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Pelletier, Vlaski sweep Pacific Northwest titles

June 14, 2011 03:38 PM
WTA veteran Marie-Eve Pelletier and former ATP touring pro Aleksandar Vlaski became the first pair to sweep a sectional qualifying tournament during the 2011 US Open National Playoffs, with Pelletier winning the women’s singles, Vlaski claiming the men’s singles title and the duo pairing for a victory in the mixed doubles at the US Open National Playoffs Pacific Northwest Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Tacoma Lawn Tennis Club in Tacoma, Wash.
The 2011 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale, an Olympus US Open Series event, in August. The winners of the men’s championship and the women’s championship—which feature the winners or top available finishers from the 16 sectional qualifying tournaments being held throughout the country—advance to the US Open Qualifying Tournament, while the winners of the mixed doubles championship earn a main draw wild card into the 2011 US Open mixed doubles event.
Pelletier, 29, cruised to the women’s crown, dropping just five games in three matches and defeating Megan Lalone, 6-0, 6-1, in the final. Pelletier has enjoyed a long, productive career on the WTA tour and the USTA Pro Circuit. The Canadian finished in the Top 300 in singles each year from 2000 to 2008, peaking at No. 106 in 2005, and has finished in the doubles Top 100 each of the last three years, peaking at No. 54 in 2010. She has competed in all four Grand Slam events in doubles, reaching the second round at the US Open in 2009 and the Australian Open in 2010, and owns six USTA Pro Circuit titles (five in doubles).
In the men’s singles, Vlaski, also 29, recovered after dropping his first set in four matches to defeat Charlie Cutler, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0, in the final to advance to the men’s championship. The Serb played professionally for eight years, peaking at No. 299 in singles and No. 160 in doubles, both in 2006.
In the mixed doubles, Pelletier and Vlaski overcame a tough first set to defeat Mpaleng Khothule and Elizabeth Seiverling in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-1, and then dispatched Jeff Servoss and Kristina Stastny in the final, 6-0, 6-1.


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