Just as the hot sun began pounding down on the courts, the day started with the doubles final between the No. 1-seeded team of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alexandra Mueller against No. 3-seeded Macall Harkins and Chieh-Yu Hsu. Harkins and Hsu played strong through two sets and took the final, 6-3, 6-4. Hsu, currently a sophomore University of Pennsylvania standout, also won the doubles title last year at Hempfield.
The singles matchup followed, with Finland native Piia Suomalainen facing off against Elizabeth Lumpkin, who helped lead UCLA to a NCAA team title in 2008. After a hard-fought, back-and-forth first set, Suomalainen cruised through the second set to take the win 7-6 (4), 6-1. It was her first title in the United States.
Neither Suomalainen or the team of Harkins/Hsu dropped a set during the entire tournament.
The event, which takes place at the Hempfield Recreation Center, is the first $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event of the year and the first of four straight hard-court women’s tournaments. It is the only women’s Pro Circuit event held in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the Pro Circuit action, Middle States hosted a USTA member appreciation event before and during the final matches. Hempfield also hosted its 10th annual wheelchair tournament, and the USPTA held its annual conference for the Middle States division over the weekend.