27 Sep 2012

Sibling rivalry in Las Vegas


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By  Nick Fishpool

Rodionova Sisters with Redfoo at Party Rock Open

LAS VEGAS, USA: As the ‘Party Rock Open’ continues into the second round family loyalties will be split when the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, face each other across the net for a place in the quarterfinal.

Both players feature in the bottom half of the draw and will meet on court as opponents for the very first time when they step out onto court today (Thursday) following the match between conqueror of the top seed Petra Rampre and Jessica Pegula.

This clash came about following impressive first round wins for both sisters. Fourth seeded Anastasia, 30, the elder of the two sisters, recorded a straight sets 64 63 win over reigning US Open junior champion Samantha Crawford who was playing in her first match since claiming that Grand Slam title.

22-year-old Arina had to earn her place in the main draw via the qualifying event. The main event saw her drawn against Ksenia Lykina and her three tough rounds of action in the qualifying event looked to have taken their toll as she went a set down. Rodionova though dug deep to turn things around and set up the second round match against her sister with a 36 61 76(2) victory.

Anastasia is a former WTA Top 100 ranked player and has eight ITF Pro Circuit singles titles to her name with the last coming in 2009 and she’ll be looking to continue on her quest for a ninth title by eliminating younger sister Arina who is herself a winner of five career singles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.

The sisters have already shared a court in Las Vegas this week as they are also the number one seeds in the doubles event where they will also be in second round action later in the day. Despite having competed in many professional tournaments together over the years on the ITF Pro Circuit, WTA Tour and also in two Grand Slams, they have reached a final just the once.

That came back in 2006 in Italy in what was only their second ITF Pro Circuit tournament together. They did, however, win that title so can boast a 100% success rate in finals played.

Find out which sister came out on top and all other results from the day’s action on the tournament’s home page where results are updated following close of play each day.



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