Emina Bektas and Evan King are headed to the US Open after prevailing Saturday at the US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship, held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The No. 3 seeds and former University of Michigan tennis stars weathered a marathon final over fellow Americans Malcolm Harrison and Sanaz Marand, 7-5, 4-6, [10-8]. For their efforts, Bektas and King earned a wild card into the US Open mixed doubles draw.
Their journey began by winning the USTA Northern sectional qualifying tournament to qualify for the US Open National Playoffs Championships. From there, they stormed through to Saturday’s final by dropping an average of five games in their first three matches.
King graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 and has an Emirates ATP singles ranking of No. 365. He has won five Futures singles titles throughout his career, three of which have come on the USTA Pro Circuit. King has also won 14 Futures doubles titles, eight of which have come on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Bektas graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 and has a WTA doubles ranking of No. 527. She has won two ITF Pro Circuit doubles titles in 2016.\
The US Open runs Aug. 29-Sept. 11.