CARLSBAD, Calif. - Qualifying play begins Saturday for the Southern California Open women's tennis tournament at La Costa Resort and Spa. 32-singles players seek four spots in the 28-player main draw.
The top seed in the qualifying is Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, who is 79th on the Women's Tennis Association rankings.
Marina faces Zoe Scandalis, a San Diego native who will be a junior this fall at USC.
Other participants include Coco Vandeweghe, who reached the final of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford; Alexandra Stevenson, a 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist; and Nicole Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA women's singles champion.
Qualifying will conclude Sunday, with the main draw play beginning Monday.