Top seed Rika Fujiwara of Japan defeated Silver Spring's Delia Causevic, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the first round of the USTA Women's Satellite Tournament of Baltimore yesterday at Druid Hill Park.
In other first-round matches, third-seeded Tomoe Hotta defeated Milangela Morales, 6-1, 6-3, eighth-seeded Amanda Johnson beat Katie McGlennen, 6-0, 6-0, Julie Ditty topped Emily Marker, 6-3, 6-4, and Megan Bradley downed Kelly McCain, 6-2, 6-1. Olney's Lindsay Dawaf lost to Ryoko Takemura, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Sarah Riske, Maren Haus, Marlene Mejia and Kristy Blumberg won their qualifying matches, earning them spots in the main draw.
Daily match play will start at 10 a.m. through Saturday. The singles and doubles finals will be 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
The Department of Recreation and Parks, in conjunction with the USTA Women's Satellite Tennis Tour and the Head Urban All-Star tennis academy, has planned a number of free activities this week at the Druid Hill Lakeside Tennis Courts, across from the Recs and Parks Administration building.
Today from 9 a.m. to noon, a clinic for men and women ages 50 and older of all tennis levels will be held. Prizes will be awarded.
Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, professional tennis player Chanda Rubin will be on hand for the 4th annual Head Kids Fun Day. Kids 8 to 16 years old are invited to participate in drills and games. Prizes and food will be offered.
On Friday, the USTA/MD Tennis Carnival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and is open for players of all ages and levels to participate in drills and games. Prizes will be awarded.
Members of the local media, including those from television stations FOX 45 and WBAL Channel 11 and radio station 92Q, will go up against players from the tournament on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, contact Annette Stenhouse at 410-396- 6694.