FLUSHING, N.Y.-----University of Georgia junior Chelsey Gullickson, paired with her older sister Carly, posted a straight-set victory over Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci here Thursday in the first round of the 2010 US Open Doubles event.
The Gullickson tandem received a wildcard invitation to the main draw and responded with a 6-2,6-3 win over the Italian duo. Errani, playing in her third US Open, was ranked as high as No. 23 in doubles this year. The veteran Vinci, 27, has played in eight US Open Doubles events and reached the semifinals in 2001.
“Chelsey and Carly are a good team, and they play well together,” said Georgia assistant coach Frank Polito who attended the match. “Chelsey has the power and Carly picks off the balls at the net. They played a very clean match. Chelsey did a nice job with serves, groundstrokes and volleys today.”
Up next, the Gullickson team faces either the fourth-seeded duo of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik or the team of Petra Kvitova and Stefanie Voegele. Second round matches have not been scheduled yet, and they will likely be back in action late Friday or Saturday.
Chelsey, 20, is playing as an amateur and making her first main draw US Open appearance. On Tuesday, she fell to top seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-1,6-1 in the first round of the singles main draw. Wozniacki, ranked number two in the world, moved in to the third round Thursday with a 6-0,6-0 win over No. 84 Kai-Chen Chang, beating her in 47 minutes.
Carly, 23, turned professional in 2003. This marks Carly’s sixth US Open Doubles tournament, and her best finish came when she reached the third round in 2008 and 2009. However, she won the US Open Mixed Doubles title last year with former Bulldog star Travis Parrott.
This is the second tournament together for the Gullickson sisters this year as they improved to 3-1. Last month at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Cincinnati, they reached the quarterfinals.