Five Americans will contest the fifteenth Cleveland Classic, including world No. 11 Olivia Fiechter and world No. 12 Olivia Blatchford Clyne, who enter the $51,250 PSA Bronze draw as the three and four seeds, respectively, January 27-31, at the Cleveland Racquet Club.
Three Americans will be in first round action Thursday, January 27. World No. 36 Haley Mendez will face Switzerland’s world No. 62 Nadia Pfister at 7:15pm, the winner of which advances to face India’s two seed Joshna Chinappa.
The bottom half of the draw will feature an all-American first round match between sixteen-year-old wild card Caroline Fouts and world No. 26 Sabrina Sobhy at 6:30pm. The winner will take on Wales’ five seed Tesni Evans in the second round.
Olivia Fiechter and Olivia Blatchford Clyne join in on the action in Friday’s second round after first-round byes. Fiechter awaits either Malaysia’s Aifa Azman or Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica in the top half of the draw, while Blatchford Clyne could face either Holland’s Tessa ter Sluis or Malaysia’s Rachel Arnold in the bottom half of the draw.
England’s world No. 5 Sarah-Jane Perry, the 2020 finalist, leads the draw as the top seed in search of her first Cleveland Classic title.
Another PSA Bronze women’s professional draw in Ohio is set to follow the Cleveland Classic next week in the form of the Cincinnati Gaynor Cup.