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Pro Tennis Slides Through Sea Colony Clay

Nearly two hours before her semi-final match during the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open on Saturday, 19-year-old Brianna Morgan hit powerful, dart-like forehands to the right side of the practice court. With the sun beating down on the clay courts at the Sea Colony Tennis Center, Morgan was all business, and nearly flawless during her tune-up prior to her match against No. 2-seed Brooke Austin.

Morgan-SF-3That translated quickly to her match.

Morgan took down Austin in straight sets Saturday to move into Sunday’s final, where she held onto the momentum she found early in the week and defeated No. 1 seed Jessica Moore for her first Pro title, 7-6(3), 6-3. Morgan, who is currently unranked, won matches against the top-three seeds in the event.

The singles title was just one story during a highly-successful week of tennis at Sea Colony, which has evolved into one of the premier tennis destinations on the east coast. An exciting doubles final was also on tap Saturday, with the team of Lindsey Hardenbergh and Peggy Porter claiming the third annual doubles title against Denise Muresan and Jacqueline Wu.

Porter%20and%20HardenberghPorter, just 17, had quite the busy week, losing during the singles semi-final match on Saturday before teaming up with Hardenbergh to earn the doubles title.

Just a few yards from the on-court action on Saturday, Middle States hosted a USTA Member Appreciation Day, giving away free tennis towels, bags and other info too all USTA members on hand. Nearly 80 tennis enthusiasts stopped by the Middle States booth on Saturday.

Member AppreciationThe ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open was the second of four Pro Circuit events in Middle States this summer. Hempfield Rec in Landisville, Pa. hosted the Koser Jewelers Pro Circuit Tennis Challenge May 13-19, and will host another Pro event beginning Aug. 5. In addition to that, the PNC Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh will begin July 1 at Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

To see a photo gallery from this past weekend, visit the Middle States Facebook page.

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