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Boyce, Porter, Mee, Traxler win Texas qualifier

June 28, 2013 04:34 PM
Charles Boyce, 2013 Texas Men's US Open Qualifying Tournament Champion
Peggy Porter, 2013 Texas Women's US Open Qualifying Tournament Champion
John Mee and Karina Traxler, 2013 Texas Mixed Doubles US Open Qualifying Tournament Champion
Charles Boyce
Peggy Porter

Boyce Wins 2013 Texas Men’s US Open Qualifying Tournament

 
By Derick Hackett
 
MEN’S FINALS
 
ARLINGTON, Texas – The men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions were determined in finals of the 2013 Texas US Open Qualifying Tournament at the Arlington Tennis Center, as Charles Boyce, Peggy Porter and the team of John Mee and Karina Traxler earned the section spots and will advance to the US Open National Playoffs.
 
Charles Boyce, 18 of Cedar Hill, Texas defeated 33-year old University of Hawaii-Hilo head tennis coach Karl Sloss 6-2, 6-1, to win the Texas Men’s US Open Qualifying Tournament.
 
"This US Open thing is big," said Boyce. "It is great that anybody can get into the tournament. You never know what is going to happen so . . . just gave it a shot."
 
As the winner of the Texas section qualifier Boyce is invited to accept the Texas slot to enter the 2013 US Open National Playoffs - Men's Singles Championship. The Playoffs will be held August 16-19 in New Haven, Conn. at Yale University.
 
The playoffs will feature the top 13 winners or top available finishers from the 13 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the country. The winner of the US Open National Playoffs - Men’s Championship advances to the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held Aug. 20-23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with a chance to earn a spot in the main draw of the 2013 US Open.
 
 

Porter Wins Women’s Singles Crown for Second Consecutive Year

 
WOMEN’S FINALS
 
ARLINGTON, Texas - Peggy Porter, 17 of Dallas, defended her Texas Women’s US Open Qualifying Tournament title by defeating Rhiann Newborn 6-1, 6-0, winning the invite to return as the Texas women’s representative at the 2013 US Open National Playoffs.
 
"I played a lot of tournaments this month, so I am pretty tired and worn out," said Porter. "I know how important this is – such a huge opportunity."
 
After winning the Texas sectional last year, Porter went on to the National Playoffs and lost to Sandra Roma 6-1, 7-5 in the first round. She learned a lot from that experience.
 
"I was just blown away by the whole thing – playing next to all of those amazing top pros so I gained a lot – huge experience playing in that kind of setting. Hopefully this year I will be more comfortable," said Porter.
 
The 2013 US Open National Playoffs - Women's Singles Championship, held August 16-19 in New Haven, Conn., will feature the top 13 winners or top available finishers from the 13 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the country.
 
The winner of the US Open National Playoffs - Women’s Championship advances to the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held Aug. 20-23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, with a chance to earn a spot in the main draw of the 2013 US Open.
 

 

Mee, Traxler Bounce Collegians to Win Mixed Doubles Crown

 
MIXED DOUBLES FINALS
 
ARLINGTON, Texas - Self described "Young Guns," John Mee, 17 and 15-year old Karina Traxler, defeated University of Texas tennis player Nicholas Naumann and former SMU player Heather Steinbauer 7-6 (2), 6-4, to win the mixed doubles title at the Texas US Open Qualifying Tournament in Arlington.
 
"We were just thinking to have fun," said Mee, a native of Dallas, about their thoughts about entering the tournament. "It got progressively harder as we got into the tournament especially this finals match."
 
Traxler, from Rockwall, Texas said that she just wanted to come back after finishing deep in the tournament last year as a 14-year old.
 
This is the third consecutive year that the qualifier has hosted mixed double play and the first time that a team other than Samantha and Harrison Adams is going to represent Texas at the US Open National Playoffs.
 
The 2013 US Open National Playoffs - Mixed Doubles Championship will be held August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn. at Yale University. The playoffs are staged during the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event. It will feature the top 13 winners or top available finishers from the 13 US Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the country.
 
The winner of the US Open National Playoffs - Mixed Doubles Championship advances to the mixed doubles main draw of the 2013 US Open, held Aug. 26 – Sept. 9, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
 
 
2013 TEXAS US OPEN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FINALS
 
Charles Boyce def. Karl Sloss 6-2, 6-1
Peggy Porter def. Rhiann Newborn 6-1, 6-0
John Mee/Karina Trexler def. Nicholas Naumann/Heather Steinbauer 7-6 (2), 6-4.
 
 

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