2012 US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS UPDATE
June 28, 2012Three more Sectional Qualifying Tournaments finish with 12 players advancing to the US Open National Playoffs
The USTA Texas, Northern California and Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournaments of the 2012 US Open National Playoffs were all completed in the past week, advancing 11 additional players to the US Open National Playoffs – Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Championships in August.
Men's Final – In the largest sectional qualifying tournament of 2012, with nearly 160 total singles and mixed doubles entries, former University of Texas player Jon Wiegand, 24, of San Antonio, Texas, won six straight matches and then defeated defending champion Artem Baradach, 23, of Dallas, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(2), in the final in Arlington. Wiegand was down a set and facing two break points in the first game of the second set before turning things around, cruising in the second set and winning the third set in a decisive tie-break. Wiegand played for the University of Texas from 2006 to 2010 and is now a color analyst for the Longhorn Network. His dad, uncle and sister all played at Texas.
Women's Final – Peggy Porter, a 16-year-old Dallas native, defeated Elena Kordolaimi, 19, of Nacogdoches, Texas, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, in the final. Porter, who won five matches for the title, is a standout junior player who played in her first junior Grand Slam tournament last year at the US Open, where she lost in two tie-breaks. Also in 2011, she won both the singles and doubles title at the 2011 USTA Girls' 16s National Clay Court Championships and took the title at the USTA Girls' 16s National Championships. This year, Porter advanced to the quarterfinals of the International Grass Court Championships, a prestigious grass-court junior event.
Mixed Doubles Final – For the second consecutive year, siblings Samantha and Harrison Adams, of New Braunfels, Texas, took home the title in Texas, defeating Porter and her partner, Josh Hagar, 18, of Austin, 4-6, 6-2, [10-5]. Samantha, 20, is the No. 2 singles player and No. 1 doubles player for the Texas Tech women's tennis team. As a freshman, she was named the ITA Rookie of the Year for the Texas Region, and this past year she and partner Kenna Kilgo posted the highest-ever ITA doubles ranking in Red Raiders' women's tennis history, at No. 15; Samantha also won the Texas high school state title three times. Harrison, 18, will graduate from high school in 2013 and has won the 5A state title twice. He is his high school's class president.
The duo said that they plan to spend the summer individually training for the US Open National Playoffs. However, Samantha and Harrison are two of seven kids, all of who play tennis, so practice will not be a problem.
USTA Northern California
Men's and Mixed Doubles Final – In Salinas, Calif., former UCLA standout Nicolas Meister, 23, of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., became the just second man to sweep the singles and mixed doubles at a sectional qualifying tournament this year, claiming the singles title and teaming with Stanford star Hilary Barte to win the mixed doubles in Salinas, Calif. Meister swept both titles without dropping a set in either event. He was pushed in only one of his five singles matches, defeating Eugene Muchynski in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-2, before dismissing Brandon Sutter in the final, 6-2, 6-1. With the victory, Meister joins Brian Battistone, who opened the 2012 US Open Playoffs by sweeping the Southwest sectional qualifier, as the only dual winners on the men's side.
Meister then teamed with Barte, 23, of Newhall, Calif., to defeat Giuliana Olmos and Duncan Mugabe, 6-3, 7-6, in the mixed doubles final. Meister was an All-American doubles player as a junior at UCLA in 2010 but missed most of the 2011 season following hip surgery; after receiving a medical redshirt, he returned in style this past year to earn a Top 16 seeding into the 2012 NCAA Tournament, taking home singles All-American honors in the process. Barte is an eight-time collegiate All-American (singles and doubles all four years) and won the NCAA doubles title in 2011 and 2012 (with Lindsay Burdette and Mallory Burdette, respectively); she is currently ranked No. 323 in the world in doubles.
Women's Final – Olmos, 19, of Fremont, Calif., did not go home empty-handed, winning her three singles matches with ease, dropping just 12 games in six sets. She defeated Stephanie Lin, 17, of Pinole, Calif., 6-0, 6-3, in the final. Olmos was born in Austria but competes for Mexico. She played on the Mexican Fed Cup team in 2010, going 2-1 in singles, and played for Mexico's Junior Fed Cup team in 2009, going undefeated at the No. 1 position.
