Tennis - American Melanie Oudin is through to the semi-finals of the ITF $25K event in Rock Hill, USA. Oudin, the no. 3 seed, who won her first ttiel of the year a couple of weeks ago, defeated Canadian Francoise Abanda 6-0, 6-3 and will meet top seed Cololmbian Mariana Duque-Marino for a place in the finals.
In the other semi-final, last week's winner Anna Tatishvli will meet American qualifier Asia Muhammad.
(1)Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) d. Allie Kiick (USA) 51 Ret.
(3)Melanie Oudin (USA) d. (JE)Francoise Abanda (CAN) 60 63
(5)Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (4)Madison Brengle (USA) 62 16 60
(Q)Asia Muhammad (USA) d. Nicole Gibbs (USA) 46 63 64
(1)Duque-Marino/Irigoyen (COL/ARG) D. (wc)Guarachi/Lao (USA/USA) 64 62
Anderson/Embree (USA/USA) d. Chirico/Gibbs (USA/USA) 75 60
(3)Cepede Royg/Perez (PAR/VEN) d. (Q)Boxx/Guthrie (USA/NZL) 61 63
Kiick/Muhammad (USA/USA) D. (Q)Borecka/Martincova (CZE/CZE) 63 61
How to play from the baseline
The expression “to endure the rally” is about those indeterminate moments of a rally where none of the players is leading.
The ability to endure the rally is fundamental when you play a “long rally”, because it offers you the chance to measure your opponent’s strong points and vulnerabilities, besides letting you position as best as possible for your next offensive shot.