Allie Will and Chelsey Gullickson (both USA)
REDDING, CA, USA: After almost a two year absence from competitive play on the ITF Pro Circuit, America’s Chelsey Gullickson made a winning return to the courts in California.
The 22-year-old daughter of a former Major League Baseball player took a break from the game in late 2010 to return to the University of Georgia to finish her degree and also complete her four years of eligibility on the UGA women’s tennis team.
Before embarking on her successful run in Redding, Chelsey made a brief return to pro tennis action as a wild card entrant in the $50,000 Lexington, KY qualifying event back in July but Redding represented her first main draw appearance since starting her break.
“My first thought going into this tournament wasn't to win it, but to get matches under my belt and build some confidence” she said of her return, adding, “I had no points to defend and no expectations except to get quality match play. As the tournament went on my confidence built up which allowed me to have results”.
After successfully negotiating her way through the qualifying event, Gullickson’s route to the final, and the eventual title win, saw her involved in tough three set battles in all but one round including staging a fight back from a 60 first set loss to fellow American Kristie Ahn in the semifinal.
She then secured the second singles title of her career with a 63 46 62 win over Allie Will, also a fellow American player.
The young American continues on the comeback trail in Las Vegas where she has a wild card into the main draw of the ‘Party Rock Open’ a $50,000 tournament on the ITF Pro Circuit which is being sponsored by Redfoo from the hit music group LMFAO.
You can follow the progress of Chelsey, along with all the other entrants, right here on the ITF Pro Circuit website as daily results will be uploaded to the Las Vegas' tournament home page soon after close of play each day.