Pre-qualifiers Heba Nossier (L) and Bransten Ming
The 2017 Oracle NetSuite Open qualifying field is complete after locals Hebaallah Nossier and Bransten Ming won the pre-qualifying finals Saturday night at Bay Club San Francisco.
Nossier, a Sacramento resident, defeated Stanford graduate Madeleine Gill 11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 11-5. The twenty-eight-year-old Egyptian native, will make her professional debut against former world No. 1 Rachael Grinham Sunday at the University Club.
“We played in the same league together when she was based in Egypt,” Nossier said. “I’ve played her many times before so I’m excited to play her again tomorrow. I want to see my improvements from when we last played–I was younger then and didn’t have much experience. I want to have fun and do my best.”
Burlingame native Bransten Ming followed on court against San Jose State’s Zephan Huang. Ming defeated Huang 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 to clinch a spot in qualifying.
“This is the best exposure that you can get,” Ming said. “Playing a professional ranked fifty in the world will be incredible, I’ve never done that before or even played a professional qualifying match.”
The rising junior at Drexel University will make his professional debut against France’s world No. 43, Lucas Serme, Sunday at Bay Club San Francisco.
“I’ve watched a few of his matches before,” Ming said. “He’s a great player, an incredible mover. I’m not nervous, I’m just excited. Tomorrow when I come to the club I might get nervous. They say if you’re not nervous, you’re not ready. I’m just looking forward to whatever happens. I have to go back to school tomorrow night regardless, so I’m just going to enjoy it.”
The first round of men’s and women’s qualifying begins Sunday, September 24, from 12pm noon local time at Bay Club San Francisco and the University Club.
View the qualifying draws and all match times here.