While most fans are focused on summer tournaments like Wimbledon and the US Open, young players from around the world are gathering at small tournaments this summer to build ranking points, match experience and, hopefully, a chance to compete on a larger stage.
This past weekend, that’s exactly what happened in Delaware.
Sea Colony Tennis recently hosted the sixth-annual ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open in Bethany Beach, Del, bringing together 32 players for women’s singles and 16 doubles teams. Ingrid Neel captured the singles championship by defeating Pennsylvania native Alexandra Mueller, 6-3, 6-3. On the doubles side, the No. 2 seeded American pairing of Sophie Chang and Mueller defeated the duo of Veronica Miroshnichenko and Sophie Ewing, 6-1, 6-4.
Pro Circuit events are an excellent way for upcoming players to earn the necessary ranking points in order to qualify for more tournaments. These tournaments are the first step in working toward qualifying for Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) events, the highest level of professional tournaments for female tennis players.
The ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open is an International Tennis Federation event, which is the governing body of tennis around the world. This year, the tournament featured players from more than a dozen countries on six continents.
The two-hour victory for Neel marked her second Pro Circuit singles title. Ranked No. 888 in the world at the time, Neel gained 12 ranking points and earned $1,568 with the win. Mueller obtained seven points, and $980 for the second place finish. Each member of the winning doubles team was awarded $637 each.
The victory was Chang and Mueller’s second doubles title each at the event, but this was the first year they competed together. Last year, Chang partnered with Andie K. Daniell, while Mueller captured the doubles title in 2014 with Lena Litvak. Saturday’s win was Mueller’s 17th pro circuit doubles title and the third for Chang.
The tournament was sponsored again by ResortQuest Real Estate, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, United States Tennis Association, USTA Middle States and UBS Financial Services. Admission to this tournament is free and the public is welcome to watch as much tennis as they wish.
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