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Wiegand, Porter and Adams Wins Texas US Open Sectionals

June 23, 2012 07:41 PM
Jon Weigand
Samantha and Harrison Adams mixed doubles winner of the 2012 US Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament.
2012 US Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament.
ARLINGTON, Texas - Jon Wiegand, the former University of Texas player and current Longhorn Network television color analyst wanted to get back to playing competitive tennis on a regular basis. To do this he eyeballed the men's 2012 US Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament to see if he can eventually play his way into the US Open.
 
His return and goals turned out to be promising because in the finals on Saturday, June 23 at the Arlington Tennis Center, he defeated defending champion Artem Baradach, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2).
 
Wiegand will represent the Texas section at the 2012 US Open Men's Singles National Playoffs in New Haven, Conn., from Aug. 17-20, which is played in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale. He will compete against the other USTA section winners to advance and play for a wild card into the 2012 US Open.
 
Wiegand lost the first set 2-6 to Baradach and was down two break points in the first game of the second set. Then he turned things around winning the second set 6-1 and the third in a tiebreaker 7-6 (2).
 
"It is a lot fun. You grow up in Texas playing tennis and the USTA Texas section does some much for us, to put on this tournament, to be able to come up here and play and have the opportunity to play in the US Open. This is really an open tournament," said Wiegand.
 
Wiegand said that his dad, uncle and sister played at Texas. Wiegand played for the University of Texas from 2006-10 and is a color analyst for the Longhorn Network.
 
"I have a lot of burnt orange in my blood, but I am a Texan through-and-through and I am excited to go up there and carry the Lone Star banner," said Wiegand.
 

16-year old Peggy Porter Wins Texas US Open Women's Tournament

 
Peggy Porter, a 16-year old Dallas native defeated Elena Kordolaimi 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 at the womens 2012 US Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament, held at the Arlington Tennis Center. Porter will be the Texas section representative at the US Open National Playoffs Womens Championships held Aug. 17-20 in New Haven, Conn.
 
"The beginning was rough, but I got it going," said Porter about losing her first set of the tournament 3-6 to Kordolaimi. "It was a battle. A long match. When you finish you feel invincible. Like you can do anything."
 
After the first set, Porter figured out that she was not going to match Kordolaimi's power so she started to play a slower, longer high-bouncing pace that seemed to frustrate her opponent and lead to the victory.
 

Adams Family Defends Texas US Open Titles

 
For the second consecutive year, Samantha and Harrison Adams will represent Texas at the US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championships held Aug. 22-25. They earned this honor by winning the mixed doubles title at the Texas US Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament held on Saturday, June 23 at the Arlington Tennis Center.
 
They defeated the team of Peggy Porter from Dallas and Josh Hagar of Austin, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5). Harrison is 18 and his sister Samantha 20 are from New Braunfels. She is current member of the Texas Tech womens tennis team.
 
"When I finally held, then we broke Josh. That was the big turning point for us in the second set," said Samantha.
 
The Adams said that they are going to spend the summer individually training for the US Open National Playoffs.
 
"She has some things to do this summer at Tech," said Harrison about getting ready for the US Open National Playoffs. "We have seven family members in our household that play tennis, so finding someone to train and play against won't be a problem."
 
The winner of the US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship go directly into the US Open main draw.

 

US Open National Playoffs

 

 
The US Open National Playoffs presented is in its third year as a series of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments, including Texas. The men's singles, womens singles and mixed doubles champions from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.). The US Open National Playoffs Men's Singles and Women's Singles Championship will be held Aug. 17-20. The US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship will be held Aug. 22-25.
 
The US Open National Playoffs mens and womens singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main-draw wild card into the 2012 US Open.
 

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