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Mueller Takes Title in US Open National Playoffs

The US Open National Playoffs have been big news in the tennis world over the past few years, and Alexandra Mueller continues to stay at the front of it.

Mueller, who won the inaugural US Open National Playoffs women’s championship in 2010, took the title again this year by beating No. 1 seed Mayo Hibi on Monday, 7-6(2), 6-3.

Mueller, from Abington, Pa., was a standout Middle States junior who competed on the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team. As a pro, she has captured three career USTA Pro Circuit singles titles, and she competed in the US Open doubles main draw in 2004 and 2007. She lost in the first round of US Open qualifying in 2010.

Mueller will face Spain’s Beatriz Garcia Vidagany on Wednesday in the first round of US Open Qualifying, with an eventual spot in the main draw up for grabs in the end. The 2012 US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held August 21-24 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the home of the US Open.

More than 900 combined men and women (639 men and 298 women) competed in the third year of the US Open National Playoffs in singles, playing in one of 13 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the United States.  The US Open National Playoffs are designed to bring the spirit of the US Open to cities and sections across the country, making the US Open available to anyone and everyone 14 and older with the passion to compete, regardless of playing ability or nationality.

Mixed doubles was added to the US Open National Playoffs last year, and the 2012 Mixed Doubles Championship will take place in New Haven, August 22-25, with the winning team earning a wild card into the main draw of the 2012 US Open. Middle States’ is represented in that draw, as well, with the team of Ron Mercer and Stephanie Smith set to take on Lindsay Lee-Waters and Marcus Hurtig, who won USTA Southern’s sectional qualifier.

For updates, results and more, continue to check the Middle States blog or follow USTA Middle States on Facebook.

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