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Schnack wins two titles; Wettengel repeats at NorCal section qualifier

June 7, 2011 11:23 AM
Eric Roberson and Yasmin Schnack.
Yasmin Schnack swept the women’s singles and the mixed doubles (with partner Eric Roberson) of the US Open National Playoffs Northern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament at the Chamisal Tennis & Fitness Club in Salinas, Calif., to give herself two shots at playing in the 2011 US Open. Also, Chris Wettengel became the first man in 2011 to repeat at a sectional qualifying tournament, winning the Northern California title for a second straight year. With the victories, all three performers advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships.
The US Open National Playoffs 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.
Schnack had little trouble in the women’s singles draw, dropping just 14 games in four matches, and she and Roberson had a hard-fought straight-sets victory over Wettengel and partner Kaelyn Facey in the semifinals but otherwise cruised to the mixed doubles title. Schnack is currently ranked No. 409 in the world in singles and No. 237 in doubles. She was a standout junior who played in all four junior Grand Slam events and became an All-American at UCLA as a collegian. As a professional, she won a $10,000 ITF Circuit event in Mexico City in 2010 and owns two doubles titles on the USTA Pro Circuit. Roberson was a former All-Western Athletic Conference performer at Boise State who still plays a limited schedule on the USTA Pro Circuit.
In the men’s singles, Wettengel advanced easily through the first two rounds before knocking off Matthew Spindler in three sets in the semifinals and former Notre Dame star Stephen Bass, the 2007 Big East and ITA Midwest Senior Player of the Year, 7-5, 6-1, in the final. With the win, Wettengel, a former standout player at the University of Minnesota and a two-time champion on the USTA Pro Circuit, joins Angelo Niculescu and last year’s US Open National Playoffs champion Blake Strode as players who will be returning to the men’s championship. Wettengel, however, is the only one of the three to win the same sectional qualifier to advance in 2010 and 2011.


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