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Kristina Brandi won the Bank One USTA Challenger last year at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club and was runner-up the year before.

The only thing better would be to double up. And, as the No. 1 seed in this year's tournament, her chances appear good.

The $75,000 tournament will begin Monday with qualifying matches. Opening round championship matches will begin on Wednesday. The tournament will conclude on Sunday.

According to tournament officials, thus far there are 10 of the 100 players in the world entered in this year's event.

Brandi, 23, of Tampa, Fla. and currently ranked No. 39, tops the list. She made the round of 16 in both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. At the Open, she upset the No. 8 seed, Amanda Coetzer, in the second round.

Three more top-ranked players are Erika de Lone, Marissa Irvin and Fang Li.

The No. 68 ranked player is de Lone, 27, from Lincoln, Mass. In major tournament she has made it into quarterfinal action four times.

Irvin, 19, of Santa Monica, is ranked No. 76. She played two years at Stanford. Each year in the women's NCAAs she finished second.

Fang Li of China was runner-up in last year's event and won the Snowbird tournament in 1997. She is currently ranked No. 115.

There will be 65 nationally ranked players in this year's event.

Tickets are available at Bank One centers or at the tennis club. The cost is $5 for matches Tuesday through Friday, $8 for Saturday's semifinals and $10 for the championships.