Top Seed Taylor Townsend sweeps Florence Open
Taylor Townsend, the top seeded singles player in the McLeod for Health Florence Open, takes home singles and doubles titles.
Townsend defeated Ysaline Bonaventure 6-1, 7-5 in an intense, but quick match that lasted just one hour and 18 minutes at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center Sunday. Townsend won Saturday’s doubles championship making her the first player to win both single and doubles at the McLeod for Health Florence Open.
Townsend is fresh off of a double victory in the Sumter Pink Open, where she won both the singles and doubles championships there as well. As for Bonaventure, she used her heavy hitting to power her way to become the only two time finalist of the McLeod for Health Florence Open. In 2014, she faced CiCi Bellis and eventually lost in the last round of competition.
On Saturday, top seeded doubles duo Taylor Townsend and Maria Sanchez beat Tara Moore and Amra Sadikovic to win the McLeod for Health Florence Open doubles championship. Townsend and Sanchez earned their third doubles title as a team with this win.
Prior to Sunday's finals, Francis Marion University’s tennis team played an exhibition match at noon. The singles championship was followed by a Junior and Adult Hit and Get with free prizes provided by Wilson Sporting Goods and McLeod Health as well as an Adult Tennis Apprentice Alumni Day and Junior Play Day.
The McLeod for Health Florence Open is a US Tennis Association Pro Circuit event that attracts talented tennis stars from all over the world to compete for $25,000 in prize money. The net proceeds from the tournament are donated to Susan G. Komen South Carolina.