INDIANAPOLIS -- Ginny Purdy had approximately 800 friends and fans awaiting her quarterfinal match in the first Ginny women's tennis tournament, but before she took the court, she made sure she had her homework finished.
Purdy, a 16-year-old junior at North Central High School in Indianapolis, put her social studies books away long enough to beat Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden, 7-6, 6-3, to advance to a semifinal match against seventh-seeded Iva Budarova today.
Budarova defeated Peanut Louie, 6-4, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals of the $50,000 Ginny tournament, which is not named for the Indianapolis tennis player.
The other semifinalists are No. 1 seed Yvonne Vermaak and Anne Hobbs. Vermaak defeated Candy Reynolds, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, and Hobbs handled Christiane Jolissaint, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
Purdy was doing her homework in the locker room before taking the court Friday night. There were times in the match when it seemed like her mind was still on her books.
She jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set against her 19-year-old Swedish opponent, but she lost the next three games. Purdy held serve for a 5-3 lead, but Lindqvist won three more in a row to take a 6-5 lead.
The third-rated player in Sweden then went ahead 40-0 on Purdy's serve, but the American used two aces to take the 12th game and send the match into a tiebreaker.
Lindqvist went ahead, 6-3, in the breaker but blew four straight points and Purdy won the set with a 10-8 breaker victory.
Purdy said the first set loss and the partisan crowd finished Lindqvist.
'The crowd really got into the match and after the first set it had an effect on her, but I can't do anything about that,' said Purdy.
Budarova, 22, Czechoslovakia, won five straight games to win the first set against Louie, also 22. Louie took a 4-2 lead in the second set before Budarova broke serve in the seventh game, held in the eighth and broke again in the ninth. She then served out the match to win at 6-4.
Vermaak, the 26-year-old from South Africa, won the tiebreaker of her first set against Reynolds, 7-2, but Reynolds won the last three games of the second set to take it, 6-3. In the third set, the score was tied, 3-3, but Vermaak broke Reynolds' serve with a tough backhand passing shot in the eighth game, then held service in the ninth to win.
Hobbs, 22, Great Britain, played her fourth three-set match in the week in beating Jolissaint. The key point of the match was when Hobbs broke Jolissaint in the third game of the third set to go ahead, 2-1, and held serve the rest of the way.