Twenty-six year old Alexandra Mueller added yet another tournament victory to her expanding list this past week in Raleigh, N.C., winning the Merz Aesthetics Women’s Challenger at the North Hills Club.
Seeded No. 2 in the doubles draw, Mueller and her partner, former Penn standout Chien-Yu Hsu, defeated No. 3 Danielle Lao and Keri Wong in the final, 6-3, 6-3. The duo lost just one set in the entire tournament.
With a variety of previous titles and wins between the two, Hsu and Mueller dominated the doubles draw. Mueller has two US Open National Playoff Tournament wins and 14 USTA Pro Circuit titles under her belt, while Hsu’s pro success includes four singles titles and seven doubles titles.
The draw at the Merz Challenger included 32 in singles, as well as 16 teams in doubles, competing from May 5-11. It was $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. During the week, North Hills Club also hosted USTA Member Appreciation Day, including prizes and games for fans.
The largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, the USTA Pro Circuit was launched 34 years ago, providing players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points needed to compete on the major pro tours. The Merz Aesthetics Women’s Challenger is just one of approximately 90 tournaments that exist within the Pro Circuit.
Players such as Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, and John Isner have started their professional careers with the USTA Pro Circuit.
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