The Carl & Edyth Lindner Family Tennis Center at Lunken Playfield in Cincinnati hosted the US Open National Playoffs USTA/Midwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament from June 4-6.
In the men's finals, Eric Quigley (left), Pewee Valley, Ky., defeated Ricardo Rosas, Oxford, Ohio, 6-0; 6-1. Quigley won last year's event, and is a top player at the University of Kentucky. He recently received his third All-American honor, and the star junior's 45 singles wins this season tied the school record.
Ricardo Rosas was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year last year. He has served as assistant coach at Miami University for the past 10 seasons. Rosas was a top junior in Mexico and played four years on the ATP Tour (1994-1997). He also represented Mexico in the 1994 Davis Cup. Last year, he guided the Miami RedHawks to their second straight undefeated MAC season and a return to the NCAA Tournament.
In the woman's final, Romana Tedjakusuma
(left), defeated Michaela Kissell
6-4; 2-0Ret (ill). Tedjakusuma is an Indonesian professional tennis player and competed in three professional Grand Slam tournaments in 1994. Her best result was her third round appearance in the Australian Open. She was also part of Indonesia's team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Michaela Kissell and her doubles teammate Dominika Zaprazna were the first pair in Marshall University history to go through the regular-season undefeated. Kissell finished her collegiate career with the fourth-highest singles winning percentage in program history. Currently ranked No. 52 in the nation for singles, No. 22 for doubles, she was a 2011 NCAA Tournament participant for singles and doubles. Other achievements include Conference USA All-Academic Team, All-Conference USA First Team for singles, All-Conference USA Second Team for doubles, and ITA Atlantic Region Senior of the Year. Kissell said, "I decided to play because I am going to be playing some pro circuit tournaments this summer and this event is be good practice."
In mixed doubles play, Wil Lofgren
and Sandy Niehaus
(pictured left), both from Cincinnati, won 6-4; 6-4 defeating the team of Jacob Eddins
, Huntington, WV, and Michaela Kissell
, Hostetter, PA. Lofgren played tennis at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and Niehaus won the Ohio Division I state high school singles title during the fall 2010 season.
Eddins and Kissell are a couple and were happy to be playing mixed doubles together. Eddins shared, "We had been wanting to play mixed doubles, and this tournament gave us the opportunity to play at a high level. Playing in the US Open is every American
tennis player's goal." Eddins is a eaching pro in Huntington.
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The men’s and women’s winner in Cincinnati will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championship which will take place in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the New Haven Open at Yale (a WTA event / part of the Olympus US Open Series). The Men’s Singles Championship and Women’s Singles Championship will be held August 18-21, with the Mixed Doubles Championship taking place August 24-27.
The men’s and women’s winners of the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s and Women’s Championships, earn a wild card into the 2011 US Open Qualifying Tournament in Flushing, N.Y., to face the pros. The winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (1 team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2011 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (commencing August 31) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
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