Men's Final – In Minneapolis, Evan Song, 20, of Las Vegas, defeated Wyatt McCoy, 19, of St. Paul, Minn., 6-1, 7-6(6). Song, who defeated defending champion Tony Larson in the semifinals, currently plays on the USTA Pro Circuit and in ITF-level events. This year, he competed overseas in Greece, Bahrain, Panama and Guatemala, in addition to playing on the USTA Pro Circuit. As a junior player, he reached the semifinals of the 2010 Easter Bowl, upsetting No. 2 seed Dennis Novikov en route.
Women's Final – The third time was a charm for 15-year-old Nyla Beenk, of LeClaire, Iowa, after defeating 13-year-old Alexis Nelson, of St. Paul, Minn., 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Two years ago, Beenk was a finalist at the Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament, and she was a semifinalist last year. Beenk has played in many USTA junior tournaments. For the past two years, she has played in qualifying in USTA Pro Circuit events, and this May she qualified for her first-ever pro main draw at the $10,000 event in Landisville, Pa.
Mixed Doubles Final – Jessie Aney, 14, and Eric Frueh, 19, both of Rochester, Minn., won a close mixed doubles final against Chris Johnson, 19, and Amber Washington, 17, both of St. Paul, Minn., 5-7, 6-1, [10-3]. Aney was named the 2010 Sports Illustrated "SportsKid of the Year"— the first girl to ever receive the award—and appeared on the cover of the December 2010 issue of Sports Illustrated For Kids. She has worked with USTA Player Development and won a state singles title while in eighth grade. Frueh is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota.
The winners or top available finishers from each of the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the spring and summer advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Championships, to be held during the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series women's event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open, while the men's and women's singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament held the week prior to the US Open.
Recap videos from all events can be followed on www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs.
The USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament, hosted by Homestead Country Club in Prairie Village, Kan., takes place June 28-July 1.
The USTA Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament, hosted by the Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Ga., takes place June 29-July 3.
The USTA Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament, hosted by the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, takes place June 30-July 3.
* These are the final three sectional qualifying tournaments of the 2012 US Open National Playoffs.
US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS SECTIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FINAL RESULTS
Section Men's Winner Women's Winner Mixed Doubles Winners
USTA Southwest Brian Battistone Stephanie Vlad Brian Battistone/Nicole Melichar
Age: 32; Age: 18; Ages: 32/18;
Las Vegas, NV Scottsdale, AZ Las Vegas, NV/Stuart, FL
USTA Florida Eric Hechtman Sandra Roma Ryler DeHeart/Megan Fudge
Age: 28; Age: 22; Ages: 28/24;
Miami, FL Naples, FL/Sweden Tampa, FL/Pinellas Park, FL
USTA Mid-Atlantic Matt Brooklyn Nika Kukharchukoma Pjotrs Necajevs/Sophia Abelson
Age: 24; Age: 25; Ages: 25/14;
Washington D.C. Brewster, NY/Russia Oak Park, MI/West Bloomfield, MI
USTA Middle States Punch Maleka Anna Mamalat Ron Mercer/Stephanie Smith
Age: 22; Age: 18; Ages: 44/16;
King of Prussia, PA Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA
USTA Eastern Nikita Kryvonos Magda Okruashvili Keith Kessler/Alison Adamski
Age: 25; Age: 21; Ages: 26/26;
Flushing, NY New York City Jamaica, NY/Brooklyn, NY
USTA Southern Ca Dante Cipulli Mayo Hibi West Nott/Alison Ramos
Age: 30; Age: 16; Ages: 30/22;
Kansas City, MO Irvine, CA Los Angeles/Carson, CA
USTA New England Nolan Paige Jan Abaza Daniel Quiceno/Meghan Kelley
Age: 18; Age: 17; Ages: 32/14;
Fairfield, CT Boca Raton, FL Beverly, MA/Falmouth, ME
USTA Texas Jon Wiegand Peggy Porter Harrison Adams/Samantha Adams
Age: 24; Age: 16; Ages: 18/20;
San Antonio, TX Dallas, TX New Braunfels, TX
USTA Northern Ca Nicolas Meister Giuliana Olmos Nicolas Meister/Hilary Barte
Age: 23; Age: 19; Ages: 23/23;
Trabuco Canyon, CA Fremont, CA/Mexico Trabuco Canyon, CA/Newhall, CA
USTA Northern Evan Song Nyla Beenk Eric Frueh/Jessie Aney
Age: 20; Age: 15; Ages: 19/14;
Las Vegas, NV LeClaire, IA Rochester, MN