Vera Dushevina beats Qualifier Jamie Hampton.Â Hampton later teams with Melanie Oudin for a Doubles Win in Memphis
By Brad Hunter
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (February 21, 2012) – Twenty-two year old American qualifier Jamie Hampton, who defeated defending 2011 Memphis champion Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round Sunday evening, lost her second round match on Tuesday on the Grandstand court at The Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.
Hampton, ranked 104, started strongly against 25-year old Russian Vera Dushevina by hitting powerful, aggressive groundstrokes and building herself a 4-2 first set lead.Â At this point in the match Dushevina, ranked 89, used her defense and higher percentage topspin shots to force the Hampton power game to start missing.Â Many rallies saw Hampton gain the court positioning advantage and then miss her put-away shots.
When Hampton started missing she became audibly and visibly agitated and Dushevinaâ€™s ability to prolong points ultimately proved too much for Hampton.Â She was able to push back against Vera when she was down 1-5 in the second set, but Dushevina closed the win out at 6-4, 6-3.Â The last point of the match saw a Dushevina passing shot angle bounce near the line â€“ surely a call Hampton wouldâ€™ve asked for a shot spot on had that been available.Â Hampton angry, laughed and let out an exasperated plea to the chair, to no avail, as the chair was already saying â€œGame, Set, Match, Dushevinaâ€.Â Even with the loss, Hampton showed a powerful and aggressive baseline game which should carry her far in the WTA .
Dushevina showed impressive mental fortitude, getting agitated herself many times during the match but reeling it back in, and looks to be a strong threat for a title in Memphis (sheâ€™s also in the doubles draw with Olga Govortsova).Â Later in the afternoon, Hampton teamed with Melanie Oudin (who lost today to spectacled Stephanie Foretz Gacon) for a 6-1, 6-0 doubles win against the team of Stefanie Mikesz and Mariya Slupska.
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