Dadamo, Sargeant, Witten win Florida sectional qualifier titles

May 28, 2013 12:15 PM
Jeff Dadamo
Amy Sargeant (left)
Jesse Witten at the 2009 US Open
Former NCAA doubles champ Jeff Dadamo, recently-graduated Florida State University player Amy Sargeant, and former ATP pro Jesse Witten and his sister Sarah will represent the USTA Florida Section at nationals after capturing titles on Monday at the US Open Playoffs-Florida Section tournament, held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee on May 25-28, 2013.
Each player in their respective men's singles, women's singles and mixed doubles divisions now advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in New Haven, Conn., held during the WTA New Haven Open at Yale -- Aug. 16-19 for singles, and Aug. 21-24 for mixed doubles.
The winner of the national men's and women's singles 16-draw tournaments will receive wildcards into their respective 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournaments (Aug. 20-23) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, while the national mixed winner will receive a main draw wildcard into the US Open mixed doubles.
Dadamo, the top seed in the men's singles, defeated the No. 2-seeded Witten 6-4, 6-0 in the men's final. In the semifinals the former NCAA doubles champion for Texas A&M (with fellow Floridian Austin Krajicek) edged FSU player Joao Gauer 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3, while Witten handled incoming FSU freshman Grayson Goldin 6-2, 6-4 in his semifinal.
In the quarterfinals Dadamo defeated 2012 men's champion Eric Hechtman of Miami 6-3, 7-6(5).
Witten bounced back to capture the mixed title with his older sister Sarah, defeating the Brazilian Gauer and fellow FSU player Kerrie Cartwright of the Bahamas 3-6, 6-2, 10-4. Witten reached the NCAA final in 2002 and competed on the pro tour for six years, while Sarah also played for Kentucky.
In the women's final Britain's Sargeant, who just finished her senior year at FSU, topped Tennessee incoming freshman Brittany Lindl of Panama City, Fla., 7-5, 6-4.
Sargeant in the semis received a walkover against Kasia Osadzinska, while Lindl won against University of South Florida player Loreto Alonso 6-3, 6-1. Failing to defend her women's championship from 2012 was part-time Naples resident Sandra Roma, who this year was named to Sweden's Fed Cup team.
The US Open remains the only of the four Grand Slams to open its pre-qualifying to all players age 14 or over in men's singles, women's singles, and mixed doubles. Participants have included those competing for charities as well as pastors, musicians, lawyers, reporters and stay-at-home mothers. Former notable participants include Olympic skier Bode Miller and ESPN's Mike Greenberg, who teamed with six-time US Open champion Chris Evert in mixed doubles.
For more information go to the Florida tournament's TennisLink page by clicking here.


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