Lindsay Lee-Waters and Marcus Hurtig in action.
© Mike Ross
By McCarton Ackerman
The opening round of the US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championships kicked off on Wednesday at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Lindsay Lee-Waters, currently ranked No.102 in doubles on the WTA Tour, easily won her opening round match with Australian Marcus Hurtig, while the team of former top 50 singles player Lilia Osterloh and American Josh Osswald bowed out in the first round.
Lee-Waters and Hurtig used an aggressive net-rushing game to race through the first eight games of the match on their way to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Americans Stephanie Smith and Ron Mercer. Lee-Waters has been a pro on the WTA Tour since 1994, reaching a career best ranking in singles of No. 33 in 1996. These days, she is a doubles specialist teaming up almost exclusively with fellow American Megan Moulton-Levy. The pair are competing in the main draw of the doubles event at the New Haven Open this week, where they have advanced to the quarterfinals and will play their next match on Thursday. Lee-Waters is also the only mother of two currently competing on the tour.
The all-American team of former WTA pro Osterloh and her partner Osswald lost 7-5, 3-6, 10-8 in the opening round to the team of American Meghan Kelley and Daniel Quiceno of Colombia. Osterloh retired from the pro tour last year after a nearly 15-year career that saw her reach a career high ranking of No. 41 in singles in 2001 and No. 77 in doubles in 1999. She reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2000 while also racking up three WTA Tour doubles titles. Osterloh was the Girls 18s national champion in 1996 and won the NCAA singles championships the following year.
In other first round matches, American Alison Ramos and West Nott of the Marshall Islands, as well the American team of Madison Westby and Blake Boswell also won their opening round matches. Nott is looking to become the first player from the Marshall Islands to ever compete in a Grand Slam event.
Quarterfinal action will kick off tomorrow and feature No. 1 seeds Hilary Barte and Nicolas Meister of the U.S., as well as the No. 2 seeded team of Brian Battistone and Nicole Melichar. The US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championships will conclude on Saturday and the winning team will receive a wild card into the main draw of the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship, which run from August 27-September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY
US Open National Playoffs—Mixed Doubles Championship
Wednesday, August 22
Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University
New Haven, Conn.
Mixed Doubles – First Round
Lindsay Lee-Waters, United States, and Marcus Hurtig, Australia, def. Stephanie Smith and Ron Mercer, United States, 6-0, 6-3
Meghan Kelley, United States, and Daniel Quiceno, Colombia, def. Lilia Osterloh and Josh Osswald, United States, 7-5, 3-6, 10-8
Alison Ramos, United States, and West Nott, Marshall Islands, def. Jessie Aney and Eric Frueh, United States, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Madison Westby and Blake Boswell, United States, def. Alison Adamski and Keith Kessler, United States, 7-5, 0-6, 10-3