Sesil Karatantcheva vs. McCall Jones.
(see story below). This match is at 12 Noon Pacific time today, Saturday.
Another match today: Raquel Kops-Jones vs. Nelly Radeva.
Apparently another player, Gail Brodsky, also earned a spot. So I'm not clear on how the rounds work and who is in /out.
Jones and Easter Bowl champion Gail Brodsky will advance to the four-player prequalifier on March 8-9. The winner of the prequalifier will earn a spot into qualifying for the Pacific Life Open.
Final match will be played at 12 Noon on Sunday.
Winner gets a Wild Card into Indian Wells qualifying (which starts on Monday).
INDIAN WELLS - Sesil Karatantcheva returns to the Pacific Life Open, the site of her professional debut four years ago, hoping to get out of a slump.
Karatantcheva, 18, has lost in the first round of her last three tournaments.
Today, Karatantcheva will take on McCall Jones in the second match in the Pacific Life Open prequalifier. Matches begin at noon today.
On the men's side, La Quinta's A.J. Bartlett will take on Levar Harper-Griffith at noon prior to the Karatantcheva-Jones match.
The prequalifier ends with the finals Sunday at noon. The winner of the prequalifier will earn a wildcard into qualifying, which begins Monday.
As a 14-year old, Kara-tantcheva won two rounds in her professioanl debut at the Pacific Life Open. Prior to her match against Maria Sharapova, Karatantcheva said she was going to "kick her (behind) off."
Two years ago, Kara-tantcheva tested positive for nandrolone and was placed on a two-year suspension.
Karatantcheva came off the suspension and went on a 14-match winning streak (19 total, including qualifying and prequalifying) to win ITF titles in Surprise Ariz., and the Charlie M Desert Classic in February at the La Quinta Resort and Club.
However, Karatantcheva has lost in the first round main draw of her last three tournaments.
Jones, who has signed to play at BYU next year, has also had success in the desert. She twice reached age-group finals at the Easter Bowl in singles and another time in doubles.