semifinals.  Coppoc defeated Emily Appleton of Great Britain 6-4, 6-3, while Emma also eliminated a British player, taking out Ali Collins 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.  Caty McNally reached her first Grade 1 semifinal by defeating qualifier Chiara Lommer 6-3, 6-1.  McNally will play Rafaella Baquerizo of Ecuador in the semfinals.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells announced the bulk of its wild cards today, with Frances Tiafoe, Jamie Loeb and Mackenzie McDonald among the recipients.

Americans receiving main draw wild cards are: Rajeev Ram, Tiafoe, McDonald, Samantha Crawford, Alison Riske, Lauren Davis, Loeb, Shelby Rogers and Taylor Fritz, who was given a wild card earlier.

Heather Watson of Great Britain, Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, Zhang Shuai of China and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina are the international players receiving wild cards.

Qualifying wild cards were awarded to Michael Mmoh, Ernesto Escobedo, Jessica Pegula, Sachia Vickery and Raveena Kingsley, as well as Slovakia's Jana Cepelova. 

Two more qualifying wild cards, one men's and one women's, will be decided in the pre-qualifying tournament.  The draws for that, not yet updated with results of today's quarterfinal matches, can be found here.

There are still two men's and one women's qualifying wild card left to be awarded.