Sunday, 21 August 2016 18:03

USONP Continues, Ellen Perez Earns USO Wild Card, Pro Circuit Recap

Written by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The singles finals of this year's US Open National Playoffs will take place on Monday with the women's final getting underway at noon eastern and the men's final starting shortly after that match finishes. Each winner will get a wild card into the qualifying tournament of this year's US Open.

Sophie Chang and Sanaz Marand (North Carolina '11) both won in straight sets on Sunday with Chang defeating Nika Kukharchuk (Ole Miss '08) 7-5, 6-2 while Marand ousted Julia Elbaba (Virginia '16) 6-4, 6-4.

Nick Meister (UCLA '12) will meet Jose Statham in the men's final after Meister defeated Gage Brymer (UCLA Sr) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Statham rolled over Evan King 6-3, 6-2.

Men's Doubles Quarterfinals
[1] James Cerretani (Brown '04)/Max Schnur (Columbia '15) vs. Joel Kielbowicz (UNLV '05)/Matt Seeberger (UC Santa Cruz '07)
[4] Junior Ore (Texas A&M '14)/Hunter Reese (Tenn '15) vs. Andrei Daescu (Okla '10)/Costin Paval (Okla '13)
[3] Nick Meister (UCLA '12)/Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12) vs. Joel Rubio Moreno (UTSA '15)/Ben Collier (HS Class of '17)
Hunter/Yates Johnson (SMU Sr) vs. [2] Philip Bester/Peter Polansky

Women's Doubles Semifinals
[1] Ashley Weinhold/Caitlin Whoriskey (Tenn '10) vs. [4] Nika Kukharchuk (Ole Miss '08)/Alexandra Perper (Miss St '14)
[2] Jacqueline Cako (Arizona St '13)/Daniell Lao (USC '13) vs. [3] Sophie Chang/Alexandra Mueller

The winners of the men's and women's doubles draws earn a main draw wild card into the US Open which also comes with a $15,375 payout per team. The mixed doubles draw hasn't been released yet for I imagine it'll be out on Monday.

University of Georgia junior Ellen Perez (WTA #725) won a main draw wild card into next week's US Open after winning an Australia Wild Card Tournament that took place over the weekend in Bradenton, Florida. There were five women entered in the draw and Perez was the only one that had to play an opening round match. Perez beat #454 Naiktha Bains 6-2, 6-2 and then beat #204 Arina Rodionova by the same 6-2, 6-2 score. In the finals Perez defeated #301 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-3 to lock up the wild card.

The US Open gives a wild card to the French, British, and Australian Tennis Federations with some having wild card tournaments and others just giving it to whoever is ranked the highest.

#345 Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) won his semifinal match on Sunday over #393 Andreas Beck 7-6(5), 7-6(6) but he wasn't able to win his final a few hours later falling to #426 Marc Giner 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Despite the loss Hanfmann still has a new career high ranking of 338 after his 20 runner-up points from last week were added in.

Pro Titles/Finals Last Week:

Finland - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State)

Italy (CH) - Andre Begemann (Pepperdine '08)
Egypt - Nathan Eshmade (UCSB '16)
Finland - Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St)/Herkko Pollanen (Ohio St)


Italy - Yannick Hanfmann (USC)

Belgium - Jolan Cailleau (Texas Tech Sr)/Carlos DiLaura (Texas Tech Sr)
Germany - Roberto Cid (South Florida '16)
Romania - Vlad Victor Cornea (Middle Tenn State/Texas Tech '15)
Slovakia - Filip Dolezel (Hawaii-Pacific Jr)


Read 1554 times Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 09:10
Login to post comments