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Kleybanova survives at Miller Tennis Center

Sargent & Collins, LLP Women’s $10,000 Championships tournament director Todd Miller said he witnessed the best tennis match in the tournament’s three-year existence Thursday. Tournament headliner Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, who has defeated four women’s tennis players who have at one point been ranked No. 1 in the world, defeated Brooke Austin of the United States, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in a thrilling match at Williamsville’s Miller Tennis Center.

Austin, the heavy underdog, was up 2-0, 40-love in the decisive third set.

“Kleybanova just persevered,” Miller said. “They were absolutely pounding the ball. Both girls were striking the whole time. It wasn’t defensive at all; it was full-out attack style the whole time. It was just a great match.”

Among other singles action, Sonja Molnar defeated fellow Canadian Elisabeth Fournier, 6-2, 6-2, and Sachie Ishizu of Japan, defeated Veronica Corning of the United States, 6-2, 6-0.

In a doubles match featuring three U.S. players, Emily Harman and Alexandra Mueller topped and Danielle Mills and France’s Sherazad Benamar, 6-4, 6-2.

The tournament continues today and runs through Sunday. Admission to the Miller Tennis Center, 5959 Sheridan Drive in Williamsville, is free.