Matt Brooklyn and Stephanie Wetmore.
By Erin Bruehl
After 13 sectional qualifying tournaments and 160 teams, the final two teams are set to battle it out for the coveted wild card into the 2013 US Open mixed doubles main draw.
Matt Brooklyn and Stephanie Wetmore, the USTA Mid-Atlantic champions, booked the first ticket in the final, defeating former Princeton teammates Lindsay Graff and Matija Pecotic, 6-4, 6-7, [11-9], in a marathon semifinal.
Brooklyn and Wetmore are both former collegiate stars who played at UCLA and both currently coach at Georgetown University. Wetmore also was an accomplished junior player and has competed in the US Open girls’ tournament.
In the final, they will face National Playoffs veterans Yasmin Schnack and Eric Roberson, who defeated Kaitlyn Christian and Dante Cipulli, 6-2, 6-2. This is the second career National Playoffs Mixed Doubles final for Schnack and Roberson, who also reached the last stanza in 2011.
The US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship is taking place Aug. 21-24 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn., in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event. The winners receive a wild card into the 2013 US Open mixed doubles draw.
Mixed Doubles Championship – Semifinals
Matt Brooklyn (GBR) / Stephanie Wetmore (CAN) d. Lindsay Graff (USA) / Matija Pecotic (CRO), 6-4, 6-7 (5), [11-9]
Eric Roberson (USA) / Yasmin Schnack (USA) d. Dante Cipulli (ARG) / Kaitlyn Christian (USA), 6-2, 6-2